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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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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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     


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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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 59th edition of the MTT is to be held on Sunday 18th May 2014.

For more information about the Mountain Time Trial click here

This weekend Kev and I had a wee trip booked over the border to stay in some wigwams in a place called Shawhead, a few miles from Dumfries. Our friends who we went with are not the cycling types and given the weather it would have been rude not to go on a bike ride.

Thanks to good old Google I soon found Dumfries cycling club and dropped them a quick email. Rather than us cobble a route together why not see if some locals would let us join them? Their club chairman Gordon McNeil was quick to reply and was very welcoming to the idea of a visit.
They had 3 groups for their Saturday ride which met at Halfords in the town. We decided to join the medium group which we were told would average around 16-18mph (!!). The biggest shock was to come; THEY DON'T DO CAFE STOPS!!! 
We managed not to disgrace the Vags good name though and held our own on a brisk lumpy ride with 9 others. It was good meeting some locals and having a bit chat with them. 
I have to admit that I didn't have a clue where we were most of the time. The scenery was great thought,  moorlands a bit like Weardale followed by lanes like North Yorkshire and Northumberland. It was a bit more lumpy then most of our routes but the road surfaces were better and traffic quieter. 
By the end of the ride we both had a serious cake deficiency but one of the group kindly escorted us to a fine eating establishment in the town centre where we enjoyed Guinness and chocolate cake with some very fine teas.

I have offered an exchange visit should any of them fancy it. I'm sure if any Vags are visiting up that way they'd be happy for you to join them if you dropped them a line.

The club hosts its first cyclocross event of the season in the CXNE League a week on Sunday, the 21st September. The event will once again be at Kirkley Cycles / Thorneyford Farm. All club members are invited to come and participate or spectate and enjoy the day, which has always had good reviews in the past, for both the challenging course and the atmosphere of the event.

Additionally, I would be grateful for any help that club members would be able to provide on the day, the jobs include manning the sign-on, directing the parking, general marshalling of the course during racing, manually scoring the races (as a backup to the chip timing system), and helping to take in the course once all the racing is finished.

The schedule on the day will be:

11am Juniors, Vets and Women, 40 minutes, £12 online/ £15 on the day

12pm Youths, 30 minutes, £5 online/ £8 on the day

12.45pm Under 12s/10s/8s, 15 minutes, £2

1.30pm Senior Open, 60 minutes, £12 online/ £15 on the day

More information on age categories etc at the CXNE website, and online entry available at the British Cycling website.

Anyone available to assist with sign-on or parking would need to be available from around 9am, but on the plus side both of these jobs are pretty much complete by 1pm if not before. If anyone is able to assist on the day, I would be grateful if you can contact me as soon as possible so I can get an idea of numbers by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 07944 490 039.

This event has become one of the biggest events that the club promotes and with your help it can be a success again for the third year running.

Kind Regards,

Mark Reed

From North Northumberland Club Ride

Twenty Vagabonds set out from Wooler at 9.30am on Sunday 31st August on a route prepared by Keith Aungiers to take in 55-60 miles of North Northumberland's finest country lanes, including a lunch stop on Holy Island.

Read more: North Northumberland Ride 2014

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