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 (Autumn 2017):

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.

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

Guidepost Gallop/Trot
Meet: Brierdene Pub
Time: 18:30
Distance: 27 miles
Average Speed: 16-20 mph
Route: http://www.strava.com/routes/835724

Same route, three options:
GG (Guidepost Gallop) 20+ average with Rob Bolton
GT18 (Guidepost Trot) 18+ average with Suzanne McArdle
GT16 (Guidepost Trot) 16+ average with @Mick Chappel

This ride is aimed at those wanting a FASTER ride, and there are three average speed target groups. Please bear in mind that an average speed is over the full distance, so it includes faster and slower bits. The targets may move upwards slightly depending on the group but they’re unlikely to move downwards.

There are NO BACK MARKER for this ride and apart from the regrouping points, the rides will not wait for people who fall off the back, so you’re advised to study the route above and know how to get home if you get separated from the group.

David Clements Rising Sun Loops (D.C’s R.S.L)
When: Every Wednesday
Meet: 6:30pm at The Rising Sun Countryside Centre, Whitley Rd, Benton, Newcastle NE12 9SS
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Average speed: N/A
Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/10023915

DC’s R.S.L  is an informal weekly Cyclocross training ride. David Clements Rising Sun Loops is a midweek option for anyone who wants a short yet challenging course which covers multiple obstacles from roots, loose gravel climbs and sharp off camber descents. Feel free to arrive and leave when you want, just pop along and bump (though please, not literally) in to each other whilst training when it’s convenient for you time wise. Strong (400 lumen and above) lights required from late August to May.

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

Sunday Social Club Run
Meet: Various points, usually from Tynemouth or Ponteland at around 8.30-9.30am
Distance: 30-50 miles
Average speed: 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.

Sunday Beginners Ride
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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