About the BAR

The Northumberland and Durham Cycling Association (N&DCA) exists to provide a Best All Rounder (BAR) competition and individual distance championships to time trial riders of the North East and has been in existence for 97 years.

The original format of the BAR comprised a rider’s average speed for a 25 mile, a 50 mile, a 100 mile and a 12 hour time trial, however following the non-running of a 12 hour in the North East from 1972 onwards the BAR was reduced to just incorporating a 25, a 50 and a 100.

In recent years the popularity of the longer distance races, the 50 and the 100 has waned to the extent that in 2012 only seven riders completed the N&DCA BAR. This situation was discussed at the 2012 N&DCA AGM where it was decided that if the N&DCA BAR was to continue, the format of its competition must change to reflect the type of races that are currently popular with local riders.

As a result of this, a new committee was formed for the N&DCA in 2013 and a new format of the competition was proposed.

Current Competition Format

For the 2021 season, the competition format will be as follows:

To complete the BAR, a rider must complete a minimum of four ‘short distance’ time trials (9-14 miles), three ‘medium distance’ time trials (18-27 miles) and one ‘longer distance’ time trial (40 miles+) on North East District (M) courses. Juniors and Juveniles need to complete two short and two medium events to qualify.

The competition will be points based, with riders being allocated points in descending order based on their finishing position in a race.

The total of a rider’s best FOUR points scores over ‘short distance, best THREE point scores over ‘medium distance’ and best ONE points score over ‘long distance’ will be used to determine BAR rankings.

Updated rankings will be available on the N&DCA website as soon as practically possible after each event.

All individual open time trials held during the normal time trial season on North East District (M) courses are included.

Categories of competition

There are several categories of competition for which BAR trophies are available:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Junior (Boy and Girl)
  • Vets on standard ( Men and Women)
  • Road Bike (Men and Women)
  • Best team of three
  • Best veteran team of three
  • Best Womens team of two

Affiliation

In order for a rider to be eligible for BAR points, a rider’s club or team must have affiliated to the N&DCA.

If your club is not listed and if you wish to participate in this competition please ask your club or team secretary or treasurer to affiliate to the N&DCA. They can do this by sending a cheque for £30 with a cover letter to explain who it is from to the N&DCA treasurer Peter McGrath, please use the contact form to get contact details. It is also possible to pay by direct bank transfer, please use the contact form to enquire about details.

Your club or team must be based in the North East or Teesside districts to affiliate to the N&DCA.

If your club is outside of these districts, or otherwise does not wish to affiliate to the N&DCA, you can still affiliate as an individual rider at a cost of £10 for the season, provided you live within the North East and Teesside districts. Please use this link to affiliate as an individual.

View current affiliated teams

  • Allen Valley Velo
  • Alnwick & District Tri Club
  • Alnwick Cycling Club
  • Barnesbury CC
  • Blaydon Cycle Club
  • Cestria C.C.
  • Cramlington CC
  • Derwentside CC
  • Gosforth RC
  • GS Metro
  • Hetton Hawks CC
  • Houghton CC
  • MTS Cycle Sport
  • Muckle Cycle Club
  • Newcastle Cheviot CC
  • North Shields Poly CC
  • North Tyneside Riders
  • Northumbria Police C.C.
  • Protech Cycling
  • Racing Metro 15
  • Reifen Racing
  • Ryton Triathlon Club
  • South Shields Velo Cycling Club
  • Sub Rosa
  • Sun City Tri
  • Sunderland Clarion
  • Team Kirkley Cycles
  • Team Newcastle Triathlon
  • Tri Northumberland Triathlon Club
  • Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue CC
  • Tyneside Vagabonds CC
  • Velo Culture
  • Vector Racing
  • VO2MAX Race Team
  • Wearside Triathlon
  • Zeus CRT

Individuals

  • Harry Walker – Revolver Racing
  • Nick Munroe – RAF
  • Will Brown – PM Racing
  • Fleur Stoops – Vanelli-Project Go
  • Colin Gardener – Flyte Racing