Merry Christmas to all of our members however you are celebrating and spending the festive period. We’re almost the end of 2018 which has been a superb year for the club and our members.
We’re ending the year on over 200 members which is a landmark achievement for the club. If you’re lucky enough to have had a new bike land down the chimney don’t forget to take out insurance or update your existing policy. Remember we get a 5% discount on Bikmo policies.
We can’t wait for 2019, we’re aiming to have more of the same and continue to get everyone out on their bikes. If you have not renewed yet you’ve still got a week (until 1/1/19) to renew and grab yourself a swanky exclusive Blaydon CC T-Shirt.
We hope to see as many of you out next year, and wish to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s come on a ride, been a time keeper, marshalled or done anything to help out our great club. We hope to keep on hosting club rides, development rides, easy wheelers and open racing / time trial events for years to come
We’ve been approving the 2019 memberships since early December, and we’ve reached the monumental milestone of having 200 active members within our club.
Some of you may remember, have heard of or indeed might have been one of the “original 8” members who decided we’d pop £10 into the pot for British Cycling affiliation and would “just see what happens” – that was 2013, I remember doing the Great North Bike Ride a week or two before “BCC 1” a gentle ride to Corbridge, meeting at Newburn Riverside, at that stage it was just a group of like-minded cyclists using social media to meet up. A few months later we had a little meeting and took the plunge into official affiliation, the rest as they say, is history
In the coming months we designed and had custom kit made, and the ‘club rides’ became a litre more regular and as people developed the groups got bigger and current members invited their friends and we slowly but surely began to grow in numbers and took the decision to formalise the club and have a committee structure and open it to all.
We eventually formed a race team as a dip into The competitive side as we had been exclusively a ‘social ride’ club, after a period of bedding in and more interest flooding in we have formed a successful race team that’s regularly getting podium positions and as a club we’ve been lucky enough to host local and national level events.
We’re affiliated with both British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials so we can compete and host both Road Race and Time Trials, the fundamental social side of the club is still very much alive with our easy wheelers, development rides and club rides which have groups at all levels taking part.
We’re opening our horizons to cycle cross and off road (MTB) riding and in the future wish to expand on our abilities to be a club for all.
We’ve had members do many things, since our inception members past and present have took part in events both externally and organised by the club such as:
Spanish training camps/holidays
200/300/600km self reliant Audax rides
Club “in a day” challenges, c2c in a day & Edinburgh to Newcastle.
Kielder Chiller 24 endurance ride
Hill night sessions
‘Muddy Monday’ MTB/CX nights
Countless sportives done as a club team
And many more that I can’t think of! Many of these are created and organised via our very active Facebook ‘members chat’ page where our members are encouraged to play and active part helping out other members and organising their own weekday events according to their ability, schedule and availability.
Everything that’s been done has not been possible without the hard work of both the committee and the clubs members, from the shortest of post-work rides right up the the organisation of national level events everyone’s desire to get stuck in and help, take part or volunteer is what makes the club what it is.
We’re 200 strong and 2019 could be an amazing year. We look forward to seeing our regular riders back, our newest members and those making a return to the saddle.
To join us if you’ve not already check out our 2019 membership information page.
On behalf of myself, the committee, all your other members and the local cycling community I want to say a huge thank you for being part of such a great club.
Due to the current conditions and risk of ice on minor roads we have took the decision to cancel the Easy Wheeler & Dev Ride dated 16th December 2018. We have to consider riders safety on their way, during and after events. We will re-do this route at the earliest & safest opportunity
Since The club was founded in 2013 we’ve adopted a ‘every other’ week schedule for the main club runs with the ‘Development Rides’ riding in the second week, Since our very humble beginnings we’ve grown in size and experience.
From January 2019 we will be offering weekend Club Runs every week on alternative Saturday and Sunday Mornings. The week that contains a Saturday Club Run will be the week with the Development Ride on The Sunday
We hope that this will enable more people to attend club runs, we will have a ‘development ride’ pace on all of our club runs so everyone is included in the new plan.
We are also dedicating 4 of the club run to “Away Days” to go and experience new roads. These will be in the Lakes, North York moors and Yorkshire dales to name just a few, details of these rides will be published through the usual channels.
Save that date in your diary (or if you’re getting one for Christmas remember to put it in later). from 6pm Join us for our AGM where we will look back on 2018 and shift our focus onto 2019.
You will have the chance to make suggestions regarding the club and deliver us any essential feedback so we can tailor your club experience to be the best possible.
After that we’ll deliver our 2018 awards to highlight what an amazing year it has been for the club at all levels, once that’s done the night is yours and we aim to have a little bit of a Blaydon CC party.
Dress smart, and come to reflect on a great year, we’ll have a food van, details of that TBC. (once confirmed we’ll update the main event page)
Updated details and RSVP to the event in the ‘events’ tab on our Members chat page (facebook) – if you can’t find it drop us a line.
so that’s 6pm, Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, Newburn, dress smart, AGM & Club Discussion, awards, pint!
It gives us great pleasure to say that 2019 subscriptions are now open for renewal and for new members to join us!
Everyone new or renewing before 1/1/19 will get a free Blaydon Cycle Club T-shirt designed by the brilliant guys over at band of climbers. (worth £23.99)
You can choose mens/womens and if you want a black or white or t-shirt.
even better news is that our membership prices have been frozen at £15 for individuals and £25 for couples. Membership to one of the reigons biggest clubs and a T-shirt, get signed up for another epic year with the club now!!