Welcome to Newcastle City Riders

Cityworks Riders were formed in June 1997 by two friends Les Routledge and Paul Riding after the deaths of another friend Stewart Stoneham aged 32 and Les’s father in law Donald Patterson to Leukaemia.


Paul suggested to Les to buy a bike to get fit, (as both of them needed to) and six weeks later the first of many charity coast to coast cycle rides took place.

It was their intention to do a cycle ride to raise funds for the Bone Marrow Research Fund at the R.V.I. Newcastle. This was a thank you to professor Steven Proctor and his staff for their hard work in treating Patients going through this awful disease.

So the date was set for the first ride, it was in August from Whitehaven to Tynemouth via Sustrans sea to sea route. (C2C) 149 miles, three days, with all our worldly goods carried on panniers. All the rest became history and you can read about all of our Charity rides in the Events section of our website.

Sunday Rides

A group of us plan to organise regular Sunday morning and Wednesday evening rides .We like to cycle for an hour or so before calling at a tea-shop or pub. We tend to head into the prevailing wind so that the return journey is easier!. Please get in touch for details. All ages and abilities are welcome.



We like the Swinburne Arms in Stamfordham. You can get a nice toasted sandwich with a pot of tea or pint of real ale. There is plenty of space to store the bikes securely and a sunny garden to sit out. The legendary Jack Charlton is one of the regulars in the bar.


The ride to the cafe at Whitburn is an interesting combination of urban and rural off road tracks and old railway lines


We sometimes head for the coast along the north bank of the Tyne, and, after stopping for coffee in North Shields, have lunch at the Egon Ronay cafe in Seaton Sluice


Both banks of the Tyne have good traffic-free routes out to Wylam and beyond. The Boathouse Inn is next to the station and serves a wide range of real ales and tasty pub grub.


Download a copy our our constitution here.