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2010 Charity bike ride

Newcastle - Carlisle - Keilder - Newcastle

3rd July 2010 - 5th July 2010



2008 Charity bike ride

Hull - Newcastle



2007 Charity bike ride

Glasgow - Newcastle (Castles Route)

The charity Newcastle City Riders supprted on the 2007 ride was The Oncology Unit at North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields. The team within the day unit aims to offer the highest standards of day patient care and support to patients and their families.


2006 - 10th Anniversary Charity Ride

Newcastle - Holand (Delft)

29th June - 2nd July 2006

This was our 10th Anniversary charity ride and took place between the 29th June – 2ndJuly 2006. Over the years our rides just get bigger and better, so for our 10th anniversary year we decided to go “Dutch”. 

Day 1 - Starting from the Civic Centre we processed through the City down to the quayside to cross the famous Tyne bridges. Then on to embarkation at North Shields. On board the DFDS Seaways ferry we partyed the night away while taking turns to keep the wheels of our static bicycle revolving.

Day 2 - An early start at the port of IJmuiden, then a ride through the picturesque countryside to Delft Overnight in a good quality hotel.

Day 3 - We returned to the port by the recently opened North Sea Cycle Route. Again we crossed the North Sea with the help of DFDS Seaways.

Day 4 - After landing at North Shields, the final ride is to meet and greet our friends and supporters waiting at Tynemouth Priory.


2005 Charity bike ride

Glasgow - Edinburgh - Ford Castle - Newcastle

July 2005

The date had been set as the first weekend in July and the ride was from Glasgow to Tynemouth over 3 days via Edinburgh and Ford castle. Another new ride for Newcastle Cityriders for 70 to 90 cyclists all in aid of Breakthrough Breast cancer and Macmillans cancer care.

Places were limited on a first come first served basis but the riders enjoyed the easy gradients of a disused railway line for part of the journey and made it home safely.


2004 Charity bike ride

Morecombe - Skipton - Darlington - Tynemouth

2nd - 5th July 2004

This was another new coast to coast route from Les Routledge and took in a lot of the local cycle paths in the North East that we train on as well as the 1st day of the 1999 and 2001 rides.

The ride was a great success but the weather was against us as it had been for most of 2004.

Day 1 - We arrived in Morecambe to driving rain and left the same way after a send off by the mayor.
The ride took us to Skipton on the 2001 route following the cycle tracks through the Lune valley, to Ingleton for lunch, Settle, Giggleswick and Skipton.

Day 2 - This took us north to Darlington via Kettlewell and the big climb into Coverdale, and lunch at Middleham, on to Catterick, quiet roads to Darlington.

Day3 - A better day took us to Sedgefield in the morning on the " B" roads where we had a short stop before moving on to the main cycle track north to the mining villages of Durham and eventually Sunderland for another short stop. from here we follow the cycle tracks to Cleadon and South Shields before crossing the river Tyne to Tynemouth and a civic reception with the Mayor and Chair of North Tyneside next to the priory. The charities this year were: -

Watch this space to see how much we have raised in sponsorship for the charities above as we expect to have raised several thousand pounds.

This year we had a name change from newcastle cityworks riders to "Newcastle Cityriders" this was due to the change from Cityworks to Neighbourhood services within the City Council. Our name change was in keeping with the city Councils support of our charity fundraising endeavours.


2003 Charity bike ride

Ayr - Dumfries - Carlislle - Tynemouth

4th - 7th July 2003

210 miles of the best Scotland and England could offer, a mix of B and C roads, cycle tracks and byways. This route is another of our own and was a deveation to the origional plans for 2003. We had intended to cycle the Sustrans no.7 route to Dumfries but the logistics of moving 85 riders were to complicated. The route we decided on was south from Ayr to Maybole, on to Dalmellington, Carsphain, Moniave and on to Dumfries.

Day 2 - Was a flatter and altogether easier day as we followed the Solway Firth coastline before heading inland to Gretna, Longtown, and on to Carlisle.

Day 3 -This was a day of rolling hills, quiet lanes, and cycle paths. We left Carlisle heading east for Brampton, Gilsland, Haydon bridge, Hexham, Wylam, Newcastle and ending in Tynemouth.
We travelled 210 miles and were greeted by the Mayor and Chair of North Tyneside council, and for some of the riders it was the toughest ride we have set.

We had 85 cyclists do the trip and the backup got to be more like a travelling circus with all the vehicles, motorbikes, marshalls, charity followers etc. We made the papers on the way and raised a lot of publicity for the charities.

Again we had the support of Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils as well as the Help of all the councils and authorities we passed through including the local police. Many thanks to one and all.Our charities for 2003 were: -

A total of £20,000 was raised for the above charities and was the biggest donation we have made since the rides started.

The presentation evening we had in 2003 was also a grand affair at the Civic Centre banqueting suite Newcastle in the presence of the High Sherrif of Newcastle, The Mayor of North Tyneside and the Chair of North Tyneside and his consort. Cheques were presented by the dignitaries to our charity representatives on the evening.


2002 Charity bike ride

Ayr - Dunbar

This ride was the first of our ventures across the border to Scotland. Mainly organised be Micheal Porter, Transport dept, Newcastle City Council, the ride was a great mix of quiet roads, lanes, cycle tracks and one or two challenges thrown in.

