The nights are fair drawing in...
It's coming to that time of year when the nights are starting to get longer than the days and even though we can still enjoy temperatures in the teens, we are now having to consider different aspects as we head out on the bike. Clothing, mudguards and lights are all part of the equation now.
On evening runs, although we leave in the light, we are coming back in the dark so it is essential that everyone who cycles has the correct lighting.
PLEASE MAKE SURE BEFORE YOU LEAVE, that the correct lights are fitted, they are charged, working and fitted in the correct manner. Front lights are supposed to fitted on the left side of the centre stem, pointing slightly downwards and NOT pointing at on-coming traffic causing them to be blinded. Rear lights must be fitted on the seat tube, not on the rear seat stays facing slightly upwards where the cyclist behind is blinded.
Although mudguards protect you a bit from getting a wet, muddy line up your back, they mainly need to stop rain and water spray from hitting the cyclist behind. Short mudguards and ass-savers don't do this so please make sure that if the roads are wet, you have proper mudguards fitted (if you haven't, do the decent thing and stay at the back of the group).
Clothing needs to keep you warm and hopefully dry but it should also have some aspect of high visiblity incorporated into it.
These simple guidelines will help make cycling in Autumn and Winter slightly more safer and enjoyable - especially for those others in your group.
Up and coming Events
The weekly regular club runs are –
|Every Monday @ 18.30||3 or 4 Groups | pace to suit all | Try before you buy night|
|Every Wednesday @ 18.30||1 or 2 Groups | Training Night | Faster pace|
|Every Thursday @ 18.30||1 or 2 Groups | pace to suit all|
|Every Friday @ 18.30||1 Groups | usually in the local hills - see Facebook for up-to-date detail|
|Every Saturday @ 10.00||1 or 2 Groups | pace to suit all - see Facebook for up-to-date detail|
|Every Sunday @ various times||2 Groups | Group 1 is earlier and longer | Group 2 is later and shorter | see Facebook for details|
It is very important that all club members read the policy documents for the Cycling Ireland Insurance (http://www.cyclingireland.ie/page/membership/insurance) so we clearly understand what we are covered for in relation to personal injury and 3rd party damages. There are insurers who offer different levels of cover for theft, personal injury etc but they need to be purchased independently of the Cycling Ireland insurance. Remember, if you wish to race, you need the relevant insurance for the type of racing you wish to do.
It's not all about cycling
The Club always like to run a few social events every year so we can all meet up off the bike and out of the lycra! In the Autumn we will have our Annual Hog roast on 20th October. Also, keep 2nd December clear for our Christmas Dinner which is a great night out. We hope to have a couple of all inclusive social cycles with refreshments throughout the year – dates to TBC ending with the ever popular Mince Pie Run to Oxford Island in December.
All club events are promoted by E-mail & Facebook so please keep a check on your inbox and regular weekly updates on social media.
Physio Nights with Paddy Hamilton are still on-going and are great for sorting out any aches & pains, these happen on the first & third Thursday nights in JR Magills and free slots are notified on FB & e-mail.
Behind the scenes
The Committee usually meet on the third Tuesday of every month and also have four meetings which are open to all members. All members are notified well in advance. So if you have any issues, ideas, thoughts or views please let us know by e-mail
Sportives for this year
|Sunday 1st October||Banbridge Cycling Club Leisure Tour|
|Saturday 7th October||West Down Wheelers Soup Run|
|Sunday 8th October||AMH Granite Challenge - Downpatrick|