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     

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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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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

The club's biggest social event of the year is a chance to socialize with your fellow club mates without donning your lycra!  Whilst the club's various trophies are presented to the winners on the night, it is not just for the racers in the club - we would like everyone to come along (partners are invited too) and enjoy a good evening out.

This year's Presentation Night is a buffet at Ponteland Golf Club on Friday 7th November, from 7 for 7.30pm.

Tickets are just £15 for adults and £7.50 for Under 18s, and must be booked by 1st November.  Click here to book and pay for your place.

The club championships with prizes to be awarded have now been completed, and the results are linked to below.  There will also be the novice / most improved rider award and clubperson of the year award to be presented, the recipients of which will not be known until the night itself.

Club Championships 2014

From Club Hill Climb 2014

Tim Wilcock was crowned club hill climb champion for the second year, but with a much reduced margin of victory over Adam Wild, who finished just over 2 seconds behind him.  In third place, and just 0.3 seconds outside the Under 16 Boys course record, was Craig Gow.

Ladies hill climb champion is Sophie Enever, who set a new Under 16 Girls course record in the process.

Craig wasn't the only one to narrowly miss out on a benchmark ride though as Ken Thursby finished just 0.7 seconds over the 3 minute barrier.

Read more: Club Hill Climb - 5th October 2014

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.

More Articles...

  1. CXNE 2014 - Round 3
  2. North Northumberland Ride 2014
  3. Club 10 - 14th August 2014
  4. Club 25 - 31st July 2014
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