• Welcome to Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club
    Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club is based in the Newcastle upon Tyne / Ponteland area.
    We have about 280 members of all ages from the Newcastle and Northumberland area
    who enjoy the various club activities and social events organised by the club.

    For more information about joining Tyneside Vagabonds click here

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    Vags Race Team
    All members who race for the club in any event are part of the race team.
    In 2013, the Race Team competed at all levels from novice to international level,
    on-road, off-road, on the track, and in triathlons.
    For more information about the Vags Race Team click here     

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    Go-Ride Coaching Sessions
    Go-Ride provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to cycling.
    Tyneside Vagabonds run coaching sessions at Thorneyford Farm, Kirkley
    on Saturday mornings, which are ideal for children aged 6 and upwards.

    For more information about our Go-Ride coaching click here

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    Mountain Time Trial
    The Vagabonds' Mountain Time Trial was first run in 1947 and is the North East's premier time trial.
    It takes place on a challenging 47 mile course taking in Belsay, Rothbury, and Elsdon.
    The 60th edition of the MTT is to be held on Sunday 17th May 2015.

    For more information about the Mountain Time Trial click here

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    Women and Girls (WAGs)
    Women only Sunday social rides of 30-35 miles at an average 12-13mph.
    Join us for a fun way to explore Northumberland's quiet roads (and excellent cafés!).
    Whatever your age and whether you're new to road cycling or an 'old hand' - you'll be warmly welcomed.
    For more information about the Vags WAGs click here     

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Road Cycle Coaching at Ponteland High School October 2015

CoachingPontHighOct2015 For 4 weeks in October and November Sunday afternoons at Ponteland High School have seen a number of club members cycling round a circuit practicing their Group Cycling skills. Although the coaching remains in the car park the circuit is of a reasonable size allowing good practice of skills and bike handling.

During the four weeks we covered Group Cycling, efficient cycling and preparation for Time Trials. The main takeaways for the participants were verbal communication for Group cycling and using dropped handlebars for cycling efficiency. After a few laps practice many felt more comfortable on the drops. What was also highlighted was that many need to ensure that they are correctly fitted for using the drops and that they are comfortable on the drops.

The participants were mostly from Tyneside Vagabonds, with a few from Ponteland Tri and a couple of attendee’s not in a club. We were blessed with good weather for the four weeks with average attendance of around 10 each week, mostly adults but with a couple of under 18’s. The opportunity to practice and concentrate on how to ride in a group can benefit all of us. Lesley and Alex demonstrated the high level of skills for the WAGS, looking supremely confident riding in close proximity to each other.

When offered timed TT starts all attendees participated, with particular interest in their times and positions against others. The most heated competition being between Phil and Pam. Worth asking them if you see them who was the fastest…..

These sessions bring the opportunity to practice cycling in a traffic free environment for the adult members of the club which many of us don’t normally have the chance to do. Next spring we will be offering another course of sessions, probably concentrating on mounting/dismounting and handling skills for the cyclists and transition and fast mount/dismounts for any triathletes.

Many thanks to all who attended, and to Brian Craven and Sue Heppell for Coaching at these sessions. Watch out for details in the spring of the next set of road coaching.

Chris Heppell

Book now for Christmas lunch!

Calling Vagabonds, one and all!
Booking now open for the Christmas Ride & Lunch, Saturday 12 December 2015.

Starts at 10.00 from the White Swan, Prestwick Rd, Dinnington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 7AG - a round-trip with no café stop, as groups will be returning to the White Swan by 12.30pm to attend the Club Christmas lunch. Car parking at the pub is only for club members booked in for the lunch; other members joining the ride but not the lunch should find alternative parking in Dinnington before joining up with the ride. There’ll be a choice of groups to suit various abilities.

From 12.30pm. To book, click the link to the booking form. This asks you to pre-select your starter and main course from the menu shown; anyone also wanting pudding should order and pay for it separately on the day.

Payment can be made via the online booking form by Paypal; alternatively, a cheque (made out to Tyneside Vagabonds with ‘Christmas Lunch 2015’ written on reverse) should be sent in advance to Austin Wilcock at 9 Elmcroft Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle NE12 9LH.


As in previous years, it will be in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Please bring prizes along (the more the merrier), or arrange direct to give to one of the Social Committee: Austin Wilcock, Margie Jackson, Michelle Wright, Alex Mason, beforehand. Do remember to bring loose change along for buying your raffle tickets on the day.

In case the unthinkable happens and we get a dampish day, you could be glad of the odd piece of dry kit in your car to change into.

Sunday occasional rides at slow/medium pace to continue

Following on from recent successful rides to Simonburn (August) and Rothbury (11 October), Keith Aungiers is proposing to continue arranging Sunday rides at a slow/medium pace on an occasional basis.  These rides will be suitable for any members who would like to ride between 50-60 miles on a Sunday at a moderate pace, with an emphasis on steady group riding, sociability and ensuring that no-one gets left behind.  They will also be an ideal introduction to the club for anyone new to riding in a group.  Typically the rides will start at Ponteland at 9:30am, stopping at a cafe for lunch and returning before 3pm.  For further details look in the events diary or contact Keith. 

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