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DCV Sponsorship

At the recent AGM club member Adrian Hall stepped forward and volunteered to lead the drive to attract sponsorship to DCV, primarily to drive down he cost of DCV Kit and for any other purposes the club sees fit.

He has asked us for the help of the membership so if you can help in anyway please contact him via-

Lets help Adrian to explore this avenue

George Kinghorn and David Tomlinson

Velo North Sportive 01.09.19

A number of members are doing the Velo North closed road sportive in September.

if you want to do it and want to start in the same waves as other members please enter DCV as the team name (not Durham City Velo)

if you think 100 miles is too much for you there is a 50 mile option.

I (George) have signed up for the 100 despite not having ridden for months so if you feel that you would struggle also then let’s get organised and train together. I’m sure the experienced riders in the club will help us.


Club runs this weekend

Sorry about not getting formal events set up,this week and last, we have had health issues with our youngest son.

This weekends events can be found on the Facebook page


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!

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.


Club membership card errors

We’ve had a couple of reports of incorrect information on the club membership cards.

Could anyone who has mistakes on their cards please send am email with a picture of the errors to by midnight on the 20th May 2018 so we can compile these errors and contact the supplier to get them rectified.

NOTE – Even if you have mentioned to to George or David and/or already sent an image could you do so again so we have them all in one place



DCV Coast to Coast in a Day – June 9th 2018 – Video announcement

The official launch of the 2018 DCV Coast to Coast Club Run


Full Details

Price is £30 for 1 person and includes –

– Mini bus from central Durham location (too be agreed once we know who is coming) to Workington. Estimated leaving time 4.30am
– Additional Van to transport bikes to Workington
– Minibus to follow route with selection of spares
– A group of fellow riders to share the journey with

Route –
PDF download of route –

Book and Pay for your place here –

First come first served so be quick

Event Details

The route we intend to use is the classic coast to coast route from Workington to Sunderland, the distance is 220 kms / 122 miles and should take around 12 hours.

The route is mainly minor roads and tarmac cycle ways for the first 160 kilometers, from Rookhope to Sunderland there are some sections of off road on well graded gravel tracks.

The ride would be perfect on a cyclocross type bike but very rideable on a road bike with good tyres so don’t be put off if you you are going to use a road bike.

David Tomlinson will be supporting the ride all the way with the minibus and will bring a selection of spares if needed. George Kinghorn will take bikes to the start point in his sprinter van, we will decide the pick up point when we get final confirmed numbers but we would be starting at this end around 4.30am

The plot a route a map shows the route not including Workington to Seaton the first 4 miles, Sustrans have introduced a cycle way through Workington to Seaton since I last completed the ride but its well signed as is the entire route

The cost of the trip includes the minibus hire and fuel for the minibus and van.

The maximum number we can take is 14 . It would be helpful if you can arrange to be picked up at Sunderland but if not I can give some a lift home in the bus with bikes

The plan is to ride as a group to make it as enjoyable as possible.

There are some shorter routes and some faster routes and some all on road but cycling is about enjoyable routes as well and this is the most enjoyable route and I hope you still believe when you reach Roker Beach for a beer

DCV Gilets coming very soon

DCV Kit manager John Hitch now has the samples of the new Gilets in hand.

A few of us got to try them at the formal meeting.

They will sell for £25 and be available to order really soon (we are finalising the online shop as we speak)

Saturday club run routes

It has been decided that we will schedule the routes for Saturday club runs in advance as we do with the Sunday runs.

To this end we want to build up a list of 8 runs which will start at Low Burn Hall.

These runs will then be scheduled in advance along with full plotaroute routes (Gpx files of which can be downloaded)

Please let us know your suggested routes and we will decide upon the 8 at a special meeting run along side the social meeting on April 23rd.

At the meeting we will decide on the best 8 routes and then plot the routes for each of them ahead of scheduling when they will be ridden.

Please let us know your suggestions ahead of the meeting and come along so we can work with you to plot the routes.

Saturday club runs 9am start trial

At the formal meeting it was requested that Saturday club runs start at 9am.

A proposal to trial this until the next formal meeting (May14th) where it will be reviewed and a vote taken on making it permanent.

There was confusion with this last Saturday with the main run leaving at 9 whilst others arrived at 10.

Please note all Saturday club runs up to and including May 12th will start at 9am.