A new year has arrived and it got me thinking about to where my Shields Velo journey all began. Around this time last year, early February I believe was when i stumbled upon a Facebook group about saving gypsies green, let’s have a look at what’s going on with that I thought. In there, amongst the posts and thoughts on what could be done with gypsies green I found a couple of guys saying they’d be going out for a little ride down to Seaham on Sunday morning.

At the time I hadn’t rode my bike for months due to my wife giving birth and me having other priorities and more important things to be doing on the home front. I kind of put off joining the rides that I was now seeing posted on a weekly basis. It definitely takes an extra bit of motivation to start getting back out on the bike after a prolonged spell on the couch, especially when it’s zero degrees outside and frosty. But anyway, I decided to take the plunge and get down to meet to guys at the Velo one cold Sunday morning in February and that was where it all began.The fitness I’d had the previous summer was long gone but getting out that one time had given me the kick I needed to start getting my fitness and cycling back on track.

I don’t remember a specific time when somebody said, hey let’s make a cycling club, it just seemed to slowly happen, kind of organically like it was the logical thing to do. But like anything it takes time and there are always twists and turns along the way. Trying to get kit designed and produced, making websites, sorting out the relevant paper work etc. etc. etc. It all takes time and effort from the good people who decided they wanted to be part of this club. Slowly more people got involved, rides started to grow and South Shields once again had a cycling club.

have seen loads of photos of people racing at gypsies green in its heyday, I know there have been a few cycling clubs in the shields over the years and I think it’s great that we now have a club for the people of this area where we can do what we all love, riding bikes. Be that racing, time trials, taking part in long audax events, all the different club rides we have on a weekly basis, there really is something for everyone. 

I’m sure 2015 will be even better for us as a club as we continue to grow and establish ourselves. More rides, more racing, more good times on our bikes. Vive le Velo

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