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Event Cancelled (Terry Proctor, Sat. 25 June 2016)...

Event Cancelled : Having just been to inspect the course it is my judgement that the road is too hazardous for the event to go ahead. There is a lot of loose gravel on the T-junction at Finchale and also on the LH bend just past the golf range. The straight section of road from the bend to the motorway bridge is covered with gravel and cars are travelling along it way over the indicated 20mph limit, kicking up clouds of dust a gravel. I will send out an email to all competitors to inform them of this necessary cancellation and will request that they send me a quick reply so that I know they’ve received it.  I will go down to the HQ tomorrow morning in case anybody turns up. This is unfortunate and very disappointing. But safety of riders is paramount and over-rides any other factors when making this difficult decision. Rick...
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Club Ride to Great Dun Fell

On the road Brough Quick stop in Brough Check before entering the range at Warcop Warcop At the top - Great Dun Fell Great Dun Fell is a radar station for Air Traffic Control Ian and Stu taking a well earned breather! It's a long climb - it needs a long rest... Stu Cook Jonathon Foreman Jonathon Foreman - Great Dun Fell Peter Scott - Great Dun Fell Hartside Cafe With the upturn in the weather at last, an alternative club run was arranged for Sunday 8 May. A long day of climbing called for a start point of Middleton in Teesdale, and after arranging a few car shares, seven riders (Peter Scott, Ian Gardner, Christian Braun, Stuart Cook, Jonathon Foreman, Mal Gray and guest Graeme Stobbart) started out of Middleton under warm clear skies. The ride started with the steady climb out of Middleton over the moor towards Brough – ideal to get warmed up for the day ahead. Lots of young lambs about meant keeping any eye out for strays and staying alert. After Brough and navigating through the lanes, we came to the military ranges at Warcop. The red flags were up, but a quick phone call to range control gave us permission to cross through – as long as we kept to the road!  It’s quite an interesting place to ride across  – burnt out tanks, pop up targets, and the sounds of automatic gunfire accompanied us, but it is very nice smooth tarmac which comes to an abrupt halt as soon as you leave the range area. As we rode on there are glimpses of the radar station on the top of Great Dun Fell and before long we turned onto the service road that leads to the top. As the road climbs up the hill it twists and turns, the strong breeze that had been behind us earlier in the day became a headwind on some of the steepest sections, then a crosswind, and on the final part of the climb was again behind us.  Although a little hazy, the panoramic views from the top are great and you can see for miles in all directions. A few pictures and some energy bars later, and it was time for a fast descent. On the lower slopes, there were a few sharp stones in the road and Graeme unfortunately caught one, resulting in an instant flat rear tyre, so a puncture fix became necessary (his Garmin file shows his tube blew at 33mph, so he did very well to come a controlled stop). With the wind once again behind us, we had a quick traverse through the valley to Melmerby for the second climb of the day up Hartside. As you might expect on a warm Sunday there were a lot of motorcycles out riding the pass, but the majority were giving plenty of room. The café at the top was very busy, but as ever serving rapidly and there was plenty of space for us. Ian and Stu pushed on at this point, but after some lunch the remaining five set out towards Garrigill, but now into a strong headwind. The gradient on the climb out of Garrigill is always a tough one, but then we were able to turn towards Yad Moss for the last climb of the day.  Once over the top the theory was that we would have a long descent back to Middleton, but the increasing strength of the...
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Cestria CC Club Mini Series TT

