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  • Cummings waiting for his chance in Volta a Catalunya

    After two bunch sprint stages in the Volta a Catalunya, the race moves into much hillier, less predictable waters on day three, and breakaway specialists such as Britain’s Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) could come to the fore.

    The reigning British national road race and time trial champion finished 175th, and last, on Monday’s opening stage, at 6:13 down. A further 7:42 was shipped on stage 2.

    “He was tired after doing Milan-San Remo and then coming straight here,” Dimension Data director Bingen Fernandez told Cyclingnews after stage 2. However, the time lost has its advantages, given that whatever Cummings tries to do he is no longer likely to suffer from collateral damage in the on-going GC battle.


    “The great thing about Steve is nobody knows when he could try to make it into a breakaway,” said Fernandez. “It just happens. I think that sometimes not even Steve knew it was going to happen. It’s all a bit unpredictable.”

    The Volta a Catalunya enters equally uncharted terrain on stage 3 following the cancellation of the toughest climb to Vallter 2000 because of the risk of avalanches. Fortunately, the weather forecast is for it to stay dry, with only a minor risk of snow showers, although it will be very cold.

    The GC battle will likely dominate on stage 4’s summit finish at La Molina, but there could well be further opportunities for breakaways in the final half of the race.

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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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