Winter Cycling Challenge 21-22 – Report

DCV’s Winter Cycling Challenge, which ran from the 30th October 2021 to the 27th March 2022 and was expertly organised – as such things usually are – by Ride Captain Chris Graham, came to its much anticipated conclusion with the winner being…drum roll…Dave Stevens!

From the 26 members who recorded at least one ride, Dave – often in the company of his dad, Mick, also a club member – racked up 388 of the 4263 points scored by the club as a whole, just pipping the ageless and redoubtable Neville Cain who was frequently partnered by Andrew Edwards (8th with 261 points), by a mere 2 points!

One notable ride of Dave’s was a hilly ‘century’ through the Durham dales that caught the attention of many of us on Strava. From a squinting single-pass of Chris’ master sheet shown in the gallery it looks to me like Dave’s awesome total of 1,488 miles was only 119 more than Neville’s which makes it a pretty close-run thing over the course of a 5 month challenge. Well done to both.

So, with grateful thanks to Chris whose never-ending enthusiasm helped motivate us through another typical winter’s cycling in the UK, it’s a resounding “chapeau” to Dave who is pictured receiving his award from Chris at our monthly get-together at the Kingslodge Inn in Durham. To make it very much a family affair, Dave’s dad, Mick (10th with 179 points) nominated Diabetes UK to receive a donation of £170.

Scott Watson won the photography competition with his chilly night-time shot of the Heugh Cannon on Hartlepool Headland (Destination C). It was tight though, with Tim Belsey’s shot of the Pit Lift at Easington Colliery (Destination E) going to arbitration by Chris’ mother-in-law!

Results
PositionCompetitorPointsPositionCompetitorPoints
1Dave Stevens38813Peter Dawson123
2Neville Cain38614Craig Skidmore114
3Stuart Elsy31515=Peter Linstead112
4Graeme Bradford31115=Gail Linstead112
5Dave Tomlinson29516Andy Knight100
6Tim Belsey28817John Hitch67
7Graeme Watt28718=Ian Buill64
8Andrew Edwards26118=Carl Bestford64
9Chris Graham25119Mark Wilson53
10Mick Stevens17920Peter Grimoldby43
11=Mike Wyngard12821Harry Walker41
11=Dave Kell12822=Peter Sturman34
12Scott Watson12522=Nigel Ball34

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