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 and then some!

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 Under 16s 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 elite SEAT Super 7 race 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’.

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 & Reid and Chain Reaction Cycles – thanks for all your support in making this a reality.

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 and will open two weeks prior to the races, on the evening of Tuesday the 2nd of June.

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

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.

Apr 17

Wednesday Sevens club run returns

With the sun higher in the sky, weather (generally) looking up and people thinking of getting out on their bikes, it’s our pleasure to announce the return of our Wednesday Sevens club runs.

The Wednesday Sevens (aka ‘W7s‘) are cycles suitable for pretty much anyone to take part in. If you are new to cycling, have been off the bike for a while or merely want to get out for a few miles of sociable pedalling, the W7s should suit you down to the ground.

There’s no such thing as ‘holding people back’ with the W7s. They are run at a pace to suit all in attendance. Nobody will find them beyond their capabilities. They’re certainly not races!

You don’t even have to ride a road bike to join in with the W7s; Mountain bikes, hybrids etc. are all suitable for use with Old Bleach on a Wednesday evening. Just make your bike is roadworthy (brakes working etc.) and you’ve got a cycle helmet on your noggin.

If you’re unsure about riding in a group, the W7s club run is the perfect place to learn. It doesn’t take long to pick up the little nuances which make group riding enjoyable, easier than riding alone and safe (with particular emphasis on safety).

For some, the W7s form a great bridge to go out on longer, faster cycling excursions. For others, the W7s meet all their desires and they stick purely to them. Whatever your wishes, Old Bleach will do its utmost to help you reach your personal goals. Be it gaining experience cycling in a group, road racing at high speed or anything else, we simply want our club members to be safe and happy in their cycling. Everyone who cycles has the ultimate ambition of gaining personal enjoyment from it. Our role is to help maximise that in a safe environment.

The 2015 Wednesday Sevens club runs will start up at 7pm on Wednesday the 22nd of April and depart from outside The Old Forge in John Street car park.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our calendar for all the other upcoming club runs too. We will be starting up Thursday Evening club runs from 6-30pm on the 23rd and Tuesday Evening cycles from 6-30pm on the 28th.

For more details, please contact us and look here for information.

Apr 06

Open Day – Sat 11th April

Coffee stopRoll up roll up! One and all – come and see the freaks this Saturday as some members of Old Bleach make their way for a Q&A at Starbucks, Junction One.

We shall be there from 3pm to 5pm and aim to answer all queries pointed vaguely in our direction. If those inquiries relate to Old Bleach and cycling in general they stand around a 98% higher chance of our coming up with a worthwhile response. We will do our best to answer any other questions but none of us knows how to stop a soufflé from collapsing. You’re on your own there.

With the sun and spring/summer poking their welcome heads out through the bleak winter clouds, it’s the time to contemplate cycling. Couple that with our impending Wednesday and Thursday evening club runs (and promises of a new Tuesday run too) and the recipe is perfect for those who wish to find out about cycling with an extremely friendly club.

We are always delighted to meet prospective club members and shall do our utmost to help out in any way we can. We hope to see you on Saturday.

Mar 02

Old Bleach Personal Achievement Award

Personal Achievement AwardAsk ten people why they cycle and what they get out of cycling. You are highly likely to receive a variety of replies.

One wonderful facet of cycling is being an activity which can be moulded to suit the preferences of the participants. For some it is a social outing. For others it’s all about competition and sport. Some find it a great medicine for the mind (more perhaps even than the body). It can be a wonderful pastime for those who were forced to stop partaking in another sport due to injury and who then find themselves falling in love with cycling. There are many many reasons why people cycle and in this paragraph we have merely scratched the surface.

No matter how one’s cycling manifests itself, we all share a desire to be successful in it. At the very highest sporting level, success is measured by winning professional races – Grand Tours, World Championship Time Trials, Monuments, Olympic medals etc. While we don’t expect such lofty aspirations from the members of Old Bleach, we can still enjoy success in the form of setting and meeting our own challenges.

With all this very firmly in mind, Old Bleach has decided to initiate the ‘Old Bleach Personal Achievement Award’.

It is an accolade which will primarily be based on an individual’s goals. For example, one cyclist may wish to cycle ten thousand miles in a year, another might want to get a podium position in an open race and another may wish to cycle up a hill he or she has previously had to dismount and walk up. All of these are equally valid to the individual.  We strive to assist each and every one of our members as they meet and rise to their challenges.

Please let us know what your ambitions are so we can help you get the most from your cycling.

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