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Cycling groups and clubs

If you want to cycle with others, go on longer rides or further afield, improve your cycling skills or knowledge of bike maintenance why don't you join a local cycling club? Find details of local clubs on this page.

Local cycling clubs offer a range of activities whether it's a leisure ride, a competitive race or something for the kids. There's a club for everyone.


  • Aycliffe Velo Cycling Club - activities include recreational rides suitable for all abilities, time trials, cyclo-cross cycling, road racing, women only sessions and club training rides
  • Cestria Cycling Club  - activities include weekly runs suitable for all abilities, time trial series and other racing events throughout the year - newcomers are encouraged to attend the 'steady ride'
  • Durham City Velo  - activities include weekly runs suitable for all abilities, racing, youth cycling and trail and track
  • Ferryhill Cycling Club - activities include road racing, time trails and leisure cycling rides through the countryside
  • Hetton Hawks Cycling Club - a training club for children and young people up to the age of 23 - all levels are welcome but the club's main focus is improving confidence and bike handling skills with extra support and training for those who wish to participate in regional and national races
  • Houghton Cycling Club  -  activities included road racing, touring, mountain, audax and cyclo-cross riders - suited to elite and experienced cyclists but new riders are welcome

Mountain biking

  • Beamish Oddsox - suited to elite and experienced cyclists, the club organises rides around the North East area, covering a mixture of terrains including woodland trails, roads and high moorland - new members are welcome but are encouraged to attend the Sunday 10 o'clock ride first for a taster. 
  • Hamsterley Trailblazers -  suitable for all abilities - activities include rides across some of the best off-road tracks in Hamsterley and trail building, with children's coaching sessions also available

Women's groups

Breeze: bike rides for women is a female-only cycling organisation ran by the British Cycling who organise monthly rides throughout the UK. The sessions aim to be fun and suitable for all levels. Socialising is as important as cycling so each ride includes coffee and cake stops along the way. If you're a busy mum check out  Breeze Durham on Facebook for local, friendly and informal bike rides.

Disabled groups

Gateway Wheelers organises sessions for those riding specialised bicycles in Chester-le-Street and Darlington. They have a selection of bikes for members to use so you won't have to worry about bringing your own.

More clubs

To find a club in your local area use the club finder tool on Active North East.

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