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Blaydon Awards & AGM 2018

On Saturday the 12th of January 2019 we held our AGM and club awards where we looked back on 2018, planned 2019 and celebrated and awarded the achievements of 2018’s season. Our venue was Tyne Amateur Rowing Club in Newburn.

Our Winners are as follows:

Club TT winners 
Vet Roadbike – Graham Mckinney
Senior Roadbike – Paul Wright
Women’s Roadbike – Rachel Galler
Vet TT – Justin Ramel
Women’s TT – Joanne Rea
Senior TT – Steven Craggs
Men’s HIll climb – Marcus Cram
Women’s Hill Climb – Angela McGurk

Club category winners
CX rider of the Year – James Hadfield
TT’er of the Year Male – Julian MacBride
TT’er of the Year Female – Joanne Rea
Road Racer of the Year Male – Marcus Cram
Road Racer of the Year Female – Gemma Hutchins

Mile Muncher – Corinne Black

Voted for by members

The Sergio Garcia (Surging award) – Del Fiddes 
Wheelsucker award – Darren McGurk
Pedal and Pint – George Russell
Wooden Sock – Paul Wright 
Crash Test Dummy – Paul Wright 
Best Newcomer Male – Marcus Cram
Best Newcomer Female – Rachel Galler
Most improved Male (Race) – Mark Whaley
Most Improved Female (Race) – Sara Cummings
Most improved Male (non Race) – Darren McGurk
Most improved Female (non Race) – Jane Aston
MTB Rider of the year – Sarah Pilkington
Club Run Rider of the Year – Richard Noble
Dev Rider of the year – Phil Conway
EW Rider of the year – Sophie Betts
Selfless Helper Award – Sharon Dyson

The club also rewarded Sharon, Frances Schultz, Peter Schultz and Jack Earl with Club branded jackets to thanks them for there amazing efforts over 2018 with stopwatches and cameras.

CANCELLED: 16/12/18 Easy Wheelers & Dev Rides

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

Report & Results: Blaydon Road Race 20 May 2018


A very sunny Northumberland played host to the first Blaydon Cycle Club road race, Thanks to everyone who took part in a hugely successful day, this includes those racing, all that drove around the course, our marshals, officials, motorbike outriders and those working at event HQ. Results and a race report can be found below.

Men’s Race

The Race stayed together for first two laps with Steven Moon of Manilla GRN taking the lap two prime before we had the first attacks of the day.
Thomas Mein and Nick Spencer managed to clip off the front on lap 3 before Thomas accelerated and put in a stunning solo lap to push out nearly 2 mins on the bunch.
Thomas managed to push out his advantage to over 3 mins as the bunch settled down to fighting out the remaining podium spots. On the penultimate lap Gavin Richardson of Sunderland Clarion and David Nearney of South Shields Velo managed to get a gap of around 20 seconds on the bunch as they took the bell. David blew on the craggs and Gavin powered on but with half a lap to go Blaydon’s very own Marcus Cram exploded off the front to catch Gavin, who managed to hold on to 3rd to take a stunning 2nd place in his clubs very first road race. Thomas won by around 2mins after 5 laps solo.

Photo Credit: Darran Moore

Top 20

1 Thomas Mein – Hope Factory Racing
2 Marcus Cram – Blaydon CC
3 Gavin Richardson – Sunderland Clarion
4 Russell Wright – Manilla GRN
5 Nick Kalson – Reifen Racing
6 John Davidson – Reifen Racing
7 Nick Spencer – Blumilk
8 Ellis McCoy – GS Metro
9 Michael Smith – Reifen Racing
10 Fin Robertson – Derwentside CC
11 Wilson Brown – Cycleways SG Petch
12 Greame Wardale – South Shields Velo
13 Lee Cuthbertson – NTR
14 Greame Kirton – South Shields Velo
15 Russell Bayliss – GS Metro
16 Andy Hindmarch – Muckle CC
17 Lee Ridden – Reifen Racing
18 Craig Berry – GS Metro
19 Jamie Pattison – Cycleways SG Petch
20 Dan Pons – Blaydon CC

