RD5 Sun 9th Dec 2012 – Whitby. Well the weather finally broke for the event today with no signs of any frost/ice and snow all gone. The sun was out but so was the wind but then again you cannot have everything. The course around the grounds of the school was challenging with steep climbs, fast descents, switch back corners, hurdles etc and the ground held up very well . The winners on the day were U12 A Brown, U14 A Brown, U16 F Clatherty, 1st Sen C Ash, 2nd M Lewis, 3rd D Binks, V40 R Honour, V50 G Turner, V60 D Mclean, Jun E Davidson full results are in the Results Section. Photo gallery here – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/NECCLRD5WHITBY many thanks to Rob and Tom and all the helpers from Malton Wheelers CC. Also a big thank you to Caedmon School for use of the facilities & grounds.
TLI Membership 2013 – the non-profit making organisation has decided to return some of its revenue to members by reducing senior membership fees to only £10 for the 2013 season. U12’s membership is free as well. Click on the TLI Membership 13 link to the right for more info
Well after many weeks of planning etc true British Winter Weather struck. Over 12hrs solid rain and flooding softened the course up nicely for all the riders. Roads were closed, fields flooded and river overflowing but the course held up considerably well. The day started with the U12’s in the pouring rain taking on a shortened but still quite technical course and they were all presented with a massive goodie bag each. Then its was onto the older kids U14/16’s again still pouring down & blowing a gale. Due to this the organiser made the wise decision to reduce it by a lap. Again every rider was presented with an even bigger goodie bag. Onto the main race and weather had changed for the better, the rain had stopped and wind was still strong but gusty now. Riders were in for a challenge around the grounds of Hardwick Park and they got it. Ian decided not to bother with hurdles so that was one thing easier with the winner coming in just under 50mins. Photo are here – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/NECCLRD4Sedgefield Full results are in the Results section . Race stats here http://www.strava.com/runs/29494727 Many thanks to Ian Dunn Ferryhill Wheelers for organising the event. Durham County Council for the use of the land and facilities. The Rangers for preparing the grounds and also a massive thank you to the sponsors of the event Rotary Club, Ringland Scaffolding, Westbrook Cycles and Cestria Cycles.
Even more good news the lads at Cestria Cycles have donated enegry prizes to keep you going tomorrow, prize fund is massive now. Well some more fantastic news WESTBROOK CYCLES have also helped out massively with a the huge pile of prizes to go with the boxes full of gear that is also ready to be handed out on the day. Many thanks to Jason & Paul check out there website for some great bargains on bikes at the mo www.westbrookcycles.co.uk
Remeber first come first served;-}
UPDATE – PRIZES FOR EVERYONE, RINGLAND SCAFFOLDING has very kindly sponsored the event and now there will be prizes for all the Sen/Vet/Lady & Jun riders when you sign on, so members will nearly get a free race! Total prize fund now is £500+ on the day. The Groundsmen/Rangers have prepared the course and the grass has been cut with ground conditions looking good with the course running fast. Signing on this year will be in the main visitors centre its self (no Muddy Shoes inside please) opposite the cafe (which you will also recieve a discount voucher for) There is no riding bikes on the lakeward side of the visitors centre please. This is going to be one fantastic day’s racing with a brilliant event location & facilities not to mention all the additional prizes etc.
The League tables have been formulated and will be posted in the RESULTS Section asap. They are provisional so if you feel that you are in the wrong League let Geoff T know and he will have a look /adjust.
Hardwick Park Visitors Centre, Sedgefield, County Durham. TS21 2DN
Ian has recieved sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Sedgefield so there will be 15no CASH PRIZES on the day inc a ‘BEST NOVICE’ prize as well. Durham County Council have provided discount vouchers for the Cafe on site. There will also be additional prizes presented to the kids. Neccl events are open to all ages and all abilities on any suitable offroad cycle. Just turn up on the day and sign on. There will be a Full Race Report, loads of Photos & full set of Results asap after the race.
Directions- Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) Junction 60 (well sign-posted).
Facilities – Car parking. Indoor signing on. Toilets. Cafe. Visitors Centre. Playground etc http://www.durham.gov.uk/Pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=6239
Last seasons photos are here and another three galleries are in the main NECCL Gallery – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/NECCLRD7HardwickPark
Organiser – Ian Dunn. Ferryhill Wheelers CC.
