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    Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club is based in the Newcastle upon Tyne / Ponteland area.
    We have over 300 members of all ages from the Newcastle and Northumberland area
    who enjoy the various club activities and social events organised by the club.

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    Vags Race Team
    All members who race for the club in any event are part of the race team.
    The Race Team competes 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 61st edition of the MTT is to be held on Sunday 15th May 2016.

    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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Vags Hill Climb 2018 (remember that?)

Sorry for the severe delay in compiling the results of the 2018 Vags Hill Climb which took place nearly 2 months ago at Sandhoe on the morning of 22 January. 

There was an excellent turn out of spectators but only a brave few actually took to the slopes. The conditions were good for the course with only a fine covering of sand and debris on the road and almost dry which saved some spinning out of back wheels. 

This was the year of the Tandem competition - 40% of all participants, and well worth it as everyone got the course record, Charlotte and Roger taking it first with a 5.00 and Miriam and Jon B pushing it back to 4.13 five minutes later. They think there`s more to come with the right gears - definately no spinning those pedals with the cogs available on the day.

There were some notable efforts as befits a hill climb, with Paul Crotty for one, disappearing around the corner after the finish making some rather worrying gasping sounds and not sure himself if he would ever take a breath again. Thankfully he reappeared after a couple of minutes and appeared to have regained his composure. 100+% for effort and a well deserved podium

Honours on the day went to Chris Bartram with a 3.02 with Peter Graves in second on 3.13 and Pauls 3.54 completing the honours.

First and only solo lady and this years womens champion was Sue Thorn with a 4.07.

Gary Burnie and Peter Brock completed the finishers with 4.01 and 4.16 respectively.

Roger and Charlotte would like to credit their warm up lap boost to the angry dog which inspired their mid climb surge.

Final Club TT and 2018 Results

A quiet end to the club TT season with no significant changes to the overall results and only 2 PBs owing to the Westerly breeze which kept riders under pressure on the mid section of the race. The PBs were creditied to riders who havent ridden for some years on our course so welcome back to Mark Strang our winner, congratulations, and Wayne Coates who knocked nealy 2 minutes off his 2014 time, both clearly enjoying good form after the intervening years.

New riders to this event on the night were Peter Stokoe and Dan Wilson, welcome, and making a return after a 6 year gap, Kyle Watts, who has some work to do to catch up with his junior self of 2012!

In the overall we have a good mixture of age groups in the Short BAR with all ages represented in the top 3 of Tom Hutchinson, Ken Thursby and Matthew Wells. Congratulations to all three.

Matthew Wells also has the remarkable distinction of being on the podium of 3 Championships at the same time, having won the Juvenile and Junior titles too.

The closely contested top spot in the Vets went to Ken, the wind holding off a last minute push from Dave Robinson, with Russ taking the third podium spot.

Ladies top spot in the Short Bar goes to Caroline Rochester, with Lesley Bennett in second place and winner of the ladies Vets, Congratulations to both.

Thanks to all who supported the events this year - I dont want to single anyone out as so many have helped me and I think you know its much appreciated, however Sharon Dyson has been tireless in her help and enthusiasm and isnt even a member of our club (although I`m sure she deserves honoury second claim!)

I hope to see many of you at the Hill Climb on the 22nd September and the Champions Night in November.

 

Read more: Final Club TT and 2018 Results

Club 25 2.8.18

 Good conditions again but holidays seen to have affected entries so only 14 riders took on the final club 25 of the year.

Peter Graves, only recently joined the Vags and was impressive with a 1:02:45 on a roadbike. I suspect there is a lot more to come here - welcome to Thursday nights. The other newcomer to the Club 25 was Craig Fenwick but I`m sure he`s ridden it many times before I took over the results.

Tom Hutchinson continues his impressive form with a new Vags record taking 25 seconds off the old record and removing Adam Wild from another of the current records having prised him out of the 10 mile top spot earlier in the year. It also gives him the highest ever short distance bar average speed which will look good on the trophy in November - his success in this competition is a virtual certainty.

Ken Thursby is still knocking on the door of a 56 having recorded 3 short 57s in his last 3 outings. He sits atop the Vets bar but is not expected to ride again this season and according to my sums could be toppled by Dave Robinson (last years champion) if he can pull out a 23:53 in the final 10 of the year which looks possible as he has a 23:29 from last year and a 22:51 PB.

The other places in the Vets look settled with Russ Hughes,Roger Clark and Don Speight looking safe in their 3rd 4th and 5th spots but a blinding 10 by any one of them could upset this.

PBs were recorded this week by Tom,Russ,Martin R and Ian McLean according to my records.                                      Russ is edging ever closer to the sub 1 hr club. Ian hasnt ridden a club 25 since 2015 so he`s defying chronological gravity. Toms win is a club PB by 7 minutes 16 seconds but not the biggest improvement on the night! Martin clocked an incredible PB of 7:32 faster than his previous club event in 2016. Both have however been showing this kind of form in open events recently but have nevertheless set new high water marks.

Thanks to the marshals/time keepers - we were a bit short on the night but Gordon and Richard managed the turn (Richard having just arrived back at Newcastle station at 17:40) and Sharon did the time keeping as ably and enthusiastically as usual. Jack Earl was out on the course taking photos. Anyone who fancies helping out would be extremely welcome.

 

Read more: Club 25 2.8.18

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