We're a recreational, all-inclusive club for cyclists of any age, level or ability. We're based at Middlesbrough's new Cycle Circuit on Marton Road. Anyone with an interest in cycling is welcome to join us. We were born out of the success of the Sky Ride programme in Middlesbrough. Many of us are relatively new to cycling and only started to take it seriously a year or two ago. The Sky Ride Local programme started in 2010 was a great success and some people decided to continue cycling as a group beyond the limits of Sky Ride. As a club, we are affiliated with British Cycling, the governing body for the sport of cycling in the UK.
Our rides are free to attend and we’d encourage you to attend a few so you can see whether it’s for you. After you’ve ridden with us a few times, we’ll ask if you would like to become a member of the club.
We’ll encourage you to join the club if you ride with us on a regular basis. We have a membership benefit scheme which costs £5 per year. Under 16s are free. Upon joining the club, you'll receive your club badge and membership card. Your fee also pays for the club’s affiliation to British Cycling, which gives us insurance, as well as other things such as hire of venues for events, spare parts for bikes to take on rides, subsidy for social events, and other activities which we plan for the future.
There’s something for everyone in our ride programme, our rides are open to all – of all ages and abilities. The rides are categorised and graded to make it clear what you are likely to be doing on a ride and to suggest who will be able to ride them. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult over 18. A general guide is that you need to be independently able to ride a bike without direct assistance for at least a few miles.
A fun, safe and positive experience! Have a look over our ride level grade descriptions, which should give you a guideline of what to expect. All of our rides are graded according to this scale. Most of our rides are of a leisurely, steady pace, to an interesting destination and will include sight-seeing opportunities and points of interest along the way. We are a recreational cycling club after all :-)
There's no formal signup process, you can just turn up on the day. We may take your name at the beginning of the ride for safety reasons. However, it's useful for our ride leaders to be prepared and to know who is coming on our rides. You can contact us via this website and we're on Facebook and Twitter (address links on the home page).
A bike! We also recommended you wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions and a helmet for safety reasons (children must wear a helmet). It's also a good idea to bring along puncture repair equipment and a pump, if you have them. A mobile phone, food/drink of your choice and also a little money may also be helpful.
Our ride leaders are skilled enough to be able to diagnose basic faults and will help you fix these. We sometimes bring along spares and equipment to help with this. If something is not fixable by the roadside, you'll need to find a way of getting yourself home. If you have an accident, we’ll do everything in our power to help you.
As the club is affiliated with British Cycling, every ride includes insurance cover. This is limited to third party liability, and does not include personal injury cover.
All of our rides go ahead regardless of the weather conditions, unless we specifically call off a ride due to severe conditions. If it rains, you'll get wet! If it's hot/sunny, you may get burned! Remember to bring along clothing appropriate to the conditions and in hot conditions, the use of sunscreen is advised.
You can bring as much food and drink along as you like! We always advise you to bring along plenty to drink, to keep you hydrated on the ride. This is particularly important in the summer months, in hot conditions. Our rides will sometimes include a stop at a cafe or convenience store where you will be able to buy something to eat or drink.