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The 2017 Membership Application Form is available to print out under the MORE menu option above. Please fill this in and hand to a committee member with the relevant annual subscription. This is applicable to new and existing members.
YOU MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A CI LICENCE TO TAKE PART IN CLUB RUNS. This is for the safety of yourself and other club members.
Your CI Licence must be shown when registering at every B.W.C.C. race and time trial.
B.W.C.C. 2017 Race Calendar is available under the RACES menu option.
The criteria for B.W.C.C. end of year awards is colour-coded on the race calendar.
B.W.C.C. club members 10 mile TT handicaps can be viewed under the RACES menu option.
Event photos can be viewed in the club gallery under the PHOTOS menu option.
The Race Results spreadsheet, under the RACES menu option, shows the rolling points totals for the season.
Bann Wheelers C.C. are in the process of devising a dedicated Youth/Junior section which will cater specifically towards coaching and development of Youth/Junior cycling. Until the club volunteer-members have received the necessary training to enable this programme to be established, the club would request that a parent or guardian of any child aged 17 or under accompany the child on any of the listed club runs. The club will inform members when the Youth/Junior programme is in operation and advise further on changes to club policy accordingly.
Follow us on www.facebook.com/groups/bannwheelers for up to date information.
The new committee was voted in at the club's Annual General Meeting. Congratulations to Laurence Bradley, the new Club Chairman and also to Richard Millar, Club Secretary; David Park, Club Treasurer; and Steven Milliken, Race Secretary.
Bann Wheelers Cycling Club is a club for cyclists who enjoy many different types of cycling activities. These include weekend club runs, leisure sportive type events, club road races and time trials as well as open road races and time trials. We are eager to encourage new cyclists to join the club. The club organises training runs for road racers and leisure riders.
These runs leave from Strand Road Filling Station, Coleraine, on Sunday mornings at 9.00 am. There are groups to suit different levels of cycling -
'espresso' for the accomplished cyclists, 'cappucinno' for the intermediate and 'latte' for the leisure cyclists. There is always at least one coffee stop on route where the groups meet up to refuel and enjoy club banter.
If you are interested in joining Bann Wheelers Cycling Club please come to one of our Club Runs, contact a committee member or post on www.facebook.com/groups/bannwheelers. No one is ever left behind and people are introduced to the enjoyment of group cycling.
Michael Thompson took first place in the A3 category race at the John Haldane in Newry.
This is well deserved by Michael who appears to be continuing on from his brilliant season last year. I am sure there is even more to come from Michael in the A2 category.
Also well done to Darren Hutton who took 10th place in the same race and to Brian Doherty who was 5th in the Masters race.
Congratulations to Graeme Elliott who took third place at the XMTB Ormeau Park.
This is an excellent result for Graeme in his first XC race this year at the very mucky Ormeau Park. It is surprising he is back so early bearing in mind he undertook emergency surgery a week before Christmas! There are two more rounds of the spring series to go, so good luck in them.
Have a look at the great photos at https://www.flickr.com/.../thebelg.../sets/72157677252508934
Bann Wheelers Cycling Club held their Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Saturday 26th November at The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine. There was plenty to celebrate following an excellent year for the club and members.
The new Club Chairman Laurence Bradley welcomed everyone and then passed over to outgoing Club Chairperson Jane Wilkinson who gave an overview of how the club had grown in stature over the year and all the achievements that had occurred, this being the Club's 50th Anniversary Year. Jane thanked everyone involved in all areas of the club as without all his time and effort the club would not be what it is today.
There were many events hosted by the club this year which required a lot of effort by club members and Jane thanked all those concerned in organising the Club Races, Club BBQ, WhizzKids events, Charity Sportive, Spin classes, MTB Trailquests etc.
