Bob Melrose Memorial Ride

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In February this year we were all shocked by Bob Melrose's sudden passing after a short illness.

Many members will have known Bob as the person who organised the Saturday and Thursday (TOGs) club rides and was often the first person prospective new members met when joining a club ride for the first time.

He was without doubt a most popular member within the club, a past Club Person of the Year and Captain and is sadly missed. It is therefore fitting to mark his passing the club will be organising a Memorial Ride to the Hearth at Horsley on Saturday 15th July. Club members will be able to share over a buffet our happy memories of Bob and favourite stories (long ones cut short of course), and Bob's wife Ann will be joining us on the day too

To allow as many club members as possible to attend if they wish, there will be two starting points for the ride:

  • The main ride will depart at 10am from Samm's Café in Ponteland, riding in organised led groups.
  • The youth club ride will depart following Go-Ride coaching (approx. 10 - 10.15am) from Thorneyford Farm.

We can only accommodate 80 people so places will be on a first come first served basis.

To book your place, please login to the website and then click here.

The cost is £5 per person, and your place will only be reserved once payment had been received. The deadline for bookings (and payment) is Saturday 8th July, although spaces may well have sold out before then!

If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact Austin Wilcock (07904744162)

Popular Sunday C group rides to continue in 2017

A successful first full year of operation saw the Sunday C group rides growing in popularity.  We organised 42 rides of varying distance and toughness to a variety of cafe destinations, and these were enjoyed by groups of up to 20 riders.  Special thanks are due to the cohort of leaders who gave their time and effort to ensure that the rides were varied, enjoyable and successful.

We will be continuing in 2017 with a full programme of rides, meeting every Sunday with the exception of days when major club events are being held. 

These are not rides for beginners but are intended to be attractive to regular Saturday riders or other moderately fit riders who would like a sociable group ride of between 50-65 miles at a steady pace (typically 14mph) in remote, beautiful and often hilly parts of Northumberland and Durham, and occasionally further afield.  Typically the rides follow minor and traffic free roads which include some challenging climbs, with a pre-determined lunchtime café stop.  The riding group always tries to stay together with the leader and, where gaps open, the group will slow down to ensure that no one is left behind.

 If that sounds like your thing why not come along to Jan's cafe for a 9:30 start any Sunday.  You are guaranteed a good day out. 

For more details see the events calendar or contact any of the ride leaders: Andy Berne, Brian Finlay, Austin Wilcock, Alan Holmes, Margie Jackson, Simon Simms, Gordon Atkinson, Roger Clarke, Keith Aungiers.

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 C group at Pauperhaugh


Eden Valley Club Ride

A small but select group of Vagabonds, lead by Keith Aungiers, headed to Brampton for a club ride in the Eden Valley on Sunday 25th September.  Taking in a 52 mile route of unfamiliar roads out to the station cafe at Langwathby and back, the weather stayed mostly dry.

This is what they got up to (mechanical, navigational errors, and slippery 20% ascent all included!)...