Monthly Archives: July 2016

Skoda Cycling Club

On Monday I received an email asking If we could ride a route that mirrored part of the Tour de France for the Skoda Cycling Club. (Look here)

Of course I said yes and and tonight off we went to ride it.

It was a bit tricky to start with as it was rough tracks but then went to road followed by parts of our track and trails route.

I will add anther post once the full report has been published by them

The Route


Heres a video of the initial part

Cancelled Coaching Youth and Adult July 24th

Im sorry to say that due to very low numbers signing up and because the weather looks terrible tomorrow that we have decided to cancel the coaching sessions tomorrow.

Next coaching session will be August 14th and I will put in place a new booking system ahead of that.

Sorry for having to do this


Male & Female Cycle skills coaching trial session announced Sunday 24th July

Im really excited to announce a trial of our new Adult Skills training sessions.

Full details here

Our youth coaching has grown massively this year and whilst coaching the kids to take part in the Youth Skills competitions we run I thought “Why should the kids have all the fun!”

So its the Adults turn, Male and Female together learning how to handle their bike better.

Being able to handle your bike better benefits you as a rider by making you safer and more confident. If going fast is your thing then learning and practising how to handle the bike properly at lower speed benefits you when your going quick.

It dawned on me when a few adults tried our skills test courses that they were no better at them than the kids when they first tried them – come and give it a go and let us know what you think?


George Kinghorn

DCV Chairman and Head Coach

Ladies Breeze Leisure Ride @ Sniperley 24.07.16

Clare Ross will be leading a Breeze ride for ladies starting during our kids coaching session and returning in time for our new adult coaching session.

More details here


Breeze Bike Rides in Durham

From Sniperley we will travel south along the cycle path next to the A167 At Toll House Road we will travel down the road for a short distance before turning L at Baxter’s Wood We will travel through the farmyard turning R onto the Lanchester Valley Railway Walk. At Langley Park we will return to Sniperley via the cycle path next to the A691 The ride is 8 miles at approx. 8mph. There are some hills and an average assent of 500ft. Please bring a bike in working order and a spare inner tube. Please ensure that your brakes are working and you are able to carry out an emergency stop if required! Following the ride there will be refreshments and cakes available for sale in the Park and Ride building an opportunity to meet members of Durham City Velo. From 5.30 – 6.30 there is a coaching session which you would be welcome to join. Coaching is for all levels and abilities and covers more effective use of gears, hand signals, group riding and other skills


We are currently pulling together an order for DCV Kalas kit.

If you want to order something pleas visit the kit page here

  1. Look in the brochure and price list to identify what you want
  2. Find your correct size
  3. Let us know what you want and we will send you an invoice you can pay online

Delivery leadtime is currently 4-5 weeks


Club Run Leaders Needed – Team required

As the club gets busier Ive found I cant make it to all of the club runs (In fact im struggling to even get out on my bike)

SO we need to build a pool of DCV Member Club Run leaders for our Saturday Social Rides and need someone to run the team.

Please volunteer for the rolls below

Ride Leader Team manager Roll

This is one individual who can take on the finding of a ride leader each week publish the ride on Facebook and the Website ( I will give you instruction and support on this)

You DO NOT have to go on all (or even any) of the club runs, you just need to manage the ride leaders and the publishing of the details preferably by no later than the Wednesday proceeding the run.

Ride Leader Roll

You will need to know the route you are going on – preferably a route of around 40 mile without too much climbing and with a cafe in the middle. Preferably you will be able to use to map out the route for the manager to publish with the event (I can show you how to do this – its pretty straight forward)

You will need to brief the riders before the run at the meeting point on Club run etiquette, the route and safety ( I can work with the group to build briefing notes so you all give the same briefing)

If you could give the manager your availability then its it would make it easier to plan

The more leaders we have the better to share out the runs.

I hated cancelling the run this week as its never happened before (except for weather) so we need to do something about it. These social club runs are the backbone of the club and if we don’t get these sorted they are in danger.

Please get in touch with me via the details here

George Kinghorn

DCV Chairman

DCV Youth Coaching Rebooted

Following 3 successive weeks of skills competitions DCV Youth coaching is back.

This week we only have one coach available meaning places are limited to 20 so please get in touch to claim your place – first come first served.

We have also adjusted the session to be aimed at those who can pedal without stabilisers as we feel beginners need more one to one advice, This advice will be provided FOC  in the last half hour of the session.

We are busy working on future dates and will announce as soon as possible.

Click here for full details