The Gavlar GP – A Tribute to Gavin Moore

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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.

Micky Forbes.
Ian Blayney.
Keiran Beattie.

Thank You for your Patience and Understanding.
NDCC Committee.

Club Kit & 40th Anniversary Retro 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!!!!!!

Ian Blayney
Club Kit Coordinator

NDCC Corporate Gym Membership at Aurora

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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.
Please contact Gaynor McMahon at Aurora to avail of this – 02891277412 –

Philip Dickenson
NDCC Secretary



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NDCC NEW KIT 2017-2019!!!!!!!!!!

This new modern kit design was selected unanimously by the full Club Committee after a lengthy selection process. It is important to remember that the actual kit will be a fluorescent pink. It is not possible to show that on the image.

We have went for a highly visible kit which will be easy to spot in races and on the road. The gilet and thermal winter top will include extra hi-viz beading on the back to reflect light in darkness.

Your first chance to purchase the new kit will be when the club shop window opens on Wednesday 15th February. This date will also be the first of our two fitting evenings between 7pm – 9pm in the Sportsplex. The second fitting night will be Wednesday 22nd February.

Those of you who know the Powerhouse sizing can expect the same fit. You are of course welcome to come along to see the new kit on display.

Those of you buying the club kit for the first time are strongly recommended to come to one of her fitting nights to ensure you select the correct size. Sizing kits will be available on each evening to help you make the correct selection.


Hope you like it!


NDCC Mountain Bike Rides

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As of Wednesday 11th January the all new North Down CC Mountain and CX Rides will be commencing.

These rides will happen on a weekly basis meeting at McKee Clock in Bangor at 7pm for a coastal/ off-road ride with a distance of appx 20 miles.

If you have any queries please contact the clubs social secretary Kieran Beattie.




Cyclocross is a winter discipline of cycling akin to cross-country running.  Courses are normally held on a variety of surfaces grass, forest trails, tarmac and of course the obligatory mud.  Whilst the races last for one hour or less, the effort to push your bike around in conditions like these, often means your body is on the limit, and you will feel it in your legs for days to come.

Round 10 of the Ulster Cyclocross League was hosted by North Down Cycling Club. Organised by a small but dedicated four person committee, the course, described by many as suitable to run a Championship race over, started at the bottom of the Valentine Playing Fields, rising and meandering through mud to the dry respite of Pigeon Wood before opening up onto Castle Park, where the good conditions made for fast racing.

The Racing

With almost three hundred competitors signed up, this was going to be a full days racing, with riders as young as three or four pushing themselves around a short course on balance bikes, to the more senior riders in their 50s but all were out having fun.  Valentine Playing Fields have never been known as having good drainage, making for heavy going in parts.  With three courses designed for the differing age categories, all riders were going to have to work hard to battle through the mud.  The Youth races were first off, the ability and strength of some of the young riders was very impressive, the advantage of being small and light is you do not sink into the mud so deeply, regardless they showed determination and grit to complete the course, young NDCC rider, Daniel Cardy finishing an impressive seventh.

The first senior event was the Men’s B Race, with 95 riders starting.  With a fast start, the field soon started to split and stretch out.  The long and deceptive climb up from Valentine Playing Fields to Pigeon Wood proved a struggle for many, through the technical wooded section before the fast, flowing route onto Castle Park.  A short, sharp bank, pitted with tree roots tested the riders who maybe thought they would get some respite, but this is CX and that sort of thing does not exist.  Back on the bikes only to have a set of steps to carry your bike up and then a swift path back towards Pigeon Wood and onto Valentines again.  NDCC had a great battle between Michael McMullan, Keith Phillips and Richard McCullough for first, second and third.  McMullan had led for most of the race and at times looked like he was going to be caught by his chasing club mates but he managed to stay away, winning by 17 seconds.  All three podium steps taken by NDCC.

Next up was the Ladies CX, MTB and U16 male riders, with hot favourites Alison McMullan and Jake Rushby looking to win their races having ridden strongly all season.  Rushby got a great start and soon showed his class by powering away from the field, eventually opening up a huge gap and increasing it lap by lap.  By the end, he crossed the line well ahead of his nearest rival with a very well deserved first place after stepping closer to the top spot in the last few weeks.  The Ladies events have become more and more popular in both CX and MTB.  Beth McCluskey traveled two hours to get to Bangor and showed why she is the current Irish Ladies CX Champion by winning comfortably over the rest of her field. Alison McMullan, having finished second in nearly every round this season, was the main contender for the Ladies MTB race, and like Rushby soon opened up a massive gap on the rest of the field finished first, well ahead of the rest.

The main ‘A’ race for the senior men pitted Ulster’s finest CX riders, including reigning National CX Champion Roger Aiken, who has been in terrific form all season, out to do battle on the last race before the Ulster Championships. Aiken (Team Asea), glides over the mud and course whilst the rest of us sink and plod through it, making it look effortless.  His power was evident, as a rider of local man Glenn Kinning’s caliber, battled hard to stay with him but had to contend with second place as Aiken came home alone to take another victory.

The venue, course design and organisation, alongside the free burger provided, made for a great day’s racing, for once the weather smiling down kindly on NDCC.

Ards and North Down Borough Council granted use of the land, and NDCC would like to thank them for their assistance for this.  Thanks also to the Aurora Sports Complex for use of their facilities and to the public for their understanding and support whilst the event was running.  Events like this cannot be run without volunteers and a thank you to those that gave up their time, in particular non-club members and those from different clubs.

Words by Michael McMullan
Images courtesy of Bronagh Kirk & The Belgium Project