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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!


Emergency Mini iD Tags for all Banbridge CC members

Emergency ID is something Banbridge CC have always encouraged their members, and all cyclists, to carry on their person while enjoying the favorite past time.  We've previously given advice on the various ICE products and solutions available, but now we've gone one step further - so long as you're a Banbridge CC member, we're buying one (or rather 3) for you!

Having looked at the many, many, available products we settled on OneLife iD Club Member Emergency ID Tags.

What is a OneLife Mini iD Tag?

The tags are a small PVC multi-function personal ID tag that are convenient and versatile with your choice of emergency contact and/or medical information; attach the tags to keys, bags, kit, your bike or clothing as a medical, emergency ID or luggage tag.  You can find more info on the tags here: OneLife Club Member iD Tags.

Each member will receive a set of 3 Banbridge CC branded Mini iD Tags.  Mini iD Tags are sized one third of a credit card and will also include a unique web address which links to your updatable online ID profile. 

Each ‘member bundle’ includes your 3 x Mini iD Tags, an online ID profile for extra info, an ICE alert sticker and a mobile phone emergency screen.

What do I need to do?

The next bit of good news is that you’ve already started! 

As part of your membership with Cycling Ireland you have already submitted details for emergency contacts (name & number) which we have been able to download and collate. If you haven't already received one by now, you can expect an email from Aaron Wallace confirming the details currently held for you on the CI database. 

It is important you review and confirm these personal details as we will be ordering your new Mini iD Tag bundle based in this information in the coming weeks.

When do I need to do it?

Please confirm any changes needed to your contact details or your emergency contact details with Aaron by email no later than Monday 25th September.  

Details of any personal medical info or allergies you wish to include on your Mini iD Tags can be accommodated (in less than 31 characters) and will also need to be submitted by this date.

A non-response will assume that the details held for you are correct and your new Mini iD Tag set will be ordered, printed and dispatched using these details.

If you have any further queries regarding the tags feel free to drop Aaron a note via email;

Safe Cycling!

Thomas White Memorial 10m TT - 30/08/17

On Wednesday evening 32 cyclists signed on to compete for the Tommy White Trophy.  Banbridge CC hosted the 10 Mile open TT at Warrenpoint.  As the cyclists were assembling the warm sunshine disappeared as squally showers descended from the Cooley mountains.

We were pleased to see clubs from across the country  represented as well as our own local clubs. As the riders started off down the carriageway, the rain wasn’t taking time to come down but they battled on down to the roundabout and back up the road to the finish.

As they started returning the rain was easing of, with quite a few still out there the excitement was beginning to mount as the finishing times were filtering through.

It was becoming evident the fastest man of the evening was Lindsay Watson from Powerhouse Sport with a time of 20.07, great ride from Lindsay. In 2nd place was West Down Wheeler’s Paul Wilkinson with a time of 21.05 much to the delight of his mum Barbara who was there with the trophy of her much loved brother Tommy White. In 3rd place was Des Woods, Newry Wheelers, with a time of 21.09.

Despite the weather was a good night racing and it was great to see Barbara and Bertie Wilkinson at the event and there was a lovely tribute paid to Tommy before the prize giving by Barbara’s son Paul.

A massive thanks to all the volunteers of marshals the timekeepers, sign–on ladies and Paul for taking the photos. The tea and buns at the end were much appreciated.

Full Results;

2017 John Beggs Memorial: A Spectator's Guide

The nature and layout of the 2017 John Beggs Memorial circuit lends itself to spectators hoping to witness the action unfold on the road.  With various vantage points lending themselves to easy access and opportunity to watch the racing in multiple locations along with the fact that the race is covering laps of a 30km loop means you won’t be waiting long before you see the speeding bunch of Ireland’s elite domestic men and women.  We’ve listed our top 5 spots on the circuit that we think are best placed to catch the action;

  • The climb of Ballykeel Hill is within the first 1km of the main circuit and, while giving way in length to some of the other climbs on the circuit, is likely to cause the riders the most problems due to its average 6% gradient and is often a favourite for those spectating on the course.  It’s also very close to the climb up to Ballykeel crossroads which the race passes through 18km into the circuit so is an ideal spot to jump between two harder sections of the course.


