75 Years of Success...... 1944 to 2019

On Saturday 12th October Banbridge Cycling Club held a gala evening in the Belmont Hotel to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the club.

Young and old,past and present members attended the event with was hailed a huge success.

After receiving a beautiful meal by the Belmont it was on to get the evening under way.

We had guests with the President of Cycling Ireland Ciaran McKenna and the Chairman of Cycling Ulster Tommy McCague in attendance .

Our Chairman Maurice Mayne opened the proceedings welcoming everyone and stating how proud he was to be in the role of Chairman in it's 75th year,the club has gone from strength to strength with young riders coming up through the years and going on to do great things riding oversea and at International events.

Aaron Wallace did a great job of compere for the evening and we were delighted to have at our evening Lauri McAleenan the first female cyclist in Banbridge CC she joined in the 1950's and she joined Aaron on stage for a chat, saying she still follows the goings on of the club closely on Facebook .

Aaron then spoke with Seamus Downey and Neil Teggart two families who have a long history of cycling between them spanning three generations which led them to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games , today Neil's son Matthew is riding for Evo Pro Racing as is Mark Downey, but as there dads said they never forget their roots were it all started.

It was time for Banbridge man Tommy Evans to take to the stage, tommy must have been one of the most decorated riders in Banbridge CC winning the Ras and Junior Tour and also making it to the Olympics, he wasn't short of a story or two to tell Aaron.

It was Gareth McKee's turn speak with Aaron, he was multiple Irish Mountain Biking champion,he has a superb record on road and off road but his heart would lie with the Mountain Biking, Gareth is a great role model for younger kids growing up and getting into the sport.

Last but not least three of the U23 riders who have claimed so much between the John Buller,Matthew Teggart and James Curry , three Banbridge lads who all started with Banbridge CC and now are riding with various clubs but they have always remember were they gained the knowledge and experience of cycling through family members and friends in Banbridge CC.

The last formality of the evening was to present the club person of the year trophy, there were four very worthy nominees as in Paul Hannigan, Aaron Wallace, David Lavery and Toni Hannigan. The winner was going to be presented with the inaugural Towell Trophy in memory of the late Alan Towell who was a stalwart in the club and suddenly passed away earlier this year and his dad Ivan Towell who passed away a few years ago. The chairman called up the Towell family as in Alan's wife Angela and his two daughters Felicity and Christina to present the trophy to the winner who was Toni Hannigan .

Toni said she felt honoured and overwhelmed to receive this trophy and how much Alan was missed in the club but his memory would live on for along time to come.

The rest of the evening was spent dancing to the band Peach .


NPS #4 2019 – BANBRIDGE CC

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It's been a busy couple of weeks for the club, hosting the Banbridge Crit and Noel Teggart Memorial events, but we're not done yet.

This weekend will see the club host Round 4 of the XC Mountain Bike Irish National Points Series in Castlewellan Forest. The team have already been hard at work getting the course into great condition, and we looking forward to another weekend filled with plenty of action on the trails.

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Race Timetable: 
09:00 – Sign on opens
10:00 – Under 6s fun race
10:15 – Under 8s
10:30 – Under 10s
10:50 – Under 12s
11:15 – Prize giving for U8s, U10s and U12s
12:00 – Under 16s, Senior 4 men, Senior 2 women, Senior 3 women, Under 14s
13:30 – Prize giving for U14s, U16s, S2 women, S3 women and S4 men
14:00 – Senior 1 men, Juniors, Senior 1 women, Senior 2 men, Senior 3 men
15:45 – Prize giving for S1, S2 and S3 men, Juniors and S1 women

NOTE: SIGN ON CLOSES 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF EACH RACE.

Entry is now open for all events on the Irish XC NPS website, where you can also find more details on the event.

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Noel Teggart Memorial Road Races: Event Details & Pre-Entry

Banbridge CC once again host the Noel Teggart Memorial road races for 2019, taking place on Sunday 16th June. Always a busy day for the promoting club, there will be a total of 6 races promoted including 3 races for the youth categories and 3 senior races. Racing will take place on the traditional circuit, starting in Banbridge and making its way out to the village of Gilford and through Scarva before the long drag back to Banbridge for a finish on the Scarva Rd.

With a reputation in recent years as one of the highest paying events in the country this trend is set to continue with the promoters setting aside a generous prize pot of £1,800, which includes a winner’s cash prize of £300 for the A1/A2 race.

Last year’s winner of this race, Marcus Christie is set to return from intensive training in the US for the event.  Christie is set to challenge the World Hour Record and is sure to be in top form and full of hunger with a word class coaching team surrounding him in his plans.

Other recent winners include multiple Irish National Champion Mark Dowling and 2018 Rás Tailteann stage winner Sean McKenna who both added their name to the winner’s trophy alongside numerous famous Irish cycling names; Tommy Evans, David McCann & Phillip Cassidy among them.

Contenders for this year’s event are likely to include local riders Lindsay Watson of Powerhouse Sport, James Curry of Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo, and John Buller of BioRacer DHL FR Services who have all shown fantastic form against high quality international competition in recent weeks, and will want to impress on home roads. Recent winner of the Ulster Criterium Championship in Banbridge Darnell Moore and the Caldwell Cycles Team have also impressed most weekends and of course the team of hosting club Banbridge CC will all be keen to achieve on their home circuit.

Of the 6 races being promoted on the day, the A1/A2 race will be the first to roll out at midday to face 7 laps of the circuit to give them a total race distance of 130km. Prizes will be on offer for the first 8 riders across the line and the first 3 A2 category riders.

A dedicated A3 race always provides fierce competition. This year they will once again cover 6 laps of the circuit, giving them a race distance of 110km. Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 riders in this race. A new addition for 2019 is the introduction of the Peter Donaghy & Stanley Thompson Cup for the winner of the A3 race.

The A4 race will face 5 laps to give a total race distance of 92km, and will also accommodate A3 & A4 women, many of who have been showing their male counterparts that they are more than up to providing healthy competition, and with the National Championships only weeks away will be keen to cause the A4 men an upset. Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 riders and the highest placed women.

A full suite of youth races will also be on offer, accommodating our under 16, 14 & 12 riders. The under 16’s will compete for the George Lilly Memorial Cup and will complete 3 laps for a total race distance of 55km. The under 14’s will complete 1 lap covering 17km, while the under 12’s will be neutralised to their official race start at the Banville House Hotel roundabout where they will race to Scarva village, a total race distance of 9.5km. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boys and top 3 girls in each youth race.

Event HQ will be based at Banbridge Rugby Club, just off the Newry Rd. Full changing and shower facilities will be available.

Event pre-entry is now open here until Thursday 13th June at a cost of £15 for all senior races, & £5 for youth races. Riders are still required to sign-on on the day at the event HQ where they should have their race licences available for presentation – this facility will be open from 10am until 11:30am before all races roll out together at 11:45am.

Entry on the day will be accepted, subject to availability, at a cost of £20. Entry on the day for the youth races will remain at £5.

2018 Noel Teggart Memorial Winner Marcus Christie. (photo courtesy of the Belgian Project)

Irish National Criterium Championship - Banbridge.

3 Years on and we still enjoy watching this one!

Only 3 days left to enter this years Banbrige Crit, but in the meantime take 25 minutes out over the weekend to watch this super production for TV of the 2016 National Criterium Championships in Banbridge.

Thanks again to Adrian O'Connor, Cian Lynch and the team at Velo Moto TV for the great work they did on bringing the event to TVs across the country and giving us something to look back on.

Get the kettle on, sit back, enjoy.