Aug 23

Casual club clothing

flippin_sweet_logoWould you like to pay money to advertise Old Bleach Cycle Club?

Great!

We shall very happily take your hard earned cash and let you perform your duties as a ‘living sandwich board’ for our bike club.

Thanks to the good folks at Flippin’ Sweet we will soon be placing an order for club ‘logo-ed’ hoodies and polo shirts.

The delights on offer will come in a few varieties for your swellegant wearing pleasure…

AWDis zipless hoodie

This is fairly self-explanatory. The ‘zipless hoodie’ is a hoodie without a zip. Not much more to say about that really other than they’re made by AWDis.
[The available colours can be seen here]

AWDis zipped hoodie

Again you can probably guess what this is; It’s a hoodie with a full length zip and is made by AWDis. It works out a couple of pounds more expensive than a zipless hoodie but they’re all such good value you are unlikely to find yourself terribly out of pocket shelling out for the ‘luxury’ of a zip.
[The available colours can be seen here]

gildan polo shirt

A polo shirt made by Gildan. Basic but decent quality. Slightly less fitted than the B&C equivalent.
[The available colours can be seen here]

b&c polo shirt

A polo shirt made by B&C. A little more fitted and (apparently) ‘higher wicking’ compared to the Gildan version.
[The available colours can be seen here]

mock ups

You can see a rough ‘mockup’ of how the prints will look on the hoodies and polo shirts by clicking on those links. Please remember to take the word ‘rough’ into account – we did the pictures ourselves (as is patently obvious). The actual garments should look LOTS better.

If – looking at the mock ups – you decide you would like a hoodie or polo shirt without one of the prints, please let us know. We can get them printed without either the chest or backprint. In fact you could get a piece of clothing with neither print but that would just be a plain top and wouldn’t advertise Old Bleach at all. We can’t have that.

colours

When picking colours for hoodies and polo shirts please take into account that it’s a black outlined print with black text. Also, you only have yourself to blame if you pick a colour which clashes horribly and you look like an utter twonk. That written, twonkiness is in the eye of the beholder.

prices

The  prices of the various garments are as follows:

  • AWDis zipless (pullover style) hoodie – £14-25
  • AWDis zipped hoodie – £16-25
  • Gildan polo shirt – £11-25
  • B&C polo shirt – £12-75

sizing

AWDis hoodies
  • XS – 34″
  • S – 36″
  • M – 40″
  • L – 44″
  • XL – 48″
  • 2XL – 52″
  • 3XL – 56″
  • 4XL – 60″ 
  • 5XL – 64″
    NB: 3XL+ available in limited colours
gildan polo shirts
  • S – 36/38″
  • M – 40/42″
  • L – 44/46″
  • XL – 48/50″
  • 2XL – 52/54″
b&c polo shirts
  • S – 36/38″
  • M – 38/40″
  • L – 41/42″
  • XL – 43/44″
  • 2XL – 45/47″
  • 3XL – 47/49″
NB: 3XL available in limited colours

ordering

Orders can be placed by contacting us directly. The ‘cutoff point’ (after which no more orders are taken) will be 24 hours after we reach twenty total items.

At the time of writing we’re ‘almost there’ so please get your clothing demands in soon. Otherwise you will miss out.

UPDATE: We’ve reached our quota and will place the order before Thursday the 3rd of September’s close of business. Get in quickly if you want anything.

turnaround

From placing the order with Flippin’ Sweet to our receiving the items should take between five and fifteen working days.

Aug 05

Competition time – WIN STUFF!

Obi Ceeblethering/information

Now we can leave our reminders about ordering club kit behind, it’s time to move onto something new.

That ‘something new’ is a splendid* competition. You can win genuine physical prizes – not pretend, yes, actual real life prizes – for doing extremely little.

Have a look at that little chap to the left. His name is Obi Cee, at least that’s what we call him.

We think we’re really smart as he’s an Old Bleach Character hence O.B.C. leading to the phonetic Obi Cee. It turns out we’re not very smart after all – we’re predictable. It also has very unrelated and vague Star Wars suggestions in the name. Let’s hope Disney doesn’t get wind of it and sue us; They have a reputation for being litigious in nature and, perceiving us as another media powerhouse, would revel in the opportunity to put the kibosh on our activities.

