Gosforth Summer of Cycling 2018

There are lots of cycling activities in and around Gosforth over the summer including family cycle rides, children’s cycle coaching, Dr Bike sessions, challenge rides and even a Shakespeare play by a cycling theatre company.

If you know of any other related events please do let us know so we can add them into the programme, and keep checking back as we’ll be updating the list with more activities as they are confirmed.

Event Cycling Activities
SPACE for Gosforth Family / Social Cycle ride
Sunday 17 June 12- 3.30pm
Meet at the war memorial in Gosforth Central Park from midday for a 12.30pm start.
More details here.
Kindly supported by the BIG BIKE Revival
National Clean Air Day
Thursday 21 June
No organised activities but it’s a good day to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or take public transport instead.
See also the National Clean Air Day website.
Archibald School PTFA Summer Fair
Saturday 23 June 12am-2pm
Dr Bike*
Dr Bike kindly supported by the BIG BIKE Revival
Cyclone Festival of Cycling
Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July
Take Part in the Tyne 6 Bridges ride (10-15 miles register by 10/6) or the Cyclone Challenge (34-106 miles register by 20/6), or watch the National Time Trial and Road Cycling Championships. See the Cyclone Cycling website for costs and details.
Gosforth Go-Ride Children’s Cycle Club
Saturday 7 July 9.45 – 10.45am
Term-time cycle coaching in Exhibition Park.
£2 per session.
See the Gosforth Road Club website and Facebook page for details.
Dr Bike at Exhibition Park
Saturday 7 July 9-12am
Dr Bike at the Exhibition Park Boat House by the lake*
Dr Bike kindly supported by the BIG BIKE Revival
Ashburton Residents’ Summer Fair
Saturday 14 July
Dr Bike*
Gosforth Go-Ride Cycle Skills Loop
See also the Ashburton Residents web page.
Friends of Gosforth Central Park Family Fun Day Saturday 28 July 1-4pm Dr Bike*
Cycling Without Age will be there with their Trishaw for those who can’t ride themselves to feel the wind in their faces.
The Cycle Centre will also be there showing off their range of e-Bikes.
Newcastle Bike Polo will be along from 3pm on the basketball court.
We’ll also have some temporary racks for people to park their bikes on the day,For other activities see the Facebook events page.
Dr Bike kindly supported by the BIG BIKE Revival
HSBC UK Let’s Ride Newcastle
Sunday 29 July
Newcastle City Centre cycling on closed roads
SPACE for Gosforth Ride together from Gosforth to the start.Meet at Gosforth Central Park War Memorial at 10:30 leaving at 10:45. Please see below for the route and further details.Other activities include Music, food and drink, fun and games, demos, giveaways, activities, challenges, face painting. See the event website for more details.
See here for pictures from last year’s event.
Twelfth Night @ The Cycle HUB
Saturday 11 August 6.30pm
The Handlebards, the world’s first cycling theatre company, are putting on a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Cycle Hub on the Quayside.
See below for a preview / Book tickets via the Handlebard’s website.
Megan Giglia MBE, Paralympic Gold Medalist
Saturday 1 September 6-7pm
Hear Megan’s story of how she  took up cycling following a stroke to speed up her recovery, and only three years later won Paralympic gold.
Details & tickets via the Great North Museum website.
Chaia & SPACE for Gosforth Family/Social Cycle Ride
Sunday 2 September
Meet at the war memorial in Gosforth Central Park at 10am. More details on the Let’s Ride website here.
See here for pictures from last year’s event.
World Bike Girl
Tuesday 11 September, 6:30pm
Extraordinary tales of adventure and survival will be shared along with incredible photos, including crossing the Andes by bike and pedalling 5000 metres high, cycling through the Pantanal Jungle…
Tickets available here. worldbikegirl.com
Gosforth Go-Ride Children’s Cycle Club
Saturday during term time starting
15 September 9.45 – 10.45am
Term-time cycle coaching in Exhibition Park.
£2 per session.
See the Gosforth Road Club website and Facebook pagefor details.

