Bit of Fun…

We’re gonna run a wee competition on the Tour of Flanders, easy as letting me (Andy) know who you fancy for the win and we’ll get a wee list together, just for kicks but if we get enough interest we can maybe run a sweepstake for Roubaix a week later but for now its just for kicks, a bit of craic.Heres the offical start list

and heres the link to the Ronde Van Vlaanderen website.

I reckon Boonan can take it this year, what about you?

Let me know via the twitter feed or the facebook page and we’ll publish a list of who thinks what.
Oh and Matt, your not allowed to pick yourself.

Successful Apollo CT Reliability Trial

Lurgan’s Apollo Cycling Club held the first reliability trial of the year starting at the Goodyear Social Club on Sunday. For the uninitiated a reliability trial is a pre-season cycling event typically, but not exclusively, for competitive cyclists. It is essentially a leisure run but is usually at a decent pace. It gives an opportunity to test the fitness levels, check out the new gear (if Santa came calling) and just work off a few of those extra pounds gained over the close season.

For the first trial of the year in Mid-January conditions were almost perfect and the event attracted ninety-five cyclists from various Ulster Cycling Clubs. The cyclists with motorcycle outriders were led out by a pace car for thirty miles, with the pace increasing for the return on the sixty-eight mile jaunt. With an average of over 21mph the leading bunch returned in around three hours.

Back at the Goodyear Apollo Cycling Club members had put on a spread for all the participants and energy levels were well replenished.

Well done to organiser Andy McGibbon and to everyone who contributed to the success of the trial. Goodyear Social Club is an ideal venue to host such an event, being just outside the town and having both parking and changing facilities. Thanks go to the committee and staff of Goodyear Social Club for their assistance to Apollo.

Apollo Cycling Club is based in Lurgan and their members include both leisure and competitive cyclists. There are club runs each Saturday and Sunday morning and details are on their website. New members are always welcome. Why not check them out on or on Facebook.

Apollo CT Reliability Trial, 15th Jan

The annual Apollo CT Reliability Trial will start this Sunday 15th Jan. It’s the usual curtain opener for the reliability season, with it being the first chance to test your legs for the up coming season!

It starts from the Goodyear Social Club [Silverwood Road, Lurgan, BT66 6NA] @ 0930, with sign on open 0815. There’s a £5 fee and riders must have a C.I. license.

The route is 68 miles and the pace will be restricted for the first half of event. Riders will be encouraged to keep 50 yards off the lead car for safety reasons.

Finish will be back at The Goodyear Social Club were refreshments will be provided by the team.

Heres the route for all you with a Garmin:

And the route on Map My Ride:

Phone Andy on 07849806080 if you’ve any questions or post to the Apollo Ct Forum/Facebook Group!

McSorley places in top 10 in Nat Champs

Congratulations to Fred McSorley after his top ten placing (9 to be exact…) at the Irish National CX championships in Dublin on Saturday 7th Jan. The race overall looked to be of the highest calibre in years and fantastically well attended so big well done to Fred! The race itself also receiving some well earned national press coverage.

Special congrats have to go to Robin Seymour who at 40 years lifted his 18th national title, amazing, theres hope for us all yet. With Banbridge CC pair Roger Aiken and Matthew Adair filling up the podium giving us Ulster boys some silverware too.

To read about it & look at the pics head over to Irish cycling.

Once again, well done Fred!


Matt Takes Gold

Apollo’s Matthew Heaney took an excellent Gold medal away from the Ulster TT champs at Woodgreen on Sunday. His time of 21:49 on a blustery day seen him lift gold by roughly 20 secs in the Junior category, with his time also being good enough to see him into the tenth in the senior category as well.

Many congrats to Matt from all of the team!

Derrymacash Results, 2nd August

Here’s the results from the latest ICL race @ Derrymacash:

1st John Heverin                Clan Eireann                  11pts
2nd Paul Hackett                Island Wheelers            10pts
3rd Dermot Donaghy         Island Wheelers             9pts
4th Gerry Martin                   Apollo                               8pts
5th Derek King                   Apollo                                 7pts
6th Toni Armstrong           Apollo                                 6pts
7th Campbell Armstrong Apollo                                 5pts
8th Nigel Flanagan           Island Wheelers              4pts
9th Micky Murray                Clan Eireann                    3pts
10th Richard Davidson   Island Wheelers              2pts

Also, you can download the latest results here.

