A cycling club has unveiled a smart new kit design which "tells the world we’re proud to represent Northallerton".

The makeover from Italian company Santini develops Hambleton Road Club’s traditional red, white and blue colours and sees members proudly displaying their hometown’s name for the first time.

The club, which dates back to the 1970s, is growing in strength again after the Covid pandemic and caters for cyclists of all abilities from within a wide range of Northallerton.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Members of Hambleton Road Club in their new kit

“Our new kit tells the world we’re proud to represent Northallerton,” says club chair Phil Eames, who also serves as Mayor of Northallerton. “We’re really excited about the design and it’s winning us lots of compliments.

“It’s highly visible to other road users and bolsters the strong club ethos we’re striving for.”

Hambleton RC has regular rides at varying distances with an average speed of about 15mph, and welcomes new members. A group meets outside Cowleys cycling shop on Zetland Street every Wednesday at 9am for a social ride that includes a café stop.

There are longer rides on the first Saturday (40-50 miles) and the third Sunday in the month (45-60 miles), also from Cowleys at 9am. The club operates a “no-drop” policy to ensure everyone is supported and no-one is left behind.

Members also take part in mountain-biking, audax rides and cyclocross events.

“We make new members feel extremely welcome so if you’re a cyclist who’d like to join a like-minded, friendly group, please get in touch,” said Phil.

To find out more about the club e-mail hambletonroadclub1@gmail.com or look for Hambleton Road Club on Strava.