How to Join Apollo

How To Join Apollo CT

Its easy.  You basically need to do two things.

1…JOIN CYCLING IRELAND Our governing body is Cycling Ireland who are affiliated with the U.C.I. (Union Cycliste International) that’s the same union that the pros ride under which means you’re about to join the same club as Alberto Contador, pretty cool huh.

Joining Cycling Ireland provides you with insurance, all Apollo members are required to take out this membership so that all our riders ride insured.  Membership can cost from £5 for a junior to £20 for a club rider to £120 for a full racing license. The choice is yours.  The different memberships are explained here http://www.cyclingireland.ie/page/membership/types-of-membership

Go to Cycling Ireland’s website http://www.cyclingireland.ie/ and have a wee look around and you’ll find a link to JOIN on the top right hand side of the page, click that and it’ll explain the types of memberships available.  Make your choice and start the process, along the way you will be presented with a choice to join a club, choose Apollo CC under County Armagh.

After the process is finished Cycling Ireland will approve you then pass your application on to me, the Club Secretary and I approve your membership also.

2…PAY APOLLO CLUB DUES Next thing you do is pay club dues which are free for juniors, under 16, and £15 for adults.  Put £15 in an envelope with your name on it and give it to any committee member and that’s it your in.

Both CI and Apollo memberships run from January to December.  So if you join in September you’ll have to renew in January again.

Welcome to Apollo CT now get yourself out on your bike on any of our club rides, we have multiple rides going out most days of the week.  We also have our club rooms on Lurgan High Street which you’ll find get used mostly in the wetter months.  Also a good way to keep in touch with daily goings on is join our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ApolloCT/

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and once again welcome to the club, hopefully you’ll discover a fellowship here with us that’ll change your life.

 

 

Chain Reaction Big Italian Bike Rides

The excitement is palpable. The build up has begun.  The second biggest race in world cycling and one of the biggest across all sport is coming here in May.

Here in Northern Ireland there are only two words on every cyclists lips, Giro D’italia (or is that three?).  The non-cyclists don’t yet realise whats about to hit them, or the silly fat people as we call them behind their backs, but we do.

Obviously an elite few will only get to experience being in the pro peloton but we can dream and engineer alternative to suit ourselves, the human spirit will persevere in the form of a Gran Fondo to suit your ability.

Our friends at Chain Reaction Cycles in Belfast have organised a series of sportives the week before the big event and there is a LOT of chatter among our membership.  I wouldn’t be surprised if half the club are on this.  I would adise getting in early though as numbers are limited to 1000 I do believe. UP APOLLO.

Heres a link to the event FB page. 

Giro d'italia

New Photos Added to Flickr Account

Just a note to all to let you know that there is a Flickr account for Apollo CT. It is linked to this website in the Gallery page, and we are currently adding photos and trying to build it up over time. Thanks to Derek King for giving me a few more for the archives. And remember if you ave any you want to add, let me know. Thanks

 

Click here to see Apollo Flickr Feed

 

Bike Pure and Apollo

Amazing news, we’re proud that Apollo CT is a Bike Pure Clean Team, so much so we have it on our new jerseys.

It is essential to school our young charges in the correct ethics of sportsmanship and about the dangerous physical and mental health cost of PEDs’. If we teach the youngsters the right way then hopefully they’ll be strong enough to resist temptation if presented. Our sport has a bad reputation mostly because we make an effort to catch the cheats, and these men and women have nearly killed the pro game.

People believe that those guys are cycling, they’re not, their the pro game, we’re cycling, it starts here with us at grass roots and programs like this will hopefully become the normality . Up Apollo and chapeau Bike Pure.  CYCLING NEWS ARTICLE 

 

 

 

OFFICIAL OPENING OF OUR CLUB ROOMS

Apollo CT would like to invite you, your club and the wider cycling community to the official opening of our new club rooms in Lurgan town centre on the evening of Saturday 25th of January at 7pm – 9pm.

During the Autumn of 2013 we took the keys to the building and have been getting it fit for purpose since. We’re now using the facility which has proven to be be especially
useful over the winter as we have two rooms we can use for indoor training along with a welcome room which we use for socialising.

We hope you can come and join us as we celebrate the opening of our club rooms which is in Lurgan town centre. Catering will be provided just bring yourselves and a smile.

Address 42 High Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
Phone Chairman Enda McDaid 07920148780
www.apolloct.com

GOOGLE MAP LINK

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=42+high+street+lurgan&safe=off&hnear=42+High+St,+Lurgan,+Armagh+BT66+8AU,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&t=m&z=16

SHOUT OUT FOR CLUB PHOTOS .

ANOTHER shout out for club photos lads and ladies, please email them as hi res as possible to super8ink@gmail.com .

The only people who have sent me photos from the last TWO occasions I’ve asked have been Enda and Dwyer, so pleeeease have a look for that picture of yourself or someone else. That one time you looked like a pro, you know you have it somewhere, dig it out and email it to me and I’ll frame and hang it on the club rooms walls. I even have a scanner here so if its a photo I can copy it for you.

Come on and don’t be shy otherwise Im just going to fill the walls with pictures of myself, seriously, im an egomaniac, I will do it.

WINTER PROGRAM FROM 22ND JAN 2014

WINTER PROGRAM FROM 22ND JAN

DAY

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

TIME

DIFFICULTY

CONTACT

SUNDAY

Club ride

Leaving from Club Rooms

9.30am

Intermediate

Enda McDaid

MONDAY

Circuits

Club Rooms

8pm

All abilities

Paul McCormac

TUESDAY

Club ride

Leaving from Club Rooms

10am

Med- Hard

Tony McConville

TUESDAY

Club Ride

Leaving from Club Rooms

6.30pm

All Abilities

Cathal Hendron

Enda McDaid

WEDNESDAY

Fat Club

Club Rooms

8pm

Hardest of all

Paul McCormac

WEDNESDAY

MTB

Craigavon lakes

6.30pm

All Abilities

Keith Abraham

WEDNESDAY

Sufferfest Turbo Class

Club Rooms

7pm

All Abilities

Andy McGibbon

THURSDAY

Club Ride

Leaving from Club Rooms

6.30pm

All Abilities

Cathal Hendron

THURSDAY

Spin Class

Columbia Gym

8pm

All Abilities

David Elliot

FRIDAY

COFFEE AND SOCIAL

CLUB ROOM

6.45-9pm

 

 

FRIDAY

Ladies Turbo Class

Club Rooms

7pm

All Abilities

Enda McDaid

SATURDAY

Bun Run

Leaving from

Club Rooms

9am

All Abilities

Enda McDaid

Campbell Arnstrong

 

***Please note activities taking place in club rooms will be limited availability so please let your contact know if you’re interested in attending.

***Apollo CT now own a number of Turbo trainers which will remain in place in the club rooms.

***Friday evenings, the club room will be open for all members or potential members to come along and have a coffee and chat.