19 May 2009

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Bokhara Links with Cycling Club

For the fourth consecutive year the North Down Cycling Club will be supported by Bangor’s Bokhara Restaurant, which is situated in Kings Street. The announcement was made by the Bokhara’s proprietor Jahirul Huqe at a recent function in the restaurant.

Afterwards, the Bangor restaurateur expressed his pleasure at being once again associated with local cycling. Club president, Harry Adams, was equally enthusiastic about the link between the restaurant and the progressive cycling club.

More points for Noel

Noel Boyce claimed more points in the veterans’ rankings when he took a well deserved third place in the inaugural Davy McCall Criterium in Lisburn last Wednesday night. In a fast race on a new circuit in the city centre Noel made his effort to close the gap to the leading duo of Raymond Brownfield and Shaun Grey, who had broken away early in the race.

However, although he looked as if he would catch the leaders, he ran out of time and had to be content with third place. Nevertheless, this was a superb effort by Noel in his first ever crit. The race was easily won by Brownfield is beginning to show the form that everyone knows he is capable of.

Club 25

Whilst Noel may have been attempting his first crit in Lisburn on Wednesday night, several North Down riders were attempting their first ever 25 miles time trial. One of those was the winner, Stuart Henry, who is taking a sabbatical from road racing to concentrate on his A Levels.


1 Stuart Henry 57:35

2 Paul Swenarton 57:52

3 John Hunter 1:1:29

4 Norman Wilson 1:4:39

5 William Barclay 1:8:09

6 Roger Doherty 1:9:32

7 Gordon Paul 1:10:08

8 Paul Kirk 1:11:29

9 Mickey Forbes 1:12:35

10 Colin Massey 1:13:28

11 John Simms 1:20:09

Community links

The North Down Cycling Club prides itself in being a community minded club. As well as offering countless recreational and keep fit opportunities for residents of the borough it also raises thousands of pound for charity through events such as the Coastal Challenge. One aspect which often goes un-heralded is the efforts which the club makes to keep our roads that little bit safer. No where is this more evident than in the annual children’s Cycle Skills competition, which is being held this year on the last Thursday in June.

The Children’s Cycle Skills and Fun Night has long been synonymous with the local scene and is really enjoyed by all the children who take part. For the first time this year the event will be held away from the Valentine Playing Fields, which has been its home since its inception, almost a decade ago. Thanks to Bloomfield Shopping Centre manager, Mr Jamie Bill, the covered area beside Marks and Spencer’s will be the new venue. This will ensure that the event will be able to be held, regardless of the weather. It also affords parents the opportunity to catch up on some retail therapy while their children are learning how to cycle more safely on the roads.

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