When a handful of guys decided to form a club that was more inclusive of every riders needs, they decided to do something that little bit different. The idea was to put in place a foundation that was respectful to the classic traditions of a cycle club but could evolve into something new and unique as it grew in number and age. Location was paramount, as many will know there is a plethora of fantastic cycling clubs in and around the Banbridge area, so the only option was to look beyond the town mentality and try to encompass something larger. So, from a base in the small rural village of Scarva we focused on town lands and it appeared Scarva was situated in the middle of the beautiful Iveagh district. Not to delve too deeply into the history of the district but the area encompasses Rostrevor at its lowest point right up to the ancient town of Moira on the edge of Lough Neagh. The club name evolved from this old district but once more harkening back to historical traditions, and with a nod to the classics the club used the terminology ‘Velo’ rather than the more common ‘Cycle’. And thus, in 2013 Velo Club Iveagh was born…
For every club one of the most important factors is kit, and specifically colours. A new club has to make a statement, kit and colours define the club. There is many a fireside tale as to how the VC Iveagh colours came about, the blue representing the canal that cuts through the Iveagh district to the white indicating the clubs neutrality but I believe it was a subconscious after-effect of Northern Ireland hosting the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2012 and the leader’s individual jersey colours that had the biggest influence, Google it.
The Club use Scarva Visitor Centre as a meeting point for many of the club rides and at times to facilitate committee or club meetings. As one of the youngest formed clubs within Northern Ireland, membership growth is one of the clubs key goals.
As a club affiliated to Cycling Ireland (CI), all members (or prospective members), are notified of the requirement and necessity to hold an up to date CI License, providing riders with third party insurance in the event of collision, when participating in recognised club events.
VC Iveagh can be found on most social media sites and we strive to keep our members and the wider public informed of our activities. Club events and weekly ride information are posted on most of these sites. For further information please contact the Club Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club runs leave from the Scarva visitor centre at 9.03am on Saturday mornings. Sunday’s “bun run”, a more social cycle with a tea stop en route, will generally leave from Tesco’s carpark on the Castlewellan Road, Banbridge at 9.00am.
Supplementing the weekend runs is a Summer Wednesday night club run aimed at all comers, meeting at 6:30pm in Banbridge and 7.00pm Scarva. The Wednesday night run has now developed into a social / beginners ride, aimed at encouraging new members and allowing all club members to go out together at a more social pace.