Oct 29

Hallowe’en is coming

Hallowe'en Charis cycle 2015Is it Hallowe’en?

Is it Halloween?

Perhaps it’s Samhain?

Does it matter? Do we care?

Whatever the case, it’s Saturday the 31st of October and Old Bleach is getting dressed up to the nines (possibly more like the fours) to celebrate.

We shall be taking part in the Charis Cancer Care cycle from the White River House Hotel, Toome(bridge) this Saturday.

As you can see from the flyer (image to the left) the minimum donation required to take part is £10. That includes a, slightly late, breakfast upon return to the hotel.

The actual cycle itself leaves from the White River House Hotel at 9-30am with registration opening from 9am. In case you’re not familiar with where the hotel is located, this should work as a link to a map.

Members of Old Bleach are meeting up outside The Old Forge, Randalstown at 8-45am to cycle over to Toome. If anyone wishes to join them, please do. Otherwise we shall see one another at the White River House Hotel at 9-20am.

The Charis Cancer Care cycle covers around 35 miles and Toome is about 8 miles from Randalstown. Therefore, if you are cycling from and to Randalstown, it will be a total of approximately 51 miles.

Now onto the important stuff…

The organisers of the Charis Cancer Care cycle are putting up a prize for the cyclist wearing the best fancy dress outfit. We don’t know what this prize is but that’s not the point – let’s try to get as many people in fancy dress as possible.

Obviously that’s if you want to wear fancy dress. If it’s not something you want to do, then don’t feel forced into it. We’re not some kind of horrible sorority from a bad American teen movie which forces people into things they don’t want to do with heapings of reprehensible peer pressure.

So, getting back on track, please wear fancy dress if you wish to. Remember, of course, you’ll be on a bicycle in among a group of other people on bicycles. It makes sense to wear something which does not obstruct your movement or vision, doesn’t stand any chance of catching on/in your (or someone else’s) bicycle, won’t create huge amounts of drag and provides adequate warmth for cycling in at the end of October. Oh and it should look good and be fun to wear too.

We hope to see a good turnout for this cycle. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Aug 23

Casual club clothing

Flippin' SweetWould you like to pay money to advertise Old Bleach Cycle Club?


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.


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.


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


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


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 placed the order at 10-30am on Thursday the 3rd of September. If you want casual club clothing please contact us to ask about being included in a future order.


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.


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?


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

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.



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

Prime: Xeno Young – Powerhouse Sport


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

Prime: Stephen Cardy – North Down


  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.


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


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!


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 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 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.


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.

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