• WHO WE ARE

    Castlereagh Cycling Club was formed in 2000 and was formerly known as the Belvoir Road Club. The club name was changed to reflect the changing nature of the club from purely a road cycling club to both on and off road.

  • WHAT WE DO

    We meet on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30am at the Sainsbury's entrance to Forestside Shopping Centre. On Saturday, we typically ride about 50 miles at a moderate to fast pace. On Sunday we have a "lite" (30-40 miles at 13-15 mph) and a "full fat" (50-100 miles at 16-18 mph) run to suit all tastes.

  • JOIN US

    All are welcome - we would like people to join the club, but we would rather people come along first and make sure they enjoy it - we hope they will.

Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am at Forestside Shopping Centre

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Tour of the Glens entry is now open!!



This year's Tour of the Glens returns to it's traditional date and takes place on Sunday 1st May 2016.

You can enter now via Entry Central - http://www.entrycentral.com/ToG

Sign up now for just £25 for the 200km route, or £15 for the 100km.

Booking now guarantees you a place on the day, complete with an exclusive goody bag, courtesy of McConvey cycles, a unique finishers medal and much more.

The Tour of the Glens is one of the most hotly anticipated events in the Cycling Ulster calendar and is as fun and rewarding as it is arduous. Come along and experience the beautiful scenery of the Antrim glens, as well as the warm hospitality for which Castlereagh CC are renowned. We hope to see you there on the day!!!

Sunday, 28 February 2016

2016 John Moore Memorial Road Race

Castlereagh Cycling Club would like to thank all of the riders who participated in the 2016 John Moore Memorial road race. We would also like to thank all of the helpers, marshalls, commissaires, and St. John's ambulance who supported us making the 2016 John Moore Memorial road race a resounding success. Special thanks go to our race organizer, Gerry Heverin and to Gladys Moore for presenting the Trophy. Thanks also to Ian Proctor for providing the race reports and photographs below.


A1/2/3 race



Castlereagh Cycling Club's flagship race was hardfought in very cold but bright and calm conditions. Groups were separated by 3 minutes each over 8 laps of the Carr Road circuit outside Carryduff. A strong scratch group saw the race brought together by half distance. Further hard fast racing saw a break form with only the strongest riders able to bridge across. A strong finish by in-form rider Roger Aiken (ASEA Wheelworx) sealed a great victory.


Results:

  1. Roger Aiken (ASEA Wheelworx)
  2. Christopher McGlinchey (ChainReaction)
  3. Adam Armstrong (ASEA Wheelworx)
  4. Ronan McLaughlin (Dig Deep Coaching)
  5. David Watson (North Down CC)
  6. Jody Wright (Phoenix CC)
  7. David Hamilton (North Down CC)
  8. Angus Fyffe (Omagh Whlrs/An Post Cahin Reaction)
  9. Stuart Thomson (Spires CC)
  10. Lindsay Watson (Plush MTB)



A4 Race


Castlereagh CC's A4 race today ended in a large bunch sprint won by John Topping (Ards CC). Andrew McCullough (Killinchy CC) and Wayne Garrett (Ards CC) completed the podium positions. Congratualtions to Castlereagh's Mark Maguire who finished 5th in the gallop in only his second ever race, equalling his 5th place at Annaclone last week! Well done also to Stuart and Ronan who completed their first race in CCC colours safely in the bunch.


Results:

  1. John Topping (Ards CC)
  2. Andrew McCullough (Killinchey CC)
  3. Wayne Garrett (Ards CC)
  4. Darren Toombs (0745 Rouleurs)
  5. Mark Maguire (Castlereagh CC)
  6. Ivan Cooke (Kings Moss)
  7. Richard Maybin (Team Madigan CC)
  8. Scott Maitland (Killinchey CC)
  9. Garrett Fitzgerald (VC Glendale)
  10. Joe Pyper (Maryland Wheelers)



Women's Race


The Ladies race was won in a sprint finish by Christine O'Neill (Velo Café Magasin), closely followed by Fiona Guihen (Irish Centre for Cycling) and Katherine Smyth (Team Madigan).

Results:

  1. Christine O’Neill (Velo Cafe Magasin)
  2. Fiona Guihen (Irish Centre for Cycling)
  3. Katherine Smyth (Team Madigan)
  4. Clare O’Neill (Square Wheels CC)
  5. Clare Oakley (CRC)


Links

Race reports


Photos

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/albums/72157664455482359

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

2016 John Moore Memorial Road Race entry is now open

Entry for the 2016 John Moore Memorial road race is now open. Full details can be found on our dedicated information page, http://www.castlereaghcc.com/johnmoore.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

McConvey Cycles: Bike fit demo and talk

Huge thanks to Lance and everyone at McConvey Cycles for the bike fit demo and talk tonight. Lance was brilliant at explaining each step in an idiot proof way and still being willing to answer our idiot questions. I thought it would be good, but it totally exceeded everyone's expectations and was good fun.
 
