Kirkistown Race Series 2019

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We have team up with Gentlemen of the Peloton to organise the Kirkistown Race Series for 2019.

We have introduced some exciting new initiatives for the league for this year. 

The race series is open to all clubs and teams. Although a race license / day license is required. 

Race Leaders Jersey: A race leaders jersey will be presented to the male and female league leader. 

Team Prize: Teams of five to be entered, with first three counting on each round. The leading team will be given pink numbers as recognition within the bunch. 

Custom built trophies: We are working with the SERC to design and craft custom trophies for the series winners in each category. 

Loyalty Raffle Prize: Open to all riders who complete all four rounds. 

Kids races from under 8 through to under 16

Goody bags and medals for all children at the end of round 4: 

Entry fee: Kids are free, Adults £5 (£2 discount available for NDCC and Ards CC members). 

Any questions please email the race organiser: duane.mccreadie@hotmail.com

North Down CC’s Bokhara Night

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The most recent Bokhara Night was a huge success.  Not only was it great to see so many different aspects of the club represented, it was also good to see their partners there as well.  

It is so encouraging for the racing guys, especially our champion juniors, to see the support they have in North Down CC.  For most of us, cycling is not an expensive sport – with the coffee and scones being perhaps the most expensive part of our week!  However, for these young riders, with limited finances, the weekly expenditure can be high.

When one considers that North Down CC has three of the top junior riders in the country (including the Ulster Champion and the Ulster silver medallist), it underlines our responsibility to support and encourage them.  This support was very evident on Saturday night.

However, as well as supporting the racers, with several hundred pounds being raised that will supplement the racing budget, everyone had a great social night.  The food was abundant and it was up to the very highstandard we all expect from the Bokhara.  The fact that in helping the racers we were also able to have a great night and support one of our most loyal sponsors is also noteworthy.  Certainly the Bokhara is very willing to organise a similar night in the not too distant future.

NDCC’s Famous Bokhara Night

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Fed up with the mid-winter blues? Need a night out?  Look no further!!

On the first Saturday (2nd) in February the racing guys are organising a fund-raising Bokhara Night.  Now before you start thinking this is a night for racers, this is simply the racing guys organising a night that ALL the club can enjoy!!  It’s a way for them to say thank you for all the support they receive throughout the season and at the same time help raise some extra funds for this aspect of the club.  We promise that this will be a night which all can enjoy – even those who have no interest in cycling, so bring your partners, spouses and friends!  There’ll be no speeches, there’ll be excellent food and there’ll be live music!  Who knows, we might even be able to talk Shaun into singing again.

We’ve spoken with the Bokhara about the speed of service (which, because of the numbers has, in the past, sometimes been slow).  Joy has noted the most common dishes ordered on past Bokhara Nights and he’s going to prepare an assortment of Kormas, Tikkas  etc so that he’ll serve buffet style and so reduce any possible ‘wait’ time.  The cost of the evening will be £17.50 and for every cover ordered, the Bokhara is going to put £5 into the racing fund.  The whole night will kick off at 7.30 pm with a FREE ballot, so it’s a night not to be missed.

Show your interest via the facebook event now!

2018 NDCC Awards

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On Saturday night, we held our annual awards nights at the Bokhara.
We had a good turn out and I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves.
Belowis the list of the recipients this year.

Clubman of the Year – Gareth Boyle
Lifetime Achievement – Ruth McNally
Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Tom Henry
Volunteer of the Year – Sally Anderson
Sportive Rider of the Year – Damian Grimley
Open Rider of the Year – Johnny Webb
Senior Male Rider – Paul McArthur
Senior Female Rider – Gillian Orr
Junior Male Rider – Nathan Keown
Junior Female Rider – Rachel White
Kirkistown Series Champion – Shaun Carey
Best Newcomer – Jonathan Taylor
Most Improved – Gareth McBride

Champions Jerseys to be produced:
Johnny Webb for his Ulster Championship win
Tom Henry for his Irish Nationals Championship win.

