Durham City Velo (DCV) is a relatively young but active cycling club, which has grown steadily since its formation in March 2015 by a group of dedicated cycling enthusiasts from in and around Durham in North-East England.
We cater for a range of abilities, ages and experience, focusing on road cycling but with a fair bit of off-road too. For most of the year we offer TWO club runs on a weekend – a Saturday ride and a Sunday one – as well as a more vigorous mid-week training session when evenings are longer. Although not primarily a racing club we are registered with Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and Northumberland & Durham Cycling Association (NDCA).
Current club officers are Chairman Ian Buil; Secretary David Tomlinson; Treasurer Peter Dawson; Welfare Officer Gordon Kirkup; Ride Captain Chris Graham; Kit Manager Carl Bestford.
External communication with the club is via email (preferably by using our contact form), comments on website posts and our Facebook page and forum. Members are invited to join our WhatsApp and Strava groups.
The club’s main focus are the weekend club runs which leave from Low Burnhall Car Park. From spring to autumn we try to provide rides on Saturday AND Sunday. During winter, when everyone’s resolve is put to the test, there’s usually something happening on at least one day in the weekend. Whatever the time of year, Saturday rides are typically a bit longer than Sunday rides, quicker (~15/16 mph) and/or hillier and, when the clocks go forward, start a half-hour earlier. All rides operate a ‘NO-DROP’ policy.
Quite a few members are keen on off-road ‘gravel’ rides too for which the usual meeting point is Broompark Picnic Area on the Deerness Valley Walk. It lies at the heart of a network of cycle paths around Durham, linking with C2C and ‘Walney to Wear’ (W2W) cycle routes amongst others. ‘Gravel’, mountain and hybrid bikes are all welcome.
Routes are typically published in the calendar on the preceding Wednesday or Thursday and so may be changed or even cancelled. This is usually the result of a deteriorating weather forecast and is more likely in winter. When conditions are particularly challenging (cold coupled with rain, snow and/or ice) there may be no organised ride but you can still get together with club-mates and post one (if details in the calendar remain ‘TBA’ that’s probably why).
Everyone is welcome to all of our activities but if you intend to come along let us know first – especially if it’s your first time.
Occasionally (a few times a year) we hold what we call ‘away-days’. These are special club-runs (single or multi-day), planned further in advance than normal, which start from a location far enough away from our usual meeting points to require transport. Of course, you could still cycle if you’d made your own arrangements or were sufficiently motivated but if you don’t drive, don’t worry as there are always opportunities for car-sharing.
As soon as daylight and weather permits we generally organise a mid-week training session – usually on Wednesday – which involves group-riding at a slightly higher pace/effort than would be achieved on weekend club runs.
Sessions of typically 25-30 miles are organised to accommodate the collective enthusiasm of members and usually take the form of either pace-line riding (aka ‘chaingang’ or ‘through & off’) on a flat course or as circuits in the hills around Durham. They are usually posted in the calendar on the Monday prior.
Again, they are open to members and non-members but it you plan to attend you should let the club or organiser know via WhatsApp (for members) or our Facebook forum.
We leave bikes and lycra at home on the first Monday of the month when we meet at the Kingslodge Inn, on Waddington Street in Durham City, DH1 4BG at 7.30 pm. You’re welcome to drop by and join us but why not contact us first so that we can expect you? Like most good clubs we also like to get together for an annual Christmas meal at one of the many venues that Durham has to offer.