Ards Cycling Club

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Club Run Season in Full Swing

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.

Desi would be proud of this group – just a few miles from Comber and already the lead rider is pointing to grass in the middle of the road

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!

A few of the regulars on the Sunday run

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.

Closing in on the mythical village of Scollogs Town. Where will next week’s club run take us?

Why not give it a go!?

Fantastic turnout for Tour of Strangford

<Report from Dany Blondeel, pictures from David McVeigh. More pictures tomorrow>

Just amazing!

You have to respect N-Ireland cyclists..when it comes to charity they come in their droves..We needed 4 ferry crossings in Strangford to shift the lot..A record broken in the history from Ards CC (1944 when it al started ) 281 entries ,with 271 taken the road around the Ards Peninsula and to be greeted by dry weather, and a light breeze..At the pit stop at Downpatrick been welcomed by our fantastic tea ladies and  roadies, with food for the hungry ..before catching the Portaferry Ferry …an tailwind then all the way home to Newtownards Town as send from heaven ..all riders finished in good time for a feed ,left over of the food and drinks ..as we expected 180 riders and the catering had to deal with 100 extra hungry cyclists..a few runs to the shop was needed..but everyone fed ..and due to generous sponsorship of Official Jarrah of Ards Coffee shop ,all running costs been met !! This resulted in a whopping £2680 for the charities Meningitis Research and Diabetes UK ! As a Belgian I am proud of my adopted country..the generosity of his people is second to none!! Thanks to all who helped to get this on the road ,and the mass of cyclists ..one word can describe this…….CHAPEAU

The mother and grandmother of wee Jaxon Roy Kelly (local child)who passed away after a battle with Meningitis, Melissa representing the Diabetes Uk and the Meningitis fundraisers and ToS organiser Dany

Thanks to David McVeigh for driving me about today ..my first outing in months not to a hospital ..great medicine the fresh air ..his pictures will be linked soon to this story ,and I can promise there is some crackers..please tag yourself in the ones I took today ..

Ards CC proudly lead the run out of Newtownards

Great turn out for Bradshaw’s Brae Hill Climb

Perhaps inspired by Nicholas Roche’s exploits in the Tour of Britain today, there was a great turnout of 16 riders for tonight’s club hill climb on Bradshaw’s Brae.

Fastest was former Irish hill climb champion Mark Kane, who stormed up the hill in 3:55 – a time that would have given him a podium in the Tour of North when the course was used for a stage in the 1990′s. Second was mountain biker Johnny Reid, with Ards CC’s Gareth Murray just one second further back.

Historic moment – Mark Kane wins the Irish hill climb championship in 1991. Ards CC promoted the race on Carrowreagh Road.

Full results -

  Name Club Time
1 Mark Kane Northern Dave Kane 3:55
2 Johnny Reid Kinning Cycles 4:11
3 Gareth Murray Ards CC 4:12
4 David Hamilton Curran Racing 4:13
5 Richard Topping Ards CC 4:22
6 Geoff Brennan Ards CC 4:23
7 David Fowler Northern Dave Kane 4:26
8 Shane Farren North Down CC 4:27
9 Richard Hanna Ards CC 4:40
10 Andrew Evans Killincy CC 4:43
11 Mark Watson Ards CC 4:56
12 Gordon McEwan Ards CC 5:00
13 Colin Wilson Ards CC 5:10
14 Jill McClements Killinchy CC 5:12
15= Alan Rodgers Unattached 5:41
15= John Arlow Ards CC 5:41

Darren takes another trophy

Visitor Paul Crossen (Killinchy CC) won tonight’s 5 mile time trial with an impressive time of 11:18. Second was David Fowler (Northern Dave Kane), with Robin Millar (Ards CC) also dipping under 12 minutes to take third place.

Darren Colville had the biggest improvement on his previous personal best, and this was enough to give him overall victory in the 5 mile handicap trophy with a maximum 20 points over this year’s two fives.

Place Name Club Time H’cap
1 Paul Crossen Killinchy CC 11:18  
2 David Fowler Northern Dave Kane 11:34  
3 Robin Millar Ards CC 11:48 1 pt
4 Colin Massey North Down CC 12:04  
5 Richard Topping Ards CC 12:17 7 pts
6 Geoff Brennan Ards CC 12:21 2 pts
7 David McCann Ards CC 12:37  
8 Martin Drennan Ards CC 12:44 5 pts
9 Andrew Evans Killinchy CC 12:49  
10 Colin Wilson Ards CC 12:58 3 pts
11 James Lemon North Down CC 13:04  
12 Darren Colville Ards CC 13:18 10 pts
13 Alan Rodgers Unattached 13:20  
14 John Brown North Down CC 13:39  
15 Gillian Orr North Down CC 14:04  

Thanks to time keepers Ron and Bobby, pusher off Paul and turn steward Desi.

A North Down CC jacket was left behind tonight – it can be picked up at the hill climb next week. A red top was also left behind at the club BBQ – it can be collected next week as well.

Darren takes 10k trophy

With the easterly breeze fading in the evening sunshine, there were no personal best times in the final 10k of the season. Ivan Robinson was once again fastest, but it was Darren Colville who was closest to his PB time for this event, giving him 10 points on handicap and clear overall victory in the 10k Handicap trophy.

Full results, and the final standings in the 10k trophy, are in the tables below.

Thanks once again to time keepers Ron Martin and Paul Robinson, and to pusher off Desi McIlwrath.

Place Name Club Time H’cap
1 Ivan Robinson Ards CC 13:09
2 Robin Millar Ards CC 13:17 1 pt
3 David Fowler Northern Dave Kane 13:26
4 Richard Graham Northern Dave Kane 13:39
5 Paul Kane Northern Dave Kane 13:42
6 Mark Watson Ards CC 14:03
7 Paul McMinn Ards CC 14:04
8 William Orr Ards CC 14:26 5 pts
9 David McCann Ards CC 14:33 3 pts
10= Colin Wilson Ards CC 14:51 2 pts
10= James Lennon North Down CC 14:51
12 Gillian Orr North Down CC 14:53
13 Andrew Laverty Northern Dave Kane 15:03
14 Alan Rodgers Unattached 15:06
15 Darren Colville Ards CC 15:29 10 pts
16 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 15:51
17 Amy McCann Ards CC 19:20 7 pts

 

10k Straight TT Handicap Trophy – final standings 2014

Place Name 15 April 29 April 26 Aug Total
1 Darren Colville 2 10 10 22
2 Gareth Murray 10 10
3 Richard Hanna 7 2 9
4 William Gill 5 3 8
5= Amy McCann 7 7
5= Johnny Frazer 7 7
7= Paul Cunningham 5 5
7= William Orr 5 5
9 David McCann 1 3 4
10= Colin Wilson 1 2 3
10= John Arlow 3 3
12 Robin Millar 1 1

Great day at Club BBQ

There were over sixty members and friends at the club BBQ on Saturday afternoon, aged from less than 1 to over 80. A sunny evening encouraged the children out into the garden to play and explore, leaving the adults free to relax and chat.

Highlight for many was the roller racing. First up were the kids, with Ross McMinn fastest of the boys in 25.39 and Emma Martin fastest girl with 26.45.

In the adult races, club chairman Desi showed no mercy on daughter Clare, winning in an impressive 24:26.

Clare on her way to the first lady prize.

Paul McMinn was the first to break the 20 second barrier with a 19.91. John Carty bettered that with 19.27, before Paul charged to the best time of the day – 18.71. Paul Robinson was the only other rider to dip under 20 second with a time of 19.81.

Willy Gill was fastest on the kids bike with an amazing 20.78. We’re still trying to work out what this achievement means…..

The quiz was the usual mix of cycling questions with an Ards CC twist. The picture round reflected what a great year it has been, with record fields in our club races, four successful open race promotions and the Giro. We also had Martyn carrying the flag for the Northern Ireland team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and Ards CC alumni competing in four separate events. Winner of the quiz was Paul Robinson, but “the quizards” (Emma and Hanna) ran him close after a lot “answer trading” with other guests…

It was great to see Leonora Williams (nee Fagan) and husband Billy at the BBQ. Leonora attended some of the early club meetings back in the ’40s with her father, and was a regular on club runs in the 1950s (Billy rode for the Maryland Wheelers club). Bobby Magreechan surprised everyone by bringing along Leonora’s “Stone Special” frame. Some of the younger members weren’t too sure if “Stone” referred to legendary Belfast frame builder Geordie Stone, or to the weight of the frame compared to a modern carbon fibre super bike. But stories of club runs to the Gobbins on a steel frame, 72″ fixed and hard Brooks leather saddle reminded us all of the toughness of our founder members.

As always, thanks to all those who made the event possible. Special mention to -

  • Willy Gill for supplying the soft drinks
  • Patricia Watson, Joyce McIlwrath and the Cartys for deserts
  • Jack for washing the dishes and generally keeping us tidy.
  • Graham for manning with the bar-b-que

And everyone for turning up and making it such a great event.

Duncan dominant, McMinn takes trophies

Fraser drives the scratch group, before leaving them to solo to victory

Commonwealth Games rider Fraser Duncan (Northern Dave Kane) stormed through from the scratch group in tonight’s road race at Carrowdore to take a solo win by nearly a minute.

Paul McMinn looks pensive before the start

 

Paul McMinn sprinted in at the head of the main bunch to take the Billy Boal trophy for first Ards rider in the final road race of the season. He also picked up another 10 points, which means he wins the season long club road race trophy as well.

 

Third on the night was Jonny Webb (North Down), with Willy McMullan (Ards CC), Noel Boyce (North Down) and Liam Curran (Curran Racing) rounding out the top 6.

Click here for more great photos from David McVeigh.

Here are the final standings in the club road race trophy. This table also shows the top six riders in tonight’s race.

Place Name 13/5 3/6 1/7 29/7 19/8 Total
1 Paul McMinn 10 7 10 10 37
2 Willy McMullan 10 10 1 7 28
3 Geoff Brennan 2 3 7 5 17
4 Richard Topping 5 1 2 3 3 14
5 William Gill 7 5 1 13
6 Chris Lappin 7 5 12
7 Richard Hanna 1 2 2 2 7
8 Jack Anderson 5 5
9= Chris Brown 3 3
9= Graeme Brown 3 3
11 James McFarlane 1 1

Mark Kane wins again

The rain may have put off some riders, but local strong man Mark Kane splashed through the puddles to break the 12 minute barrier on this delightfully lumpy little course, taking the win by over 1 minute.

Fastest Ards man on the night was Richard Hanna, but the circuit time trial trophy (for the fast Ards rider on this course over the year) goes to Robin Millar who recorded a 12:52 back in April.

It was great to see Mark Watson back racing this evening – he is obviously timing his comeback to peak for the roller racing at the club BBQ on 23rd August.

Thanks as always to the timekeepers Ron Martin and Bobby Magreechan and the marshal Desi McIlwrath.

Place Name Club Time
1 Mark Kane Northern Dave Kane 11:52
2 Enda Marron Northern Dave Kane 13:15
3 Richard Hanna Ards CC 14:05
4 Mark Watson Ards CC 14:39
5 Andy Laverty Northern Dave Kane 14:41
6 Brian Wylie Castlereagh 15:42
7 John Arlow Ards CC 15:56

Book now for the club BBQ

This year’s club bar-b-que will be on Saturday 23rd August, from about 3.30pm. Last year we had the usual mix of good food, craic, quiz and roller racing, and there will be more of the same this year.

The cost has been held at last year’s price of £6 for adults, and £2 for underage and those in full-time education.  Contact any member of committee to reserve your place, or speak to Alastair at the Tuesday evening club events.