ICL Update

Apologies for the lack of updates, been busy busy busy! Anyhow, here’s the last 2x results for the handicaped ICL TT league:

May 24th
1st  Junior McAuley      Apollo             20.09            11pts
2nd John Heverin      Clan Eireann      20.31            10pts
=3rd Micky Murray   Clann Eireann    20.44              9pts
=3rd N Flanagan      Island Wheelers 20.44              9pts
5th Davy Quinn          Apollo               20.47              7pts
6th Conor Grimes     Clan Eireann       20.49              6pts
7th J O’Hagan           Island Wheelers  20.50              5pts
8th Sheena O’Neill  Island Wheelers   20.51              4pts
9th Toni Armstrong    Apollo                21.04              3pts
10th Kenny McConaghy Clan Eireann   21.33              2pts

June 7th Dromore Road
1st Micky Murray               Clan Eireann        19.48                 11pts
2nd Kenny McConaghy   Clan Eireann        20.02                 10pts
3rd Davy Quinn                  Apollo                    20.20                  9pts
4rd John Heverin             Clan Eireann        20.25                    8pts
5th Warren McNeill         Clan Eireann        20.44                    7pts
6th Toni Armstrong          Apollo                 20.45                      6pts
7th Noel McLoughlin       Island Wheelers   20.54                  5pts
8th Enda McDaid              Apollo                 20.55                      4pts
9th Paddy Hoy                  Apollo                 21.02                       3pts
10th J O’Hagan                  Island Wheelers   21.04                   2pts

You can download the latest TT League Results here, and the Latest ICL Road Race league results here.

McGibbon Takes ICL Round 4

Apollo rider Andy McGibbon kept his good form going by taking the 4th round of the ICL on Tuesday 3rd May. This follows his second place at the open event on Friday night. Marty Rodgers also kept his performances up with a fine 3rd. Below are the results, whilst the latest results can be downloaded here.

top 10 results for round 4 of ICL are as follows

1st   Andy McGibbon              Apollo                       11 pts
2nd Richard Davidson        Island Wheelers       10 pts
3rd Marty Rogers                     Apollo                       9pts
4th Peter hughes                 Island Wheelers        8 pts
5th Junior McAuley                  Apollo                       7pts
6th Conor Grimes                Clan Eireann             6pts
7th John O’Hagan               Island Wheelers        5pts
8th Owen Campbell          Island Wheelers          4 pts
9th Barry McConville            Clan Eireann             3pts
10th Fred McSorley               Apollo                        2 pts

ICL – Annaghmore Road Race

The first road race of the 2011 Inter Club League ran tonight on the Annaghmore circuit, with Apollo putting in a strong showing. With scratch not catching the rest of the field, it was left down to the sprinters to do the damage, with Marty Rodgers taking the win over Junior McAuley. Conor Judge came in 5th, with Fred McSorley grabbing 7th after his win at the weekend in the McCann Cup @ Seskinore [See the article here.]. Campbell Armstrong came in behind Fred in 8th. This is very promising with a number of riders showing some early season form, hopefully it will be a successful season! The results are as follows:

1st Marty Rogers               Apollo                   11 pts
2nd Junior McAuley          Apollo                   10 pts
3rd G McVeigh                  Island wheelers      9 pts
4th Jerome Donnelly         Clan Eireann         8 pts
5th Conor Judge                Apollo                    7 pts
6th Kenny McConaghy     Clan Eireann        6 pts
7th Fred McSorley            Apollo                    5 pts
8th Campbell Armstrong Apollo                     4 pts
9th C McGuigan               Island Wheelers    3 pts
10th A lafferty                   Island Wheelers    2 pts

Here’s the current ICL Road Race Points

Here’s the current ICL TT Points