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.


    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.


    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

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Tour De Conamara 2016

One week on from the saga that was Conamara, and I'm finally getting round to a writeup. That in itself should be an indication of what a tough ride it turned out to be, and of how much it took out if me (nothing at all to do with my indolence...)
As a Conamara virgin, I was relying on the collective wisdom of Castlereagh ' s Clifden veterans to keep me up to speed and pointing in the right direction. Arriving on the Friday evening, we met up for a quick pint (Retro went safety pin shopping instead), before we tied a bow on it and called it a night. Extremely tame by Castlereagh standards!!!
Fast forward to the next morning: we blended seamlessly into the heaving throng of cyclists who'd converged from all four provinces of Ireland, and further afield. We'd all opted for our club kit, with longtudunial navy and lime green stripes - perfect camouflage amongst the hundreds of Skoda Tour de Conamara event shirts (same colours, but horizontal stripes). While we certainly felt like we fitted in, finding the group again after a toilet or refreshment stop became a challenge!
Rolling out at 9.30 am for the 100km route (with epic soundtrack blaring behind us) [Ed - Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound (I asked Joe)] we were treated to the gently rolling and undulating coastal roads through Ballyconneely and Round stone. The pace was frisky from the off, with riders rolling through rapidly at the front and groups forming immediately. Wannabe - show off that I am, I was in the front group until the first food stop, but knew that I would have to ease off if I wanted to make it round in one piece! The huge welcome from the Conamara Lair ladies' junior teams gave a much appreciated welcome (although I did hear one of them later say "you're all mad!), and tired bodies were glad of the hot drinks and food on offer.
Castlereagh regrouped and forged an alliance with some Foyle riders, riding steady to the next stop. Partly recovered from my early efforts, I ventured off the front but suffered in the crosswinds and was soon reeled back in. Berg was especially supportive in my hour of need - 10 minutes on the front once caught??!!! I'm starting my own blacklist and his name will forever be at the top!
The second food stop was even more welcome than the first and we agreed to take a proper rest. Some creative stretching, Snake Hips trying to eat his own weight in cake and Berg showing off his new wheels provided a bit of levity as we contemplated the miles ahead of us.
All the way home, we meant serious business. A four-up TT team comprised of myself, Terminator, Berg and Snake Hips ate up the road like it was cake at the previous food stop. We reeled in a fair few riders along the way, and I can only imagine (and hope!) we looked intimidating - the navy blue Castlereagh train charging towards the beer tent at the finish must be a sight to behold! The drag past Cleggan was the day's final challenge. I know we look pro, but Berg emptying his bidon at the start was a bit too much even for me! The reception at the finish was spectacular; klaxons to welcome riders back, beer tent, BBQ and medals. In classic Castlereagh style, all of us attempted to don our medals over heads already capped with helmets. We'll happily blame it on being tired out, but even we know - that's just the way we are...complementary rub downs went down a treat, especially for Snake Hips ("keep her chatting boys, she'll massage you for longer") and Berg, who was told he was so limber that he appeared not to have been on the bike at all!
All in all, the atmosphere at the finish (and throughout the whole event) was incredible, and we can't thank the organisers enough for all the hard work they put in - it was spectacular and I'll definitely be back 🙂 All that was left for Castlereagh to do was mark the end of the weekend with a slap up meal while we discussed the day's goings-on, and even reminisced further back. My favourite was the story of Retro at the 2015 event ("my race number is 2015 - what a coincidence! "). Sincere kudos to Terminator, Berg, Resurrection, Snake Hips, Retro who all rode brilliantly. All of us are gearing up for the Gran Fondo in Belfast tomorrow (at time of writing) and Conamara provided some of the most enjoyable training miles we could ever have hoped for. We'll see you next year, and we'll bring more back with us

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Mark Maguire wins Bann Wheelers Race

Castlereagh CC's Mark Maguire took the win today in a close two-up sprint from Michael Thompson at the A4 race at the Bann Wheelers 50th Anniversary Race.

Results: A4 Race
Mark Maguire (Castlereagh CC)
Michael Thompson (Bann Wheelers Ccv
Malcolm Scott (Bann Wheelers CC)
Alistair Robinson (Un-Attached Ulster)
Gavin Moore (North Down CC)
Stephen Mullan (North West Cycling Club)
Noel Brian MacDiarmada (Errigal Cycling Club)
Jason McIntyre (Un-Attached Ulster)
Aidan Kane (Bann Wheelers)
Vincent Mort (Ballycastle CC)

Full report at www.ulstercyclingnews.com/?p=23826
Video at www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=34BBckcc-o0&app=desktop

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.


  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.


  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).


  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)


Race reports



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.