• Welcome to Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club
    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.

    For more information about joining Tyneside Vagabonds 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.
    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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North East Youth & Junior Development

This week the British Cycling North East board established a new Youth and Junior Development forum as a working group of the regional board, with the aim of maximising the opportunities for youth and junior riders to reach their full potential through a structured programme of local training and racing, together with a support package for those wishing to take part in a range of National Series events.

As part of this, the region is able to provide a financial contribution and coaching support to give more young riders in the North East region the opportunity to compete in National Series events, which will give valuable experience to those with aspirations to be selected for an Inter Regional Championship.  Selected riders who meet certain eligibility criteria will be able to apply for financial support for up to 3 events per year, but will benefit from all other support for all of the supported events which includes National Youth Circuit Series, British Mountain Bike Series, and National Track Omnium events together with the Junior Tour of Wales.

For the first time, riders from all clubs in the North East will be able to benefit from this regional support whilst continuing to race for their existing clubs, and benefit from the existing range of support that comes from being in an established club.  Ultimately this is great news for local clubs with young riders.

For more details of the National Series support for youth and junior riders visit www.britishcyclingnortheast.org.uk or speak to one of the club's Go-Ride coaches.

Derwentside Dash 14th April 2013

Sunday 14th April was the date of the Derwentside Dash this year and also an extremely windy day.  A group of Vags started on ride B2, starting from Blaydon heading to Edmundbyers with a loop into Weardale.  The weather didn't seem too bad on the first leg to Edmundbyers and the group enjoyed the ride and arrived on time for the first break.  On leaving Edmundbyers we were faced with a long climb into a severe headwind.  The weardale loop was interesting,  with dangerous winds and some very hard work.  Tim was blown off into a snow drift at one point, and shortly afterwards made a remarkable recovery from a long back wheel slide after a car decided to drive straight towards the group on the wrong side of the road.  It now became apparent that we stood little chance of making the timing for lunch,  and also that the driving wind and sleet/rain resulted in many of us getting very cold on the decents. Ken showed us how to descend at speed through meltwater flowing across the road,  we found him waiting with a grin on his face at the bottom of the descent. We did at one point enjoy the benefit of being blown uphill making at least one very easy climb. 

By now the group were all beginning to get cold,  two punctures followed on the remaining descents,  firstly myself and then Bob,  I was lucky to stop by a farmhouse,  and the owner came out and provided a track pump so full pressure in the back tyre was assured.  On catching the group myself (Chris H), Chris L and Russ then found Bob replacing a tube whilst the others tried various tactics to keep warm.  On our second visit to Edmundbyers we were all very cold and in need of the heaters to try and warm up.

The final section back to Blaydon was much easier and saw the group arrive at Blaydon about 40 minutes late for our scheduled time.  Many thanks to Derwentside for a well organised event, and words of encouragement at the various stops.  Hopefully next year will see some improved weather for those who attempt the route. 

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