After dinner the following awards were presented by Robert McKinney (Founding club member), Jane Wilkinson (outgoing Chairperson) and the trophy sponsors:
Darren Hutton - 1 Mile TT
Sharman Crawford - 5 Mile TT
David Patton - 25 Mile David Armour Road Race on the Collins Circuit
Mark Johnston - 25 Mile Three Oaks Road Race on the Three Oaks Flat Circuit (Sponsored by Fresh Cleaning Services)
Michael Thompson - 12 Mile APR on the Hospital Circuit
Michael Thompson - Cashel Classic Road Race (Sponsored by David Gibson Financial Planning)
Michael Thompson - Dervock Road Race
Michael Thompson - 20 Mile TBF Thompson Road Race on the Stranocum Circuit
Michael Thompson - Murderhole Massacre Road Race (Sponsored by Patterson Trophier)
Mark Johnston - Castlerock Race Around The Rock Road Race (Sponsored by Alistair Robinson Costcutters)
Michael Thompson - 22 Mile RR winning the Club Championship Road Race on the Coolyvenny Circuit
Sharman Crawford - 25 Mile TT winning the 25 Mile Club Championship on the Ballybogey/Coleraine Circuit
Michael Thompson - 12 Mile APR winning the Ballybogey APR Cup on the Ballybogey Circuit
David Gibson - Cranagh Hill Climb
Glen Howe - 10 Mile TT winning the 10 Mile TT Club Championship on the Ballybogey Road
Dominic Drumm - 100 Mile TT (Ulster Championships) winning the 100 Mile Cup
Simon Moore and Mark Johnston - 10 Mile 2 Up TT
Michael Currid - Mens Handicap Time Trial League winning the Rafferty & Boyle Mens TT League Trophy (Sponsored by Rafferty & Boyle Solicitors)
Jane Wilkinson - Ladies Handicap Time Trial League winning the Rafferty & Boyle Womens TT League Trophy (Sponsored by Rafferty & Boyle Solicitors)
Mark Johnston - Mens Road Race League winning the Rafferty & Boyle RR League Trophy (Sponsored by Rafferty & Boyle Solicitors)
Jane Wilkinson - Ladies Road Race League
Sharman Crawford - Best Male TTer
Jane Millar - Best Female TTer
Mark Johnston - Male Best All Rounder (minimum of 3 RRs and 3 TTs)
Jane Millar - Ladies Best All Rounder (minimum of 3 RRs and 3 TTs)
Antony Lafferty - Most Improved Male
Ruth Johnston - Most Improved Female
Steven Milliken - Best Male Newcomer
Laurence Bradley - Club Person Of The Year winning the Rafferty & Boyle Cup
Following a very successful Interclub Series this year the Northern Regional Interclub Overall Series Winners trophy and Northern Regional Interclub Time Trail Winners trophy were presented to the Interclub Team members.
BWCC would like to thank our trophy sponsors; Darren and Joanne Hutton of Fresh Cleaning Services, David Gibson Financial Planning, Patterson Trophier, Alistair Robinson Costcutters and Rafferty & Boyle Solicitors for their generous sponsorship of the club awards.
The celebrating continued after the presentations and dancing followed late into the evening. We are looking forward to next year and hoping we can mirror the success achieved throughout 2016.
For more club photographs, visit the photo gallery under the PHOTOS menu option on the club website www.bannwheelers.com.
BWCC look forward to introducing further new members this year and anyone wishing to gain more information can get this on the club website www.bannwheelers.com or on the Bann Wheelers group Facebook page.
Bann Wheeler Mark Johnston was first over the line in the Ulster Championships A3 category.
This is very well deserved by Mark who has been on the verge of a big win - and what a big one to get that win in.
Congratulations Mark and hopefully there is a lot more to come.
Also congratulations to Jane Millar who took fourth place in the Ladies Ulster Championships.
Bann Wheelers stalwart, Dominic Drumm, is in great form taking a Silver medal at the Ulster 25 mile TT Championships M60.
Dominic also travelled to Cong to compete in the Cunga Cycling Club hosted Irish Championships where he won a Bronze medal. Dominic was only 6 seconds off the Silver medal position.
