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2018 Banbridge CC Event Calendar Now Available

The Banbridge CC online calendar has now been updated with all 2018 club racing and open events.  You can view the calendar below and even add it to your smart phone by clicking on the '+ Google Calendar' icon at the bottom of the calendar.

If you've previously added the Banbridge CC calendar to your phone, you're already ahead of the game and it should already be updated with all the events!

Travers Eng Annaclone GP - Event Pre-entry Notice & race details

Once again opening the Irish road racing season, the Banbridge CC promoted Travers Engineering Annaclone GP will take place on Saturday 3rd March with pre-entry opening on Monday 19th February at 7pm.

Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 support race.

The ‘A’ race for A1, 2 & 3’s will be 6 laps of the traditional circuit for a total race distance of approx. 50 miles / 80 km, with the winner being awarded the Eddie Sands Memorial Cup.  The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 5 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx. 40 miles / 65 km.  Please note ‘A3’ women have the choice to enter either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ race.  Both races will be restricted to a maximum of 80 riders.

Details of the circuit can be found here.

Entry will be via the Cycling Ireland online pre-entry system at a cost of £15 per adult rider & £10 for junior riders.  A link to the pre-entry will be made available both on the Banbridge CC website and Cycling Ireland on Monday 19th.

For the ‘A’ race we will be reserving 35 places for A1 & A2 category riders for a limited time until 6pm on Friday 23rd February, after which all places will be open to all category riders (A1, A2 & A3).  The ‘B’ race will be open to A4 category riders only.  Entry for both races will close at midnight on Wednesday 28th February.  A reserve list will be operated for both events in the scenario of all places being filled.

Both races will start at mid-day, with a roll out from the Event HQ in Annaclone GAA Club at 11:40am.

A valid racing licence is required for all entrants - no exceptions.  As per a change at the recent Cycling Ireland AGM, One-day/ Event licences are no longer available.  Further details of the event will be released in due course via

Event Director:  Aaron Wallace - / +44 (0) 7713 147 968

Photo courtesy of the Belgian Project

Banbridge CC Annual Table Quiz - Friday 2nd February

Banbridge CC will once again hold their popular Annual Table Quiz in 2018, with this year’s edition taking place on Friday 2nd February at 7:30pm in Banbridge Hockey Club - early arrival to secure a table is advised.  The evening will be hosted by regular quiz master Frank Wallace.

Always a popular night on the social calendar, it’s the perfect opportunity to kick back and have a bit of craic with friends.  Teams will be restricted to a maximum of 6 people and will cost £5 per head.  The usual excellent spread of finger food will be provided halfway through the evening by Maurice and Susan Mayne when the quiz will have a short interlude.  We would encourage you to gather your friends and club mates and will welcome you in Banbridge on Friday the 2nd when we look forward to a healthy mix of fun and puzzlement!

For further details contact event organiser Aaron Wallace via  

2018 Banbridge CC Calendars - now taking orders!

You’ll be pleased to hear that we are finalising the detail for our 2018 Banbridge CC calendars.  From the proof copies we have seen from our printers so far we believe they look great and think you will too!

Each calendar will once again be priced at £5 each, which for a calendar printed on this quality of paper is great value.  We’re working with our printer to ensure we have the calendars in stock and available to purchase at the December club meeting on Tuesday 5th Dec at Banbridge Hockey Club. They can also be collected from either Toni Hannigan in Banbridge or myself in Donaghcloney.  If collection doesn’t suit you then we can also arrange delivery via a reinforced envelope at an extra cost of £1.50.

In order to gauge interest and allow us to order an appropriate number of calendars please contact either Toni or myself via email (details below) before Friday 17th November with your order details.  We will order a limited number of ‘stock’ calendars but as in previous years these are likely to disappear quickly so we suggest ordering to avoid disappointment.

Toni -         Aaron -

Thanks, Aaron.

Banbridge Cycling Club's Awards Night and Dinner Dance


Banbridge Cycling Club held their Annual Awards Night and Dinner Dance at the Belmont Hotel on Friday 3 November 2017.  We were delighted to have Cycling Double World Champion and Gold medal Paralympian Eve McCrystal as our special guest to present the awards.

 Aaron Wallace was master of ceremonies for the evening giving a review of the past year and the success stories that followed.

Stephen Fitzsimmons came out top with 4 trophies and won the overall race league trophy, Stephen has been consistent all season with not having missed a race. 

John Buller has had another great season collecting 3 trophies on the night; John has had a busy season being part of the Junior Tour of Ireland and the Junior Tour of Wales. 

 Martin Fitzpatrick was in good form the season picking up 2 cups for the Time trials.

 It was great to see Chris Burns get the most improved in the time trials; Chris has had a great season by winning the Invacare Para Cycling league. 

The ever-consistent Gareth McKee always performing well on road and off road he's the current Irish National Elite Cross Country MTB & Irish National Elite Marathon MTB Champion.

