Oh What a Night …
“I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on”, was the repeated greeting at the glamorous NDCC Gala Ball in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel. If there was any lycra in the room, it was carefully concealed under some very stylish evening wear.
Over 200 members, club sponsors and distinguished guests, thoroughly enjoyed celebrating 40 years of the club’s proud history. Founder member – Tom Henry, eloquently reminded us of past successes and the cycling family of which we’re privileged to be a part. Master of Ceremonies – Ian Blayney raced through the awards presentation at fast Cloughey pace, only pausing briefly to introduce a new cycling acronym COWS (don’t ask) and to announce young Sam Carson as Club Man of the Year.
Guest speaker Dr Michael Hutchinson gave an entertaining account of his life as a champion cyclist and sports commentator. From Chris Froome to Bradley Wiggins, he knows them all, and even managed to rhyme Sean Kelly with Delhi belly, in an amusing anecdote about providing a urine sample in 40 degree heat! Thankfully, Dr Hutch restricted his discussion on gear ratios, although one non-cycling spouse at our table did ask “darling, do you have a 60-53 rig?” – oh how we laughed!
Moving “zwiftly” on, the band cranked up and members demonstrated that they’re not just “strictly” cyclists. Huge kudos to Kieran Beattie for organising such a wonderful and memorable night.
The award winners are as follow below…
Lifetime Achievement - Ian Blayney
Images – Terry Nicoletti
Following on from tonights AGM (8th November 2017) the following as listed below were elected onto the committee for the 2018 season by the members in attendance.
Saturday 18th November 2017
An Invitation to ALL Members PAST & PRESENT!!!
North Down Cycling Club is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year. Formed in 1977 as a racing club it has grown over the decades into one of the largest cycling clubs in the country.
Many of you may have moved on to pastures new but form part of our history and as cyclists we remain friends. You are cordially invited to join us to help us celebrate this milestone year. It has been a very difficult year for the club but we are determined to end the year on a high note.
We are hoping our founding members will be in attendance but we would really like to see lots of past members come along to share the club’s celebrations.
The Gala Dinner will be held in Clandeboye Lodge on Saturday 18th November at 7.00pm. The dress code is smart but NOT formal. Tickets are £30 and include a champagne reception and a 4 course meal. There will be live entertainment and our guest speaker is Dr Michael Hutchinson of Cycling Weekly. We would encourage you to bring your partners and friends along for what should be a great evening.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM ANY COMMITTEE MEMBER AND CAN BE RESERVED BY CONTACTING ME VIA EMAIL – Ian Blayney
Please feel free to share or inform anyone who may not be on Facebook about this Invitation
NDCC Grand Parade presents
The Gavlar GP.
A Tribute to Gavin Moore
In association with the PSNI and See the Cyclist Campaign.
Sunday 27th August 2017.
RE: Press Release.
North Down Cycling Club would like to inform those parties interested, of a tribute ride dedicated to the untimely passing of our colleague on the 11th July 2017. The Date of the event was to be NDCC’s signature annual open road race. This has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Gavin, who was this years lead organiser.
In its replacement there will be a Grand Parade of NDCC’s membership base through our home town ‘Bangor.’ This will be followed by several smaller traditional club rides throughout the locality, resulting in a mass meeting in Donaghadee with other local clubs for a small tribute on the Pier and also to highlight in association with the PSNI, the ‘See the Cyclist’ Campaign. It is hoped the use of the Lighthouse will highlight the need to be seen.
Representatives of Newspaper Companies, TV Channels, Local Radio and freelance journalists are cordially invited to attend, to highlight the greater need of respectful and safe use of our roads.
The Gavlar GP will take place on Sunday 27th August as follows:
- 9.15am for a Grand Depart 9.30am. Club members will gather at McKee Clock, Bangor emblazoned in the NDCC Club Colours.
- A Grand Parade of club members will be escorted by the PSNI along Seacliff Rd, Sheridan Dr, Groomsport Rd. All riders will turn left into the Banks Lane car park.
- Ride leaders will be appointed and groups of NDCC riders will set off in groups of no more than 20 riders per group at predetermined intervals. The ride leaders will plan a ramble route within the quiet roads of the peninsula. The intention of this is to minimise traffic congestion, with each group being asked to take different routes.
- At 12midday, ALL groups will converge in Donaghadee, and will make there way onto the lighthouse pier for photo shoot and ‘#seethecyclist’ press opportunity.
- Upon dispersal, light refreshments will be provided in Donaghadee Community Center where donations will also be accepted for ‘Cardio Myopathy UK.’
Please note, the family will not be available for interviews, but alternatively can be done through the club representatives.
Thank You for your Patience and Understanding.
NDCC KIT WINDOW OPENS MONDAY 15th FOR TWO WEEKS
LIMITED EDITION 40TH ANNIVERSARY RETRO CLUB JERSEY
As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we have produced a Limited Edition Retro Style club jersey. The jersey will be available for order and purchase for this year only!!!!! This can be used as a training jersey or on club rides but it is NOT AUTHORISED for competitive use i.e. open races.
The jersey shown below will be the exact same pink as our new kit, to match the new shorts. The added detail of the number 40 will be printed on the back and even includes printed safety pins. It will cost the same as the current club jersey.
I will send out an email in the morning which will include the Access Code to the club page on the Powerhouse site. All other club clothing including the much sought after club caps will be available for purchase on the club page. Please get your orders in early!!!!!!
Club Kit Coordinator
All FULL NDCC Members,
The new corporate rate for gym membership at Aurora for FULL NDCC is £21.99 per month.
Anyone who wishes to avail of this offer, please remember they will be asking for proof of 2017 NDCC membership. The production of your membership card will be suffice.