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14 December 2018

  • Matthews to make long-awaited Tour of Flanders debut in 2019

    Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) will finally make his Tour of Flanders debut in 2019, setting the Belgian Monument as the focal point of a spring campaign that will feature an almost-complete set of cobbled Classics.

    Matthews finished second at the under-23 Tour of Flanders in 2010 but, curiously, has yet to tackle the pro race. Despite an appearance at Gent-Wevelgem as a neo-pro in 2011, his springs have largely revolved around Milan-San Remo and then the hillier Ardennes Classics, rather than the cobbles and bergs of northern Belgium.

    However, 2017 saw a shift in direction, as the Australian rode Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem to test the waters, before lining up a fuller schedule of cobbles, including Flanders, for 2018. That was ultimately derailed by a shoulder injury suffered in a crash at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February, but Matthews will have his shot in 2019.


    "I'm really interested in Flanders this year. I haven't done the pro one before. I was 2nd in the U23s, so I've got good memories. I know the pro event is totally different, but I'm really excited about it," Matthews told Cyclingnews in Calpe, Spain, where he's currently on a training camp with Sunweb.

    "I've had a look at the course, which is a big step forward to know what I'm in for, but I'm actually just super excited to race it. I've been trying to race it for the last few years, but have never been able to with preparation for the Ardennes and the Tour of the Basque Country."

    Matthews will still ride all three Ardennes classics – Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – in 2019, having finished third at Amstel in 2015 and fourth at Liège in 2017. However, the cobbled races have been identified as the races where he has the biggest chance of success.

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With the 2018 time trial season now underway it is good to see Ferryhill with a strong team riding the Bishop Auckland C C SPOCO event.

Chris Peareth, Andrew Charlesworth, Paul Tyler, Dougan Collins, John Hewison and Howard Heighton.

Have a good ride everybody.

Start Sheet:

Leaving from the Gretna at 9.30am on Sunday 5th November.

Steve promises a cafe that we have not used before.

Operation Spartan

Shielding Vulnerable Road Users

Although many of you will have kept logging the miles through the winter months, the turn of spring usually sees more cyclists getting out and enjoying the roads of North Yorkshire, and we want to make sure everyone stays safe.

Our partners, North Yorkshire Police, have launched an operation which seeks to identify vulnerable road users. Through a mixture of education and enforcement, Op Spartan aims to improve the attitudes of those who use our roads and increase the level of safety for all.

Seen  behaviour on the road that concerns you?

Spartan is a force-wide operation where officers and the public are encouraged to submit intelligence regarding instances of anti-social use of vehicles or poor driving. A profile of information will be collated for the police to assess and act upon, to ensure guidance and advice can be provided to those who need it.

Op Spartan is inviting the public to submit details of instances of dangerous or anti-social driving they have witnessed via the driving concern form below.The driving concern form captures the details of the incident and requests information such as vehicle number plate, so police can carry out the relevant checks and follow up with engagement or enforcement if required.

Driving concern report form

The Major Collision Investigation Team will collate the information and then take the appropriate course of action. This may be the registered owner of the vehicle is contacted by letter to suggest that their driving behaviour be amended to avert possible future collisions. More serious reports may involve a personal visit by a traffic officer and could ultimately result in prosecution

Video footage can be sent directly to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If the anti-social driving behaviour results in an emergency or immediate risk, please use either 999 or 101

Op Spartan updates will be published via the North Yorkshire Police website and Facebook page

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This will be on the Hill End Climb out of Frosterley on the 22nd of October at 10.00 am.

Entries to C Mustill, 9 Maltby Close, Auckland Park,  Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 8SF.   Tel: 07984465097  

Free entry to Ferryhill first claim members.

Club members can enter on the day and be eligible for the club hill climb trophy, but they will not be eligible for awards in the open event. To be eligible for awards in the open event you have to pre-enter the event, so that your name is on the start sheet.



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