Congratulations Dominic, you are a true inspiration to all members at BWCC with your professional attitude to training and competition.
Sharman Crawford is in great form this season. He is showing that he can compete at the highest level, taking a Silver medal at the Ulster 25 mile TT Championships M50.
Congratulations Sharman, you have timed your form well this season.
Sharman also won the BWCC 10 mile TT Club Championships whilst constantly producing personal best times this season.
The Bann Wheelers 2016 Sportif, the Causeway Cycle Challenge, took place on Sunday 31st July 2016 from Coleraine Rugby Club with a mass ride out.
There was an excellent attendance at this years charity event taking in two routes, 40 miles and 65 miles.
Full report and photographs to follow.
Bann Wheelers promoted their criterium around the streets of Coleraine on a cool but dry evening. Coleraine Town Centre was transformed into a race circuit as part of Bann Wheelers 50th Anniversary celebrations. Each race comprised of 30 minutes of racing around a short tight town circuit heading past the Town Hall onto Bridge Street and along the Milburn Road. Then proceeding up Union Street taking a right turn onto Brook Street and eventually turining right back into the town pedestrian area to complete one circuit. When the 30 minutes was over then a final 5 laps were completed to the finish line to decide the overall winner.
There was a good turnout for both races. The first race of the evening was for the A4s and in this event the home club were very much to the fore and in the end took three of the top six places.
Michael Thompson (Bann Wheelers) proved to be the strongest rider on the night taking the win from club-mate Rhodri Jones (Bann Wheelers) and Luke McMullen (Ballymena Road Club). This is Thompson and McMullan's second podium spots in a week in crit racing so it seems they must have a talent for it and I am sure we will hear more of them in the coming weeks. Charlie Wright (Bann Wheelers), Declan O'Neill (Square Wheels) and Jason McIntyre (U/A) completed the top six.
In the A2/A3 race there was aggressive riding from the start with riders trying to break clear. Colin McElderry and Gerard McNally rode clear early on and just managed to stay clear to the end. In the end it was Maryland Wheelers' Colin McElderry who managed to out-sprint Gerard to take the win. Gerard McNally of Bann Valley took second and he is another rider who has been appearing in the results over recent weeks. A delighted Colin McCloskey of Apollo CT was third ahead of Alastair Robinson (BikeExpress). James Wilson (Apollo CT) and Sean Bradley (Carn Wheelers) completed the top six.
Many thanks to all at Bann Wheelers who turned out in force to help out, marshall and participate (led by Graeme Montgomery, Laurence Bradley and Robin Tosh). This was a well run event with only a minor accidental crash on the last corner of the A4 race and no one badly injured. Thanks also to dedicated Commissaire Andrew Wills who was on hand to ensure that everything ran according to the rules.
The prizes were presented by the sponsors and also by two of the founding members of Bann Wheelers, Robert McKinley and Eddie McKinney. Thank you to them all for presenting the prizes to our winners.
Many thanks to our kind sponsors for the event, Trust Ford (also for supplying the lead car), Gibson Financial Planning Limited and Macaulay Wray Solicitors. Without the assistance of these sponsors an event like this could not take place.
Coleraine Criterium Results Thursday 16th June 2016
Results A2/A3 Race
1. Colin McElderry (Maryland Wheelers) 2. Gerard McNally (Bann Valley) 3. Colin McCloskey (Apollo CT) 4. Alastair Robinson (BikeExpress) 5. James Wilson (Apollo CT) 6. Sean Bradley (Carn Wheelers)
Results A4 Race
1. Michael Thompson (Bann Wheelers) 2. Rhodri Jones (Bann Wheelers) 3. Luke McMullen (Ballymena Road Club) 4. Charlie Wright (Bann Wheelers) 5. Declan O'Neill (Square Wheels) 6. Jason McIntyre (U/A)
For more photographs from the evening, visit the photo gallery under the PHOTOS menu option.
