TSC were founded in the summer of 2009 when a group of 6 family members decided to ride the Coast 2 Coast bike route from Workington to Blackhall Rocks over 2 and 1/2 days. The ride was completed in appalling weather but with smiles on faces and a beer in hand each night, the bug had bitten and TSC had begun!
Monthly and sometimes weekly rides were organised, mainly around County Durham and often in Weardale and Wensleydale. The team had often talked about and watched films on the legendary Tom Simpson, who was born in the County Durham pit village of Haswell only a few miles from the homes of the riders. It was this interest in Simpson that led to the next big challenge for TSC, and a really big one it was! The Cingles du Mont Ventoux…
The Cingles challenge involves ascending the famous Tour de France climb of Le Mont Ventoux not once, but three times in one day. 4 Members set out to achieve this goal while 2 others offered support throughout, as well as making one ascent themselves. The team decided that proper team jerseys were needed, and a Simpson-inspired jersey was created using his famous Peugeot jersey as the template. The ride took 13 hours to complete and TSC had made their next big step!
A Double ascent of Alpe D’Huez to raise funds for the Childrens Heart Unit Fund soon followed as well as completing the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Tom Simpson Memorial and Way of the Roses routes. Enjoying cycling and a beer afterward has continued to be the main focus on all of the teams efforts!
In the winter of 2012/2013 TSC made its competitive debut at cyclocross, competing in the North East’s two leagues – the CXNE and NECCL. Again, the team sets out on the startline to have fun, complete the race and have a cold one while discussing the experience afterwards!
After completing the 2013 season, 2014 began with a series of sportives before TSC gained their first official sponsor, Newcastle based retro-cycling clothes company Pedalling Squares. The deal saw the team decked out in new Peugeot-Michelin inspired jerseys ready to take on the NECCL in the 2014 season, where TSC gained its first ever victories as Nina took the honours in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the ladies competition.