Returning to reality, Obi Cee is a little cartoon gent who will soon appear on some Old Bleach tat high quality merchandise. To mark this momentous occasion we offer you the once in a lifetime (if you’re a Mayfly) opportunity to win a collection of random prizes.

how to enter

To win simply send us a photo of you mimicking Obi’s pose in the picture (left). You can eMail us, post on our Facebook page or tweet to our Twitter account to enter.

We shall post up a gallery of the images on our Facebook page and pick the lucky winner from there. Use all your catwalk skills to gain an advantage over the other poseurs.

notes

This competition is open to all-comers, not Old Bleach members alone.

If you’re in a cycle club, get one of your clubmates to take a photo of you doing the ‘Obi Cee pose’ when you’re out on a club run. Why not win something for nothing?

hints

Particularly thorough entrants may wish to buy a comedy moustache for added authenticity. Those truly committed to excellence will grow one.

We’ll look forward to seeing your photos. It should be a lot of fun.

* = ‘Splendid’ is a subjective term but we can almost guarantee the prizes are better than you currently imagine them to be. You will actually want most of them

Jun 17

Some say SEAT Super 7 seems slightly successful (supposedly)

Angus Fyffe raises his arms in victoryAfter aeons of anxiety which were truthfully mere weeks of worry, Old Bleach staged its first race event for quite a few years – leg three of the SEAT Super 7 series.

By all accounts, unless people are barefaced fibbers, a thoroughly enjoyable night of racing it was too.

First up was the Convery Optometrists’ ‘Eyes on the Prize’ U16s Boys race. Both the prime (awarded after ten minutes) and overall victory went to Xeno Young. representing Powerhouse Sport.

It was a close run contest with Xeno nudging just ahead of Liam Wilson (Derrymore) and Bann Valley’s Niall Lawrence grabbing the last podium spot with a very strong finish.

After the young men it was time for the Masters (over 50s) and Women to strut their stuff in the Stevenson & Reid race.

North Down was particularly well represented in the Masters’ race and this showed in the results as they filled out the podium with Noel Boyce snatching 1st place from ‘breakaway man’ and ‘prime winner’ Stephen Cardy and Paul Kirk leading in the bunch sprint for 3rd.

In the women’s race North Down again stamped their authority – Rachel Mitchell winning both race and prime in dominant fashion ahead of Shenna McKiverigan of Banbridge.

Last on the menu was the heaviest publicised race of the evening – leg three of the SEAT Super 7 criterium series. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint, with a great display of speed, tactics, aggressive riding and an unexpectedly close finish.

From a few laps into the race Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers) and Glen Kinning (Kinning Cycles) split off the front of the bunch and built up a gap of around half a minute, racing between them for the primes as they went. Despite Jake Gray’s (Nicolas Roche Performance Team) best efforts, it looked for a while like they were practically uncatchable.

Only three or four laps to go and the two escapees maintained a lead of twenty seconds; Surely there was no chance of reeling them in now? Actually yes that did turn out to be the case but with a mere handful of meters to spare. When it came to the crunch the chasing group was right on Angus and Glenn’s tails (they don’t actually have tails – it’s a figure of speech) as they crossed the line.

Who crossed first?’ you may ask. You may ask if you haven’t looked at the photo above showing Angus Fyffe raising his hands aloft in victory. Congratulations Angus on a richly deserved win just ahead of Glenn Kinning, with Jake Gray rounding out the podium in 3rd place.

results

U16s

  1. Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport
  2. Liam Wilson – Derrymore
  3. Niall Lawrence – Bann Valley Road Club

Prime: Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport

Masters

  1. Noel Boyce – North Down
  2. Stephen Cardy – North Down
  3. Paul Kirk – North Down

Prime: Stephen Cardy – North Down

Women

  1. Rachel Mitchell – North Down
  2. Shenna McKiverigan – Banbridge

Prime: Rachel Mitchell – North Down

A1 to A3 and eligible Juniors

  1. Angus Fyffe – Omagh Wheelers
  2. Glenn Kinning – Kinning Cycles
  3. Jake Gray – Nicolas Roche Performance Team
  4. Marc Heaney – Carn Wheelers
  5. Darnell Moore – Caldwell Cycles
  6. Mark Dowling – Dunboyne
  7. Gary Cranston – East Antrim
  8. Aaron Swann – Nicolas Roche Performance Team
  9. Derek Finnegan – Keevan
  10. Lindsay Watson – PLUSHmtb

Primes: Angus Fyffe (primes 1 & 3) – Omagh Wheelers, Glenn Kinning – Kinning Cycles (prime 2)

The top ten in the SEAT Super 7 race all gain points for the series league table, the winner of which is going to be minted. Well, maybe not minted but worth calling immediately afterwards if he owes you any money.