On 3rd June, twenty Bann Wheeler CC members headed off to the French Alps. Little did they know what was ahead of them!! A great chalet in the mountains of Vaujany had us well fed and watered (sometimes too well!) each morning and evening.
There were natural group splits that occurred based on differing levels of availability or the amount of hurt that one wanted to endure each day. The daily routes were well planned by Brian B, Tony C and Robin T and each challenge was tackled successfully each day. Up to 4 Cols were climbed each day and everyone loved the Cat 2 climb back to the chalet each evening after a team time trail to the bottom - and that was at the end of an epic days climbing! A KOM jersey was awarded each evening to the person who dug in most that day and at the end of the trip this was awarded to Ian M who rode out of his skin on several of the days.
On our last day the Criterium du Dauphine passed our chalet door and finished at the top of our mountain in Vaujany. We were all able to say that Chris Froome who won the stage and went on to win overall had sprinted up the very hill we had climbed every day (6 times!) Television does not do justice to the ability of these riders, until you are actually doing it yourself do you understand. A great craic was had by all and the generally sunny weather and brilliant cycling made it a very memorable trip for everyone.
We are already talking about next years trip - if you are interested in going in 2017 we will be starting to plan this now so please let it be known to someone who took part in this years trip.
On Saturday 21st May 2016, Bann Wheelers CC held their first open road race in a number of years. The event was held to mark the clubs 50th anniversary and was held in a day of mixed weather! It was held on a difficult circuit incorporating a climb over the Cam and a very fast finish.
There was hard racing at the event with Christopher Birney of SportActive getting the result in the combined A2/A3 race. He was followed in by James Wilson of Apollo CT and Aaron Park of CCT. Bobby Kane of Bann Wheelers, Gerard Scullion (Carn Wheelers) and Mark Johnston also of the home club were next over the line. Keith Phillips (North Down CC), Marc Heaney (NRPT), Kenny Wilson (East Antrim CC) and Ryan Jamison (Causeway CC) completed the top ten.
In the A4 race it was Mark Maguire of Castlereagh CC who had the legs to take the win from Bann Wheelers Michael Thompson in a close two-up sprint. Another Bann Wheelers rider, Malcolm Scott was third. Alistair Robinson (Team BikeExpress), Gavin Moore (North Down CC), Stephen Mullan (North West Cycling Club), Noel Brian MacDiarmada (Errigal Cycling Club), Jason McIntyre (Un-Attached Ulster), Adrian Kane (Bann Wheelers) and Vincent Mort (Ballycastle CC) made up the top ten.
In the Masters event it was Derek Ferguson of Kings Moss who notched up yet another win following on from his success in Carndonagh last week. Sean Wright of Ballymena took second ahead of Brian Bonnar of Bann Wheelers. His club-mate David Park took fourth ahead of Kevin McGlynn of Donegal Bay. Robert Fleming (Causeway CC) was sixth.
Joanne Regan of Termoneeny lifted the prize in the womens category.
Feedback from the event was very positive and Bann Wheelers did a great hosting job, organising and marshalling all the races to ensure absolute safety to riders. There was also a great spread of food back at the hall afterwards, thank you to all who were involved in the catering. Many thanks to all concerned especially Bann Wheelers Race Secretary Laurence Bradley and his team, Jane Millar Bann Wheelers Chairperson and to the commissaires and photographers on the day. Hopefully next year Bann Wheelers will build on this success and this event will be an annual event on the Cycling Ulster calendar.