Everyone there learnt loads and should be a lot more comfortable and potentially injury free going forward, with their cleats in the "new neutral" position. If there is interest in another session later in the year I'm sure Lance will accommodate. Thanks too, to Twinkle Toes for his skill as a crash test dummy - really good sport.

PS I promise I'm not just saying nice things because Lance told me my bums not as big as I thought!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Neither Fish nor Fowl

In the words of Retro, today was neither fish nor fowl. My interpretation of that, was that it wasn't nice, but it wasn't terrible either - cold and damp, but doable for a while if you went hard enough to keep the heart pumping, or in Sean's case to keep it close to max....

Nine of us left Forestside, with a mixture of Lites and heavies. My notional plan was to keep it steady and flattish to Balloo, then split. If the Lites went round the coast for coffee in Castle Espie the heavies could do a longer loop and maybe arrive before they left. After we split Retro requested a visit to Nendrum and I'm all about making wishes come true, so that's where we headed, followed by another loop. Flashdance headed for home, while Monsieur Poulet, Bones, Digger, Retro and me called at Castle Espie. 

By the look of strava the Lites - Derek, Lanterne and Martin exercised their democratic right and headed to Ballygowan and Carryduff instead.

After coffee we planned to loop round Scrabo and Craiganlet, but as the mizzle started I came over all sensible (the worst insult you can give a Castlereagh rider) and suggested we just drop down Bradshaws home. Retro asked me which way I was planning to get to my house, which immediately told me he wanted more.... Before you know it, four of us were climbing Gilnahirk and Braniel - idiots....

Only 3.5 hours with a relatively easy start, but a lot better for the body than lying on the sofa. Bones is looking scary strong, but Retro and Digger aren't far behind. Ps in 1963 the Royal Mail didn't have a squirrel on their stamps - there was a badger and a red deer - he checked.....

https://www.strava.com/activities/472334316

https://www.strava.com/activities/472235001

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Kudos all round today!

Kudos all round today!

Kudos to Stephen who put out some serious wattage and did a great ride, despite being off the bike for a few weeks and suffering with a sore shoulder.

Special kudos to Bonafide Badass Peter, who upheld rule #9 for the second consecutive week by braving weather which made more sensible riders cower behind their turbo trainers. He also set a new personal distance record on the way, on a ride bookended with two ascents of Bradshaw 's Brae no less!

Final kudos to Bergmeister, who takes photos worthy of Alison Webster every week, with apparent ease. As I found out today, it's pretty difficult!

Other special mentions go to Lee, who took a break from work to say hi outside Forestside, and to Jeremy, who was spotted running near Ballyholme.

With the threat of ice and light showers, the three of us decided to play it safe and stick to low lands, coastal and main roads where we could. The result was a jaunt out to Donaghadee via Ards and back again, with a couple of small hills and a mini 3-up TT on the way. No coffee stop today as we wanted to get home quick but fun was had by all and, most importantly, we all stayed safe.

Until next time!

https://www.strava.com/activities/471424826

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Let off the Lease

Even with the photographs, with so many riders out and me feeling sleepy I'm struggling to remember who all was out.... Best I can recall we had Retro, Digger, Bones, Flashdance, the Terminator, Ressurrection, Poulet, Lanterne, David, Michael and me.


We left Forestside promptly and set off south west in to the wind. We used the first few miles out to Temple to see how people felt and it wasn't all good news. Ian suggested a Lite run to Dromore, although I couldn't name an open coffee shop there on a Sunday. The group stayed together across to Bailies Mills but splintered a little on the rolly stuff after Ballykeel. Credit to David who stuck to the mothership like a limpet.

That was the signal to split the group and 5 of us got a 10 second head start on to Edenticullo Rd. There's a strange phenomenon when the group splits, but basically the riders who are "let off the lease" go a bit nuts. Sometimes it last 10 mins, sometimes it lasts 2 hours, but I've learnt there is nothing I can do to control it, all I can do is hang on.... Unfortunately Flashdance didn't have a working big ring and a high speed race towards Drumlough did for him.