U12’s 10.30am Free 10-15mins
U14/16’s/Novice Lady 11.15am £3 30mins
Sen/Vet/Lady/Jun 12.30pm £5 memebrs, £10 non members 50-60min
NECCL WINTER SERIES – Round 3 Gallagher Park, Bedlington, Northumberland Sun 4th Nov 2012
With a heavy overnight frost/ice and freezing fog this was a great start to the day but by the time the first race started the sun was blazing and very little wind made for fantastic race conditions. The U12’s did a shortened course based around the top field area and had a gentle climb in to test the younger ones. D Holmes led from the start with P Errington chasing behind and A Brown chasing Paul it was a great battle. The gaps started to grow slightly as the race progressed but all riders kept their positions for the finishing flag. Then it was onto the older kids U16/14’s which was based around the full 1.22mile adult circuit. The ground was starting to soften in places with the sun melting the overnight frost but was still good going. C Aspey led from the start and knew the course well with A Brown holding a gap to maintain second place. 3rd place S Myers was starting to catch A Brown on the last lap but Angus had a strong finish and kept 2nd overall. The last race of the day was the main race with Sen/Vet/Lady & Jun doing the full 50-60mins. The course was in very good condition considering the recent weather and there was only one soft short muddy uphill section to tackle. There was a great mix of up / down / singletrack and off chamber corners. There was some great battles between many riders and including plenty of singlespeed nutters. On that note Colin May Velo Club Edinburgh took the overall win on the day by a clear margin with A Burridge SWARM taking second and C Donaldson GS Metro third . 1st V40 G Mount, 1st V50 P Robson, 1st V60 J Carr and 1st Lady was H Ingoe. Many thanks to Geoff Turner & all the helpers / marshalls from Barnesbury CC for orgainising the event. Also a thank you to the Council for the use of the land. The photos are here https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247 and the full results are in the RESULTS Section.
Gallagher Park, Off Schalksmule Road, Bedlington, Northumberland. NE22 7LA
Geoff & Barnesbury CC was the first to set up & use this venue for CX events last season. We return this year to sample the mixed terrain over the Park land. There will be goodies for the younger kids and loads of cash prizes for all age cats on the day. Here are some photos from last seasons event – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247/NECCLRD2BEDLINGTON the race report, photos and race results will be available very soon after the event. Anyone can enter on the day of any age or ability from complete novice to expert, you can use any bicycle that is suitable for offroad terrain as well.
Garmin plot of circuit is here.
Facilities – Limited car parking in Gallagher Park, please be prepared to park in Tesco car park, opposite Gallagher Park entrance. Toilets at Tesco have closed since last year, unfortunately – nearest toilets now next to the Library opposite Morrison’s on Choppington Road.
Organiser – Geoff Turner. Barnesbury CC
U12’s 10.30am Free 10-15mins
U14/16’s/Novice Lady 11.15am £3 30mins
Sen/Vet/Lady/Jun 12.30pm £5 memebrs, £10 non members 50-60mins
Well Hetton has finally softened up after a dry & dumpy Autumn Series. There was heavy rain on Saturday afternoon and a shower just before the main race which made the course very slippy in places. There was many a rider ‘over the bars’ on the off chamber corners and was great fun. There was three races on the day starting the U12’s on a shortened course with a up followed by a nice down, B Dowson (Hetton Hawks) taking the win after a good battle with J Wilson (Stockton Wheelers) and A Brown (Hetton Hawks) taking a strong third (1st U10). Next up was the U14/16’s on the full course cutting a track through for the adults with J Mann (Derwentside CC) leding from the start to take the win, J Howard (Cleveland Wheelers) 2nd and N Hamilton (Hetton Hawks) 3rd. Then the heavens opened just before the main race started but stopped dry during the main race. Full results are in the RESULTS SECTION. Pics are here – https://picasaweb.google.com/neccl247 Many thanks to Colin and all his helpers on the dya for organising the event and a thanks must also go to John from Springboard Sunderland & Sunderland Council for use of the Country Park.