There’s something about Newport cycling clubs that scares a large amount of cyclists, but I’m here to tell you that there is nothing to fear. I only learned fairly recently that being part of a club is like nothing else you’ll ever do. It’s not very often where 20+ people who are passionate about the same thing as you surround you, and there is something truly special about that. Club rides are a spectacular experience, filled with laughter, sweat, tears, and competition you didn’t know you had inside you. So here’s a list of the best Newport cycling clubs which you can enjoy.
Velo Club Newport (VC Newport)
This club is an expanding Newport City based group, which celebrates not only the sport but also the rich history of Wales’ third largest city. They host weekday rides that range between 20-25 miles of easy to moderate riding, and Sunday rides that are a more challenging 40-75 miles, including the hills Wales is famous for. They open their doors to both social and serious riders, so you get the best of both worlds.
You can purchase membership for £30; the first year of which includes Bronze Membership to the British Cycling Union. Plus if you’re already a member of the Lliswerry Running Club or the Newport and East Wales Triathlon Clubs then you can grab membership for £20.
If you want to learn more about VC Newport cycling club, you visit their website.
Newport Phoenix Cycling Club
Newport Phoenix CC is Newport’s longest established cycling club, and is a respected group by all riders in the area.
In 2016 their membership prices were:
- Senior (Over 18) – £30.00
- Junior (16-18) – £15.00
- Juvenile (Under 16) – £10.00
- Full Family Membership (2 adults and 2 children under 16) – £50.00
- Second Claim Membership – £10.00
The 2017 prices and rides are yet to be posted, but keep an eye out on the blog page, or contact the Membership Officer: J Davies. They are very proud of their club history, so it would be worthwhile to read a little bit about that on their website.
Newport Cycle Speedway Club (Newport CSC)
This club is a little different to the other posted here, as they are not a conventional road group. Cycle Speedway is a short burst, strength focused, indoor sport. Newport CSC has been the South and South Wales Division Champions for four consecutive years since 2013, so skill and technique are important to the group, as you can imagine. But here’s the exciting news, they seem very open to new riders, as part of their mission is to promote Cycle Speedway in Newport. So for your first training session they’re willing to provide a bike and experienced coaching staff to get you on your pedals.
If you’ve already tried Cycle Speedway, or are interested in learning something new on a bike, visit the club’s website.
Velo Youth CC
This Newport cycling club is for youth riders interested in velodrome riding in Newport. They have between 64 and 145 members (British Cycling Page – 64, club website – 145), and have sessions running on a Sunday at 09.00am and Monday at 10.00am at Wales’ National Velodrome in Newport.
Membership doesn’t require a British Cycling membership, and costs £10.00 for both adults (18+) and juniors (below 18), but be aware there is a £1.00 admin fee. Take a look at their website for more information.
Alé DMT Cipollini UK
Unfortunately for most of us, this Newport cycling club is reserved for serious road riders focused on racing. But it’s certainly one to watch, as any team representing Newport is one to get behind. If you’re interested in riding for a commercial team, you can visit their British Cycling page and use the ‘contact’ tab to get in touch with Ben Simmons.
Cwmcarn Paragon Cycling Club
“Whatever your cycling discipline, pop down the club…. you’ll be sure to meet cyclists with similar interests.” – Cwmcarn Paragon CC website
This club has become one of Wales’ premiere cycling clubs, and if you live in Newport it’s just on our doorstep. They’re active in Road Racing, MTB, Cyclocross, Time-Trials, and Track cycling, and their yearly membership comes to £20, or £25 for families. They even have a clubhouse, so if you’re not particularly a fan of winter riding you can hide out in the warm, but still enjoy some great Newport cycling club tales.
You can visits their website here, but it doesn’t seem to be too active. Not to worry though, as you can find links to their very active social pages.
This is a largely social cycling club, formed for the pure enjoyment of cycling and exploring the natural beauty of Wales. They mainly operate in Monmouthshire, but it’s so close to Newport that if the club takes your fancy then it’s only a short distance to travel. Open to men and women (over 16), they split rides between intermediate (1-3 hours) and advanced distances (3+ hours) so finding a pace that’s right for you is easy. Membership costs £18 + £1 admin fee, with second claim at £9 + £1 admin fee. You can find all the information you need on their website.
These are all the Newport cycling clubs I know but please get in touch and let us know of any more. If you’ve not done much research into other clubs across the UK, you have to know that these are some of the lowest membership prices I have ever seen. And that’s not even the best part of the deal, because riding in Newport / riding in South Wales, is some of the best cycling you will ever do. It’s never too hot, it’s rarely too cold (if we take our excuse hat off), and it’s always beautiful.
Joining one or more Newport cycling clubs isn’t as much as a risk as it may seem, many of the riders in each of them are there for the social aspects of cycling, and everyone is patient and respectful enough to wait for your skill level to rise. So get out there and explore!