Around 25 novice cyclists successfully completed a new seven-week “introduction to road cycling” course, run by North Down Cycling Club (NDCC). This pioneering initiative was designed to encourage people with an interest in cycling to get out on the road in a safe, friendly and fun environment. The course ran on consecutive Tuesday evenings, with the participants building up from short 8-10 miles runs, to confidently cycling a 24-mile circuit from Ballyholme through the quiet country lanes to Carrowdore and back.
The new course has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the majority of whom were female, with many discovering the joy of cycling in a group for the first time. Inevitably, this has led to the purchase of some new bicycles, lycra clothing and sports sunglasses – it’s always sunny on a Tuesday evening. The free course was the brainchild of NDCC committee member Sally Anderson. She said “I’m delighted that so many lovely people have enjoyed learning to cycle with us. Their fitness has improved week-by-week and new friendships have blossomed. Every ride has been guided by experienced volunteers from the club and their help has been magnificent.” The Tuesday night rides will continue throughout the summer and anyone interested in cycling is encouraged to contact NDCC through the web-site.
The Haldane Fisher North Down GP promoted by North Down CC will take place on Sunday 18th August. This year there will be 2 races. The main event for A1, A2, A3 & Juniors and a combined race for A4 & Masters! Entries will open on Friday 26th July at 7.00pm on Entry Central. WWW.ENTRYCENTRAL.COM/NORTHDOWNGP
This year we have various race sponsors onboard! We have Gentlemen of the Peloton sponsoring the KOH & Sprint Competitions, Apex Cycling Apparel will be sponsoring the First Junior Prize, See.Sense will be sponsoring the Most Combative Rider Prize! Brownfield Bike Repairs & Restorations are also onboard sponsoring first club rider!
Kirkistown round 2 results from Wednesday 29th May.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great turn out, possibly because of the bad
weather that was forecast. However for those that did make the journey,
there was some great racing, and the rain stayed away for the majority
of the race.
In the senior race
the scratch group rode hard, making up the 4 minute gap and ensuring one
group approached the finished line together, James Ambrose from Bike
House CC escaped off the front to take the win.
James Ambrose and Rachel White from NDCC both retained the leading jerseys.
Bike House CC have now taken the lead in the team prize.
The underage racing was excellent, with some great riding in all categories.
A big thank you to the 3 marshall’s that turned up to help run the race. It was much appreciated.
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.
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.