Dr Bike*

Come along to a free Dr Bike session and get your bike fit for the summer.  During the Dr Bike session, the mechanic will give the bikes a general check over and will give advice and recommendations if needed.

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Newcastle

Sunday 29th is the annual HSBC Newcastle City Ride – where a loop around the City Centre is closed off to vehicles – so totally safe.

SPACE people are planning to ride in together, meeting at Gosforth Central Park War Memorial at 10:30 leaving at 10:45. We’ll be heading down through Jesmond on quiet roads and the new cycle paths near Jesmond Metro.

Link to our route below, do come and join us, always nice to ride in a large crowd.

Route map for Newcastle Let’s Ride Meetup Route 2018 by Peter Macdonald on plotaroute.com

The City Ride itself starts by the Civic Centre and does a loop around the centre of Newcastle including pitch-side at St James’ Park. Further details on the Let’s Ride website.

Map of the Let's ride Newcastle circuit around the centre of Newcastle.

The BIG BIKE Revival 
The Big Bike Revival has been running for four years to inspire the 42% of people who own bikes, but who don’t cycle, to start riding. With events across England and Scotland, people attending benefit from free cycle checks, servicing, cycle maintenance workshops, cycle training and accompanied rides.

Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age – Newcastle upon Tyne will be joining us at Gosforth Central Park. He’s a video from BBC Newcastle showing what they are all about.


The Handlebards – Twelfth Night @ The Cycle HUB, Saturday 11 August 6.30pm

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.


4 thoughts on “Gosforth Summer of Cycling 2018

  1. SPACE for Gosforth

    Having read about our Summer of Cycling post, Heather at Edinburgh Bike Co-op sent SPACE for Gosforth this info.

    Getting Back on Your Bike

    According to CyclingUK, 42% of people who own bike don’t cycle! If that’s you and you’re
    thinking about taking part in one of Gosforth’s Summer of Cycling events as part of The Big Bike Revival, here are a few tips from the bike experts at Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative to help you get back in the saddle:

    Dusting off your old bike
    If your bike hasn’t seen many miles recently, it’s always best to get it checked-up by a bike mechanic before you take it out to make sure it’s still safe and comfortable to ride. Pop into our Newcastle store in Byker and they’ll give it a free check-up where they’ll look at things like the tyres, breaks and gears for wear and tear or damage. If they find anything that does need work done, you can book it in for a service. Alternatively, you can always book yourself on to a bike maintenance class and learn how to keep your bike in tip top condition yourself.

    Worried you won’t be able to carry everything you need without your car (or a really big
    handbag)? You’re not alone! As obvious as it sounds, you could try a rucksack. You’ll
    probably have one at home you can start out with and if you find it ok, you can always
    upgrade to lightweight one designed specifically for cyclists which will be a bit more
    comfortable. However, most people find panniers the most convenient and comfortable way to carry everything from laptops to nappies. They attach to the side of your bike (so you don’t get a sweaty back) and you can get them on one or both sides. The only thing to note is that you’ll need to get a pannier rack fitted to your bike if you don’t already have one, but don’t worry – we can do that for you!

    Cycling with the Family
    As well as checking out the National Cycle Network in and around Newcastle, there are
    plenty of events as part of Gosforth’s Summer of Cycling to get the family out and about on their bikes. For very young children, you might want to consider a good quality seat that attaches to the back of your bike… Some have features like reclining seats so they can even have a snooze if the excitement is too much. Balance bikes are a great option for toddlers to teach them vital balance and steering skills. Remember, if you’re in the market for a new kids bike, whether that be a pedal or a balance bike, choose a good quality brand like Frog that you know you can trust for safety, quality and lightness of the frame (which makes it far easier for the child to ride).

  2. SPACE for Gosforth

    A couple of useful links for family cycling and shopping by bike:

    For anyone biking with children Cycle Sprog is a fantastic resource well worth checking out. Written by parents for parents, it’s all about family cycling with honest information and reviews of kids bikes, children’s cycling accessories and family friendly cycle routes.

    And for shopping Bicycle Dutch is truly inspirational! Great video.

    If you know of any other websites on these topics please share.


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