What a great day we had with the Rockets and the senior riders. Everyone rode amazingly well. We came home with 4, count ’em 4 bronze medals. Aisling Smyth, Lily McGibbon, Summer McGibbon and big Rocket Cathal Hendron.
All the Rockets are improving week on week and the ones that haven;t medalled yet its only a matter of time for them. Thomas McAlinden got a great 4th today, nearly matching his 3rd at Lurgan Park, Lance Abraham is charging (5th we think) and it has to be said when Santa brings him his new bike he’ll be hard to beat. Joel Bingham has such a sprint on him and also finished at the pointy end of the results, he also looks amazing on a bike, great style. The Boyd brothers Max and Jamie again are also flying, Jamie got around the first lap in 2nd and had a spill unfortunately, Max decided to stop for a rest Keela Smyth also rode brilliantly along with Lauren,Caitlin and Erin Hanna along with Harriett Abraham .
In the boys Kevlin Devlin, Oran McIntyre and Jack Murdoch blasted it with Jack finishing 5th in his first ever race.
It must be remembered that winning is not the aim of the game, enjoying it is and if they gave medals for smiling Apollo would win the Gold medal every week. Sorry if I left anyone out.
Tomorrow we hope to have as many Rockets as possible racing in the 1st round of the Ulster Cyclocross League.
15 so far have PRE REGISTERED, you can still enter on the day. This is amazing for us. I don’t think any other club in Ulster will have this sort of representation at youth level. Also 5 of us Senior riders will racing the MTB
support race, myself included.
If we could dedicate our race tomorrow to Coach Gavin who sadly lost his father this week and won’t able to join us but we know he’s with us in spirit.
If you’re not registered with Cycling Ireland you can get a day license for £5 which will see you through to the end of the year. You’ll have to pay the entry also for the race , which is only a couple of quid for the kids.
We’d also love for Rockets that aren’t racing to come down and show your colours and support. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to race soon.
I’ll be bringing down racing tops for the kids to show the colours in . Can I ask the parents to ensure the kids have their Apollo Rockets T-shirts on for the day.
I’ll be on site from 9A.M. to set up a gazebo for the Rockets and the senior Apollo riders with mechanics stand and Pete Graham will be on hand to service any bikes that need a bit of tinkering, tyres pumping up, basic stuff.
Our stand will be close to the Bowling / Tennis courts.
I’v also asked Mayor Colin McCusker to come down and say hi to the Rockets and Sean Duncan is coming down again to do more filming for a our wee promo film project.
The race schedule is as follows.
09:30 Sign on opens
10:30 Under 6 fun race
10:40 Under 8
10:50 Under 10
11:10 Under 12
11:30 Prize giving
11:45 Cyclo-cross females race
11:46 Cyclo-cross B’ race (males only)
11:48 Under 16, MTB support race, Under 14
13:00 Cyclo-cross A’ race
14:15 Prize giving
If you fancy getting out on your bike this weekend, then Apollo CT is the place to be;
Apollo Chairty Bun Run
We have a spin to Newry hospice to deliver a check for monies raised from Paul McCormac’s charity ride earlier this year. The route will be from Apollo Club rooms, passed Pointzpass on to Newry, stop to present the check and get a much needed bun and coffee, then return home the same route. There will be an option to turn early at Pointzpass if the route is too long or time is short. Group leaves at 9am.
Lap the Lough – Saturday
Also on Saturday Gary Jackson is running a social group around the lough covering approximately 85 miles at a relaxed pace aimed at all abilities. This will leave the Club house at 8am.
This Saturday is a special day for the rockets, with film maker Sean Duncan from Red Cap productions coming down to get some footage of the kids being put through their paces. We’re making a short promo film in conjunction with Bike Pure to show off the kids and to promote the Bike Pure message of anti doping in sport , we’ll be teaching the kids about the ethos of not cheating as a part of the Rockets project. The Apollo Rockets is aimed at teaching children the skills required to enjoy biking safely, with a focus on FUN. The group meets at 10am in Lurgan Park, so come on over and see what were about.
Lap the Lough – Sunday
On Sunday Enda McDaid is running a social group around the lough covering approximately 85 miles at a relaxed pace aimed at all abilities. This will leave the Club house at 9am.
So if you have a bike, a helmet, and fancy getting out for a spin this weekend were sure there’s something to suit you.
This Sunday 5 Apollo riders head for Kilbroney and the Irish National Marathon Mountain Bike Championships. The riders will race for gruelling 74 KM over some of the best trails in the country. the lads will be racing for somewhere between 4 and 5 hours. You can see from the attached profile its going to be tough and hopefully our riders will come home in one piece and maybe with a medal.
Good luck to Derek King, Keith Abraham, Tony McConville, Andy McGibbon and Campbell Armastrong and UP APOLLO.
The sun shone at the lakes in Craigavon for the fifth and final round of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike series. This round was hosted by Apollo Cycling Team whose members have been working hard on developing the course and adding in new features not used in previous years. The course takes in a circuit around the lakes starting from the Watersports centre which has a café, separate room for sign on, showers, toilets and bike wash facilities. Beside the car park there is the grassy hill section which has a large stone erected on the top as the focal point and is surrounded by a circular line of trees. This section was used as the start for all the races. It formed the courses for the Under 6s, Under 8s and Under 10s with the Under 12s and all other categories using this section purely as a start loop. The older riders then crossed the pathway, went down a steep dip, up the other side, crossed the entrance road to the park before jumping up onto the pavement and heading over to the other side of the river to take in an off camber bank of grass which headed down to the finish line at the tarmac path.
Racing got underway at 10:30 with the Under 6s which saw twenty young riders, some on striders, take on one lap of the grassy loop. The Under 8s then used the same start line but their 3 lap course which went through the circular ring of trees, took in a U shaped section before heading over the top of the mound and around to the start/finish line. The Under 10s used the perimeter of this grassy section dropping down to the trees to weave in around before heading up the climb over the mound to the start/finish.
The Under 12s course crossed over the road and headed down to the finish line on the tarmac path before then turning sharply right and dropping down to the path beside the river. This is a narrow ledge with no room to overtake and at the end they had to ride / drag their bikes up a steep bank and onto the grass to start another lap.
The Under 14s made use of the main course but sections were taken out to reduce their lap times. The Under 16s and all the seniors used the main course which had many new sections cut in through the trees as well as the fast single track of the trail centre network. A temporary bridge had been included into the course design to take the riders over the river beyond the finish line. This was a tricky bridge to drop down onto and it was left out of the 12:00 races but then included in the 2pm races.
Many thanks to Apollo CT for putting on a great race and to Craigavon Borough Council for facilitating it. A big turn out for this final round. Youth and senior racing continues in October with the cyclo-cross season. The first round will be hosted by Apollo CT at Lurgan Park on Sunday 5 October 2014. See www.ulstercyclocross.com for details.