The first of this year’s Tourist Trial rides is taking place on Sunday 1st June. The Round 50 is, as its name suggests, a 50 mile ride. Registration begins at 8:30 in the Dolphin Centre, with 9:30 being the latest you can start the ride. It’s £2.50 for a standard entry on the day, or £6 if you want the T-shirt.
This year’s Hell O’ The North ride takes place on Sunday. Registration is from 08:30 – 09:30 at the Dolphin Centre. You can enter on the day for a fee of £6 (which inludes a T shirt) or £2.50 (without a T shirt).
The route is 100 miles. Assuming the route stays the same, there’s a map linked to from my blog post about the Hell O’ The North 2006.
I did it last year on my mountain bike. I think I was the last to finish. The weather was terrible last year, in particular the headwind for the first 60 miles. It took me ten hours and it hurt. A lot. I’m doing it again this year – I’ll be on my blue Solitude drop-bar singlespeed big-wheeled MTB.
Update: Had a great ride yeaterday, despite the weather. My right knee no longer functions as it should.
A big thanks to the Council for organising such a good event.
On May 16, 2007, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.
The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
Thanks to Dan for letting me know about this.
It’s probably too late to organise anything big for Darlington, but would anyone be interested in a Ride of Silence through Darlington next Wednesday evening? Please email or comment here of you’re interested.
Mordechai Vanunu spent 18 years in prison for telling the world about Israel’s secret nuclear weapons. He is still being held under detention today.
Cyclists on a Freedom Ride from Faslane to London will pass through Darlington on Thursday 12th April at around 12 noon. You can get more details about the ride at the Freedom Ride site. We’ll try to get details of their route in the next 24 hours, but we expect they’ll be coming down the A167, so may like to view our previous post about the Newton Aycliffe – Darlington route!
Regular commenter Steve has put together some route guides and posted them on his website – Cycle Routes, Darlington. The first route is an interesting mix of on- and off-road, starting and finishing in the town centre, which would make a nice cycle campaign social ride in the spring.