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Great North Bike Ride 2005
Seahouses to Tynemouth Priory (Northumberland)
Sunday 28th August 2005 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

A great ride from Seahouses, start ‘approximately’ 9AM, to arrive at the Tynemouth Priory, after 50 miles of beautiful Northumberland scenic coastline, entry fee is £10 to include NIKE T Shirt and a Medal.
This ride is growing from strength to strength, with people are coming from all over the country to take part. Last year they raised £30,000 with 710 cyclists taking part and thay want to double that amount this year if possible. ASDA, Northumbrian water donated bottled water and RED BULL came along and gave all cyclists energy drinks.

The organisers urge you to: “inform your friends, workmates, get a team together! Have some fun, and raise some money for charity at the same time through sponsorship. Please bring the family for support! Tombola, etc at the Priory! A great day out for all!”

To receive your sponsorship forms, please send your entry fee to:

Chris Lucas Trust
95, Lancaster Drive
Hadrian Park
Wallsend
North Tyneside
NE28 9TF
• Telephone: 0191 2632884 for more details
• Reg charity no 1085775
www.chrislucastrust.com

Chris Lucas died from a horrific childhood cancer in July 2000, aged 18yrs, since his death the trust (which was set up in Christopher’s memory) has raised over £160,000. Christopher suffered for 3 long years. The local Evening Chronicle covered him during and after his illness, they named him Bravest Boy in Britain and a Local Hero.

The Chris Lucas Trust is currently fundraising for a Scientific Medical Researcher, based with the NHS. To research a very aggressive cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma (Rab – doe – my – o – Sarcoma) to help improve the quality of life of children and young adults suffering from this horrific type of sarcoma.

Revolutions 5 Day 19th to 23rd August 2005 – Help needed!
Once again the Surrey League is putting on the longest and hardest race on the British Cycling calendar. This year, however, there is a difference. Many of those riding will be using it as ‘training’ for the re-established Tour of Britain. The standard of our race is likely to be higher than ever. Therefore we are going to need many more marshals, motor cycle marshals and drivers than ever before. We’ve had a request, a call to arms, from Surrey League supremo Keith Butler;

“As you appreciate, the local Police Forces are not able to assist us in our promotion so it is all down to us. I would, therefore, appreciate it if you could gather your friends and acquaintances and give the thousands of names to John Cosstick. He will be able to tell them where and when to go. Even if your group can only manage one corner or one day it will help. Most marshalling jobs involve going to at least two points so it is never boring and all equipment is provided. If you prefer to drive it is OK by us but please let us know in advance.”

The phone number you need is for John Cosstick 01737 358707. If you cannot get hold of him contact either Glyn Durrant on 01293 560745 or Keith Butler on 020 8660 7917.

Stage 1 – Friday August 19th – HQ Rake Village Hall – Start time 12:00
Stage 2 – Saturday August 20th – HQ Wivelsfield Parish Hall – Start time 12:00
Stage 3 – Sunday August 21st – HQ Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit – Start time 13:00
Stage 4 – Monday August 22nd – HQ Danehill Village Hall – Start time 12:00
Stage 5 – Tuesday August 23rd – HQ All Saints Church Hall, Crowborough – Start time 12:00

Course details and maps can be found at the Surrey League website. Entries this year already include teams from DFL, Recycling.co.uk, Plowman Craven, Fujibikes, Wales, Munster and Viner Bikes.

Red want a female cyclist to get glossy
Red magazine are doing a large scale fitness story designed to inspire their readers called ‘How I Found The One’ about four women who, after years of trying different types of exercise and hating it, finally found either rowing or cycling and not only fell in love with the sport but got the body of their dreams as a by-product. It’s designed to illustrate the idea that if you actually do an exercise you love and enjoy, that weight loss and tone and health all happen as an effect, yet the fun and sheer love of it is what motivates you.

They are looking for two women aged between 28 and 39, one who rows regularly within a team and another who cycles outside on every other day. Both ladies should fit the above bill and need to have lost weight as a result of their chosen sport but they should have also managed to have stuck to it for at least two years, if not longer. The women chosen will be photographed by a great photographer and featured in the November issue of the glossy Red magazine.

If you think you fit the bill please send an email to Anna Magee, Red’s health editor at Red by Tuesday August 2nd, with a brief description of yourself (age, occupation, marital status etc) as well as your fitness history, the fads you’ve tried and what finally brought you to rowing or cycling. You must also attach a recent, full length picture of yourself in the email. Red will be in touch on Wednesday with anyone suitable for their story.

Herne Hill Opening and a timetable of forthcoming events
With VCL helping to steer Herne Hill they can now give a quick summary of what will be happening in the near future. The opening event will be on Friday 5 August, British Cycling are currently working with VCL to sort out a schedule for the day, some high profile guests and it will probably include some Talent Team events from 1p.m. Plus a handover style ceremony with Dulwich Estates earlier in the day.

Monday/Weds Comp
There won’t be any Monday or Wednesday Track League this year. However there will hopefully be a Track League in September to help take people through to the World masters & Senior Track Nationals. The schedule will be likely to change:

Thursday
Thursday evening derny training may be on.
Friday
Friday evening youth riding may be on.
Saturday
Saturday morning training will be on.
Sunday MTB
There maybe some youth MTB stuff on Sunday mornings if there’s enough interest.

August race meetings
The SCCU Roadmans 25, Saturday August 20
E/1/2/3/4/W/Js from 1.30pm
Incorporating a round of the National Sprinters League
Contact: Ron Fowler 020 85701868

Derny National Champs – Monday August 29
E/1/2/3/J/W
Contact: Graham Bristow 020 8777 7139 E-mail

Visit: www.hernehillvelodrome.co.uk

Nicole Cooke out of Welsh World Cup after surgery
The organisers of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, Grand Prix of Wales, Newport, have been informed that, due to injury, Commonwealth Champion Nicole Cooke will be unable to participate in the race on 20th August 2005.

Cooke said “I have been suffering from a recurrent knee injury which required further surgery earlier this month. This is all immensley frustrating”

“The World Cup in Newport was one of my big target races this season and I am devastated to miss racing in front of my home crowd. I had hoped my knee would recover but the medical advice is that more recouperation time is needed” she said.

Race Organiser Alan Rushton commented “We are naturally very disappointed not to have Nicole with us in the race and send our best wishes for her speedy recovery”.

Links:

RCUK feature

Celtic Manor Resort

World Cup

Bike Wales

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