BERWICK WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB 

      Racing and Social cycling in the Borders and Northumberland.     

Spring Update


As we spring our way into 2019, we’re having a busy time preparing for the start of our racing season as well as our sixth annual Reivers Road Races which take place on March 23rd.

Winter has been fairly generous to us, without too much time off our bikes. It seems that it’s not over yet, however. While we await the tail end of the cold snap to pass, we are in full Reivers Race mode.

The success of previous years races at Ford and Etal have laid a fantastic foundation for us. Under the guidance of British and Scottish Cycling, fostering solid relationships with our regional reps from both sides of the border, and with financial support from Simpson’s Malt in Berwick, we couldn’t be more excited.

Some changes to proceedings this year will see an inaugral women’s only race, using the same two lap circuit and finishing on Ford Bank, the change in line being introduced last year. We have been overwhelmed by the support from clubs and teams as we welcome 40 riders to this race.

Our Cat 3/4 race will see a field of 80 riders from all over the country tackle the 40 mile course also. As the popularity of our road races continues to grow, who knows what the secret is? Home baked cakes at the end? A stunning backdrop of rolling roads set against the typically snow covered Cheviot hills? The Reivers Gin sponsored King and Queen of the Mountains? The daffodil lined course punctuated by pretty villages? The thrill of returning clubs who look to the Reivers as a spring board to their racing season? Who knows.

You can stay up to date with race build up on our Facebook and twitter pages. Here’s to another great day. 


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Berwick Wheelers Cycling Club is based around Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland on the England-Scotland Borders and is associated with British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, Cycling Time Trials Scotland, and the Scottish Veterans Time Trial Association.


Membership is drawn from both sides of the border and varies from occasional social riders to those with more competitive aims. For example our own Club road time trials are held on the quiet roads around Berwick on Thursday evenings during the summer and are ideal for safely introducing inexperienced or younger riders to the sport but still provides a challenge for the faster ones. For those who like hills, there are plenty of short, stiff, climbs to be tackled in the nearby Lammermuirs and Cheviots hills.



Often on Thursday evenings throughout the year (but check on Facebook first) we meet up at Paxton Village Hall. During the summer this acts as a hub for the time-trials, but during winter it's much more of a social gathering and includes events such as bike maintenance sessions, pilates 'tasters', a second-hand/discounted kit table, coffee and chat. If you're interested, please come along and say hello. We can introduce you to the diversity of riders we have and reassure you that you're very welcome. We'll be on hand to chat, answer any questions you have and tell you more about what we get up to throughout the year. Be bold, it won't be as scary as you think.


As well as the social side of cycling, for a small club, Berwick Wheelers punches well above its weight with a fine record in championship events, having won several individual and team medals as well as breaking team records in time trial events. The club also has a good rating on the road racing scene with members achieving podium positions in numerous events across the country. Indeed, members compete in other 'open' competitive cycling events throughout England and Scotland during the year, and also take on Mountain Biking, Cyclocross and Triathlons for example. The club also hosts an 'open' road race in the spring and a time trial event in the summer.


If you are thinking of starting, or already have a background in cycling why not get in contact, take a look at our Facebook pages, or Twitter. Annual membership fee for the current season is £16.



Examples of some previous events...


Sunday, 3 February 2019 at 10:00


Variety is the spice of life🌶! This session will take us off road (suitable for CX/ hybrid/ mountain bikes) for a mini adventure in the beautiful Tweed Valley. 

As the landscape awakens for spring, we’ll unfold your spirit for exploring. Suitable for all levels of confidence, you’ll leave the session with route planning and map reading skills 🗺 as well as a list of what to take with you in preparation for your own wilderness wonder should it take your fancy in future! ⛰

Dictionary definition - ‘wonder’; to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (of our amazing landscape 💫). 

Free to members only (it’s only £16 to join us for a year) as we invest in our qualified coaches. 

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Location (somewhere near Duns!) to be confirmed nearer the time depending upon numbers. Free to members (see below). 


Beat the January slump with a ladies skills session, ready to jump into spring as fresh as a daisy 🌸. Confidence, cornering and more are on the cards. Winter warming drink and snack will be provided. 


It’s essential you sign up by marking yourself as attending the event on Facebook so we can build the session around you! 👇


Membership; we invest in our qualified coaches so this is a members only session. It’s only £16 to join us for a year, and we have a growing population of friendly and inclusively minded women. You’ll be made to feel very welcome 🤝


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Etal Village Hall TD12 4TL Etal



With our upcoming Women’s Reivers Road Race in mind for March, we’ll be getting together to ride the race route at a suitably laid back and Christmassy pace! For those interested in taking part in the race next year, or for those who wish to come along and see a different part of Northumberland, you’ll be made very welcome. 

We will start at Etal Village Hall where there is ample car parking, before setting off on 20 mile circuit of the route. It’s a good chance to ride it at a pace which prepares you for what to expect in March. As this is intended as a social ride, we have a strict no drop policy. The route is undulating with two hills that will test legs, but not too unreasonably. We’ll finish off with coffee and cake at the cafe in the village. 

The Border Reivers were formed in the 13th Century, drawing ranks from either side of the Scottish and English Border. But there’ll be no battle lines drawn on this ride - we’ll save that for race day.
Please mark yourself as attending if you’re coming along so we can tell the cafe. If you have any questions, please ask. 

This is an open ride for both members and non members but just for ladies on this occasion.

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This one has been and gone, but there are other events (see above).


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We're putting on another CYCLOCROSS taster "have-a-go" session. 


This session is also open to non-members over 18yrs. All you need is a bike with suitable tyres. It doesn't have to be a full-on cyclocross bike, a touring bike, hybrid, or mountain bike will do for this session. It just needs to have tyres that will give you a bit of grip in the squishy stuff. 


Here’s the details: 


When: Saturday 17th November, 10am to 12pm
Where: Etal Village 


Is it for me?: Fancy a go at cross? Like getting muddy? This session is for you. 


Skill level: The session assumes no prior cyclocross or off-road experience….but if you have some then we can work with that as well. 


Who: There will be a Level 1 and Level 2 coach on hand to take you through the session
What: Depends on who turns up and what you want from the session. 


But the usual stuff would be: 


• How to stand on your bike allowing you to increase your speed without losing balance or control
• Riding on different terrain - gravel, grass, woodland trail and field
• Typical corners you’ll find in a cyclocross event including flat corners, slope corners, fast corners and tight switchbacks
• How to perform smooth dismounts and remounts….keeping the bike moving
• How to shoulder you bike
• How to ride in mud


But the BIG thing is that this is in the SPIRIT of cyclocross. It's a FUN event. 


Please note, you have to be 18+ for this session. If you're under 18 and keen to try cyclocross, email us and we'll give you details of our junior sessions coming up soon. 


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BW members are also involved in cycle training for youngsters.


For example this Cycle Skool Summer Camp was run in July 2017 at various venues.

Training Rides.


Have a look at our Facebook page to see which training rides are taking place. There are often some to choose from like the Saturday Ladies Ride or Saturday interval training, the Sunday Social ride (shared with Puffin Cycling) or the Sunday Road Race session, various Monday social rides (eg. with Berwick Cyclists), and Wednesday hills (again with Puffin Cycling).

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