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I thought I would start this thread by way of trying to encourage those who have never been out on a Club Run before and maybe feel slightly hesitant about giving it a go.
So if you have been doing some cycling and enjoying it and maybe like the idea of taking it to the next level, then this is pitched at you! We have members of all ages- some of our strongest riders are over 60 (but they are retired with nothing better to do!)

Now I guess you have maybe driven or cycled by the rugby club on a Saturday and Sunday morning. Perhaps you live outside of Portadown and have seen other Clubs. You have maybe glanced across at the assembling crowd of cyclists with their gleaming bikes and bright lycra and thought to yourself….. They are real animals. They are really tough, hard quality bike riders and I could never keep up with them. My bike wouldn’t be good enough and I wouldn’t be good enough. ???

If that is what you think then you are so, so wrong because the reality is that some of them could hardly ride the bike out of your road. Look closely at the lycra and you will notice that there are shorts stretched to breaking point. Yes some of the bikes are the latest pieces of kit but that doesn’t mean the persons riding them are! ;) We have leisure cyclists through to racers and everything in between.

If you have a road worthy racing bike, a helmet and can handle 30 to 40 miles on your own then you are good to go. You will also need a spare tube, tyre levers, a pump and if you don’t have quick release wheels, a spanner in case you get a puncture. It’s also good to bring something to snack on like a bar of chocolate. Bring a few pounds in case there is a coffee stop or maybe you just need more to eat. Make sure you have a water bottle with you.

Despite what you may read you will find a friendly welcome! Most cyclists no matter what the Club are nice people. Some may be grumpier than others especially when they are suffering, but overall they look out for each other. If until now you have been riding on your own you may find riding in group a little intimidating? If this is the case please check out the following link –

www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

So you are all geared up and ready to go. What happens once you make the step and turn up for a Club Run? Well hopefully someone will notice you and guide you towards a suitable group. If no one catches your eye don’t be afraid to say that this is your first run. You will be looked after.

Once you are on the road you will hopefully be introduced to a new world. You will be amazed at how social Club Cycling is. In no time you will find yourself chatting to the person next to you. You will meet people from all walks of life and find in time a great sense of camaraderie. You will be taken along roads and see landscapes (and hills! :P) that you never knew existed. You will be amazed at how fast you can move along in a group. You will see the colours of the seasons change in a way you never noticed before and hopefully you will see your fitness and speed improve.

Each Club run is a mini adventure. Some can even be quite epic. All of them are great fun and best of all, when you get home you will be able to savour that wonderful post Club Run feeling. Lying totally body bagged on the sofa. Completely chilled and stress free. Eating that packet of chocolate digestives absolutely without guilt …………… Heaven!
So all you need to do is turn up on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Give yourself a couple of weeks and hopefully….. you will be hooked! ;D

 

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2020 PCC Membership Renewal Evening Featured

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL EVENING

  • Date:- Thursday 19th December 2019
  • Location:- PRFC - Scrummies Restaurant
  • Time:- 7.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Refreshments:- Tea & Coffee + Bar will be open.

Time to renew your PCC Membership and Cycling Ireland Licences everybody - Barry and Kerry will be at Scrummies from 7.00pm until 9.00pm next Thursday to take your money!!!

 

Annual PCC Membership:- £25.00 (£20 of which goes to the Club Charity and also gets you a free entry to our Club Sportive). Please ensure that you pay this by 31st January at the latest or your membership will be suspended and you will have to re-apply.

 

Cycling Ireland Prices:-

  • Leisure Licence £40 + £10 Ulster Club Levy = £50
  • Limited Comp (Interclub) £71 + £10 Levy = £81
  • Open Race (A4, A3 etc) £120 + £10 Levy = £130

You must have a valid CI Licence to cycle on any club run - please check the renewal date on your licence.

 

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Ulster CX Series Featured

ULSTER CX SERIES

The Ulster CX Series kicks off this weekend as Apollo CT host the first round of the season at Lurgan Park. All the best to our members who will be competing at this event. 


Date: Sunday 6 October 2019
Event: Round 1 - Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series 2019
Venue: Lurgan Park
Host club: Apollo CT

Course Description:
Lurgan Park offers cyclists a superb venue for off road riding in pleasant surroundings. The cyclo-cross course is classified as a fast, flowing and challenging track and yet suitable for even novice riders so no excuses for not turning up and enjoying cyclo-cross at its best. With a new course, developed with the help of local riders, we are hoping to offer a balance of open racing, with long straights and technical areas. We have kept the well-known and enjoyed mass start. You then enter open switch backs and straights, which should thin the group out, before passing the pits and entering the new technical part of the course. The skills section to the race is centred around the wooded section with roots, tight corners and off camber. You will need to concentrate hard to remain fast. You’ll pass the pits again after hitting the technical area of the course, then onto tarmac before you head around to the start/finish line and start again.