Ladies Race
Later on in the day the ladies took to the start line with a strong looking field. Lap 1 was enough for a select group of around 15 riders to go clear. This group would stay pretty much together until the final lap with a few smaller groups and solo riders racing it out behind in windy but warm conditions.
Chloe Fraser of racing chance took the first Prime on lap 2.
Gemma Hutchins of host club Blaydon CC battled out with Anna Kay of Storey racing and managed to hold her off for the lap 4 Prime meaning the host club had prize winners in both races! The final lap was selective with the group getting smaller and around 10 headed into the uphill sprint. It was a very close finish with Mary Wilkinson of Team Jadan holding off a late charge from Anna Kay to take the win by half a wheel with Chloe Fraser rounding off the podium.

Photo Credit: Darran Moore

Top 20
1 Mary Wilkinson – Team Jadan
2 Anna Kay – Storey Racing
3 Chloe Fraser – Racing Chance
4 Hannah Farran – Boompods EDCO NRG
5 Amy Graham – Boompods EDCO NRG
6 Becky Longthorp – Cliff Pratt racing
7 Georgina Ashworth – Team 22
8 Hannah Brand – VRDP
9 Laura Tissiman – York Cycleworks
10 Ellie Park – Team 22
11 Jennifer Batey – Boompods EDCO NRG
12 Susan Patterson – Honister 92
13 Gemma Hutchins – Blaydon CC
14 Josie Cram – unattached
15 Jen McMahon – Muckle CC
16 Olivia Fawcett – Boompods EDCO NRG
17 Zosia Martin – Glasgow Green Cycle club
18 Dorothea Schriever – Blaydon CC
19 Michelle Highfield – Berwick Wheelers
20 Nikki Metcalf – Prima Team Racing

Event Announcement: RTTC National Time Trial Championships

Blaydon Cycle Club and the North East CTT district are proud to host the 2018 RTTC National Team Time Trial championships.

Teams of THREE riders!

PROVISIONAL COURSE (Subject to change) –

Entries here –
Our event page is at
Come and enjoy some Geordie hospitality!

Further and full details will be released in due course.


Blaydon Cycle Club – Awards Night

Join us from 7pm at Tyne Amateur rowing club for an evening in celebration of the clubs past year, we’re celebrating the clubs great year as well as handing out a few awards:

Mile muncher
Longest ride
Most Epic ride
Best Tester (TT’er) – M/F
Best Road racer – M/F
Best CX Rider
Selfless helper award
Most improved rider
Easy wheeler rider of the year
Development rider of the year
Club rider of the year
Best Newcomer Male/Female

We will also be presenting the club TT/HC awards

Join us for a few drinks and a great chance to catch up with your clubmates.

Tickets will be £5 per person, £8 for Couples or £10 for a family ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 Children) This is to be paid into the Club account s/c :- 30-95-91 acc :- 35208560 Please ref this Awards (Name) – Please notify us when you have done this. 

Cancelled: Blaydon M12 Charity TT

It is with regret we inform you that our Charity TT (from 11am 17/12/17) has been CANCELLED due to the road conditions and sub zero temperatures, for the last few days the temperature has floated around 0 and large patches of frost and ice have formed on most roads in the area, we conducted an assessment lap of the course and conditions were deemed to hazardous for riders.

Club chairman Paul stated on Saturday evening : “I have just been up to check m12 for tomorrow’s charity TT and the course is too dangerous as it stands with another sub zero night due I have made the difficult decision to cancel the event! Riders have a choice of a refund or continue to give entry fee to the charity! This was a very hard decision as I know many had costumes and bikes ready but the course is simply not safe as it stands”

Safety is our number one concern and as organisers of the event we have to occasionally make tough calls, as much as we’d love to see everyone in their fancy dress and bikes on the M12 tomorrow we simply just don’t want to put people at risk!

As always any questions or concerns if there is any get in touch, and we’ll see you out there soon, thanks for your understanding in this matter.


