One of the best ways to enjoy cycling is the club run. It’s a great way to meet like-minder individuals, enjoy a bit of craic, discover some new roads, and learn how to ride in a group and share the work.
And if you are new to club cycling, autumn is the perfect time to try out a club run – the racing season has come to an end and the racing guys will be taking it easier for a few months.
Ards CC run two weekly club runs. The first meets at 9.30 on Saturdays in Comber Square (with a feeder group leaving Newtownards Fire Station at about 9.10). Club chairman Desi leads 20-30 regulars on a magical tour of the back roads – usually lasting about 40 miles and often with a tea stop. Pace is a sociable 15-16 mph.
When I was a schoolboy, I had a local map stuck on my bedroom wall where I used to mark all the roads I’d ridden on. Desi will help you get your map fully coloured in!
Sunday’s run meets at Newtownards Fire Station at about 9.30am (with a feeder group meeting at Nero’s in Conway Square first for some continental sustenance.) This run is a bit faster (maybe 18mph) and a bit longer (50-60+ miles), with the odd “special” thrown in.
You’ll need a well maintained bike and a helmet, and if you want to join us regularly you also need a licence to give you the appropriate insurance cover. We’ll be happy to talk you through it on a Saturday morning.
Why not give it a go!?