  • Kinallen Village is home to one of the longer climbs on the circuit at 1.5km and it’s very possible to catch those riders out with tired legs in the final laps of the race.  The steepest section of the climb is on the Skeagh Rd as the riders enter the village, while the crest of the climb will see the riders exit Kinallen in the direction of Dromara.


  • If it’s the fast pace action you like to see then Dromara village is the place to be.  The long decent into the village means it is one of the fastest sections of the course.  Add in the fast twisting corners as the race enters the village at speed and you’re guaranteed to see the race in one long line out.  Home to Dromara Cycling Club who have plenty of local riders competing, there should be a great atmosphere too.


  • Another fast section of the course is McAdam’s crossroads as the riders descend off the arduous Edentrillick Rd before they hit the climb of Ballykeel Hill.  It’s another spot where you can catch the riders twice on the same lap as the Flagpole on Leapoges Rd, where the riders will face a u-turn onto Lagangreen Rd is less than a minutes dander.  At only 3km from the finish circuit it gives you plenty of time to get back in time for the finale as the riders enter their final lap.


  • We’ve left the obvious one to last.  While the main circuit will see most of the action the finish circuit is where the race winners will be confirmed.  The new finish line atop Mount St is on a fairly flat section of road, but the steep 400 meter ramp that the riders face as they enter Mount St maxing out at 5% and cresting with only 250 meters to the finish line will be the ideal launch pad for those who have the strength to make it count.  The Women’s, A3 & Juniors and the A4 race will conclude on their first ascent of the finish while the men’s A1/A2 National Road Series Race will complete 3 laps of the circuit finish.

Wherever you are on Saturday you can follow all the action LIVE via our Twitter feed by following #TheBeggs17

All races start between 12 noon and 12:15 on Mount St.  Expected race finish times are listed below;

  • Race 4 (A4’s)   14:00 – 14:15
  • Race 3 (Women’s National Road Series)   14:45 – 15:10
  • Race 2 (A3 & Juniors)   14:25 – 15:00
  • Race 1 (A1 / A2 Men’s National Road Series)  
    • Enter Finish Circuit   15:05 – 15:30
    • Race Finish   15:15 – 15:45

2017 John Beggs Memorial - Start List

Race 1 - A1 / A2 (Cycling Ireland National Road Series)

Race 2 - A3 / Jr (Incorporating the Sean McGreevy Memorial)

Race 3 - Women (Cycling Ireland National Road Series)

Race 4 - A4

A limited number of places are available in each race.  Entries will be accepted on the morning of the race on a first come, first served basis.  For further information contact Race Director Aaron Wallace (

Mourne Observer Trophy Annaclone Road Race

Wednesday 26th July saw Banbridge CC return to the Annaclone race circuit. With thunder and Lighting and raining cats and dogs. With me hiding in a bus shelter I was very tempted to return head back home. The weather then at 6.40pm started to improve so decided to head on down to the start line. With the poor weather conditions there was 10 brave souls to sign on, with 9 BCC riders and 1 guest from Shimna Wheelers.

Brian Wilson, Ruth McKee and Paul Hannigan off in the first group with a 7 minute head start it wasn’t going to be easy to close that time gap. 2nd group saw a welcome return of Don Travers out to rest his running legs, last week’s winner Chris Burns, Christopher Neill (guest rider) and Neil McAlister. The scratch group only contained Dan Purdy, Marty Fitzpatrick and Stevie Fitzsimmons. So closing all the time gaps was going to be hard tonight.

