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bob melrose

In February this year we were all shocked by Bob Melrose's sudden passing after a short illness.

Many members will have known Bob as the person who organised the Saturday and Thursday (TOGs) club rides and was often the first person prospective new members met when joining a club ride for the first time.

He was without doubt a most popular member within the club, a past Club Person of the Year and Captain and is sadly missed. It is therefore fitting to mark his passing the club will be organising a Memorial Ride to the Hearth at Horsley on Saturday 15th July. Club members will be able to share over a buffet our happy memories of Bob and favourite stories (long ones cut short of course), and Bob's wife Ann will be joining us on the day too

To allow as many club members as possible to attend if they wish, there will be two starting points for the ride:

  • The main ride will depart at 10am from Samm's Café in Ponteland, riding in organised led groups.
  • The youth club ride will depart following Go-Ride coaching (approx. 10 - 10.15am) from Thorneyford Farm.

We can only accommodate 80 people so places will be on a first come first served basis.

To book your place, please login to the website and then click here.

The cost is £5 per person, and your place will only be reserved once payment had been received. The deadline for bookings (and payment) is Saturday 8th July, although spaces may well have sold out before then!

If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact Austin Wilcock (07904744162)

Youth Go-Ride Coaching

The Go-Ride coaching will move back to Thorneyford Farm from tomorrow Saturday 6th May. We will continue here every Saturday up to the summer holidays but take one Saturday off over the Bank holiday weekend on Sat 27th May. The sessions will continue to use a combination of field and hard surfaces so mountain bikes or similar with gears will be required.

Venue: Thorneyford Farm, Kirkley, Ponteland, NE20 0AJ

Time:     8:45 - 9:45            Cost:     £3 on the day

The coaches will split the riders into appropriate groups based on their ability.

Youth Club Ride

The youth club ride will commence again on Sat 6th May after coaching. They will depart from Kirkley farm at 10:15. These youth rides are for those able to ride at an average pace of ~10 mph covering ~20-30 miles, including a café stop. All U12’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and parental consent forms need signing for any >12’s riding unaccompanied. Unaccompanied riders must seek the rider leaders approval prior to joining the rider and provide emergency contact details. 

Go-Ride Coaching

Last weekend we had our first Go_Ride outing to the Middlesborough cycle circuit and many riders had their first experience of riding on a purpose build circuit. The weather was initially against us but we eventually got out on the track, the nerves subsided and everyone seemed to have a great time. 

It's really great to see so many enjoying the sessions and getting stuck into the racing with some real grit and determination. Well done to all.

Coaching will continue over Easter at Quorum Business park on Sat 8th and Sat 22nd.

There will be no coaching on Easter Saturday 15th. 

The final coaching session at Quorum will be on Sat 29th April. We will return to Thorneyford Farm in May and re-start the youth club rides after the coaching for those keen to get in a few more miles...

COACHING DATES: Sat 8th, 22nd and 29th April

Venue: Q12 at the Quorum Business Park, Benton Lane, Newcastle, NE12 8BU.

Time:     8:45 - 9:45            Cost:     £3 on the day

The coaches will split the riders into appropriate groups based on their ability.

Go-Ride Racing

The North East Youth League starts next Sunday at Prissick with Hetton Hawks hosting Round 1. There will be separate races for U8, U10 and U12, skills challenges and prizes so get down there and give it a go. Details and entry is via the BC website, Skills entries are free of charge on the day.

Tyneside Vagabonds will host Round 2 on Sun 24th April.

Martin Wells
Go-Ride Contact
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