Club Rides

We ride most nights of the week and on Sundays.  Members often post their own rides on our Facebook page too. Check out the Strava routes for our weekly rides.

These rides are for paid members of the club. Non-members may attend up to 3 club rides before committing to joining. If you’d like to try a ride please come along a little earlier than the start time and introduce yourself to the ride leader for a quick briefing.

Here is the list of our current rides:

 

MONDAY

Rob at the Back (RATB)
Meet: Longsands car park, St. George’s Church end, Tynemouth 6:30pm
Route: http://www.strava.com/routes/470803
Average speed: 15-18mph

Three options, depending on numbers, primarily aimed at intermediates.This in an intermediate speed ROAD route for those riders who want to push themselves a little (but not a lot) without the threat of being left for dust. Nobody will be dropped – Rob will be permanently stationed at the back of the peloton. Two faster options if numbers allow 17-19 mph and 19 – 21+ mph. Please always come prepared to ride the standard route.

People at the front are free to ride off at their own speed but there are TWO ENFORCED REGROUPING POINTS: Broadway Chippy in Blyth going north, and Blyth South Beach Mermaid Carpark Entrance coming south.

Marky Marks Muddy Monday Meander (M.M.M.M.M.)
When: Fortnightly Mondays
Meet: 7pm at Fat Butcher shop, next to Preston Grange Morrison
Distance: Approx 20 miles
Average speed: Dependant on the slowest rider.
Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/9468470

Marky Marks Muddy Monday Meander fortnightly on every other Monday. A mixed terrain ride suitable for any off road capable bike (lots of dirt, gravel, roots and rocks). Fat bikes, CX bike, Gravel bikes, and mountain bikes come this way for off road fun.
This is a no drop ride, average speed dictated by the slowest rider, all abilities welcome. Strong (400 lumen and above) lights required from late August to May.

 

TUESDAY

Beginner And Improver Training (BAIT)
Meet: 6.45pm at Tynemouth Priory
Distance: 15-20 miles
Average speed: Beginners 12-15mph max, Intermediate 15-20mph depending on group

The NTR BAIT (Beginners and Improvers Training) ride is a great entry point to the club, and group riding in general. The ride is fully supported by an enthusiastic team of experienced riders and will focus on riding as a group, ride etiquette and building confidence.

Segregated into matched abilities groups of 6-8 riders will work as a team to complete various loops around the coastal area, each offering different distances and challenges.

Intermediates will find this a tester to tackling other more demanding/faster rides offered in the week, or just a fun leg stretcher. Everyone is welcome to join in but pace should be regulated to keep groups together.

Tuesday Intermediate Group Ride (TIGR)
Meet: 6.40pm at Tynemouth Priory
Distance: 30-50 miles depending on group
Average speed: 16-18 mph, depending on numbers

This ride is aimed at intermediate riders who would like to ride in a friendly and supportive group but push the pace.

TIGR is a no drop ride with average speeds of 16-18 mph; depending on numbers, the evening may also offer higher average speed groups along with an introduction to TIGR ride.

There will be two options on offer each week:

1. Riders will organise themselves into ideally groups of 6-8 who will work as a team to complete various loops around the coastal area – each group should agree on a route, stops, sprint sections etc before setting off.

Routes to consider:
Non-stop GP Trot
Bebside Blast
RATB loop via Blyth

2. TIGR45. A longer 35-50 mile ride for riders who would like increase stamina or prepare for longer rides over the summer. There will be no stops other than for regrouping if necessary. This will not be a fast ride, but please only attend if you are confident of riding this distance at an average of 17 mph (or happy to find your own way home). Once out onto quieter roads, the group can try it’s hand at group work to assist the pace and share workloads on the front.