Charlie Glover picked up the Junior Bar he has a had good steady season, his Mum Sara picked up the female Bar as well as the John Maxwell Cup she has been going from strength to strength.

It was great to see Ruth McKee collecting the Quinn Cup for the time trials she has been going well and very focused on her cycling and enjoyed the races and time trials this season although at times found them challenging due to our weather conditions.

The Belmont club Person of the year trophy was awarded to Toni Hannigan for all her work during the year.


We would like to thank Paul Hannigan for the photographs throughout the year from the different events and providing a fabulous slideshow of photos in the Belmont.


Time Trials

Mac 2 UP Trophy- Peter McBride & James McMahon

Lutton Cup - James McMahon

Weir Cup, Wills Cup & Gerry Beggs Trophy -John Buller

Quinn Cup - Ruth McKee

Dennison Cup - Chris McCann

Jack Carson Memorial Cup & Skelly Cup- Martin Fitzpatrick

John Maxwell Cup- Sara Glover

Fusco Cup - Gareth McKee

Heathwood Cup - Malcolm Jenkins


Road Races

Maxwell Cup & Gilchrist Cup- Simon Curry

Mourne Observer Cup, Chronicle Cup (senior bar), Donaghy Cup & Logan Cup -Stephen Fitzsimmons, he also won Race League Trophy

John Beggs Trophy-Chris Burns

Outlook Cup (Junior Bar) & Glen Dane (Junior Bar-Charlie Glover

Super fry Trophy (Vets Bar)- Brian Wilson

Mayne Cup (Ladies Bar) -Sara Glover

Gerald McAleenan Shield Most improved in Time Trials - Chris Burns

Seamus Downey Cycles Cup (Youth Bar)- Luke Nicholl


Mountain Bikes

Mayne MTB Trophy-Ruth Aiken

Belmont cup MTB -Gareth McKee

Eddie Sands Cup MTB- Ryan McBride


Thomas Evans Cup International Performance - Mark Downey


Belmont Cup Club person of the year - Toni Hannigan


Mark Downey Ends Season Ranked as World No. 1

Mark Downey winning the Points Race at the World Cup in Columbia.

It’s been a remarkable season for Banbridge CC member Mark Downey.  Few however would have been brave enough to imagine the likelihood of the 21 year old Dromore man end the year as ranked number 1 in the world.

Following the recent track World Cup in Poland over the weekend the official UCI rankings were released today with Mark Downey topping the table in the Points Race discipline while also leading Ireland to the number 2 ranked nation.  The signs were certainly there at the start of the year when Mark was on a fantastic winning streak in the World Cups, winning the Points Race in the Netherlands and Columbia on his way to winning the overall World Cup.  He also won and also the Madison event at LA in USA after coming second in the Columbia World Cup along with his partner Felix English. 

While on paper it would appear his stand out performances were in the track events, his top 10 placing at the U23 Road Race World Championship in Bergen, Norway confirmed his potential as a real world class prospect as a future road professional.

We at Banbridge CC would like to congratulate Mark on this significant milestone, wish him an enjoyable off season and look forward to seeing what 2018 and beyond holds for him.

Custom Club Mini iD Tags; Dispatch Confirmation & Online Account Setup

All club members should be receiving an email from OneLife iD this week with details on how to activate your order, register your new OneLife iD account and confirming the dispatch details of your new custom Banbridge CC branded OneLife Mini iD Tags. 

From the OneLife dispatch email under the green heading ‘Activate ID’ click on the blue link ACTIVATE ORDER.  From there, just follow the instructions…

In the next screen click on the grey Activate button’.  On next page select New User or Existing User. Most of you will be a New User.  Then, again, just follow the instructions.  This should take you through to your online profile where can update your ICE details including medical conditions or emergency contacts.

For more help check out the OneLife instructional videos via the below link;

If you are a club member and have not received an email as described above from OneLife before Tuesday 31st October, or if there are issues or incorrect info on your new mini iD tags please contact Aaron Wallace at . Each email is unique to each member, so if you haven't received your details yet, please do not try to use another members.

2017 Club Member of the Year Nominations

It's been another busy and successful year for Banbridge CC, and without the commitment and passion of our members we undoubtedly wouldn't see the same level of success within the club. Each year there are always a core handful of members who go above and beyond make the difference in a good club and a great club. 

The Belmont Cup recognises the Club Member of the Year and has been awarded to many stalwarts of Banbridge CC over the years. This year we've had 4 nominations for their input and value to the club in 2017, all of whom have been listed below with a small example of their contributions.


While individually both Toni and Paul hold very busy roles for Banbridge CC; Toni as Club Press Officer and Paul as Club Secretary, collectively as a team they do so much more.  Whether it be travelling the length and breadth of Ireland to support riders and take photos, or just to assist riders travelling to events by providing transport, packed lunches and roadside support on race day, they regularly go over and above what is asked of them.

It would be unfair to cover their nomination without a mention of their always present loyal companion, Barney, Banbridge CC’s most famous canine supporter!