We’re hoping this new course design will lead to close balanced racing for all. This course should give everyone a great introduction into the cyclo-cross calendar. This is an ideal chance for riders to experience the venue which has held Irish Cyclo-cross Championships in the past. We all love a good cheer during a race and designed this with the spectator in mind as most of the racing can be viewed from the start/finish straight, so bring along the cow bells and cheer your family along as they race around this great course and enjoy a warm Apollo welcome.


The entrance to the course is situated within the car park of Waves Leisure Complex in Queen St, (just off the main street) Lurgan. Co Armagh. The approach roads will be signed on the morning of the event. Use the car park to your right when entering the main gates.

Sign on / Pre-registration:
Pre-registration for the race will open at 8 pm on Sunday 29 September 2019. Pre-registration will close on Friday 4 October 2019 at 8 pm.

 

To see a list of who has entered so far click here (password "LurganPark")

Sign on will open at 9:00 am on the morning of the race in the bowling pavilion (will be sign posted and only a few yards from the car park). Prize giving will also happen in the bowling pavilion.

Race fees, race categories and prize list:
See details of fees, categories and prizes (here)

Start times / Prize giving:
See Race information (here)

Refreshments:

Apollo CT will be laying on a spread of food after the cyclo-cross race in the pavilion.

Directions:
Located off High Street in the centre of the town of Lurgan.
Click on the image below to go to the interactive map
Co-ordinates: N 54.463054, W 6.324091
What3words location for sign on: https://what3words.com/papers.blend.copies

Facilities
Car parking Ample
Toilets Yes, On site
Changing rooms Yes
Showers Yes
Bike wash Yes
The park also has a children's play area to entertain the younger ones.


Host club website: www.apolloct.com
Race organiser: Kevin Devlin ( email)
Telephone: 07739572419

 

 

 

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Interclub Series Round 6 Featured

Interclub Round 6

The Glaslough Crit was the latest round of this year’s IC4 hosted by Emyvale CC. Well done to all our members who competed last night and thanks to Sharon McFarland for the pics. Strong finished from Matt & Glenn as Ruth continues to challenge for top female. https://www.facebook.com/1605644559657436/posts/2274133112808574?s=1262577429&sfns=mo

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PCC Annual Sportive Featured

PCC ANNUAL SPORTIVE

PCC's Annual Sportive is on Saturday 15th June. The event starts and finishes at Sally McNally's on the Markethill Road. Two routes take cyclists on a 47 mile short towards Rathfriland before turning for home through Banbridge with the 74 mile route route taking in the challenge of Spelga from Hilltown, dropping down into Bryansford and home through Castlewellan & Banbridge with food on return to the award winning pub / restaurant. All proceeds going towards our two local charities. 

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The Bobby Crilly Classic Featured

The Bobby Crilly 2019 GP

The Irish summer continues as Glen and Marek competed in the Bobby Crilly Classic sponsored by The Draynes Farm on a misty and cold day for the event but with a very special finish to the race at Divis Mountain, overlooking Belfast city. Well done to both guys and especially Glen with a 4th position in his first A3 race. Congratulations to Phoenix Cycling Club for hosting a successful event. 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://portadowncc.co.uk/index.php/latest-news#sigProId021fc8002c

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PCC's Fermanagh Bun Run Featured

PCC went on a little trip to the Lakelands of Fermanagh for their weekly Bun Run. Sixty great miles around Lower Lough Erne with a coffee stop in the beautiful Thatch Coffee Shop in Belleck before returning to Enniskillen and a hot shower and lunch in the Killyhevlin Hotel. Thanks to Tracy for organising and to everyone who cycled today. Great craic in all kinds of weather. 

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https://portadowncc.co.uk/index.php/latest-news#sigProIdf215248e2d

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PODIUM FOR PAUL Featured

PODIUM FOR PAUL

A great finish in the A4 category of the Clogher Valley Wheelers GP saw PCC’s Paul Smith rewarded with a podium place. A strong sprint saw him come from 13th to finish 2nd. All the best to Paul who now moves to A3.

??Results from Clogher Valley Wheelers GP sponsored by TC Autos, Mainplant & DC Piling Sunday 5th May 2019

 A4
1. Conor Fitzgerald Glendale
2. Paul Smith Portadown CC
3. Alan Reilly Boherneen
4. Fintan Sherry Emyvale
5. Colin Abernethy VC Iveagh
6. Alan Horan Yeats Country CC
7. Shane Mullin Termon Wheelers
8. Sheamus Caffrey Skane Wheelers

 

 

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