2019 Committee

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Following tonights AGM, please note the newly appointed Committee for 2019

Committee Position Name
Chairperson Micky Forbes
Vice Chairperson Mark Coyle
Treasurer Stephen Green
Club Secretary Phillip Dickenson
Open Race Secretary TBC
Club Race Secretary Stephen Cardy
IT Administrator Sam Carson
Youth Development Officer TBC
Press Release Officer David Totten
Safeguarding Officer Scott Armstrong
Safeguarding Officer TBC
Committee Member Claire Murnin
Committee Member Paul Kennedy
Committee Member Dawn Henly
Committee Member Stephen Roycroft
Committee Member Keith Humphries
Committee Member Sally Anderson
Committee Member Damian Grimley
Committee Member Paul Kirk

A tribute to Eric Dunne

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A tribute to Eric Dunne.

It was with great sadness that members of North Down Cycling Club, past and present, learnt of the death of founder member, Eric Dunne, on 27th August. Eric had been in poor health for some time and he passed away peacefully at home.

Eric was a really enigmatic character who was much loved by all who knew him. Like his father and his two brothers, Ivan and David, he was a stalwart of City of Derry Wheelers where he was industrious in organising and competing in events throughout his youth. Work took him away from the Maiden City in the early 50’s and he joined the Kings Moss club back in 1954. He remained a member of ‘The Moss’ up until he was persuaded to be part of the steering committee which brought North Down Cycling Club into existence in 1977.

Eric was a fine athlete. He was the British Police Champion and he podiumed in countless local races. Indeed, he was 2nd in the Tour of Wicklow where he was beaten by the legendary Shay Elliott.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, however, was the input he had in developing cycling in the local community. He was a tireless worker for the fledgling North Down club, always on hand to assist at races, lead club runs or pass on his cycling expertise to a younger generation. He was the first treasurer of North Down Cycling Club and it was under his careful stewardship, that the club was established as one of the most progressive outfits in the country.

Eric particularly enjoyed the pioneering work which the club did with cycling for the visually handicapped. He piloted a tandem for both Michael Beggs and Paddy Gallen, winning many races both at home and abroad. Eric had the perfect temperament for this activity. He was an athlete and enjoyed the physicality of racing but he was also very caring and he appreciated the opportunity of sharing with others the freedom which cycling affords.

On top of that he had a real sense of fun. The stories that are associated with Eric are countless. For example, on a tandem trip to Norway it is reported that, on one occasion, Eric swapped
places with his pillion passenger, the visually handicapped Paddy Gallen! The outcome was obvious – but typical of Eric.

Other stories revolve around Eric’s thrift. His brother, David tells the story of one cycling holiday where Eric repaired 7 punctures in one tube before being convinced by Ivan and David that he
needed to change the tube! In more recent times his family bought him a new bike – which Eric insisted on ‘keeping good’ ie never riding. Eventually he sold the bike insisting it was ‘the legs that were important not the bike’.

On one of his last club runs a few years ago Eric was involved in a ‘racing accident’ when sprinting for the 30’s coming into Bangor. He was duly transported to the Ulster Hospital where the medical staff horrified Eric by cutting off his favourite cycling top. In true Eric fashion he insisted that they returned the lacerated and bloodied Carerra top which he had laundered and
sewn back together again. That top still hangs in his wardrobe today.

Eric was a very active member of North Down Cycling Club up until his late 70’s. However, age was never an obstacle to him. Indeed, on many occasions he asked that his performances in club races wouldn’t be noted as Renée, his wife, thought he was only marshalling at the events not competing.

Eric was a true character. His real passion was cycling, be it recreational, competing, administration or coaching. He gave of his time, talents and expertise selflessly and was always one to offer a word of encouragement and advice and never to ‘put down’ another rider’s efforts. It is pleasing to see that his cycling legacy is continuing through his own children and grandchildren.

Everyone was so delighted that he was able to attend the North Down Cycling Club’s 40th celebration last autumn. Eric will be greatly missed by the whole cycling community and our thoughts are with Renée and the whole extended family.