Club Rides2020-07-20T16:44:26+00:00

Club Rides

Club rides are designed to offer all members a variety of types of ride from which they can choose on a week to week basis. The schedule explains the rides on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The rides

The run names are designed to give a general description only. The route will be decided on the day depending upon turnout and weather conditions. Any member may put forward a route, either on the day, or to the club run secretary in advance. Wherever possible, the route will be published on the website, with details given as to the anticipated speed, length and difficulty of the ride. If it is possible to do so, members are encouraged to download any .gpx file of the route and store it in their Garmin (or similar device) as this will minimise the chances of anybody getting lost.

The club run etiquette (see below) applies to all rides. Accordingly, each ride will go at the pace of the slowest rider and nobody will be left behind. However, as far as possible, members should ensure that the ride is within their capabilities. They should speak to a committee member (see contacts) if in any doubt.

Remember that in general terms, you will ride quicker in a group than on your own. Your speed will also increase with your fitness, so the more club rides you do the better!

Rides will almost always include a cafe stop so riders should bring some cash (credit card at most cafes, but not all) – quite apart from emergency provision.


Unless otherwise stated all Sunday rides will start from opposite St Michael’s Church, Houghton-le-Spring – Refer to schedule.

Day/Time Meeting point Pace Note –
Sunday 08.30 (Summer months)

9:00 from 24th Nov and throughout Winter.

Broadway, Houghton le Spring, opposite St. Michael’s Church Faster pace usually 16~17mph For the keener rider.
Sunday 09.30 (All year) Broadway, Houghton le Spring, opposite St. Michael’s Church Moderate pace  May split into two groups dependent upon numbers
Sunday 10.00 (All year) Broadway, Houghton le Spring, opposite St. Michael’s Church Easy paced leisure ride between 20-30 miles Great for 1st/intro ride, will not split
Tuesday 09.30 St Roberts School, near Washington Arts Centre
NE38 8AF
Easy to moderate pace (30~60 miles) May split into two groups
Thursday 09.30 Westfield Grove (opposite the Bishopwearmouth Cemetery Gates) SR4 8QZ Easy pace 20 miles some off-road Will not split and stops for coffee at Wildfowl park Washington
Friday 09.30 St Roberts School, near Washington Arts Centre
NE38 8AF
Easy to moderate pace (30~60 miles) May split into two groups

Leisure Rides

Our Leisure rides take place every week.

The Sunday Morning Leisure Ride

10.00am – 12.30pm
Durham loop with a coffee stop at Vennels Cafe in Durham. This ride leaves at 10 o’clock from outside St Michael’s Church in Houghton-le-Spring, this is an easy pace ride and ideal for starting with the club, as it is led by the most experienced club members.

Thursday Morning

A social mountain bike ride touring the river wear of about 20 miles stopping for coffee at the Washington Wild Fowl Trust and following the C2C route for some of the way, mostly on tracks. Anyone interested should meet at Westfield Grove (opposite the Bishopwearmouth Cemetery Gates) at 9.30, or email Harry Brown for more details.

Tuesday and Friday Mornings


Rides of varying distances, starting where the C2C track crosses the main road at St Roberts School, near Washington Arts Centre (for anyone wishing to arrive by, and park their car). All welcome!

Ride Schedule

NOTE ~ All rides are subject to change or cancellation in the event of adverse weather.

Parental Consent

Houghton Cycling Club operates a policy for the participation of young people aged under 18 in club runs. The policy can be found by downloading the parental consent form from the link below. The form must be completed and signed before anyone under the age of 18 takes part in a club run.

Download the Parental Consent Form

Route Ideas

If any members wish to put forward a favourite route to be used during a club ride, please contact a member of the committee to discuss.

The club run program needs to be as varied and interesting as possible so all ideas are welcome…


…or, at least, most ideas are welcome!

Club Ride Etiquette

Some basic etiquette for Club Rides:

  • The group should ride in an orderly fashion, no more than two abreast and where traffic conditions demand, in single file.
  • The group will attempt to stay together with no one racing ahead.
  • The pace of the group will be shared, with the lead riders swinging off and joining the rear of the group periodically.
  • It is inevitable that the group will break up on a climb, but they should always regroup at the top of the hill and again at the bottom of significant descents
  • Members are expected to be self sufficient and carry suitable spares, food, drink and money.
  • Anyone who has a puncture or mechanical incident will be helped by the rest of the group but in general terms it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that their bike is in good working order.
  • In the event of a large number turning up for either run, there may be a need to split the numbers into smaller groups.
  • Anyone who is in difficulty and cannot complete the ride, will be helped to return home as far as possible. This cannot be guaranteed, so members should have some form of backup available.
  • Do not leave the ride without informing somebody (preferably the ride leader) of your intentions. If you feel you are being left behind wait for somebody to come back and look for you rather than just giving up!
  • Remember you are an ambassador for Houghton Cycling Club when out on the bike.
  • Riders should carry some kind of ID (preferably including any relevant medical details) and an emergency contact number at all times.
  • Although not compulsory riders should take out Third Party Liability Insurance with CTT or BC if joining HCC events.
  • From 1st November to the end of February members should have a rear mudguard fitted. This can be just the rear section of the clip on type.
  • From 1st November to the end of February members should have front and rear lights fitted