Club Tens

26 June 2019

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    We're less than two weeks away from the 2019 Tour de France now, and the 106th edition of the Grand Boucle has become, to borrow a phrase from a former Prime Minister, a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

    The injuries and subsequent withdrawals of four-time winner Chris Froome (Team Ineos) and 2018 runner-up Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – not to mention the recent Tour de Suisse crash and abandonment by defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) – have left the race wide open.

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The 2019 Club Tens start on Thursday 9th May and will be held each Thursday evening until the 22nd of August.

As usual we are looking for timekeepers, pusher off and marshals. If you can help out even for just one event please contact Fred Simpson with the dates that you can be available.

We cannot run the events without helpers

Ferryhill Wheelers are organising an open 10 miles time trial at Sedgefield on April the 27th to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance.

The event organiser is Rob Spink and more details can be found by clicking on the links below.

Howard Heighton has kindly agreed to organise a training weekend, details as follows;

Date 16/17th March

Day 1.

Gretna Newton Aycliffe to Bellingham - approx 100 miles

Overnight stay in Bellingham bunkhouse. There is a nearby pub for evening meals and drinks.

£22 pppn. We can can have full occupancy for £300. It sleeps maximum 15, but if we get less than that, we could divide the cost evenly if all agree.

Day 2. 

Self catering is available for breakfast, but a nearby cafe have agreed to open early if we want to eat there instead.

Bellingham - The Gretna - approx 100 miles. 

Baggage will be taken there and back.

Please contact Howard direct to book your place. 



Saturday March 16th.

Gretna, Rushyford, Ferryhill, Kirk Merrington, Whitworth, Billy Row, Cornsay Colliery, Muggleswick, Edmundbyres, Minsteracres, Hindley, Bywell, Corbidge   51.64 Miles

Lunch at Spokes Kitchen.

Aydon Castle, Wall House, Matfen, Ryal, Chollerton, Chollerford, Nunwick       

 (- Turn to Bellingham for the 70.52 mile route.)

Stonehaugh, Hetherington, Hesleyside, Lane Head, Charlton, Bellingham

Stop at Demesne Bunkhouse 45.38 Miles Total 97.02 Miles

1 room for 8 people, 1 for 4 and 1 for 3. Cost �22 each.

Sun March 17th
Breakfast at local cafe (Bunkhouse owner will arrange for it to be

Bellingham, Otterburn, Elsdon, Thropton, Rothbury, Forestburn Gate, Scotts Gap, Blackheddon, Stamfordham

Plough Inn for Lunch (49.52 Miles)

Rudchester, Wylam, Coalburns, Hedley on the hill, Newlands, Allensford, Rowley, High Stoop, Wolsingham, Hamsterley, Toft Hill, Low Etherly, South Church. Old Eldon, Gretna

50 Miles total 99.52 Miles.


Van will be available to carry and collect luggage.

If required he can do a 70ish mile route for day two as well.

We are almost there. The Teesside open events start on 10th March with the Cleveland Wheelers CC 21mile SPOCO circuit event in the Stokesley, North Yorkshire, area. With the closing date fast approaching, be reminded that Teesside time trials this year nearly all have a specific road bike category, so you can now compete on a level playing field with others using this type of machine. To bring attention to the specification you must adhere to if entering the road bike event, please see details below:

To enter a 2019 road bike specific event in the Teesside District, the following specification is appropriate to the conditions of entry:

The Rider:

  • · No time trial style pointy helmets (including Kask Bambino), or helmets with built in visors should be worn.
  • · No riding with elbows or forearms on the handlebars. If witnessed, competitor will be disqualified.

The Cycle:

  • · The frame should be constructed in the traditional pattern, i.e. built around a main triangle.
  • · No time trial style or triathlon forward extension bars with or without elbow pads should be present.
  • · Wheels should be of a spoked construction, with a minimum of 12 spokes and a maximum depth of 60mm.

Please apply the spirit of the road bike competition in your equipment choice.

Have a good season & hope to see you at some of the Teesside events

Congratulations to Steve Davies on winning Gold in the 4km aged 65+  team pursuit in Los Angeles along with Robert Barber, David Hughes and Mervyn Wilson, in a time of 5:04.349.