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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


Youth Go-Ride Coaching

No Go-Ride coaching this Saturday 17th December as the club CX championships are being held at Hetton le Hole. This race will be very similar to the go_ride racing everyone has been practicing over the past weeks so we look forward to seeing you all there. The U12 race will start at 12:00. Full details can be found on the NECCL website:

Coaching will resume onSaturday 7thJanuary and run for 7 weeks up to and includingSat 18th February. The venue for this block will be Thorneyford Farm, Kirkley, where we will use the off road facilities. All bikes should have brakes and gears in working order and all riders will need to wear a cycling helmet.

Venue:Thorneyford Farm, Kirkley, Ponteland, NE20 0AJ

Time:     8:45 – 10:00         Cost:     £3 on the day

The coaches will split the riders into appropriate groups based on their ability. Please arrive in plenty of time to sign on and get ready for an 8:45 start.

Racing Opportunities

The Vagabonds Club CX championships are being held this Saturday 17th Dec at Hetton Le Hole as part of the NECCL event.  There is an U12 race at 12:00 which would be suitable for all Go-Ride participants to attend and enjoy. The U16 race follows at 12:30. Entry is on the day but get there in plenty of time as it may be busy. More info can be found @

The next Go-Ride race event has been booked and will be at the farm onSaturday 14th January 10:00 sign on for a 10:30 race start, providing off road racing for all U12’s. £3 per rider entry on the day. Other race dates have been booked for 4th Feb, 18th Feb, 11th Mar and 25th Mar. Info can be found on the club and BC events calendars.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s been a great year for the Go-Ride team with many new faces both participating, coaching and volunteering, new facilities and equipment and we hope everyone has enjoyed taking part. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year as we strive to deliver a great environment for the development and enjoyment of our young riders. If you have any suggestions or ideas or would like to join the growing team of volunteers then please contact me or anyone of the team and your input would be much appreciated.

Presentation Night Photo Album

Danny Winthorpe was star of the night as he collected his award for Clubperson of the Year 2016 at the club presentation night on 11th November.

Nearly 100 Vagabonds gathered at Ponteland social club for a pie and peas supper provided by Jan's Kitchen, to recognise the achievements of the club's riders this year.  Amongst the award winners was Novice of the Year, Isla Hodgson.