Plans for ladies beginners this year

Quite a few of you have been in touch asking when the ladies beginners rides are re-starting so here are our plans for the year.

As you may know we already run monthly ladies beginners skill sessions on the first Sunday of the month at the Cobalt. These have been really well-attended and will continue through the year. They are free to attend, open to non-members and are a great introduction and confidence boost to new riders or those who haven’t been on a bike for a while. They’re also really good for regular riders who want to improve other skills such as having a bash at track-stands and no-hand riding! Look out for dates in Events.

For the beginners rides we’ve been having a think about who we pitch these to, and the intention of them being a pathway into our weekly club rides.

Our Tuesday club beginners nights are our starting point for women who want to get into regular cycling in a group. We have a significant number of women coming along to these nights now. The ride is paced at around 12mph average doing 15 miles in a small group along the coast. We meet at Tynemouth Priory at 6.40pm, come along a little earlier if its your first night and ask for myself or Murray Mccheyne to get a welcome or email

The club runs mixed members Sunday social rides and would love to get more women along to these, however we recognise that these 40-50 mile rides can seem a bit daunting and a big leap. So we’re going to introduce once a month ladies beginner Sunday social rides, of around 30 miles, pace of 12mph average, no-drop and open to non-members. These will be on the quiet roads of Northumberland, starting in Ponteland with our regular club run but splitting into our ladies-only group. Its beautiful rides in scenic countryside, with a compulsory cake stop and friendly company – what’s not to love?!  First event:

For those women who want to start off with shorter rides, we’d like to signpost you to either Breeze Rides which are 10-20 miles at 8-10mph, or our friends at Watbike who run similar length guided rides aimed at beginners and are very women-friendly.

As you’ll see there is something for everyone, and we’ll hope you’ll join us at one or more of the options above. If you have any questions please ask below, send me a DM or email

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