Cestria CC is delighted to announce our club mini-series time trials for 2016. The series is based on two laps of the M9 Leamside circuit. Link to the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6811132 It is open to all club members and you do not need to be an experienced Time Trial competitor to enter as all abilities are very welcome; If you’re not a member it will be possible to join for the rest of the year and membership forms will be available at each event. Cyclists already a member of a CTT-affiliated club can take second membership with Cestria CC for a charge of £4. The entry fee to race is £2 per evening, which is the fee we have to pay to the CTT. The series of eight races will run on every Thursday starting 12th May 2016 at 7pm with the first rider off at 7.01, and the final event will be on Thursday 30th June. There will be three men’s age-related leagues, and a ladies’ league. The final results will be based on your best five races, plus there will be points awarded if you marshal on one of the evenings. You can of course opt to race all eight events but lose out on gaining extra points for marshalling. Dates for all events 12th May 19th May 26th May 2nd June 9th June 16th June 23rd June 30th June This is the Important bit. This series can only run with volunteers to carry out marshalling duties on each of the event nights. The safety and success of these events completely depends on the input of individual club members, whether competing or not – please volunteer to help, no previous experience necessary. All marshals will be briefed on each event night and will need to be at the start for 6.30pm The request for Marshals will soon be posted via the Cestria CC face book page. As with all events there are a few do’s and don’ts which will be posted each week leading up to the event. We hope you will support this by entering and/or marshalling this circuit. Details of the age-related leagues and points system are below: Points system; league overall results based on your best five timed results and, if you choose, to marshal you get 50 points added. That is to say, if you ride 5 events and marshal once, the 5 are totalled and your 50 marshalling points added (maximum 300). If you ride 7 events and marshal, your top 5 results are totalled plus your 50 marshalling points. Needless to say, you’re welcome to ride fewer than 5 events and they will still be counted. You can ride all eight events and not marshal, but only your best five results are counted and will miss out on the 50 points for marshalling (in this instance your maximum total would be 250 points) 1st rider = 50 points 2nd rider = 49 3rd rider = 48 4th rider = 47 5th rider = 46 6th rider = 45 7th rider = 44 8th rider = 43 9th rider = 42 10th rider = 41 and so on …. Marshall = 50 points [you can marshal more than once, but only get 50 points once in the series] Thanks in advance and enjoy the Event series...
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CXNE Cyclocross. Hosted by Cestria CC

Joe Shacklady takes second place Gareth Clarke Dean Penfold Senior race gridding up Gareth Clarke Gareth Clarke Christian Webster-Reed Gareth Clarke Joe Shacklady Geoff Watson Geoff Watson Dean Penfold Dean Penfold Mal Gray Mal Gray Sunday 20 December saw Cestria host CXNE cyclocross at The Hermitage Academy. Chris Burns and his band of volunteers started to set out the course on Saturday afternoon (special thanks to Dean and his Dad for help on Saturday as well as Sunday), and continuing again at 7am Sunday morning with a bigger group of helpers working by torchlight to get the course setup and ready for Sunday. Unfortunately Saturday night brought heavy rain which made for a muddy and slippery course – great for the spectators, not so great for anyone falling off (and there was plenty of falling off!) Well done to all the Cestria riders who took part especially Joe Shacklady who took second place in his race.  Also riding were club members Dean Penfold, Gareth Clarke, Christian Webster-Reed, Geoff Watson and Mal Gray. Also well done to Chris Burns – the CXNE series involves a lot of setup and organisation.  Massive thanks from Chris go to everyone who volunteered and turned out to help with course preparation and dismantle, sign on, car parking, marshalling and photography.  Without the volunteers it wouldn’t be possible to host races such as this. Pictures by Ray Haldane and Stuart...
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2016 dates for your diary

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to get your 2016 calendar at the ready to mark in some top events. Attached are the listings for 2016 events from two of the North East organising bodies: CTT calendar for Time Trial and Hill Climb Events 2016 NE Open Events North East Cyclocross League (NECCL) for Cyclocross events. 2016 NECCL calendar   The must do Cestria events that you will need your highlighter pen for are: Saturday 25 June:  Terry Proctor TT on the Leamside Circuit Saturday 10 September:  Lanchester Peth Hillclimb Saturday 8 October: NECCL cyclocross, Meadowfield Leisure Centre.   Will post more information on other calendars as and when they are...
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Cestria Christmas Lunch Run

Sunday 6th December saw the annual Christmas Lunch Run for Cestria CC.  A fifty strong group turned out at the Market Place in Chester-le-Street for the start, this was then split between those taking a road route and a group travelling up the lines. Unusually the weather was quite mild and dry – a change from the usual blizzard conditions that usually strike on the day of the Christmas outing. However, the tradition of punctures and other mechanicals was on a par with previous years, with a broken chain, several punctures and snapped seatpost causing a few pauses along the way. The groups met up at Hownsgill Cafe for a half way coffee, and then onto the Black Horse at Beamish for a very tasty lunch and a chance to catch up with friends.  Whilst some toddled off home afterwards, the regular hardy souls went on the usual tour of the local establishments. Massive thanks to Terry Ottaway for organising lunch, and Peter Scott for...