Cycling elite compete in Tour of Reservoirs road race


British cycling elite will be returning to Northumberland at the end of June for the Tour of the Reservoirs road race,  providing a fantastic opportunity for local residents to watch top class cycling in a beautiful location.

The Tour of the Reservoir is a two-day road bicycle race around Northumbria Water’s Derwent Reservoir and is part of the British Premier Calendar.

The race will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June and residents are invited to turn up and cheer the riders on.

Key vantage points where there will be ample parking include Edmundbyers where there will be four race starts, and Carricks Corner which will have cyclists lapping past every half hour.

Over 140 men and 120 women , including English and European Teams will be taking part. Among those are  100% Me , the British Women’s Team and cyclist Dame Sarah Storey the most successful female British paralympian of all time.

The annual Northumbrian Water Tour of the Reservoir road race is now in its 36th year,
 
Stage one of the race will start at 9am on Saturday 23 June when the women cyclists will leave Edmundbyers to compete a 74 mile route which will include two laps of the reservoir circuit. At 1.30 pm the men will set off on a 88 mile route which will incorporate five gruelling laps of the tough gradients around Blanchland and Edmundbyers.
 
The first  women riders are expected to cross the finish line on the reservoir dam wall at around 11.30 am.
The men are expected to finish at around 4.15pm on Saturday and at 5.15 pm on Sunday,  subject to weather conditions.
 
 
Riders who qualify to race in day two on Sunday 24 June will  then battle it out over eight laps of the original race route. Female cyclists will set off at 9am and the male cyclists at 1.30pm
 
Mike Hodgson, event organiser from Tyne Valley Cycle club, said: “The Tour of the Reservoir is always an exciting event and is billed locally as a mini Tour de France because it always attracts the best cyclists in Britain. ”
 
Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer, cabinet member for arts, leisure and tourism said:
 
“ The event is a huge boost for the area as it usually brings in around £100,000 of revenue for the region with cyclists, crew, stewards and spectators coming to the area for the weekend. It’s a great sporting spectacle too, so if you are able, please come along and cheer the riders on.”
 
Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues at Durham County Council, said: “It will be great to see some of the country’s top cyclists in this beautiful part of our region and we hope the crowds come out and give them a warm welcome.

“The race promises to be a brilliant spectacle and will hopefully encourage those watching to get in the saddle themselves and make the most of the wonderful landscape we are lucky to have in the North East.”

 
Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys over the weekend as there will be a rolling road closure in place around Derwent reservoir on both race days.
 
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