APOLLO ROCKETS

Great to see the Apollo Rockets at it today. They’ve all come on so much in such a short space of time.

10 AM Lurgan Park every Saturday morning for a bit of MTB coaching and racing.

If the parents want to email or PM me their email address and phone numbers so I can add them to the list , should we have to cancel anything last minute they’ll be handy to have. secretary@apolloct.com

 

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APOLLO ROCKETS NOTICE.

APOLLO ROCKETS NOTICE

Tomorrow morning Lurgan Park, 10 am. Mountain Bike coaching. All kids of all abilities welcome. Helmet compulsory. Mountain Biking is the best way to get your kids cycling, its the recommended entry route to the sport by all experts and governing bodies. Get them started young with Apollo CT.

Can the Rockets parents please send me your email address and phone number. Im going to be getting together an autumn schedule for the kids to try keep our momentum and I think its a good idea if I have your number in case of any last minute cancellations (im thinking because of weather) .

You can email me at secretary@apolloct.com or just PM it to me.

Cheers all UP APOLLO.

Apollo Rockets T-Shirts

 Check out these pretty damn cool Apollo Rocket T-Shirts.  We’ll be giving these to all the kids who attend the Rockets MTB coaching at Lurgan Park on Saturday mornings 10am and Wednesday evenings Craigavon Lakes 7pm.  All kids of any age or ability welcome.  Just bring your kids, a bike and a helmet.  UP APOLLO .

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Apollo Rockets Saturdays at Lurgan Park

Today we started our inaugural Apollo Rockets Mountain Bike coaching.  Every Saturday mornings, 10 am at Lurgan Park.

We had a lot of fun and the kids loved it. We started with a little coaching and finished with some races.  We also ride around the trails at Craigavon lakes every Wednesday evening at 7pm.  Again all welcome and its free.  If you want to get the kids into cycling this is the best way bar none.

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Kids MTB. The Apollo Rockets

This Saturday we’ll be starting kids MTB coaching in Lurgan Park, the kids section will b called “The Apollo Rockets”( the grass area between the bowling pavillion and Windsor Avenue) at 10 am.  All kids are welcome, Apollo members or not.   Heres some info for you.
What is it ? KIDS MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS AND RACING WITH THE FOCUS ON FUN

Where is it? Lurgan Park, you know that big grassy bit beside the bowling greens, Windsor Avenue
side, there.

When is it? Saturdays commencing 5th July, 10am – 11(ish)

Who is it for? Kids. From wee tiny things up

What do I need to bring? Most importantly a kid, but assuming you have one of those a bike and a helmet. (no helmet no biking , sorry)

Do I need a fancy bike? Nope, literally anything, BMX, a pink Barbie bike with a basket on and stabilisers, it doesn’t matter, we’ll have something for them to do.

What’s the point of this? An introduction to cycling and cycling club culture. Ideally we want you and your kid to join our club.

How long will this run? All summer we hope. There will be breaks (the 12th July etc) but we hope to run it every Saturday.

Is it just mountain biking? For now yes. But we will be moving the older kids on to the road when they’re ready. Mountain Biking is the best way to keep kids involved in cycling, they can move on to the road or track when they get older. Northern Ireland has a great full and active MTB scene with races for kids of all ages. A great way to keep them active.

Why the park? Because the wee ones will be able to fall off onto the grass without hurting themselves, and they most likely will. It will also allow us to gauge interest and ability in a safe environment.

What about the older kids? Well, there are trails in the forested bit in the park and they can ride around those but we can bring them out to the trails at Craigavon Lakes on Wednesday evenings with the rest of the club on our regular MTB outing, if they’re interested and good enough.

What format will the session take? We will have basic skills involving some obstacles and bike handling followed by short races.

Do you have access NI vetting in place ? Yes.

Do you have insurance indemnity in place? Yep, all good, we’re insured through our governing body Cycling Ireland to use Craigavon Borough property for our activities.

Do you have First Aid training? No.

Does my child need to join the club? Yes, eventually.

Do I need to join the club? Not unless you’re riding with us but we’d like you to.

Can I leave my child with you and come back for them after the session? No. We require you to remain on site for the duration of the session.

Can I ring you? Yep , my number is right there at the bottom of the page.

Apollo Cycling Team formed in 1996 as primarily a racing club. In the past few years the explosion of interest in cycling has seen the club grow to the point that we now have 100 active members, with a growing and vibrant ladies section and club rooms in Lurgan High Street. Although we do have a children, mostly kids of existing members, we’d like to see a lot more .  This is just the start of a development program that we hope will grow and see the kids section of the club become the future of the club as a whole.
Welcome to the club and as we say here UP APOLLO.
Andy McGibbon
Club Secretary Apollo CT
07849 806080
secretary@apolloct.com
www.apolloct.com

The Apollo Ladies Are Flying.

Not so long back, less than a year in fact, Apollo had only one or two active lady members.  Since we moved into our new club rooms in Lurgan Town centre we’ve made a concerted effort to get an active Ladies section to the club.

We attracted a number of girls to the club, initially friends and family, and started to bring them out on a ladies only club spin, then we started introducing indoor training, spinning classes, circuits etc into their weekly workout and it has to be said the girls have literally blossomed.  They need no encouragement at all, Sharon Collins is now our appointed ladies officer and is learning on the job and doing a fine job at it.

In a few short months we now have  ladies representation at local sportives, today a couple of the girls did the Newry Wheelers Newry Hospice Sportive in a time that would be good enough to see them go out on the main Apollo Sunday Club Ride whilst some of the others did 4o miles in a training group for the Chain Reaction Italian Big Ride, the pre Giro D’Italia sportive.

If any ladies are interested in taking up cycling please come and see us, we would love to have you.  We know it can be daunting but we can assure you you’ll have a warm welcome and in no time at all you’ll be impressing yourself and us.

Contact our Ladies Cycling Officer Sharon Collins at sb.collins@yahoo.co.uk
or alternatively our Chairman or Secretary, contact details on the contacts page.

UP APOLLO.

 

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First Aid Course

We’ve got a first aid course happening in the club rooms this Thursday night at 6pm. Its free and there is only 6 places left. It would be great if some more Apollo members had some basic first aid training, for obvious reasons. If you fancy attending please let us know asap.

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.