Glaxo Sports & Social Club Concert Hall
Harmire Road, Barnard Castle, DL12 8DT
Important Information and CTT District Guidelines
Numbers will be in the Social Club side Entrance from 08:00am. All riders will be required to sign on, when collecting their number. A notice will be on display, adjacent to the signing on sheet, identifying any significant risks that may have been identified on the day of the event, which may affect rider’s or officials safety.
Return numbers to the Hall for your free refreshments.
The prize presentation will be asap after the race, in the Glaxo Sports & Social Club Hall
There is plenty of parking in the Glaxo Sports & Social Club Car Park and in the Teesdale Sports Centre Car Park further round. I would be grateful if riders do not fill either the Social Club Car Park or the Sports Centre Car Park, please leave some spaces for their customers.
No cars, except for the timekeepers to be parked at or near to the start or finish.
No U-turns within sight of the timekeepers.
A rear light, working in flashing or constant mode, affixed to a competitor’s cycle is recommended,
Please take care while warming up, Harmire Road is a built up area. We allow riders to pass the timekeepers in order to warm up on the course, but please respect riders who have already started.
Please take care on the descents, especially if it is wet. There will be Red Flags to warn you of the approach of the 2 hairpin bend descents on the way out, the first into Bollihope Bottom after the Frosterley Junction and the second on Unthank Bank.
Please consider your choice of wheels carefully, especially if it is windy. (Deep rims are not faster if you can’t control the bike at 40+mph!!)
There are cattle grids at Middle End (10.95 miles) and above Unthank Bank at Stanhope (17.20 miles) on the way out. A rider was seriously injured on this cattle grid in 2002. You approach it downhill and on a sweeping left hand bend, please ensure you straighten your line before you cross the metal grid. The road surface is not in good condition after the winter. You re-cross this cattle grid on the return leg and also another above Eggleston (approx. 33 miles).
The Railway Level Crossing at the bottom of Unthank Bank, Stanhope, is in reasonably good condition the rails are slightly proud as ever. Please take care oncoming traffic is in the middle of the road.
Unthank Bank itself is 0.65 miles of 1:6 (steeper on the inside of the hairpin) and I would suggest that you need a gear of at least 39 x 21 for the climb back up. Duncan Orme suggests that 39 x 25 is more realistic for most riders.
*** Hard shell helmets are compulsory for all riders ***
In the interest of safety and due to the nature of the event, the promoting club insist competitors wear a hard shell helmet, which conforms to a recognised international standard.
Any car on Carlonin which can be identified with a rider may lead to the rider being disqualified.
Can I remind everyone that under CTT rules riders are forbidden from having a following car.
No cars should drive up or down the narrow single track Carlonin Bank (7.75 miles from the start) while the event is in progress, they seriously impede the riders. Please take an alternative route, through Eggleston, and support the riders from one of the many safe places to pull off the road.