Following the vacancy of the role for the 2017 season, Toni agreed to step into the position of Club Press Officer.  An important role for the club; pushing the news of the many successes and accomplishments of Banbridge CC members along with also reporting from the regular club racing scene. 

Toni has taken to the role in her stride, building relations with the local press contacts and ensuring the appropriate coverage is published week after week.

In addition to this Toni is heavily active in the Open Road Race Committee and also organises the club’s annual Prize dinner.


Aaron heads up the Open Road Race Committee whose promotions have gone from strength to strength.  In 2017 the committee promoted a total of 5 events on behalf of the club.  The highest profile event of 2017 season for the club was undoubtedly the John Beggs Memorial which is the only Cycling Ireland National Road Series event in Ulster.  For this year the event was also televised, showcasing the event and Banbridge CC to a bigger audience than ever before.

In addition to this Aaron also organises the annual table quiz and his latest ‘project’ will see all club members issued with individual customised ‘ICE’ contact ID tags which provide vital information in the event of an emergency.


Christina has cemented her place as a highly invaluable and dependable member within the club over the last few years.  Working with the Open Race Organisation as a Photo Finish Operator and Chief Judge and bringing those skills back to the club racing scene where she collates the results each week and manages and records the club league results. 

Week in, week out, working in the background performing the tasks that many may take for granted, but take time and know how to complete Christina is either behind a lens or behind keyboard identifying riders and calculating positions.

Voting on the Club Member of the year will take place at the monthly club meeting on the evening of Tuesday 3rd October.  Additional nominations are also welcomed if you believe a member deserves recognition for their role within Banbridge CC.

The winner of the Belmont Cup will be announced at the Annual Club prize dinner on Friday 3rd November at the Belmont Hotel.

Banbridge CC 2017 Charity Leisure Tour - Event & Pre-registration details

Banbridge CC will host their 2017 Charity Leisure Tour in support of Brest Cancer Awareness & Action Cancer as part of the Paint the Town Pink campaign on Sunday 1st October.

Two routes will be on offer to accommodate all levels of cyclist, both starting in Havlock Park, Banbridge, before taking in the beautiful views of South Down and the Mourne Mountains.  A coffee stop offering some light refreshment will be hosted in Rathfriland Community Centre after passing through Gilford, Tandragee, Scarva, Poyntzpass & Loughbrickland.

Those on the shorter route will travel back to Banbridge via Ballyroney and Katesbridge.  Those tackling the longer route will continue on to Kilkoo from Rathfiland and turn at Bryansford and make their way home via the Lacken Rd and Ballyroney where they will once again join up with the shorter route to share the last few miles.

All riders will be welcomed back to Havlock Park where hot food and refreshments will be available in Banbridge Hockey Club

Pre-registration for the event is now open via Cycling Ireland’s new entry system on EventMaster here at a cost of £15 per entry and is open to everyone. Those who do not currently have a Cycling Ireland licence will be required to purchase an event licence at a cost of £5.

Pre-registration is available until midnight Thursday 28th September.  On the day entries will also be accepted at the slightly higher cost of £20.  A free goody bag will be available for the first 100 entries received.

All participants will be required to sign-on on the morning of the event between 8am & 9am in Banbridge Hockey Club before rolling out at 9:30am.

2017 BCC Club League Table; Fitzsimmons & Glover come out top!

Now that the domestic club racing season has concluded our club race committee are happy to release the final standings of the Banbridge Cycling Club 2017 Club Competition Points Table.  Overall winner of the 2017 league is Stephen Fitzsimmons; A deserving victor who never missed a race all season.  Stephen has been consistent throughout the season putting everything into the road races and TT’s.  

Overall league winner for the ladies is Sara Glover. Sara has had another strong season remaining very focused and attending races in all types of our lovely climate.  She has shown dedication and commitment the season. Winning the Junior competition after a successful debut season in 2016 is Charlie Glover, while another newcomer, Brian Wilson has won the Vet’s competition.  Congratulations to all our winners!

This season has been good for Banbridge CC with their regular TT's and road races on a Wednesday night, and also hosting the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP which is always popular race, the Banbridge Criterium in May, the Noel Teggart race in June and the John Beggs memorial in August which the year was televised for the first time (you can still watch the programme here).

It was great to see new faces to the racing season the year; Ruth McKee made her debut, participating in both races and TT's and did very well as seen by the table! We look forward to a few more new faces next year! 

A special mention to one of our youngest members, 7 year old Ryan McBride who started on the track in May of this year and proceeded to improve every week, winning the under 8 Ulster Track Championship -Keep up the good work Ryan.

A huge thanks has to go to all our volunteers who turn up every Wednesday night in all sorts of weather to either marshal, perform timekeeping duties or take photos.  Without you all it would not be possible to run our events.

A big well done also to everyone who participated this year, and we hope to see you all competing again next year.

The next event for the club will be a bit more relaxing; it’s the Club dinner and Awards on Friday 3rd November!