For more details visit www.bannwheelers.com and Bann Wheelers Facebook page. There is a video of the day available, showing the difficult and mixed weather conditions and the toughness of the circuit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34BBckcc-o0&feature=youtu.be
1. Christopher Birney (Team Sportactive Racing) 2. James Wilson (Apollo CT) 3. Aaron Parks (CCT) 4. Bobby Kane (Bann Wheelers CC) 5. Gerard Scullion (Carn Wheelers) 6. Mark Johnston (Bann Wheelers CC) 7. Keith Phillips (North Down CC) 8. Marc Heaney (NRPT) 9. Kenny Wilson (East Antrim CC) 10. Ryan Jamison (Causeway CC)
1. Mark Maguire (Castlereagh CC) 2. Michael Thompson (Bann Wheelers CC) 3. Malcolm Scott (Bann Wheelers CC) 4. Alistair Robinson (Team BikeExpress) 5. Gavin Moore (North Down CC) 6. Stephen Mullan (North West Cycling Club) 7. Noel Brian MacDiarmada (Errigal Cycling Club) 8. Jason McIntyre (Un-Attached Ulster) 9. Adrian Kane (Bann Wheelers CC) 10. Vincent Mort (Ballycastle CC)
1. Derek Ferguson (Kingsmoss CC) 2. Sean Wright (Ballymena CRC) 3. Brian Bonnar (Bann Wheelers CC) 4. David Park (Bann Wheelers CC) 5. Kevin McGlynn (Donegal Bay) 6. Robert Fleming (Causeway CC)
For more photographs from the day, visit the photo gallery under the PHOTOS menu option.
After hosting a series of successful Whizzkids events over the last few years, Bann Wheelers has taken the step to provide a structured programme, to be delivered by trained coaches and instructors, and now opened up to children not associated with the cycling club.
BWCC members have been busy making paths and tracks to enable safe riding for the kids.
The cycling programme will include skill based activities giving each participant more confidence on their bike. A typical session could include obstacle courses, forest and cycle path rides, and skill based activities in a controlled environment.
The sessions have been divided into two age groups over five weeks.
SPROCKETS (approximately 6-8 years) is largely based in a car park setting. It will start at 1pm and will finish at 2.15pm.
GEARERS (approximately 9 years +) is skills and warm-up exercises in the car park and then grass area and forest for MTB riding. It will take place from 2.30pm until 4pm.
Whizzkids will run operate over 5 sessions on the following dates: April 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th and the final session on May 7th.
Andy Bate, who is co coordinating the programme explained; The cost is 25 pounds per child for the five sessions or 40 pounds for two family members. All of the sessions will take place at the University, Coleraine. All you need is your bike and no child will be permitted to ride without a helmet. Apart from that as long as the kids are dressed appropriately for the outdoors and bring a drink they will love it.
For a registration form email email@example.com
BWCC best all-round road racer and TTer for 2015, Glen Howe, started 2016 where he left off in 2015, finishing an excellent 8th in the Phoenix GP A3 road race. Glen also moves up to A2, a fantastic achievement.
Club Chairperson, Jane Millar, finished on the podium with a fantastic 3rd place in the Ladies road race. Congratulations to both in their first race of the 2016 season.
Also taking part in the A3 race and finishing in 15th place, was Mark Johnston. Gareth McLaughlin rode well in the A4 race and Brian Doherty in the Masters race.
Well done to all who competed and good luck for the rest of the season.
Bann Wheelers Cycling Club Chairperson, Jane Millar, was selected for the Ulster Womens Cycling team in the 2015 Ras na mBan, international stage race in County Clare.
This very challenging 5 day, 6 stage, race is the pinnacle of the womens calendar with many international teams competing.
Jane showed throughout the stages that she was able to compete with the best of the best. She finished the second best placed Ulster woman and did herself and her club very proud.
Congratulations Jane, an excellent end to a very successful season.
On 12th June, twelve members of Bann Wheelers Cycling Club headed to the Pyrenees to take on some of the most famous and spectacular cycling climbs from the Tour de France road race.
Based at Velo-Peloton Cycling Lodge in Saint Savin where Stage 11 (Pau - Cauterets Vallee de Saint-Savin) of the 2015 Tour de France finishes, was a great location for taking in the main challenging climbs that exist in such an historic road race. To name just a few of the challenges conquered; Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aubisque, Col d'Aspin, Col du Soulor, Hautacam and Luz-Ardiden along with others, gave a great sense of achievement. With a range of cycling abilities and 'characters' the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who travelled. Photos to follow!
