Nov 28

Mince Pie/Santa Run – Sat 6th December

Hopefully it'll be a bit less snowy than this on SaturdayHere we are shoehorning in that same photo of The Waterwall we used last year. That can only mean one thing – it’s almost time for our annual MInce Pie Run. Hooray!

This year it will take place on Saturday the 6th of December.

We’ll leave, from outside The Old Forge, at the usual 9-30am, make our way to The Waterwall for about 11am to 11-30am, stuff our greedy faces and then set off for the rest of the club run with bellies full of mince pies and heads full of cheer.

The monies collected on the day will be going to charitable causes. Please throw in a couple of pounds when you’re there. It’s well worth it as you get coffee/tea, mince pies and soup. It makes for a very cheap coffee stop and, hopefully, does some good in the world.

Please feel free to wear a Santa hat (in addition to your helmet of course) if you have one. Get into the, slightly early, Christmas spirit. In fact, please wear an entire Christmas themed outfit if you like (or not if you don’t want to).

Nov 04

Cycling Ireland 2015 membership

Hoorah! The 2015 membership section of the Cycling Ireland website is now up and running.

If you already have a Cycling Ireland account, please click here to login. If you wish to create a new Cycling Ireland account, please click here.

For pointers on the renewal (or registering) process, please click here.

The prices for 2015 are as follows:

Non-competition – £33
Limited competition – £82
Full competition senior and veteran – £136
Full competition youth U8 or U10 (born on or after 1st Jan 2007 or 1st Jan 2005) – £5
Full competition youth U12 or U14 (born in 2001, 2002, 2003 or 2004) – £5
Full competition youth U16 (born in 1999 or 2000) – £54
Full competition junior (born in 1997 or 1998) - £66
International licence* – £17
Life membership – £2050
* This is an additional fee payable on top of the standard licence fee

If you experience any problems creating an account or renewing your membership, feel free to contact us and we will do what we can to help.

Oct 21

Spooky Cycling

Didi 'the devil' SenftHalloween is coming…. There’s some sort of poem about that, isn’t there?

For Old Bleach, Halloween has little or nothing to do with rotund geese. Rather it’s an opportunity to dress up like big children and go for a cycle.

We invite you to join us for a ghoulish gathering this Saturday (the 25th of October – 9-30am – outside The Old Forge) and to dress accordingly.

In this case ‘dress accordingly’ means ‘wear some Halloween themed attire’.

Please don’t feel forced into dressing up. If you don’t feel like doing it, you don’t have to. If you do want to dress up, then dress up. It’s all supposed to be fun.

Some things to consider if/when choosing your attire are:

  • It’s late October in N.Ireland. It’s cold. ‘Sexy devil’ outfits may lead to mild frostbite – sorry Damien, you’ll have to wear something else this year
  • You still need to wear a helmet and be able to see/hear/balance properly
  • A item, such as a cape or devil’s tail, which can catch in your spokes probably isn’t the wisest option
  • Accessories in the vein of the large trident (as modelled by Didi ‘El Diablo’ Senft in the photo above) look good but what do you do with them while you’re on the bike?
  • If you’re wearing makeup, will it tolerate the clammy sweatiness of cycling?
  • Large and baggy clothing or the likes of wings (you never know) might make one unstable in the, reasonably, high winds currently forecast for Saturday

We look forward to getting a good turnout on Saturday and seeing plenty of ‘beastly bleachies’. That’s enough contrived alliteration for now.

Sep 15

Saturday’s South Down cycling spectacular

Get your buckets and spades at the ready – we’re going to the seaside for a day of ice creams, ‘Kiss me Quick’ hats, donkey rides and lazing about on deck chairs. Or maybe we’ll go for a cycle instead – although may still eat ice cream as proposed.

Old Bleach’s cyclists will be enjoying themselves on a day tour round South Down on Saturday the 20th of September.

We will be meeting (in cars as we’re driving down) in John Street car park (in Randalstown) at 8am before driving to the Fire Station car park (in Antrim) for 8-10am. Our plan is to be in Newcastle by 9am.

The route itself will cover around 50 or 60 miles with, most likely, two stops – one for coffee/buns and one for lunch. Expect it to look something like this. As always, we should point out it’s subject to change on the day…

There’s a good chance we’ll be back in Newcastle, to return home, by 3pm(ish). It’s difficult to be definite about this as we don’t know what mechanical delays etc. may arise but that’s a rough estimate for those who require one.

If you have any specific questions you wish to ask, ideas you’d like to propose, want to confirm whether you are/aren’t going or simply wish to hassle him for no good reason, you can contact Damien via He’s the ‘evil mastermind’ organising things.

When we have more details regarding Saturday’s excursion, we will post them up here and on our calendar.

NB: It should be noted this day tour replaces our normal Saturday club run. There will be no standard club run this Saturday.

Aug 26

The end of days

Bike Smart, Bike Safe, Bike Awesome!Fear not – we don’t have any inside information on a forthcoming apocalypse. You don’t need to stock up on canned goods just yet.

As those of you with eyesight may have noticed, it is starting to get darker earlier in the evening. Once it reaches about half-eight, it simply isn’t suitable for ‘unlit’ cycling. This means, alas, our evening runs are due to end their 2014 run. Both the Wednesday Sevens and Thursday Evening club runs will have their last hurrah this week. Please go along, have lots of fun this week and then wave them goodbye until next Spring/Summer.

This, of course, will not affect our Saturday and Sunday club runs; our weekend cycles take place all year round.

We invite all the people who enjoyed our Wednesday Sevens evenings to join us now on Saturdays. Don’t be strangers! Likewise, if you wanted to take part in our Wednesday Sevens runs but missed them, don’t despair, please get in touch and come along on a Saturday. We will be very pleased to make your acquaintance.

There’s also a good chance we’ll have a few ‘pop-up pedals’ over the winter. These are evening cycles where some club members will contact one another about going out cycling with powerful lighting. These are only open to full club members for obvious safety reasons. Assuming you are a full Old Bleach member, check your e-mail inbox for further updates on these.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our evening runs in 2014 and made them such fun. We hope to see you all at the weekends.

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