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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.
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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.

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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.
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There’s a lot been happening over the summer, and a lot coming up.  Here’s a quick summary.

Suzannes’s Cycling Challenge-the eight hardest sportives in the UK

Many of you will be aware that Vagabond Suzie Harrison is riding the UK’s eight hardest sportive routes this summer.  This is for the Alzheimer’s Society because Suzie’s late mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2012.

For the record, the rides are:
Bealach Mor (89 miles, 7,000 feet)
Forest of Bowland (100 miles, 8,074 feet)
Tour of the Peaks (115 mile, 10,000 feet)
Sussex Gran Fondo (122 miles, 4,963 feet)
Fred Witton (122 miles, 12,467 feet)
The Welsh Monster (186 miles, 21,325 feet)
Struggle on the Moors (110 mile, 10,239 feet)
Scarborough Sportive (120 miles 11,000 feet)

As I write these words, Suzie has just one to go, the Scarborough Sportive, which she has planned for this coming Thursday, 23 August.  If you would like to join her, contact Suzie via the Forum or her FB page.  For the record, Susie enjoyed her first trip to Wales so much that she decided to go back a second time because she ran out of daylight first time.  She made sure wasn’t going to happen a second time by setting off at 03.15!

Suzie has almost reached the fundraising target that she set herself.  You can donate using Just Giving: where you will find more information.


The club is hosting a round of this coming season’s CXNE (Cyclo Cross North East) at Thorneyford Farm on Sunday on Sunday 23 September.  This is part of a series of events which is held throughout the north over the autumn and early winter.  If you are unfamiliar with CX, it has been described as ‘fast, frantic, spectator friendly and damn good fun. Cyclo-cross – or cross, cyclo-x and CX – is a sport that takes modified road bikes off road in races that typically last for 60 minutes and includes obstacles where you need to dismount and run with the bike over your shoulder.’

Pete Hodgson is organising the event for the first time this year and would be grateful for help from members on the day.  If you are able to help, you can contact Pete by sending him a message or email via the Forum (alternatively, email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll forward it on).

Go Ride

For those club members unfamiliar with Go-Ride, it is British Cycling's development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to cycling and to improve bike handling skills. Young people will be able to try the various cycle sport disciplines with the Vagabond’s Go Ride Team. 

We have a wide variety of ages and capabilities at our coaching sessions. We currently coach 6-12 year old children, but we would also like to be in a position to coach the older riders. Our British Cycling qualified coaches, to either Level 1 or Level 2, coach a number of skills which riders can use in various cycling disciplines e.g. road racing, cyclocross, mountain biking and club rides.

Our current coaching team do a great job in developing the riders, enjoying the interaction with the riders and being rewarded with the satisfaction of seeing how they progress due to their efforts. But the coaches’ work patterns affect their availability and can leave us struggling to cope, given the popularity of the sessions.  Additional coaches would help us provide more cover for all sessions and develop our coaching capabilities in all areas.  Prospective coaches would take the Level 1 course with funding coming from both the club and British Cycling.  All we ask is that qualified coaches participate in an agreed number of sessions per year.  Our coaches come from all walks of life.  Some have children at the sessions, some don’t.  Check out the British Cycling website for more detailed information on what Coaching is all about and how you can get involved.

You can contact the go ride team via the form on the website:

 Don’s 24 hours

At the other end of the spectrum to CX’s one hour of pain, is the 24 hours of pain that I would expect comes from riding a 24 hour time trial!  That’s what Don Speight did over the weekend of 21/22 July.  This was the National 24 Hour Championship held in Shropshire. 

Don reported after the event: ‘It’s a tough ride.  If anyone told me that before the event, I’d managed to shut it out of my mind.  It didn’t go to plan.  Going well at 8 hours.  Struggled in the dark, despite the brilliant lights that Roger lent me.  Started to pick up again once it got light, thoroughly enjoying the country lane sections at daybreak.  With five hours to go I was confident of breaking 415 miles and was going well.  Then with around four hours to go I punctured hitting a horrendous pot hole on the road back to the Wrexham finishing circuit.  Thankfully two kind souls stopped and lent me the spare wheel they had for the rider they were supporting.  This I think typifies the spirit of the event.  Back on the road it was going to be touch and go.  By the finishing circuit I was having to spend quite a bit of time off the bike recovering, before tackling the next lap.  With an hour to go, I knew I could get close to Quentin’s club record of just under 413 miles.  Initially I thought I’d missed it, but having checked my Garmin figures and adding up the various sections I think the provisional result is correct.  We’ll have to wait for the official result, but I think I’ve just got it.

‘Massive respect for Quentin’s mark.  I am sure we had far better conditions this weekend.  And I know Roger is well capable of riding further, but has been unlucky on two occasions.  I owe a huge amount to Roger for his advice and guidance, which has steered me clear of some serious pitfalls.

‘The whole event is brilliant.  It must be so difficult to organise and yet Mersey Roads seems to manage whilst maintaining a very competent yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

‘My support were great, putting me through the highs and lows over the 24 hours.  I need a little time to rest and reflect to decide whether I might do it again, but it’s certainly a possibility.

‘Once again, many thanks for your support’

For the records, Don’s official result was 414.16 miles, a new club record.

100 Mile Time Trial (N&DCA Championship)

This year’s event is taking place on 2 September.  The course is the same as last year, four laps of a course to the north of the Wansbeck.  Don is organising this for the first time this year.  A number of people have already volunteered to help on the day-if you are able to offer help, please contact Don by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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