Loads of photos from the evening can be viewed in this album on our Flickr account. Credit and thanks to Dave Pettard of DGP Photography for the photos.

Thanks to everyone who took part and came along to watch. We trust you all had a good time. With any luck we shall be able to welcome you back for more at some point in the future.

May 19

SEAT Super 7 crit series comes to Antrim

Not your average bus laneOld Bleach is utterly terrified extremely excited to announce we will be hosting leg three in the SEAT Super 7 series of criterium races.

Woo hoo!

Here’s some information in point form for your easy perusal.

basic info

The event itself will be taking place Tuesday the 16th of June in and around the centre of Antrim town.

The circuit for the race starts on High Street before turning onto Railway Street, followed by another left onto Castle Way, down to the A6/Antrim Road and in the bus lane back to High Street.

map/video

You can see a map of the circuit here and a (very slowly cycled) video of it here.

timetable

The evening of fast paced thrills kicks off with the Convery Optometrists ‘Eyes on the Prize’ Youth Race at 7-00pm. That will be followed by the Stevenson & Reid combination Masters (over 50s) and Womens race around 7-30pm before climaxing with the SEAT Super 7 at 8-15pm.

It promises to be an unforgettable night of entertainment for all those who come along. What’s more, it costs literally nothing to watch!

safety

We request those in attendance keep children, dogs (in our experience dogs aren’t particularly interested in cycle racing anyway) and themselves off the circuit while the races are taking place, especially if taking photos.

Cycling makes for a great spectacle where one can get closer to the action than many activities can offer. Please make sure ‘close’ does not become ‘too close’.

crit series

As we mentioned earlier, the Antrim crit is part three of the series. The other races, hosting clubs and contact details can be viewed here.

thanks

Thanks must go to our friends in Antrim Summer Festival without whom hosting this race would not be possible.

We better not forget the kind sponsors too – SEAT Isaac Agnew, Stevenson & ReidConvery Optometrists and Chain Reaction Cycles – thanks for all your support in making this a reality.

traffic disruption

For obvious reasons all motorists are advised to park outside the crit circuit confines on the evening of Tuesday the 16th of June. Those wishing to watch or take part can park in one of the free car parks at Castle Street, Lough Road or Bridge Street.

entry

Entry for events will be run through EntryCentral.com and will close on Sunday the 14th of June.

Please click on THIS LINK to enter.

Pre-entrants will stand a chance of winning a pair of Oakley M2 sunglasses, kindly donated by Convery Optometrists. We will draw one name randomly once pre-entry closes and present him/her with the sunglasses on the night of the crit. Save a few pounds by pre-entering and stand the chance of winning a pair of Oakleys with an RRP of £120 – what’s not to love?

sign on

The sign on area will be located in Market Square – at the back of The Old Courthouse – opening at 6-30pm and closing at 7-30pm.

changing/showering

Pre and post-race changing and showering facilities will be made available in the Antrim Forum on the evening.

further details

For further details please look here, our calendar, on our Facebook and Twitter pages and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions whatsoever.

Apr 23

Heavy medal thunder

Yay! Kit is a weiner, um, winner - no, probably weiner after allPeople, like magpies, are drawn to shiny stuff.

Here at Old Bleach HQ (which doesn’t actually exist) our club bigwigs and boffins (who also don’t exist) put their oversized heads together and came up with the idea of bribing people into coming cycling by giving them ‘shiny stuff’ in return.

So, we went ahead and got a load of medals made up to reward our club regulars with. The basic premise is, the more you come out with Old Bleach the more medals you earn. It works as follows:

10 club runs gets you a bronze medal

25 club runs earns a silver medal

50 club runs enables one to live the dream by discovering the holy grail itself – the gold medal

Anything beyond 50 club runs and we reckon you’re in our thrall to the extent where we no longer need to entice you with glittering trinkets.

It should be pointed out, for the deluded, that bronze, silver and gold medals are not actually made from bronze, silver and/or gold. We’re far too frugal for such extravagances.

Get out on your bike with us and pedal to the medal.

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