general information

Old Bleach is a welcoming cycle club based in Randalstown, County Antrim. The club was formed in June 1945 and has been part of the local cycling scene since.

Cycling Sports Day 1950The workforce at Randalstown’s Old Bleach Linen Mill (which you can read a poem about here) was quite active and very keen on forming clubs and associations. Badminton, Bowling, Cricket, Football, Hockey and Tennis are some of the sports to have borne the Old Bleach club name. Unsurprisingly, Old Bleach Cycle Club can thank the Linen Factory for its inception too.

Over the years the pedals, the pedalling and the ‘pedallers’ themselves have all changed but the principles have remained the same – Old Bleach is committed to getting people out on their bikes, enjoying themselves and improving their well-being.

Whether your cycling consists of pure recreation, personal challenges, training, road racing, time trialling, triathlons or something else altogether, Old Bleach will do its utmost to support each and every rider.

Cycling Team 1952To us all cyclists are created equal. It is our aim to help both the group as a whole and the individuals who form it maximise their cycling pleasure.

On Saturdays our club runs meet outside The Old Forge, in John Street car park, in the centre of Randalstown. From the same location, we also run cycles every Thursday during the summer. On Tuesday evenings, in the summer, we meet, for two different club runs, at St. Comgall’s Primary School car park in Antrim.  Our start locations often vary as we have a good few members who live in Antrim.  Depending on wind direction the cycle route may go through Antrim and the Antrim group will meet up with the rest of the Randalstown members at an agreed location.  (We are currently developing a Teamer app which allows for all runs to be published to all members, with start location and times available etc watch this space).

Like most cycle clubs worldwide, Old Bleach is fully affiliated with the Union Cycliste Internationale. As a Northern Irish club, we fall under the umbrella of Cycling Ireland. Such membership provides both the club and its riders with insurance and provides various other beneficial opportunities eg. courses in coaching, safety, training etc.

Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of cycling. The Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating. The Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members. Please see ‘Resources’ for a pdf version of our club constitution.

Please read our Equity Policy document here

Please read our Anti Bullying Policy here

Please have a browse through our website and get in touch if there’s anything you would like to know.