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29 June 2022

  • Nathan Haas signs for Cofidis

    Nathan Haas will leave a Katusha-Alpecin team mired in uncertainty and ride for Cofidis next year, signing a two-year contract with the WorldTour-hopeful French team.

    Haas joined Katusha in 2018 after spending two seasons with Dimension Data and three with what’s now EF Education First, but has struggled for results. His only victory came on stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Oman, and he has been unable to build on his fourth place finish at the 2017 Amstel Gold Race.

    The team are yet to assure the funds to continue in 2020 but Haas was already looking to move on, and liked the sound of the project developing at Cofidis under Cedric Vasseur, who took over as manager in 2018.


    The French team, created in 1997, are aiming to return to the top tier of the sport and have already stated their intent in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Elia Viviani and Guillaume Martin.

    "I’ve always liked being in teams that have a strong drive to progress, to get better and take a next step. That’s exactly the spirit with Cofidis and Cedric Vasseur and that’s what attracted me," Haas said.

    "What I like about this team is the opportunity to take chances in each race, to give everything so as not to have any regrets. At the Tour de France, they were pretty much in every breakaway. Naturally, I really want to ride Amstel Gold Race and the Ardennes Classics, but I also and above all want to put myself at the service of the team, notably Elia, to help them achieve new successes."

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The traffic lights at Grindon crossroads have been removed, so tonights event 10th June can now go ahead.

Signing on from 6:00pm in the Sedgefield library car park. First rider off at 7:01pm
Bikes must be fitted with a working rear light. No light no ride.
Entry fee £5. Non club members welcome.

Riders be aware that there is a small amount of gravel on the first bend after Old Stillington.

New member, Darren Pearson, is organising a "Ride for Kyran" on Sunday 16th May. Kyran Richmond lives in Chilton and suffers from Juvenile Batten Disease which is a rare genetic metabolic neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure.

This is a fund raising event to be completed by Darren and his friends. The ride leaves Ferryhill at 8.30 am and is going to Masham. The make up of the group will be very mixed and ridden at a very steady pace followed by a support vehicle.

To show support, our club run on this Sunday will also go to Masham where we will meet up with Darren's group. The club run will leave the Gretna at 9.00 am and go down to West Tanfield and then across to Grewelthorpe before reaching Masham. Hopefully we will have a good turn out and fill our quota of 15 allowed under current Covid regulations. 

If any members would like to join Darren's group for a steady ride he has about four places available. Would you please message Steve on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to ride with Darren or if you intend to join the club ride.

Any donations on the day would be welcome and if any members who are unable to join us on the ride would like to make a contribution then please ask for Darren's contact details.

Further details of the disease can be found at

Cyclist raises £10,000 for Butterwick Hospice

By Peter Barron


A DEDICATED cyclist has raised nearly £10,000 for a North-East hospice by pedalling the height of Mount Everest in memory of his wife.

Peter Greenan, from Norton, cycled up Hartside Pass, in Cumbria, 22 times within 24 hours – climbing a total height of 29,902 feet, equivalent to the height of the world’s highest mountain.

He has so far raised £9,617.50 for Butterwick Hospice Care, the charity which cared for his wife, Amanda, in her final days until her death at the age of 49.

Peter, who is a member of the Ferryhill Wheelers Cycling Club, said: “The Butterwick cared for Mandy, and for me and our son, Alex, who was just 15, when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago. They helped us through some very hard times.

“Other members of my family spent time with the hospice, so I always knew what an amazing job they did, and when my wife got sick, it was the one place I wanted her to go.

“Mandy went into the hospice, at Stockton, at the end of her life for care and support – they gave her dignity at the end. Afterwards, Butterwick helped Alex and I get back up and able to face life again. I’m indebted to them, and it made me want to repay some of that debt.”

Peter began his challenge late in the evening, repeatedly climbing the 1,904-foot hill through the night, and finally reaching the height of Everest nearly 23 hours later.

He was joined by his sister, Margaret, and brother, Francis, and by colleagues from Northumbrian Water, where Peter works as a project manager.

They worked as a relay team to provide moral support, and to keep Peter fed and watered throughout the challenge.

Debbie Jones, chief executive of Butterwick Hospice Care, said: “It was our privilege to care for Mandy, Peter, and Alex in their time of need, and we couldn’t be more grateful or inspired by what Peter has accomplished.”

Peter added: “I want to say a big thank you to my employer Northumbrian Water for giving me the time off to do this challenge and donating to my fundraising, as well as Lloyds Foundation, Axiom Engineering Associates, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, and to everyone who has supported me.”

To make a donation to help Peter reach the £10,000, go to and search for Peter Greenan

The first open event for 2021 in the region is being held this weekend on Sunday the 18th April at the Sailboard Centre Bishopton first rider is off at 9:01 am.

It is good to see that the event is well supported by Ferryhill Wheelers riders, Steve Davies, Dave Nichol, Terry Parvin, Howard Heighton, Sophie Heighton, Caroline Heighton, Tom Heighton, Shaun Wakes and Peter Greenan.


Adrian Dodds a life member of Ferryhill Wheelers sadly passed away on Monday 17th August, following a prolonged illness.

Our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this sad time.