Press Release: 2017 Christmas Charity Time Trial


Blaydon Cycle Club will host their second annual Charity Time Trial this December to raise funds for two little girls with rare Batten disease.

Nicole and Jessica Rich were both diagnosed with the terminal illness within months of one another, striking a blow no family should have to endure. Since receiving the news, family and friends have tirelessly raised funds so the girls get the support and treatment they need.

Father, Matthew Rich, is a member of Blaydon CC who have pledged their support to the family. Their first fundraising time trial took place in December 2016 raising £1000 and proving a huge success not only in raising money, but for everyone involved.
Club Chairman, Paul Wright, said, “We planned last year as a one-off but it was immediately obvious it would make a worthwhile annual event.”
The time trial is held on the 12 mile ‘M12’ course in Stamfordham Village, Northumberland.

Despite being a regular racing route, the expectations on the day are more in keeping with the charity angle, with prizes given not only for best times but also for the craziest costumes and outlandish bikes.

[See attached image: ‘Adam Jarps of Manilla Cycling as The Grinch’]
The 2016 event saw cyclists of all abilities mixing it together, from national racers to social club riders, most of whom choosing to abandon their usually aerodynamic style for one that really gets into the Christmas Spirit dressing as The Grinch and, of course, Santa!
[See attached image: ‘Michael Todd of Derwentside CC – Christmas Tree Tamdem’]

Paul Wright said, “It was a fantastic day which far exceeded what we’d hoped for the Rich family! The enthusiasm was amazing and the effort everyone went to was overwhelming. It would be great to repeat that again this year.”

The 2017 event again takes place in Stamfordham Village, Northumberland on 17th December and is open to all CTT affiliated clubs and riders.

More information and entry details can be found here:

You can read more about the Rich family’s story here:

 The Nicole Rich Foundation was set up in 2016 by the family, only weeks before
their second daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with the same disease. Both
daughters are undergoing extensive, pioneering treatment to slow progress and
hopefully find a cure for the disease.
 Nicole is five years old and Jessica is two.
 Battens disease is a rare genetic disorder which causes progressive deterioration of
the brain and nervous system. Sufferers may lose their sight, speech, ability to walk
and develop epilepsy before the disease ultimatly claims their lives.
 Blaydon Cycle Club was set up in September 2013 and has grown to 180 members. The club caters for all abilities with various group rides from beginner to development through to a successful team of racers.

Featured Photos – click to download .zip file.

New: Club Events page

after a long absence the Blaydon Cycle Club events feed is live again, we are aware that not all of our members are on facebook so may not be able to see all of our events easily, for this we’ve enabled the export of all events to our new events page, you can bookmark this for easy reference.

Our facebook page is still and you don’t have to be a member to view the page or posts but we want to make things as accessible as possible for all.

Below is a preview of our next events which is a direct copy of the feed from the new page.

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Notification: Blaydon Cycle Club 2017 AGM

Save the date in your diaries, The date is set, Venue & Time (which will be in the evening) is to be confirmed as soon as we find a suitable venue. Please RSVP via the facebook link at

This is a chance for you to hear how the club has done this year as well as help us shape 2018 and the clubs future.

We are seeking 3 comittee members to fill positions vacant, so we’d love to hear from anyone who wishes to help us keep the club ticking. We’re especially keen to take on someone who’s happy to look after the ‘Easy Wheelers’ rides and help out in a key part of the club getting people on the bike and taking their first steps of their cycling journey, they’re rewarding rides seeing riders improve from beginners and advancing their skills and abilities.

CANCELLED: Club M12 TT – |4 AUG 16|

Please note our club open time trial on the M12 (Stamfordham) course has been ** cancelled ** this evening.

Apologises for any inconvenience caused, but after a consultation with riders after a course recce, road resurfacing works have presented a hazard on a stretch of the course.

Please pass on or share this post to anyone you know that may have been wishing to attend.

We feel it is irresponsible to run an event on a course where we have been alerted of road surface issues.