That left 4 of us hammering towards Kinallen, Gail Bog Rd, Flough Rd and Drone Rd - lumpy stuff and Bones was on fire. Digger picked up injury and was looking pale by the time we stopped in Banbridge, but he's made of strong stuff and was determined to get home under his own steam. Conversation turned to Kelly's Heroes, with our own Oddball telling our Morriarty "enough of the negative waves!" - at least no-one had lost their sense of humour. After a top quality bacon bap, we saddled up and hit for home.

Despite hard roads and a good pace Digger dug in (there's more than one reason for the nickname) and we rapidly reached Dromore. On to Edentrillick Rd and a sweep through Annahilt and back similar roads to the way out.

Hopefully the Lite run was as much fun, we couldn't have asked for much more. Well done Michael on his first ride and to David who is really progressing. Hopefully Digger is feeling better and Comrade who wasn't with us recovers quickly from an encounter with wildlife.

Edit - sorry, sleepy head. I meant to say congrats to Roger, Glenn and all the other friends of the club including Miss T and MTB Girl competing at the Irish National Cycling Championships in Tollymore. Huge congrats.

Lites - https://www.strava.com/activities/467344471

Full Fat - https://www.strava.com/activities/467355683

Saturday, 9 January 2016

We're rolling, rolling, Rolling on the river

I had Tina Turner at the back of my head this morning "I left a good job in the city, Working for the man every night and day, And I never lost one minute of sleeping, Worrying 'bout the way things might have been, Big wheel keep on turning, Proud mary keep on burning, And we're rolling, rolling, Rolling on the river....". A lack of sleep and pouring rain made getting out a struggle, but Piglet, Scotty and a new face Peter were waiting for me.


The rain just got worse, but once you're wet you can't get wetter so we thought we'd give it a go. The route took us out the Kings Road and across to Greengraves Rd. Scotty only had light gloves, so headed before home before we had to play hunt the finger.

The rest of us did a loop around the Ballybarnes Road, across to Clandeboye and back to Bradshaws. Piglet's fixie wasn't slowing him down! By that stage we were properly cold and headed for home and our new warm hoodies (great job Andrew).

Really well done to Peter - it's usually a lot more fun than that. Apologies for the poor photography, but wet screens aren't very responsive. Fingers crossed tomorrow's a bit better and we aren't "rolling on the river" again.

https://www.strava.com/activities/466330163

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Home for Christmas

I think rotund was the politest thought I had when I saw 1st Cat this morning, but despite the extra few pounds he still has a bit of power.... The weather as I left my house at altitude was perfect, but as I descended into the mirth the temperature plummeted.


At Forestside Digger, Retro, Hannibal, 1st Cat and Simon who's visiting from Edinburgh were waiting. With ice all around we headed up the Saintfield Road in to the fog, but by Cairnshill we'd emerged into sunshine. The ice hadn't melted, so we stuck to the main road all the way to Saintfield, where we picked up Catherine who hasn't been out with Castlereagh in about 15 years - another "home for Christmas" visitor.

We still weren't confident in the back roads, so onwards to Crossgar and Downpatrick alternating between sunshine and freezing fog. We reckoned salt air on the coast was our best bet, so kept our course due south to Killough. Round the coast soaking up the scenery via Ardglass, Ballyhornan and Kilief where 1st Cat reminded us why he's 1st Cat.

It turns out the Pantry is closing shortly but despite a limited menu we got enough in the tank to get us home. Just for the laugh I called a left up a climb and down into Raholp and then back up to Saul. From the Quoile Bridge over to Annacloy, Kilmore, Listooder and home - those roads never get any easier even when your nickname says they should.

Another lesson in why the route is never set in stone. Brilliant riding by our guest stars from Portovelo and Manchester Wheelers. Our visitor from London needs a bigger wardrobe - he barely fits in the current one.... Really good fun, with a lot of laughs.

https://www.strava.com/activities/457308762

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Bones and the Berg go Boxing

Bones and the Berg go Boxing.... Two of us had a morning pass for Boxing Day and fuelled by a weird mix of cabin fever, offset by Christmas Dinner lethargy, we put in a morning of hard efforts interspersed by cruising and talking nonsense (mostly me).


The start took us up the Ballygowan Road and we kept the hammer down all the way. From Ballygowan to Balloo was more leisurely, with the odd hit up the hills. Castle Espie offered up lovely scones and a short respite before we saddled up again and headed through Comber and up to Scrabo. A loop around and over Craigantlet to empty the tank, doing our best gorillas in the mist impersonation, before dropping down Ballyregan Road and home.

Enough to feel like training, but still good fun and home before the passes expired. I think Bones won this round on points although I landed the odd good shot.

 https://www.strava.com/activities/456524697.