In 2016, which is the 50th Anniversary of the Bann Wheelers, another tour is being planned which will hopefully allow many more members to experience the thrill of cycling abroad. Watch this space ......
Jane Millar, in her first race as the new Club Chairperson of Bann Wheelers, took 1st Place in the ladies race at the Bishops Court track.
With 35mph headwinds this was a tough race but Jane proved she was keen to get that top podium position and took the win. This was Jane's first 1st Place and was well deserved.
Nigel Watt, took 3rd Place in the hotly contested A4 race at the Bishops Court track.
With 35mph headwinds this was a tough race which a group of eight made a break and seemed like they were going to stay away. Nigel went himself and made it onto the breakaway group and was abel to take 3rd place in the race. Well done Nigel on a podium position, well deserved.
The 'rolly' Coolyvenny circuit was the setting for the 2015 club race championships on a warm but windy Tuesday 2nd June evening. This was a non-handicap event and eighteen of the club's top riders were on the start line. In a frantic start the race was soon temporarily halted due to a herd of cows making their way to milking, the race continued in the same fashion as it started when the cows allowed!
It was a very tactical race with a few breakaways but the main bunch was able to work its way back to the break each time. The last lap was riders holding their places in the group and getting into position for the sprint finish. The finish was over a gradual climb followed by a steep hill with the finish line just over the brow of the hill. Glen was the first to go followed by Brian Bonnar and Adrian Kane but Glen showed his power on the steep hill able to hold off the challenge of Conor Bradley, Jason McIntyre, Mark Johnston, Nigel Quigley and the rest of the main bunch.
Well done to Glen who really is the Bann Wheeler on form at the moment. A great club race ........
As the road cycling season gets into gear, the Police Service of Northern Ireland teamed up with local Club Bann Wheelers to issue important advice for cyclists and other road users.
Cycling has become a popular pursuit, with the breathtaking North Coast a particular draw for cycling clubs and
individual cyclists alike. However Constable Syd Henry, PSNI's Road Education Officer is only too aware of the dangers to cyclists and other road users having responded to many road traffic collisions involving cyclists. Cyclists and other road users have a responsibility to make the roads safer for each other. With a bit of common sense and goodwill, motorists and drivers can co-exist happily and more importantly, safely. The road safety tips are for both cyclists and drivers and aim to ensure that everyone finishes their journeys as safely as they began them.
Chairman of Coleraine's Bann Wheelers Cycling Club, Charlie Wright endorses the advice of police: "The roads are a shared space and on behalf of the cyclists who frequent the North Coast, I appeal to motorists to give cyclists space when overtaking and to be patient when behind a group of cyclists. Space is important for cyclists as the edge of the road where we travel can be littered with debris, potholes, gratings and man hole covers. These all may cause a cyclist to move out to avoid and contribute towards a collision. The North Coast is one of the most popular routes for cyclists, especially during the summer months and many clubs and individuals cycle here. I would urge cyclists to read and share this advice and play a part in making the roads a safer place. And if you are a cyclist and want further safety information Bann Wheelers run an initiation period where potential and new members undertake an induction cycle where they will be taught road safety, group riding and cycling etiquette."
Safety tips for cyclists
- Wear a helmet with reflective or fluorescent clothing, be safe be seen
- Ride in single file on busy or narrow roads and around bends
- Never travel more than two abreast on wide roads
- Ensure lights and reflectors are clean and in good order
- Obey traffic signs and traffic lights
- Leave plenty of room when passing parked cars
Safety tips for drivers
- Be patient
- Slow down when passing cyclists
- Allow plenty of space while overtaking, cyclists may need room to avoid obstructions on the road
- Always signal when overtaking to indicate the potential danger to other drivers
- If emerging from a junction, look closely to see all traffic, including cyclists
- Lorry drivers should take a close look for cyclists who may have stopped beside or in front of them before moving off from traffic lights and should take extra care when turning left