Archive for March 25, 2014

Shop Local: Promoting local small business

From the start we try to use local business to provide services for us, such as using La Taverna to start our rides from and subsequently pop in post ride and pedalling squares for our club jerseys and coffee stops when the route takes us there (usually on ‘week off’ rides).

Quite soon I’d like to produce membership cards for those who are current subscribers to the club, one and perhaps the main reason is for ID and ICE purposes so if we had to alongside our electronic and paper records a member carries an ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) document with them, this would help us let the right people know, and on the back any essential information could be placed (such as essential medication, allergies or essential information paramedics / healthcare professionals may need to know)

Below is a draft example of how they may look, to keep costs down they will be ‘Business Card’ style prints self laminated much like British Cycling membership cards.


The other Purpose is to help us work with local business, allow privileges or discounts for members on cycling essentials, a few other clubs have developed working relationships with local services and business to draw custom their way and as a local club we’d love to be to do the same, while promoting said companies on our website and social media.

at the moment both the cards and the rest of it is just an idea, but if anyone feels they can help out or have any ideas, please do get in touch.

Ride Report: Spennymoor & Blaydon Joint Ride.

First of all 1,309 miles covered by Blaydon legs this week so well done all!

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Secondly the Blaydon jerseys are getting spotted and getting some love! So many great comments on the design, Pedalling Squares have done us proud.

Today we went to see Spennymoor Cycling Club in their native County Durham. Some of us drove there, some of us took the plunge and rode there.

Three of the BCC members Rob, Paul and Justin extended the 40 mile loop of the ride alongside a ride home to 100 miles (and maybe a little more)

We had cobbles and hail too quite the mixture, all in all a great atmosphere on the ride a few tech issues tyre blow outs and a rear mech failure caused hassle for a few of us but all in all the ride went pretty much incident free (apart from the Garmin maps being a little fussy and telling us too late about the turns)

Rides like this with a show of around 15-20 show how strong cycling is and how clubs can run really well within a ‘social’ setting.

A cracking stop for coffee, cake (and Guinness for two!) in Hartlepool.

We look forward to either being guests or hosting Spenny again, if you’re a club and you’d like to ride out with us, get in touch. we’d be happy to try and arrange something.

It’s official!

As of today Blaydon Cycle Club is an officially affiliated club with the national body British Cycling.

Our listing on the Club Finder is HERE

when it is fully set up we will take membership online as well as cash.

This is just the first step in what we hope to be a great future for the club.

if you have already paid please email us below and include:


we can then add you to the members database, please bear with us as things get set up the membership tool is a new thing to us, so may take some getting used to.