Monthly Archives: September 2018

DCV 2018 Chistmas weekend 7th to 9th December

As we are growing, so too are our events!

This year we will have our traditional Christmas party at the Kings Lodge on Friday 7th December 2018 at 7pm. Full details here 

THEN on Sunday 9th we will have a Christmas ride on both tracks and road to Causey Arch cafe where we can loiter and enjoy tea/coffee/butties/cake before ambling back

We have reserved 20 places for the Christmas party but may be able to get more. Either purchase a ticket or let us know you will be coming and when you will pay.

We also need to know if you intend to come on the ride so we can let the cafe know how many to cater for.

Message us here or get in touch via social media

DCV Tshirts anyone?

Is anyone interested in purchasing DCV tshirts?

We can get them custom printed one at a time as needed and delivery is 3 or 4 days.

Price is £14.99 per shirt.

They also do hoodies and loads of other stuff so shout up if you’d like us to look at sourcing any other garments.

NEW DCV kit shop launched

We now have a full ecommerce shop containing all available DCV branded kit.

Its available here or via the kit shop link on

It allows you to purchase and pay directly for any of our items and offers a large selection from Kalas and our own club sourced kit.

We will be adding more items in the future so watch out for more news.

Any feedback greatly appreciated!

DCV Cyclocross Race Oct 27th – Volunteers Needed

Club Members Dave Nicholson and Karen Partington are heading up DCV’s round of the North East Cyclo Cross League on October 27th 2018

They need Volunteers to help run the event so please get in touch with us if you can help. Dave tells us that no previous experience needed.

Even if you are racing you could help out before/after

Contact us via facebook or here to express an interest or to get Daves contacts to discuss it with him

The location is Thorneyford Farm MAP

NECCL Website

NECCL Facebook page

Roles needed

Role Time Needed Name
Event Organiser All day D Nicholson
First Aider All day 11:15 to 2:30 Neil Morton
Lead Marshal All day 11:15 to 2:30 ?
Mashal 1 All day 11:15 to 2:30 ?
Mashal 2 All day 11:15 to 2:30 ?
Mashal 3 Adults race 12:30 to 2:30 ?
Mashal 4 Adults race 12:30 to 2:30 ?
Mashal 5 Adults race 12:30 to 2:30 ?
Sign on 1 11:00 to 1:30 Karen Partington
Sign on 2 11:00 to 1:30 ? Ideally this person can be the second Lap Scorer
Lap Scorer 1 1:30 to 2:30 Karen Partington
Lap Scorer 2 1:30 to 2:30 ?

No Sunday road ride this weekend

As Im wanting to do the gravel run to Pedalling squares on Sunday Im not able to lead the road run hence none planned.

If someone wants to lead a ride then shout up, you could always take the road to Pedalling Squares and meet the Gravel run there.



NEWS – Clubs Runs, Formal Meeting & more

Here’s a quick round up of whats going on

Georges absence

First of all Id like to apologise for not being around this week till now – Ive had a gum infection but back at work now. Unfortunately dont think I will be able to ride this weekend but should be at the social on Monday.

Club Runs

Saturday Faster & Further Rode Club Run – This Saturday sees the first in what will hopefully become a series of away day rides (club runs not starting in Durham city) This sees David Tomlinson leading a loop ride from Wylam and visiting Elsdon Cafe. Please turn out and support this if you want to see these grow.

Saturday one off gravel ride to Hownsgill – With no Saturday club run Dave and Karen have stepped up to lead an alternative ride up the lines to Hownsgill. 9.30 start at Broompark, please let Dave and Karen know if your turning out

Sunday Gravel club run to Hownsgill – Gravel season has started and Neil will be leading the regular ride up to Hownsgill

No Sunday road ride? – George was hoping to lead a road ride up to Hownsgill on Sunday but due to illness cant. If you want to ride that route and know it let us know so we can publish it 

Formal Meeting

Thanks to all who turned out for the formal meeting on Monday 3rd Sept. Not many turned out so we have decided to change the formal meeting format. To increase engagement – remember that this club is run to allow its members to do what they want on a bike – we have decided to stop monthly formal meetings and to instead hold our AGM in February as usual before the summer cycling season along with a new October General Meeting ahead of the winter season.

NEW October General meeting

The October General Meeting will be held in a formal meeting room and have a firm agenda, date and location to be confirmed soon.

2018 has seen the club make great strides after the lull in 2017. We now have 2 different levels of road rides, gravel rides and a weekly training ride. Event rides such as the Tour de Yorkshire and the new away days have been popular.  October will see the club run its first Cyclocross race. These along with a weekly social meeting has solidified the club and given us an excellent foundation.

Dave Tomlinson and I feel it is now time to move onto the next level and want to discuss the following at the October General meeting but need your attendance and engagement to shape the next stage. Below are some of the things we want to discuss and we need your agenda items as soon as possible.

  • Club run leaders. We have a core of Chris, Joshka and Neil who lead runs almost every week. Dave Tomlinson and I also lead runs when we can. Gordon and a couple of others have also lead rides this year. This is all fantastic but we need to support these leaders so they are not responsible every week. The Thursday training ride ends as nights draw in but we are also loosing its leader as Joschka moves away, so this needs a plan putting in place.
  • Club membership. We currently stand at 59 full members with a further 15 additional family members, more members mean more people to ride with so we need to push to increase this to at least 100. We need to have a promotional plan.
  • Major event- Resurrect the Beast Sportive? It would be great to have a centre piece event for the club and as we exist to encourage people to ride their bikes together why dont we organise a DCV sportive, initial exploring the idea of running the DCV Beast in Sept 2019

Then its over to you to discuss what you want to do as a club – please contact me, George Kinghorn or David Tomlinson via email, facebook, phone or in person to let us know what you think.