Hartlepool Cycling Club – 23rd June 1883
The Hartlepool people and their visitors turned out in full force on Tuesday evening on the Moor, to inhale ozone from the sea, listen to the strains of music, witness the gyrations of cyclists ñ in a word, ìto see and to be seenî. There could not have been less than between four and five thousand people present. All classes of the community were well represented; the worthy mayor and other local magnates being present in propria persona. The Recreation Band gave a capital selection of music and several couples, fond of dancing, ìtripped it merrily on the greenî.
Of cyclists there were about thirty, and it was more by good luck than management that there were no more accidents than really took place. Several ìcroppersî, not serious, though the recipient of one got a shaking he could have well dispensed with, were the result of recklessly rapid riding, prompted by ìshowing off ì, which had evidently a double meaning. But the affair is new and some allowance must be made for enthusiasm attendant on first success. This will no doubt be corrected in future.
This meeting of the cyclists will be repeated every Tuesday (weather permitting) for the summer season. Several bicyclists from West Hartlepool took part. The grey uniforms, with black braid and silver badges, of the Hartlepool Club look very neat, and are in good keeping with the handsome machines ridden by the members.
Hartlepool Cycling Club was established as a cycling club in 1888 and is affiliated to British Cycling and the CTT .We are involved in various types of competitive and non-competitive cycling, including road, track and time trials. We welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities.
We have members from 16-over 80’s, as at 2017 year end we total 57 members of varying abilities. We have club runs on a regular basis and we organise 4 Open Time Trials per season. We have monthly Social Nights on the first Monday of each month at the Causeway Hotel, a yearly Prize Presentation, this year it was held at the Lock Gates at 19:30 9th November (all members and partners very welcome) and regular committee meetings.
We are always looking for new members and membership forms and details are available on this web site.