There’s something about joining 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 that’s enough build up, here’s a list of all the cycling clubs in Newport we could find.
Newport Social Cycling
As a social cycling group, this club arranges local social rides for people of all ages in Newport. They are partnered with HSBC and British Cycling, and do good work in volunteering for events such as the Velothon.
Rides take place on Sundays, and will cost you the grand total of £0. The distances vary between 6 and 24+ miles. Although, there are also cyclists in the group who arrange 60 to 100 milers.
If you’re interested in joining this social group, you’ll have to sign up via their Let’s Ride page. Here you can also find information on the club, and post in their forum. However, if you’re looking to contact the club I’d recommend you swing by their Facebook page. Everyone is friendly, and prompt to respond to any queries.
Velo Club Newport (VC Newport)
This club is a quickly expanding Newport City based group, with over 70 riders, that 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. Towards the Summer months, there can be as many as 5 organised rides per week. Plus, doors are open to both social and serious riders, so you get the best of both worlds.
VC provides opportunities to train group cycle skills and road craft, as well as train for sportives and build fitness.
You can purchase membership for £15; the first year of which includes Bronze Membership to the British Cycling Union. But they do suggest that you upgrade to Silver or Riders membership for more comprehensive insurance.
Newport Phoenix Cycling Club
Newport Phoenix CC is the City’s longest established cycling club, and is a respected group by all riders in the area. In fact, it’s not very likely that you’ve ridden in Newport and not seen one of their members.
They are sponsored by the equally well respected Gwent Cycles, whom you can find more out about in our Cycling Shops in Newport article.
Their 2017 Memberships prices are as follows:
- 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
Newport Cycle Speedway Club (Newport CSC)
This club is a little different to the others 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 a new style of riding, visit the club’s website.
Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club
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 drop in sessions on Saturdays from 9am until 12pm at the Newport Velodrome.
They also run a club member road rides of varying distances most Sundays at 10am.
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
This Newport cycling club is reserved for serious road riders focused on racing (which is unfortunate for most of us). 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 visit the Cwmcarn Paragon website, where 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 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 of, but please get in touch and let us know of any more. It is important for you 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, will be some of the best cycling you’ll 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, of the Newport cycling clubs isn’t as much as a risk as it may seem. Many of the riders joined for the social aspects of cycling, and everyone is patient and respectful enough to wait for your skill level to rise (if that’s your concern). So get out there and explore!