I thought that it would be useful to try and produce a newsletter, hopefully on a monthly basis, to promote and celebrate all the activity that goes on in the club. If anyone has any ideas of activities they would like to see here, please let me know. I already have some ideas of topics for future editions (Mallorca 2019, circuit racing at Prissick and club clothing for starters).
Weekend Club Rides
The Saturday and Sunday Club Rides have gone from strength to strength since the weather started to improve. The format for Saturday is that there is generally a nominated leader for the easy ride, which is to one of the local cafes. This ride will be a good introduction to anyone who is new to the club. Faster paced rides usually also take place, generally arranged on the day. These rides always start from Thorneyford Farm at 10.00. On 26 May all groups headed for The Hearth and there was a very good turn out from various rides, and non-riding members who were also able to pop in. The Hearth is also booked for 16 June for a similar format.
On Sundays, we are regularly getting three or four groups out: at C1 (WAGS), C3, C5 and now C6 pace-including Adam’s ‘Alston Epic’ on 27 May (we need to redraft the Club Ride details to include this ride-I noted Adam’s comment on the Forum-‘no one will be dropped from the group but we will have the occasional burn up’-you have been warned!) I’m pleased that more people are now getting out on the C3 rides-we had so many going to The Drift on 20 May that we had to split into two groups, and there were nine for The Hollybush on 27 May.
Club Time Trials
The first two Club 10s of the season have taken place, and on both occasions conditions were ideal for both riders and marshals. There were 30 riders out on 10 May and 36 on the 24 May. Nick’s race reports and results can be found at https://www.tynevags.org.uk/the-club/time-trials/club-time-trials/285-club-time-trials-2018 The next event of the series is the first of the three 25s, on 7 June. Full details of events and dates can be found in the Calendar (go to the events list and select Club Time Trial in the Category View)
The provisional list for the 2018-19 season has been published http://cxne.org.uk/events/ The club will be hosting the event on Sunday 23 September at Thorneyford Farm. Please note that there will be no club rides on this day so that members can help with putting on the event. Pete Hodgson has kindly taken over as the club’s named organiser for cyclocross events. Pete is putting on cross training every Friday evening at the farm starting at 7pm. The sessions are aimed more towards adults and older youth youth riders. It consists of some skills work and also fitness building.
Mountain Time Trial
This year’s event took place on 13 May, on the M47 course, although sadly not all of that course! We were given about 72 hours notice that we couldn’t use the first five or six miles of the course, from Belsay to Scots Gap, due to the very poor condition of the road surface. The start was duly moved to Scots Gap. There was heavy rain the night before the event, and although the rain had largely stopped by 8.00, there was a lot of standing water on the road between Thropton and the bottom of Bilsmoor. In the event the weather improved and most competitors reported that the roads had largely dried out. We got a lot of positive feedback from riders; this really is a terrific event and I hope that Northumberland County Council can repair some of the road surfaces so we can return to the standard course next year. The results can be found at https://www.mtt.tynevags.org.uk/current-event and race report at https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-report/17212#anchor
The Road Coaching block at Quorum Business Park has just been completed, teaching a variety of road based skills such as group riding, cornering, slow riding etc. Back to Kirkley from 9 June through to 21 July to develop off road skills in all its forms. Go-Ride Race days on 23 June and 21 July featuring Skills, Time Trials and Races.
We have riders currently using the skills learnt competing in North East Youth League (road) and the North East MTB events. Not forgetting Barnesbury’s Muddy Mondays where we are often the largest club represented.
We invited British Cycling to start up holiday camps at Kirkley in the school holidays and they are now an established feature.
We intend getting the Youth Rides going from 9 June, 10.30 start, providing we can get enough ride leaders. 25 miles at 10mph average with coffee stop in the middle. Volunteers welcome !
If any of our members wish to bring their children or grandchildren to our coaching sessions we will be delighted to see them.
Keith Aungier has put together over 100 routes in the Club’s Route Library. These are tried and tested routes ridden by club members; the library provides an unrivalled source of out and back club riding routes to popular venues within a 40 mile radius of Ponteland, some routes that are a little further afield, and some designed for training purposes, as well as courses used for time trials and hill climb events. The routes can be viewed on a computer, smartphone or tablet using any of several different map types. They can also be downloaded to GPX or other formats for use out on the road. The home screen is at: https://ridewithgps.com/users/400003
Audax Events 2018
Andy Berne has organised a number of Audax events this summer. On 8 July there is a choice of ‘The Four Tops’ (206 km) or ‘The Three Valleys’ (117 km). If you’ve never ridden an Audax event before, The Three Valleys would be a good event to start with, there will be plenty of support and advice available. On 28 July there is the 151 km ride ‘Across The Ranges’ and on 8 September, the choice of ‘The Middle Marches’ (209 km) or ‘Coquetdale Circuit’ (140 km). For further details, see Andy’s Forum posts of 9 April and 16 May.
At the end of September (29th) Rob Wood is again putting on the 204 km ‘Copshaw Holm’ (in case you don’t know. Copshaw Holm is another name for Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders, which will give some idea of the route)
Other dates for the diary
The Presentation Night will take place on Friday 9 November and the Christmas Lunch on 8 December. Further details to follow, but get these dates in your diary now.