20th Anniversary Jersey

Hi Everyone,

As you may or may not know we have been working on a 20th Anniversary Jersey.  This is a one off jersey to celebrate our 20 years of the club’s heritage.  Some of you older members will remember the original design of the jersey.  We had a vote at the AGM to reduce 8 designs down to 3.  We have created a survey to see which of the 3 is the most popular.  If you want to vote please do, but we expect people who voted are going to purchase the design.  We need a minimum of  20 pieces to make it worthwhile producing with Powerhouse.  The winner will be available to buy at the next round of club clothing which is at the end of January.  So this will enable it to be with you for the start of the season.  Please remember this is a one off, and will not be replacing the current kit.

I hope that this is the start of a special year in the club, and we look forward to planning other events to mark our 20 years.

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Apollo Youth Programme Spring 2015

Please see the attached file for the Apollo Youth Programme.  This is a really great programme for all youth riders.  We are back at the lakes!!  This time we will be meeting at Tannaghmore Gardens.  We have youth road cycling meeting at the clubrooms, and of course our usual Saturday morning at Lurgan Park.  We have also two trips away.  One to the tow path and the other to Castlewellan.  These trips are open to all Apollo members and we would love to see you at them.

 

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Apollo Road Racers @ Carn Classic

Carn Wheelers were the promoters of the Carn Classic which featured races for A1 -A3, A4 , Women and Masters.The sun came out and bathed the 14 mile circuit is glorious sunshime although there was a sharp bite from the chill wind.

Apollo had six riders entered, they were Daniel McGlade, Dominic McCartan, Cathal Hendron, Enda McDaid, Colin McCloskey and James Wilson.

Carn Team Pic

First off were the A3’s who were given a small handicap over the A2’s which was soon closed down and for a while the bunch stayed together.

However there was enough aggressive riding in the bunch to ensure that this did not stay together for long. A small group of three broke clear of the main field. This group consisted of Darnell Moore,  Matthew O’Neill of Caldwell Cycles and James Wilson of Apollo. They managed to open a 40 second gap but two groups of chasers were hot on their heels. Eventually all the chasers managed to get on, forming a lead group of nine. O’Neill lost the wheel and was sucked back into the peleton but the remaining members powered on.

This group now consisted of Darnell Moore, (Caldwell), James Wilson (Apollo), Steven McAllister (Ballymoney CC), Barry Doyle, (U/A), Mark Millar (Velo Cafe Magasin) and Jonny Taylor, Joe McCrory and Micky Scullion of Carn Wheelers.

James Wilson in the breakaway
James Wilson in the breakaway

By the 40 mile mark this group had opened a 2 minute 7 second gap on the main field. Shortly after this all was to change again when Joe McCrory bit the bullet and went for it. He steadily began to open a gap and was left to hang out for a  while until the group saw this was a serious move. Both McAllister and Moore realised the danger and kicked clear to give chase. They caught McCrory and then these three managed to hold off the remaining chasers to the finish.

On the line it was Darnell Moore who had the power to sprint and take victory. McCrory was second with McAllister third.The chasing group, which had splintered, on the finishing straight then crossed the line with Jonny Taylor taking fourth ahead of Mark Millar and Mickey Scullion. James Wilson and Barry Doyle took the remaining positions for points

The A4 riders completed three laps of the course. As usual there was lots of movement in the bunch but at first no-one was getting away. Eventually one rider made a brave move and opened a gap on the field, He stayed out on his own for a considerable time until the bunch eventually reeled him back in.

It came down to a bunch sprint in the end which was taken by Chris Lawlor of VC Glendale.

Matt McLaughlin of Phoenix CC and Darren Hutton of Bann Wheelers. Adam Callaghan of Phoenix took fourth ahead of Daniel McGlade (Apollo CT) and William Convey of Termoneeny. Ivan Jeffers (East Tyrone CC) and Sean Scullion (Island Wheelers) took the remaining points.

Daniel McGlade Finished 5th
Daniel McGlade Finished 5th

Report Courtesy of Marian Lamb (Cycling Ulster)

Rockets Rock Rostrevor

It was the Rockets show on Sunday 8th March at Kilbroney. On what can only be described as the most challenging course the Rockets had ever tried, they proved that all the hard work and effort put in at training had paid off.  First off was the under 6, where Max Boyd came home in a fantastic 1st and a stunning ride from Jack Nelson brought him home in fith place. This set the trend for the next race which was the under 8, Caitlin Hanna came home in third place and in the boys race we had Jamie Boyd, Thomas Macalinden and Cathal Dorrian all placing in the top ten.

Caitlin Hanna 3rd Place
Caitlin Hanna 3rd Place

In the under 10 girls we had great racing from the girls with Keela Smyth in 5th, Niamh Nelson 7th, Bronagh Dorrian 8th and Erin Hanna 10th.  Under 12 girl Lauren Hanna was pipped to the top spot by only 3 seconds to take second place. Such was the pace of the top two, they managed to lap the rest of the field. Under 12 boys had Joel Bingham 8th and Finlay Murdoch 1oth.  Under 16 boys raced on the main circuit which was incredibly technical from start to finish, both Ethan and Teo battled hard and finished 6th and 8th respectively.

Ethan & Teo
Ethan & Teo

Finally we had the mens race. With Robbie Smyth, Gavin Hanna, Neil Irvine and Michael Nelson taking part in the Senior 4 Category. Tony McConville was in his new Team Vitus strip in Senior 3.  Neil Irvine had a mechanical which left him only completing one lap and Michael Nelson in true sportsman tradition DQ himself after realising that he had missed a section of the course. Gavin finished 12th and Robbie 19th and in Senior 3 Tony McConville came home in 10th.

Overall it was a good day for Apollo and everyone agreed that it was probably the toughest course they had raced so far.

Rockets continue this Saturday at Lurgan Park 10am and soon we will be starting back to Craigavon Lakes for adults, youth and rockets.

Apollo @ CRC Open Night

With Chain Reaction Cycles being our main sponsor, part of the deal is we get to have a club discount night at the store.  This was on the 2nd of March at the Boucher Road store.  Plenty of bargains was had and with the road group getting ready for Spain all members were stocking up on spares.  We would just like to say thanks to CRC for their hospitality and pizza

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