36 miles – www.strava.com/routes/13206930
40 miles – www.strava.com/routes/13296632

Riders head to the Exchange, North Shields for a post ride beverage and debrief.
**BIKE LIGHTS FRONT AND BACK ARE STILL NECESSARY**

Humps and Lumps Training (HALT)
Meet: 7pm at red arch for the Hadrian cycle way in Wallsend NE28 6HZ
Distance: 19 miles
Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7771975

This is a ride for people who enjoy a hill or two or just want to improve their hill climbing ability. The ride starts from the red arch for the Hadrian cycle way on Hadrian road, Wallsend. This is a go at your own pace or blast it ride, its entirely up to you. We may split up in to ability groups at the start depending on numbers and riders. We begin by doing 2 loops of the original H.A.L.T course around Rose hill before heading towards North Shields taking in every hump and lump inbetween (there’s more than you think!). The course is 19 miles long with around 1,300ft of climbing. The last hill brings us nicely to the Exchange pub in North Shields for a well earned debrief.

 

WEDNESDAY

Intermediate Loops and Laps (LALT)

MEETING POINT: Tynemouth Priory
MEETING TIME: 18:30
AVERAGE SPEED: 16-18 mph
Secondary meeting point is Southridge First School about 18:45

The fast Wednesday rides have been packed away until Spring. This is a regular easier winter training ride to keep the legs turning. It comprises EIGHT loops and laps on Beaumont loop in Monkseaton/Whitley Bay, suitable for most riders who are comfortable and confident in moving traffic and negotiating junctions. The session aims to build on communication and group riding skills.

The route incorporates roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and assorted obstacles, and there is minimal opportunity to gain any significant speed on any of the loops. This is therefore NOT a speedy ride and the emphasis will be on building up group riding skills, such as effective teamwork in adverse weather, communicating well with each other, and communicating with traffic sharing the same roads.

We will be using well lit roads with fairly good surfaces, but bike lights front and back are mandatory. The loop is relatively sheltered from most bad weather most of the time.

You will be assigned randomly to different groups at the start, with the aim of having mixed talents in each group.

 

THURSDAY

Beginners Loops and Laps Training (BAILALT)
Meet: 6.30pm, Tynemouth Priory
Distance: 17 miles
Average speed: 14-16mph

If you’re running late, the group will be riding along the seafront from Tynemouth and up Monkseaton Drive. It should arrive at Southridge school on Beaumont Drive at about 18:45.

This session is aimed firmly at BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS who have previously attended at least 5 or 6 Tuesday night BAIT. Experienced riders wanting to work on their own skills and to assist and teach others at the same time are welcome to join in, but please be aware that you should not be pushing the pace for the other riders.

LALT comprises a set of 6 or 7 suburban loops and laps, suitable for most riders who are comfortable and confident in moving traffic and negotiating junctions. The route aims to build on skills from Tuesday NTR rides.

The Monkseaton Drive section incorporates roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and assorted obstacles, and will need to be ridden single file only, regrouping at the school.

This is NOT A SPEED DRILL and the emphasis will be on building up group riding skills, such as effective teamwork in adverse weather, communicating well with each other, and communicating with traffic sharing the same roads.

We will be using well lit roads with fairly good surfaces, but you might like to consider some form of bike lighting whilst the sun is low in the sky.

 

SUNDAY

Super Sunday Social
Meet: Various points, usually from Tynemouth or Ponteland at around 8.30-9.30am
Distance: 40-50 miles
Average speed: sub 15mph

A weekly social ride and cake/coffee run, with a capped maximum average speed of 15mph. This is a no drop ride supported by a backmarker, with an emphasis on riding as a group. Routes and starting points may vary, for more information check our Facebook MEMBERS club page.

Early Hills
Meet: Various, at least monthly, check Facebook club page for details
Distance: 20-30 miles
Average speed: 10-12mph

This is shorter slower version of our Sunday social ride, open to non-members who want to learn the basics of group riding on roads, get more confidence and ride with a friendly group. Its a no-drop ride in small groups, supported by club members riding at the front and back of each group.

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