BERWICK WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB 

      Racing and Social cycling in the Borders and Northumberland.     

Saturday 21st April

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Being named Dirty Reivers may sound like an insult, but on this occasion the meaning is cause for a celebration of quite literally grit and endurance.

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Berwick Wheelers Neil Wilson, Nigel Carrick and Darren Lindsay took part in the Dirty Reiver 200km event at Kielder Forest this weekend, taking in a spectacle of forest tracks and grit roads to tot up an impressive mileage. Becoming known as the ultimate gravel race in the UK, this event is not for the feint hearted or untrained. 900 competitors began their day in chilly temperatures, kitted in arm warmers and on specially adapted bikes in the shadows of Kielder Castle.

Pre ride fuelling the day before ensured riders were given their best chances of tackling at least one deep river crossing, over 3300m elevation and the many miles of dirt roads to come. As temperatures began to increase, so did the enormity of the task at hand.

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A timely visit from Bananaman and his Chicken side kick added a little humour and motivation to the riders darkest hours.

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A huge variety of cycle races means riders can test themselves in different ways. Be it mental, physical, terrain, speed or power, endurance riding at this level requires all of the above. The loneliness of these long distance riders reaped their rewards at the finish line after 11 hours of pedalling, with Darren completing half an hour earlier.

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.A well deserved chapeau to our three Dirty Reivers - titles which will no doubt raise a smile for them in years to come. Cycling is made of the fondest of memories, but none more so than those made of the truest dirt and grit.

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Congratulations must also be passed to Michelle Highfield who claimed the Super Vet female title at this weekend's Scottish National Time Trial Olympic championship at the Tour of the Meldons near Peebles. The 25 mile course which swoops amongst the Meldon Hills and challenges riders patience over winter worn roads was the setting for Michelle's latest accomplishment. Becoming an established name in the racing scene, Michelle can rightfully be pleased with a solid winters training in order to make more room in her trophy cabinet. Well done.

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Saturday 24th March

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See the 2018 Reivers tab for a race report from Andrew Leigh on the 2018 Reivers Road Race.