The groups where working well together over the first 2 laps but unlucky for Marty he got a puncture in his new Zipp wheels that ruled him out of the race. With the start of the last lap the 2nd group had caught Ruth and Paul but Brian was still over 3 minutes in the lead. The scratch group where about to make the junction to the second group as they dropped down to Katesbridge on the last lap. It was into a head wind to the finish and still no sign of Brian. The large group pushed hard to the finish to see if they could get Brian in their sights but he was gone. Brian Wilson taken a brilliant solo win. So it was down to a bunch sprint for 2nd which took the sting out of the sprint with Shimna’s Christopher Neill taking 2nd and Chris Burns 3rd continuing his great form of late.

Thanks to all the wet time keepers and marshals done a brill job on a far from glorious Wednesday evening    



John Beggs Memorial 2017; Event Details & Pre-Registration Notice

Banbridge CC are delighted to announce the 2017 John Beggs Memorial, the penultimate round of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series taking place on Saturday 12th August in Dromore, Co Down.  As part of the 2017 promotion we are also pleased to host a dedicated women’s only race as part of the Cycling Ireland Women’s National Road Series.  A3/Jr & A4 Categories will also have their own dedicated races in support of the National Series events.

For the 2017 edition of the event we are delighted to introduce John MacMahon & Co Chartered Accountants as our primary sponsor. Speaking on behalf of John MacMahon & Co, James MacMahon said “As a local firm specialising in and providing cross border accountancy and specialist taxation expertise we are delighted to partner with Banbridge CC, a local club with a rich history in delivering events which also attract competitors and visitors from all over Ireland.”

The team have been working hard in the background to come up with a suitably challenging course, ensuring a worthy winner in all races, while also bringing the excitement and atmosphere of a National Series event to the local area. The Event will start and finish in the Co. Down town of Dromore while the revised circuit will take in the villages of Kinallen and Dromara which should contribute to the spectator numbers along the route.

The ascent of Ballykeel Hill has been reintroduced having been used on what was seen as the ‘traditional’ Beggs circuit, and while it may be short in distance the gradient always ensure it plays a key role in the race.  With the climbs of Kinallen, Ballykeel and Drumlough also dotted around the 30km circuit there are plenty of opportunities for those with climbing legs to shine and add pressure to their competitors, and with a new finish line atop Mount Street in Dromore a bunch gallop for the line would be a surprise outcome.

2016 Winner, Conor Hennebry of Aqua Blue Sport

2016 Winner, Conor Hennebry of Aqua Blue Sport

The A1/A2 National Series race will complete 4 laps of the main circuit before returning to Dromore to contest 3 laps of the 2.5 km finishing circuit, giving a total race distance of 132km.  The Women’s National Series event will complete 3 laps of the main circuit before returning to Dromore , giving competitors a total distance of 98 km which, by itself should prove to be a fantastic and hard fought event, will be ideal preparation for those aiming for the upcoming Rás na mBan.  Neutral Service will also be available in both the Women’s and Men’s National League races.

The A3 & Junior support race will incorporate the Sean McGreevy Memorial with the first junior on the day being awarded the Sean McGreevy Memorial Trophy.  This race will also face 3 laps of the main circuit before returning to Dromore for a total distance of 98 km.  Meanwhile the A4 race will complete 2 laps of the main circuit before returning to Dromore for a total distance of 68 km.

Aiming to add to the prestige of the event we have worked closely with ICN Sport Media and are excited to confirm that the 2017 event will be televised and broadcast via TG4, eir Sport and the Bike Channel of Sky TV, showcasing the cream of Irish cycle racing in the beautiful surroundings of Co. Down.

Pre-entry to all race races will open at 6pm on Thursday 27th July via the Cycling Ireland website, closing at midnight on Sunday 6th August.  Pre-Entry will be priced at £15 per rider.  All races will be capped at a maximum of 80 riders per field so early entry is advised.

Race HQ and event sign-on will be at Dromore Rugby Club where full shower and changing facilities will be made available.


Cover photo courtesy of The Belgian Project