Last weekend when many sporting events across the country were postponed or cancelled because of the inclement weather, the North Down Cycling Club members proved they were made of sterner stuff. Undaunted by horrendous weather, they ventured out on their normal weekend cycle and, in spite of howling gales and driving snow, managed to complete their customary cycle. All of this will stand them in good stead for their forthcoming cycle tour in warmer climes, Majorca!
Ulster Women’s League
North Down ladies should note that a comprehensive Women’s League has been organised for the up-coming season. This is a fantastic opportunity for the likes of Rachael Mitchell and Jessica to demonstrate their dominance. The events include:
1st March Phoenix GP (22 miles)
5th April Aghagallon Cup (21 miles)
16th April Dave Kane 10 mile TT, Woodgreen
19th April McCann Cup (Distance to be confirmed)
26th April Bann Valley Classic (Distance to be confirmed) )
9th May Groucho GP (24 miles)
24th May Emyvale GP (Distance to be confirmed)
Nutrition and Diet Supplements
Sports Scientist Darren McWilliams will again be in the clubrooms this Friday night (13th at 7.30pm) to give a talk about training and preparation for races. Darren is an expert in the field and his talk on nutrition and supplements will be equally beneficial for all in the cycling fraternity, whether they plan to race or simply enjoy stamina- sapping leisure rides..
It’s hard to believe the racing season is only two week’s away with the curtain going up as usual on the Annaclone event, near Banbridge. The club has purchased a new massage table and, as promised, club masseur, Harry Adams will add his little bit of magic to the riders’ preparation on the Thursday night (26th) prior to the event. Those intending to avail of this facility should contact Harry who will be pressing the flesh from 6.30pm on the night.
In addition to races targeted by the North Down racing team, there are a number of races which appear attractive. These early season events include:
March 1st Phoenix GP , Nutt’s Corner.
March 8th John Haldane Memorial, Newry.
March15th Traders Cup, Dundalk.
March 28th Ciclisport GP, Cookstown
March 29th PJ Logan Cup, Coalisland.
April 5th, Aghagallon Cup ( 3rd cat. junior, vets and youth only )
April 5th Ben McKenna Memorial and Jim Wherity Memorial, Balbriggan.