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.


    Our Sunday Cycle ride starts at 9:30am at the bus shelter near the main entrance of Forster Green Hospital on the Saintfield Road. Depending on numbers and weather we ride 55-70 miles at a "steady" pace. On Saturday we meet at the same time and usually do a slightly shorter run at a faster pace. Approx 40-50 miles.


    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 Forster Greens

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Chris Wins Ards Race

Castlereagh CC rider, Chris Richardson, took the win this week in the Ards CC promoted Carrowdore Race. Next to the line were Keith Phillips in 2nd and Paul McMinn in 3rd.

Full results and report can be seen here: www.ardscc.co.uk/?p=1533

Monday, 29 June 2015

Oxford Island Sunday Ride

While a few of us traveled down to the Irish National Cycling Championships, the club run also headed west to Oxford Island. Thanks to Derek for these photos. 
Here's a link to the ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/334735260

And there's even a video!

Irish National Cycling Championships 2015

With the Irish National Cycling Championships just down the road and some good friends racing, we took the opportunity to try out some new roads. Six of us packed into two cars and headed down the road, arriving in Omagh at about 9:30. After Snake Hips signed a few photographs we headed out under mixed skies.
I had half an idea of a route and it turned out perfect. From Omagh to Fintona, then Dromore and over to Drumquin. As there are only six cars in Tyrone, it felt like we had the roads to ourselves and despite the wind, we skipped along. From Drumquin we picked up signs for Sloughan Glen waterfall and pointed upwards. When the road pointed back downwards Digger tried a bit of off-roading, but admirably didn't just hold it upright, he kept pedalling!
At the bottom we turned right, again climbing up by the wind turbines and taking in stunning views. I think we were in Fermanagh at this point, but turned right again back into Sean, Retro and Comrades homeland of Tyrone, not that any of them had much clue where we were. In Castlederg we turned on to the home leg via Drumquin. The wind was tough, but knowing we were on the last stretch we opened the taps and wrung out whatever everyone had left.
3hrs 20 at a great pace on amazing new roads. All we had to do then, was grab a quick shower and watch the last couple of laps of the champs. Unfortunately our team mate from Saturday (the Pro) had crashed out on the first lap, but fortunately he was in a better state than his bike. A late lunch in Rue finished a great day out. Thanks to everyone for a really fun road trip!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Dirtier Dozen

The Dirty Dozen rolled out of Forster Green in relaxed mood. Some of us a little dirtier than others. Big G called circuitous loop round to Dromore through Drumbo and Boardmills. Mark suffered an early rear puncture and then a front just before coffee, but nobody got worked up.
With the Pro in full chill mode and the top floor of Cafe Thyme all to ourselves, stories of the old days flowed. It's amazing how cafe culture has developed in the last few years - our order was a bit more pretentious and diverse than back in the day. Comrade's Tea Club is growing too!
Home was pretty direct using Edentrillick Rd to work back towards Hillsborough and home. Mark got all the bad luck with a 3rd puncture, but given the good weather we just used it as a chance to chat.
Well done Paul on his second club run, a bit of a step up from the last time with just me. Have a good one tomorrow.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Gran Fondo Giro D'Italia Northern Ireland

Today was like Christmas Day if you are a cyclist. Riding on roads closed to traffic is a dream come true.
Eight of us met at bottom of the Ravenhill Road at the ungodly hour of 6.45. Thanks Mark!!
Roll call, Mark W, Fred, Brian Jr, Darragh, Sean, Digger, The Gimp and Hannibal.
The plan was to ride en mass to the Titanic quarter and meet up with some more friends before setting off. Our new jerseys are easily spotted in the crowd and we soon picked out Nitemare and Chris R.
Given the big numbers we decided to err on the side of caution and half of us went with the 20+mph bunch, while the other guys slotted in further down the line.
It was a quick start with Kaners hammering the pace to Crossnacreevy, thankfully after that the pace dropped a little.
It was a long route so I'm not going to bore you all with every twist and turn.
Looks like everyone made it round safely, three punctures that I know of. Two due to tacks spread by saboteurs and thankfully my puncture was right at the line caused by glass. So the pump got put to good use!!!
After crossing the line we headed straight to the Pasta Party and some well deserved free beer.
Looking at some pictures from UTV, looks like Chris R finished at the top of the Castlereagh riders and just behind Paul Kane a very well done!!!
Great riding by all today and fantastic to see the club kit on display in strength.

