Something for everyone...
Joining a group ride or cycling club is a great way to have fun, make new friends, get fit and see places you never knew existed. Whatever kind of cycling you're interested in there is a club for you.
Different clubs/groups cater for different types of cycling. From groups dedicated to finding the best cafes and introducing new cyclists with short easy rides to clubs for racing at the highest level and everything in between. From mountain biking to cyclo-cross. From women's only clubs to kids development. If you are interested in joining a club or group there will be one for you. To find something to suit your needs use the British Cycling Club finder.
Women's Breeze cycling
Get your bike out and have fun, chat, coffee and cake. Breeze is British Cycling's programme for providing fun and friendly bike rides for women. Rides are led by BC qualified volunteer Breeze Champions who can support you in every aspect of your cycling journey. Find new friends and new places and get fit to boot. See https://www.facebook.com/breezenortheast/
Kids and young people
There's lots going on in the region to get kids started in cycling, develop their bike skills, and provide opportunities to race. There are routes for schools to get involved in developing cycling with their students and there are North East clubs with development sections.
BC North East supports local racing in many ways, from coordinating the race programme to liaising with race support outriders. Road racing is organised in 4 categories to ensure that riders race against others or a similar level. To get involved in road racing. See https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getintoroadcycling?c=EN
Downhill mountain biking
There is a thriving mountain bike racing programme in the North East with some fantastic places to ride. All of the British Cycling race events are based in Hamsterley Forest at the Descend Bike Park. Outside of BC racing, there is widespread downhill mountain biking across the whole region.
The region has an outdoor 250m track at Middlesbrough Sports Village with regular organised training sessions for all ages and racing organised by Middlesbrough Track League. To find out more https://www.facebook.com/groups/borotrackleague
Fast and exciting! Ride for fun with a friendly welcome. There are BMX facilities at Hartlepool Summerhill, the Hub at Barnard Castle, and Barnsbury BMX at Gallagher Park Bedlington.
Join a club
In the north East there are clubs to suit all tastes, whether you're interested in a chat and a ride to a cafe, a downhill mountain trail, road racing, long social rides and everything in between. Some clubs are formally organised with leaders and start times and groups for different abilities and other clubs you just turn up and say hello. To find a club, go to the BC club finder page and enter your postcode: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder?club-search-query=find+a+club
BC Guided Rides
Cycle speedway has been around in this country since 1928 and the North East has a purpose-built cycle speedway track at Northumbria Cycle Speedway, in the Cramlington Learning Village. For more information see http://northumbriacsc.org/index.php
Volunteers are at the heart of many of the activities. They are the oil that keeps the wheels turning and are involved in all aspects of organised cycling in the North East. Be it assisting & coaching at development sessions to being or race marshalling at professional races, from being an event organiser to leading Breeze rides. If you would like to help to develop or maintain cycling in your region there is an opportunity waiting for you. Find out more by emailing BCNEsecretary@gmail.com or have a look at www.britishcycling.org.uk/volunteer/article/vol20110513-How-To-Get-Involved-0
Sportives are all about the personal challenge, from going further, higher or faster than you've gone before. But it's also about fun and friends, old ones or new ones. If you want to step up to your first 30 miler or push yourself to 100miles over wild uplands then there's something for you in the North East.