Berwick Wheelers was formed in 1988, giving the eastern Borders and north Northumerland area its first cycling club since the demise of the Tweedside Cycling and Athletic Club some 20 years previous.
Berwick-Upon-Tweed is an ancient walled town with a history of violence perpetrated against it by both the Scots and the English, having changed hands no less than thirteen times between 1147 and 1482, when it finally became attached to the English crown. It is the most Northerly town in England lying farther north than the Scottish town of Lanark, and has a distinct air of independence about it. Several of the towns sports clubs operate in leagues on the Scottish side of the border, notably Berwick Rangers football Club and Berwick Rugby Club. Berwick Wheelers likewise, is affiliated to the Scottish Cyclists Union, having joined in 1992, carrying on a tradition set by the old Tweedside Cycling and Athletic Club.
Membership is drawn from both sides of the border. Club time trials are held on the quiet roads in Berwickshire and are ideal for safely introducing young riders to the sport.
For those who like hills, there are plenty of short, stiff, climbs to be tackled in the nearby Lammermuirs and Cheviots hills.
Berwick Wheelers has a strong tradition of time trialling. Its members compete in 'open' events throughout England and Scotland during the season.
The club also operates its own time trial series on thursday evenings from April to mid September, and hosts an 'open' road race in the spring and a time trail event in the summer.
For a small club, Berwick Wheelers has a good record in SCU championship events, having won two individual gold, eight silver, two bronze and three team gold medals as well as breaking SCU competition team records at 10, 25, and 50 miles time trial events.
Social rides within the club are generally organised via e-mail, text, Facebook or the forum and can change from week to week.
The rides are an important part of life in the club. They are organised, steady paced, and cover a distance between 30 & 50 miles (2 to 3 hours cycling time), depending on the group and weather conditions. All club time trials events are held on thursday evenings at 7pm.
Next Thursday sees the final club race of the season where riders will take on the 600 meter (average gradient 20%) climb from the harbour to the top of Burnmouths' infamous Brae.
Meeting up in the village of Burnmouth (just of the A1- between Berwick and Eyemouth) for 6:30, start time is 7PM.
There is an option for taster or 'come and try' races for potential new members, a maximum of two events (we recommend the 10 mile TTs) can be ridden before riders must become full members.
The annual membership fee for the 2014 season is £16.
Membership forms can be picked up at Tweed Cycles on Bridge street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, or just click on the link below and print out the form.
There is also an entry fee of £2 for every club event the rider choose to participate in.
The only club for road cycling in the Borders and North Northumberland