Welcome to Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club
The Vagabonds C.C. was formally established in February 1937.
Work is currently in progress to produce a full club history from some archive material that we have - check back here again soon.
The aims of Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club are to promote all forms of cycling, and our members take part in and organise many different cycling activities including racing, audax / sportive rides, and touring. Whilst most of these activities are currently road-based, our members have also taken part in mountain biking, trailquests, cyclo cross, track racing and other cycling activities.
Follow the links on this page to find out more about our club, and how to join us for a ride.
The club is run in accordance to its constitution, which specifies the club officials and meetings that will be undertaken.
Everyone who participates in cycling in all its disciplines is entitled to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and to be given the chance to experience the fun, challenge and sense of achievement that are inherent to cycling. To ensure this, Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club is committed to implementing policies and procedures to ensure all those involved comply with the British Cycling code of good practice.
Go-Ride 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. Getting involved is easy via Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club where young people will be able to try the various cycle sport disciplines and start enjoying one of the fastest growing sports in the UK today.
All club members who represent the club in a race, in any discipline, whatever their experience, and whatever their age, are part of the Vags Race Team.
The club is in the process of buying a branded gazebo that will be present at events as a focal point for the Race Team to gather and support each other.
Under 18 members will receive a free Race Team hoody on completing three events for the club, and over 18s are welcome to buy their own hoody - details on how to get your hoody will be published soon.
Everyone is invited to post all results in the Race Team sections of the forum so that they appear on the Race Team website page for everyone to see.
WAGs (Women and Girls) are a lively group of women of all ages and capabilities who enjoy cycling. We meet at 10 am every Sunday at the Station Cottages car park behind the Merton Way Shopping Centre in Ponteland.
Our Sunday social rides are around 30 - 40 miles depending on the time of year and always have a café stop. We tend to average around 12mph so a road bike is advisable.
Our rides are for you if you would like to explore Northumberland's quiet roads with a diverse and friendly group of women. As well as our social rides there are often groups of WAGs that take part in local sportives, audax rides, and encourage each other to enter other events like the club time trials.
Following the runaway success of the following WAGs events in 2013 we plan to run some further classes as the weather improves:
We also have regular social events and nights out without bikes and lycra. All up and coming events are posted on the WAGs website page.
For more information contact the Club Ladies Captain.
Our club rides are at the heart of the club. We have a range of club rides including:
Half day rides on a Saturday
Full day rides on a Sunday
Women And Girls (WAGs) rides
Saturday rides include a ride at a gentler pace suitable for newcomers to club riding.
Club rides with a café stop are prefixed by a C, and non-stop training rides are prefixed by a T. Take a look at the event calendar to find a ride at the level that suits your fitness.
C1 – A gentle social ride of 25-35 miles at the pace of the slowest rider, but usually about 12-13mph. This is an introductory ride for those who may not have cycled in a group before, and there will always be a café stop about half way through the ride. As a guide, you should be able to ride 12 miles in an hour on your own before joining this ride.
C2 – A slightly faster ride of 13-14mph, usually covering a slightly longer route of 35-40 miles which may include a few hills. This group is the next step for anyone who is finding the C1 group a little slow for them.
C3 – This ride is not for beginners. We usually ride 50-60 miles, including some significant hills, at around 14mph. C3 rides are a small step up from C2 rides, being longer in duration. The ride always includes a café stop for lunch.
C4 – A traditional club ride covering 40-60 miles, occasionally a little more, at 15-17mph. Terrain covered will be mixed and include significant climbs at a steady pace.
C5 – A group ride at around 16-18mph over a distance of 45-70 miles (or sometimes more) over varied, and sometimes challenging, terrain. There are likely to be some interestingly hilly sections and a café stop is mandatory. A ride for the more experienced: whilst it is, nominally, no drop, riders are expected to have a suitable level of fitness for the ride and it is perhaps not the ideal starting point if you are riding for the first time with the club.
T1 – A 30-40 mile non-stop group training ride at an average speed of 16-17mph on undulating terrain, but with no significant climbs. Use of group discipline, and signalling, is expected from all riders as you will be riding in close proximity to others. It is recommended that you are able to comfortably ride with the C3 rides as a minimum before attending this ride: although the group will strongly endeavour to remain together, including mechanical assistance at the discretion of the Ride Leader, you need to be prepared to find your own way home in the event that you are not able to keep up.
T2 – A 40-60 mile non-stop group training ride at an average speed of 17-19mph on undulating terrain with the occasional significant climb. Use of group discipline, and signalling, is mandatory during this ride: you will be reminded by the group if you forget! You must be comfortable with group rotation and, ideally, familiar with riding 'through and off'. It is recommended that you are able to comfortably ride with T1 or C4/C5 rides before attending this ride: although the group will make some allowance to remain together, including mechanical assistance at the discretion of the Ride Leader, but you need to be prepared to find your own way home in the event that you are not able to keep up.
T3 – A 50-70 mile non-stop group chaingang ride with an average speed of 20mph+. Experience in fast, disciplined, chaingangs/pacelines is expected at all times. It is recommended that you are able to comfortably ride with T2 rides before attending this ride. Please make sure you are able to make your own way home as this group will not wait in the event that you have any problems, or cannot keep up.
The Vagabonds' Mountain Time Trial was first run in 1947. Whilst there was a break in promotions during the 1960s, the event celebrated it's 50th edition in 2005, and is now the North East's premier cycling time trial.
The club championships are contested in different disciplines, and are open to all current first claim members of Tyneside Vagabonds C.C. Awards are presented at the annual presentation night to the first three riders in each competition.
The club recognises time trial records for all standard distances and club courses in a various age categories for both men and women. Club records can only be set by first claim members competing in either open events or in club events organised by Tyneside Vagabonds C.C.
Claims for new records should be made to the club secretary, with details of the event in which the record was set.
Each year the club votes for one of the members to be awarded the William K Harrison Shield as "Club Member of the Year".
Voting is carried out by those present at the AGM for nominees who have been nominated by any club member prior to the meeting. The winner is not revealed until the shield is presented at the annual awards dinner.
Nominations can be made for any reason, whether sporting achievement, contribution to the club, or indeed any other reason. The only rule is that the previous year's winner is not eligible for nomination.
The clothing is supplied through Endura. Orders are expected to take 4-6 weeks for delivery. A small quantity of kit is sometimes held in stock.
New members will receive a discount off their first piece of club kit, equal to their first year's membership subscription.
(please note that the discount must be used within the first year of membership)
The main social event of the year is the Annual Presentation Dinner, where the club awards for the year are presented.
Club nights take place on the second Monday of each month (except on bank holidays) at the Westmoor Residents' Association from 7:30pm. They are an opportunity to meet up with other club members over a cup of tea.
Other events are occasionally organised including nights out, trips to Manchester Velodrome, and the annual club trip to Majorca each Spring.