Bring Out the Gimp

Bring out the Gimp! Today was one of the most chilled and fun rides I can remember. It seemed to be a magic combination of old friends & new kit, post-race & pre-Fondo legs, sunshine & beer.
Eight of us left Forster Greens with a vague plan to go up Hannahstown Road and somehow to Ballyclare. James and Jonny were out with us for the first time and the Beast was back from his studies. Sean was rocking his new CCC kit, while Hannibal and Digger are just scary fit after a few months racing. Bones was back and also looking strong.
Somewhere near Nutts Corner I punctured and then again a few miles later. Usually that would dampen the spirits, but for some reason we just took it as an excuse for top class banter. My new super tight and shiney long sleeve jersey was likened to fetishwear, hence the "bring out the gimp" line - that's one of the few things I could repeat. Sorted we rode through Doagh to Ballyclare and a fun coffee stop at Pots. Home was back via Doagh and the Longshot.
A few of us decided to pick up our packs for tomorrow's Gran Fondo and discovered (unsurprisingly) that the Italians clearly designed De Rosa's and Cinelli's to hold wine bottles! Thanks to everyone for a super chilled and fun morning out.

Andrew 6th at Ormeau Park Crit

Castlereagh CC achieved another top result on Friday night with Andrew Ferguson taking 6th place in the A4 Criterium at Ormeau Park.

Andrew was seen to be attentive through the race and coming into the finish line was battling it out in the sprint for the prizes.

Well done Andrew!

1st Paul Traynor Phoenix CC
2nd Ian Weir TVR
3rd Paul McMinn Ards CC
4th Daniel Daly Phoenix CC
5th Ivor Hessian Phoenix CC
6th Andrew Ferguson Castlereagh CC

Full report and results here: http://cyclingulster.com/?p=21393

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ards Super 7 Crit

Tonight was the Ards Super 7 Crit, which was open to all ages, Castlereagh was represented with 4 youth and 2 aduldts in the A4 race.

riders, Luke in the U8 catagory, Ben, Matthew and Cameron in the U12 catagory and also 2 A4 riders, Jeff and Andrew.
 The U8 race started at 7 with Luke off first in the novice race, he went really well completing the 2 laps and holding the pace really well.

Next was the U12 race with the boys having to complete 4 laps, all 3 stuck well together for the first 2 laps before Ben got his nose out in front, the competition was of a very high standard and all 3 boys gave a great account of themselves.

Andrew and Jeff both also took to the start line. There was a split mid way through the race, with Jeff making the front group and Andrew chasing in a group just behind.

Coming into the finish Jeff managed a great result of 5th and Andrew came in with the next group home.

A really well organised night which helped with the roads closed around the town centre, well done to all at Ards CC

More photos from the Crit taken by The Belgian Project can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/sets/72157654723782135

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Game of Three Halves

Today was a game of three halves.... I'm the last person who should be writing this, as after missing the mothership, my half was a solo ride over Starbog Rd, Douglas Top and Big Collin calling briefly at The Battery for a coffee.

Piecing together Derek's video, photos, Strava links and an on the road phone call with Digger, it sounds like the other two halves also went north.

From the look of the soup, I reckon the main group got to the Halfway , https://www.strava.com/activities/325236810, while Retro and Digger went on to Glenarm, https://www.strava.com/activities/325262857, also indulging in soup and scones, before turning inland and chasing me over the Collin.

Here's Derek's video although personally there is only so much Castlereagh ass I want to see!!!!https://www.facebook.com/CastlereaghCC/posts/10206080459204722

I hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine, as much as me (pass the after sun....).

Andrew in top 10 at Bobby Crilly

Castlereagh CC's Assistant Secretary, Andrew Ferguson, scored another result for the club. Finishing 10th in the tough Bobby Crilly Classic A4 race which ends on top of Divis!

A4 Race

  1. David McIntyre (Maryland Wheelers)
  2. Stephen Irvine (Dromara CC)
  3. Luke Ireland (Phoenix CC)
  4. John Topping (Northern CC Dave Kane)
  5. David Wright (Phoenix CC)
  6. Andrew Nicholson (Phoenix CC)
  7. Gerald McKenna (Square Wheels)
  8. Ivor Hession (Phoenix CC)
  9. Graham Beckett (Dromara CC)
  10. Andrew Ferguson (Castlereagh CC)

Links to results and write ups below: