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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby dw300 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 16:44 pm

Go for it.

There are enough non affiliated cyclist in NI that if everyone like you set up a club no matter how small, that eventually it might significantly swell the number of club members in the country by converting the unaffiliated ones.

You never know where it might take the sport here.
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Sun Jul 15, 2012 17:52 pm

dw300 wrote:Go for it.

There are enough non affiliated cyclist in NI that if everyone like you set up a club no matter how small, that eventually it might significantly swell the number of club members in the country by converting the unaffiliated ones.

You never know where it might take the sport here.

There is still plenty of scope to build clubs here and cycling is only going to get bigger. I definitely need to have a chat with my little group and see what we can come up with. I'm quite happy to take chair though :lol: have taken committee spots in the past in other sports clubs.

Very very serious consideration.


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Postby dw300 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 22:36 pm

Yeh, i think one of the organisers has been round the local clubs' Facebook pages promoting that. Is it the same route as LtL?
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Mon Jul 16, 2012 07:02 am

dw300 wrote:Yeh, i think one of the organisers has been round the local clubs' Facebook pages promoting that. Is it the same route as LtL?

Different startt point but yeah

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Postby PedroJake » Tue Jul 17, 2012 15:34 pm

Hello all,

The freewheelers run is much better than the ‘official’ lap the lough, our club did it last year and it was a well run event, although weather was crap. About 200, made up of a lot of club cyclists rather than the 1000+ that attend the bigger run, which on roads out the likes of Ballyronan is crazy busy – think there were a few bad accidents last year.

TMHNET, not sure if you should be judging a club by its kit colours (!), but yeah you’ve got Audi (East Antrim), Kilbride and Madigans – all look the same to me though. Kilbride, by the way, meet up much earlier than Kings Moss on a Sunday, about 8 I think. Someone told me it was something to do with their church association although don’t take that as gospel. (Gospel, geddit?)

Get yourself over to Ballyclare on a Sunday for a bash at our club run at 10 some week, (or 9 if you fancy heading out with the fast bunch…); fair few are Ballyclare based riders but also ones from further afield who throw the bikes in the car and drive over when feeling lazy. Don’t be put off by the fact we have a much better looking different coloured kit than the rest . We've a few decent regular cake stops and were not as serious as the Madigans bunch……

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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Tue Jul 17, 2012 15:57 pm

PedroJake wrote:TMHNET, not sure if you should be judging a club by its kit colours (!), but yeah you’ve got Audi (East Antrim), Kilbride and Madigans – all look the same to me though. Kilbride, by the way, meet up much earlier than Kings Moss on a Sunday, about 8 I think. Someone told me it was something to do with their church association although don’t take that as gospel. (Gospel, geddit?)

I don't mean anything nasty towards the clubs by it :) If I was to ride with a club I'd want to buy the kit and wear the name. But honestly the kit designs of some aren't great. I've always saw East Antrim and Madigans as race clubs - Kilbride ( I know a few of them) leisure and Kings Moss seem like all-rounders.

Get yourself over to Ballyclare on a Sunday for a bash at our club run at 10 some week, (or 9 if you fancy heading out with the fast bunch…); fair few are Ballyclare based riders but also ones from further afield who throw the bikes in the car and drive over when feeling lazy. Don’t be put off by the fact we have a much better looking different coloured kit than the rest . We've a few decent regular cake stops and were not as serious as the Madigans bunch……

I assume you're talking about Kings Moss? Crikey it's very Blue :D
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Postby dw300 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 17:03 pm

PedroJake wrote:Hello all,

The freewheelers run is much better than the ‘official’ lap the lough, our club did it last year and it was a well run event, although weather was crap. About 200, made up of a lot of club cyclists rather than the 1000+ that attend the bigger run, which on roads out the likes of Ballyronan is crazy busy – think there were a few bad accidents last year.


Is there a food stop on the Freewheelers run?

LtL was cr*p last year. No hot food half way, no food left at the end, no gels as the people who got to the stops first musta taken 5 each, sometimes no water!

There were obviously a ton of people who rode it but either started an hour early or didn't ride the whole route, because I was overtaking fat guys on mountain bikes with 15psi tyres most of the way round, and I didn't hang around.

The coffee and cakes at the start were the highlight.
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Postby PedroJake » Tue Jul 17, 2012 19:03 pm

Yep DW, there was a rest stop on the freewheelers at the halfway. Tea, coffee, sandwiches bananas, energy drinks etc, not sure about gels, plenty of water. It's a good run and none of the blokes or birds twaddling along at 8 mph on mountain bikes.

TMHNET, it sure is blue, although a vast improvement on our old one! Our guys stick out in races & sportives tho.
Yeah, Mossmen pretty much an all round club, few regular racers, but mainly social, particularly on a Sunday club run where everyone gets together for the craic as well as the cakes

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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Tue Jul 17, 2012 19:15 pm

PedroJake wrote:Yep DW, there was a rest stop on the freewheelers at the halfway. Tea, coffee, sandwiches bananas, energy drinks etc, not sure about gels, plenty of water. It's a good run and none of the blokes or birds twaddling along at 8 mph on mountain bikes.

TMHNET, it sure is blue, although a vast improvement on our old one! Our guys stick out in races & sportives tho.
Yeah, Mossmen pretty much an all round club, few regular racers, but mainly social, particularly on a Sunday club run where everyone gets together for the craic as well as the cakes

I was invited to ride with you guys after talking to a member at the sportive. Maybe I'll take that up someday :)

I didn't get his name but he made sure me and my mate got our goodie bags :lol:

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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby garrynolan » Tue Jul 17, 2012 19:26 pm

'Bout ye?

Stickin' out!

How's yer belly for spots?

His heads full of sweetie mice and slammin' doors...

Spotty dog...

Anyways... any blow-ins down here (or even natives) do a bit of cycling? I'm in the west of the city but you know it's easy to get around by bike.
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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby seanorawe » Wed Jul 18, 2012 15:33 pm

There is also Trappers CC from Belfast. they have a 50 seater bus. on sundays they drive to cushendall and cycle home. They also do 3 and 4 dayers around ireland

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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby bykerbloke91 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 21:20 pm

Hello guys,

Nice to see a Northern Ireland thread here.

I'm from the Portadown area, just thought I would say a quick hello.

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Postby dw300 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 21:54 pm

Hi to everyone who's posting in the thread for the first time. :)
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Thu Jul 19, 2012 07:40 am

Hello new people. Bout yeeeee?

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Postby DavidBelcher » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:42 am

pinarello001 wrote:Back in a minit, i'm off to 'turn my bike around'.
You lot haven't a clue. Big Eccles cake for anyone except TMHNET who can translate that one. Have a guess...


Too easy, but then I am armed with a copy of Roger's Profanisaurus. ;)

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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:04 am

Added some links in the OP for handiness. Can only have 11 urls so if you have any others I'll add them too :lol:

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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby dw300 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 13:01 pm

Good links .. hadn't noticed those.

Anyone for a drinking game? Take a shot everytime Sean Kelly says the word 'calculation' on Eurosport!
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Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Thu Jul 19, 2012 13:03 pm

dw300 wrote:Good links .. hadn't noticed those.

Anyone for a drinking game? Take a shot everytime Sean Kelly says the word 'calculation' on Eurosport!

Be pissed by the end of the neutral zone

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Re: The Northern Ireland Thread. *Warning* May include cake

Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Mon Jul 23, 2012 19:09 pm

I'm still giving this Lough Neagh tour a lot of thought. Anyone else?


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