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May 13

Uncle Vincent’s Fun Bus hits the road this Saturday

We expect you to trust this man with your bicycle

The time has come for Old Bleach to spread its wings and share its message of world peace with those across the globe. Well, we might leave a bit of that for a while; in the meantime we can pop off for a day’s cycling from somewhere which isn’t Randalstown. That’ll do for a start.

Resident Old Bleach ‘one man media army’, Vincent, has been kind enough to fashion an excellent bicycle rack for a van he has access to. It can take up to thirteen bikes (nine indoors and four externally via a rack on the ball hitch) at a cost of £5 per bicycle (to cover petrol costs). Unfortunately Vincent is not insured to transport meaty humans in the van unless they work with him. As none of us works with Vincent, that means we all have to arrange our own transport/car sharing. Chances are, unless you are particularly smelly, you should find someone happy to give you a lift there and back. If you are particularly smelly, you’ll probably have to drive and keep the windows down for your passengers. We’ll all pong after the cycle so don’t let it get you down.

At the time of writing we haven’t made a firm decision about the start time or destination. We know it will be (weather permitting) taking place this coming Saturday (the 17th of May) but haven’t agreed on a departure time. It’ll most likely be around 8-30am or so. We will, of course, update this once we know for sure.

For the route, we are going to choose between Enniskillen and the Ards Peninsula. Either route will comprise of around 60 or 70 miles of fairly flat cycling and will contain at least one stop for coffee and most likely an additional lunch stop. It’s supposed to be fun for everyone involved so we won’t be racing round it with our heads down and bottoms in the air.

We hope to see plenty of you there and please remember this replaces our normal Saturday club run. There will be no club run from John Street car park this Saturday. If you go there, you will be very lonely.

UPDATE: As it is to be wet in Fermanagh and sunny in Down, we have made the wise choice and shall be cycling round the Ards Peninsula on Saturday. Here is a link to the route we will be doing. As you can see from the elevation, it’s an extremely flat day’s cycling.

Chances are we’ll have at least two stops during Saturday’s jollifications – a coffee/tea stop in Donaghadee and a longer lunch stop somewhere between Portaferry and Downpatrick.

We will be leaving Randalstown no later than 8-30am with a view to being in Comber by 9-30am. All being well, we should be meeting some of the lovely members of Killinchy Cycling Club (outside Comber Leisure Centre at 9-30am) who shall accompany us on our excursion. If you and/or your bike need a lift to and from Comber, please get in touch and we shall attempt to organise something.

Expect a day of acting like tourists, eating ice cream, taking photos, making new cycling friends and generally having fun on a bike. Woo hoo!

NB: We should point out Vincent is neither our uncle or The Man from UNCLE, the ‘bus’ is actually a van and Old Bleach Cycle Club in no way  guarantees or condones ‘fun’