The route was another of our own from Ayr on the west coast of Scotland to Dunbar on the east. We used two existing cycle routes and added an extention of our own making to reach Dunbar.

The weather was against us from day one but the 65 cyclists were not phased by the odd down pour. The route took us from Ayr town centre north to Glasgow, first following the Clyde estuary then turning inland to Kilmarnock, Johnstone, Paisley and Glasgow. Day two took us from Glasgow to Edinburgh via the clyde - Forth cycle track. From there we cycled on the roads, tracks and lanes to Dalkeith, Gorebridge and Dunbar. Even though it rained a lot on this ride we fully intend to revisit this classic cross country route in the future.

The distance was 200 miles, and was assisted with 2x 7 ton trucks, 2x 50 seat coaches, motorcycle outriders, a doctor, leisure centres to dry out in as well as 4 Lord Provosts in the cities we passed through.

Our charity for this ride was again the R.V.I. Breast cancer research fund at Newcastle and a total of £12,000 was raised. The presentation evening was at the Civic Hall Gosforth.


2001 Charity bike ride

Morcombe - Scarborough

Ride 5 was another bash at the Morecambe to Scarborough ride. The same route was chosen after reports from riders who enjoyed the run the first time.  We marked the route well in advance at every junction, set up meal and pub stops and arranged medical assistance for the riders.

The Mayors of Morecambe and Scarborough were involved and also presented with plaques as a gesture of gratitude for their assistance and to forge links with their cities and the city of Newcastle.
Everything to do with our cycle rides had expanded, advertising, radio reports, route marking, safety procedures and our sponsors. We gained a lot of publicity and this has been reflected in the amounts of money collected annually by our riders, and companies who have assisted us.

We set a target of £5,000 and were astounded when our total reached £10,000 from the 2001 ride. The charities we chose were: -

The cheque presentation was at the Civic Hall Gosforth attended be 300 people and the charity representatives.


2000 Charity bike ride

Workington - Scarborough

Although this was not officially a Cityworks riders caost to coast a lot of our riders took art in the ride from Workington to Tynemouth via the Reivers route. This is a Sustrans cycle route the same as our 1st ride but concidered to be the return journey after crossing to Tynemouth. The trip contains a lot of varied terrain and some exposed areas through Kielder forest.

This ride was marred with the torrential rain and lack of logistical organisation. The ride attracted 20 riders as well as the first female riders to take on our coast to coast challenge. The ride was organised by John Robertson from the Planning and transport dept. at Newcastle Council.  Approx. £1,000 was raised, all proceeds went to local charities in Newcastle.


1999 Charity bike ride

Morecombe - Skipton - Thirsk - Scarborough

After the success of the first 2 rides we became more adventurous and designed a new coast to coast of our own. This was to give people the chance to complete other ways to cross the country on a bike. The route was designed by Les and went from Morecambe to Scarborough via Skipton and Thirsk.

The 3 day ride included more varied terrain and scenery over 200 miles and had lots of hills, off road tracks, fast road sections and included the first cityworks riders hill climb just for fun. 12 riders signed up for the trip through Settle, Skipton, Pately bridge, Ripon, Thirsk, Thornton le dale, and Scarborough.

This ride was also on a large scale as we had a bus, a 7 ton wagon and 3 outriders from the TA. The back up was great and the route well organised in advance. We also stayed in good quality hotels on the way and provided pleanty of pub stops for a beer or two.

This ride was in aid of three charities: -

We enlisted the help of the Mayor of Morecambe to start the ride and the mayor of Scarborough to meet us at the end.

£3,250 was raised for our chosen charities with the cheque presentation at the Civic centre again with our charity representatives.


1998 Charity bike ride

Whitehaven - Tynemouth (Coast to Coast Route)

This ride took place from Whitehaven to Tynemouth again but with a greater challenge. It included the coaching route over the hills instead of the easier route lower down. 18 cyclists took part and we secured the sponsorship of Cityworks, Newcastle City Council who provided the transport and logistics we needed to move all the bikes, bags and cyclists over the weekend.

This c2c was quite challenging due to the off road sections and wet weather before the ride. We also had a couple of minor accidents so take care if you follow this route in future.

This ride was better organised than the last to the point we were able to collect funds in the pubs on the way.

In total we raised £3,600 for the R.V.I. Bone marrow appeal in newcastle.

Barry Roland the director of Cityworks, Newcastle City council presented the cheque to Professor Steven Proctor at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.

Details of the hotels and pubs we stopped at as well as photos are availabe from Les.


1997 Charity bike ride

Whitehaven - Tynemouth (Over Hill route)

Three cyclists took part in this first year. 14 year old Gareth Welsh making up the numbers with Les and Paul. The route took them from the seaside town of Whitehaven via Keswick, Penrith, Alston, Consett and Tynemouth. This is the route that most cyclists do as their first C2C, so it was as good as any to start with. (This route is classed as moderate).

£1400 was raised for The Bone Marrow 2000 Appeal.

The ride was quite a challenge for the 3 novice cyclists but the weather was kind and from their endeavours Newcastle City Riders were born. Over the next six months or so we talked to many of our work colleagues about our experiences during the ride and it was decided to organise another C2C with more riders and to raise more funds for other charities. 



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