The Spring Sixty is our early season Sportive which takes place this year on Sunday 11th March 2018, always widely anticipated as it is one of the first of the year. A real Classic! The event helps to raise funds for our chosen charity each year. This years charity is the Autism Families Support Group.
The Spring Sixty is always a lively event with some of the local racers (its not a race) looking to test their legs and strength before the racing season gets to full blown stage and the endurance and leisure riders looking to improve on their time last year and in turn getting excited as this is the first local sportive of the year, no matter what type of rider you are you will always be assured of a warm welcome at The Spring Sixty.
The weather has been unpredictable over the years, we have had sunshine, rain, wind or snow and sometimes all of those at the same time although The Spring Sixty has never been about good weather, its about seeing if your winter training has worked or kicking off your leisure season, either way setting your goals and expectations for the year ahead!
The distance is 60k (see what we done there!) over rolling South Armagh and North Louth countryside. We purposely designed the course to be fairly fast and not too challenging no ‘Killer Hills’ to be found here!. The event starts at Carrickcruppen Clubhouse at 10.00am sharp and registration will be open at 9am were you can also grab a tea or coffee and have the craic before the off.
The Spring Sixty is a Cycle Sportive and as such the event is open to cyclists of all abilities from novice to advanced. Traditionally the halfway stop is held courtesy of the award winning Fitzpatrick's Restaurant where you will be treated to hot soup and breads to warm you up then onward to the finishing line. Each finisher is treated to a warm welcome and medal at the finish line plus a wholesome hot meal with tea and coffee. The atmosphere is always lively!
Last Year we had just over 500 riders which astounding though it was we were at our limits and unfortunately came up short in a few areas (we felt) so in an effort to give everyone the full on Spring Sixty Experience we have made a few small changes, all for the better. Our Sportive is of the highest standard and that is the way we would like to keep it for you!
This year registration for all riders will be ONLINE ONLY. Early Bird Entry now open at £15 this has been capped at 200 and then full price at £20 for remaining time. Tickets available via Eventbrite by clicking on the tickets tab on the events page or click below... (there will be no registration on the day though you will have to collect wristband for food & medal etc). Get your skates on click below and get booked!
For further information keep an eye on the Camlough Cycling Club Facebook Page
A few years back Camlough Cycling Club launched ‘The Hog Run’, a fun, quirky and challenging leisure event which takes place mid August each year raising funds for charity.
The Hog Run is now established as one of the most prestigious leisure-endurance events in the Cycling Ireland Calendar and as anyone that has previously taken part in The Hog Run will testify it is a very special day out. Normally we will attract 250-300 cyclists from all over Ireland both north and south.
The day starts for us at 6am as we set up and begin to cook our Hog Roast in preparation for the return of the finishers, believe it or not it takes over six hours to cook the hog and needs to be supervised at all times (in case it does one).
There is just one route this year of 50 miles / 80 km to keep it simple. The event starts at Carrickcruppen Clubhouse at 10.00am sharp and registration will be open at 9am where you can also grab a tea or coffee and have the craic before the off.
The Hog Run is a Cycle Sportive and as such the event is open to cyclists of all abilities from novice to advanced. We promise you will find either route to be challenging yet enjoyable. There are Hills in South Armagh and North Louth (if you haven't noticed) but we promise that haven't thrown in any last minute “Killerbeastslayermonster Hill climbs’... oh by the way there are plenty of downhills and flats as well.
Each finisher is treated to a warm welcome at the finish line plus a finishers medal and a Hot Hog Roast, followed by caramel squares and as much tea or coffee as your poor squashed and stretched bladder can handle!
This year registration for all riders will be ONLINE ONLY with overall entrants capped at max 300. Early Bird Entry now open at £20 this has been capped at 200 and available until 23rd July then full price at £25 from 24th July for remaining time. Tickets available via Eventbrite by clicking on the tickets tab on the events page or click below.. (there will be no registration on the day though you will have to collect wristband for food & medal etc) Get your skates on click below and get booked!
For further information keep an eye on the Camlough Cycling Club Facebook Page
First off “It’s not a race”. You’ll hear this said during the riders’ briefing at the start, followed by a smattering of glove muffled sniggers because, as with any sporting event, some people always treat them as a race and everyone knows that.
On a more serious note though, a Sportive is not a race, it is a leisure bike ride over the a specified route sometimes two specified routes and you can ride at whatever pace suits you best, so there is no need to feel under any pressure even if you have not been riding a bike that long. You can feel free to time yourself or your friends if that gives you a bit of extra interest on the day.
Sportives are to cyclists what marathons are for runners - long distance challenges. Most people who run marathons are not racing, they’re just trying to complete the distance. The nice thing about a Cycle Sportive is that its a great social occasion, invariably you will meet and chat with people you have never met before and will probably not meet again until your next Sportive or you might make a life long friend.
BCC Camlough (that's us) will start the event that morning at registration with tea, coffee and water for all entrants at the start line where if you’re early enough you’ll have time for a chat with the other entrants.
There will be a halfway water stop for those that require it. At the finish line you can expect a hot meal at The Spring Sixty and a hot hog roast at The Hog Run followed by a few biccies and cakes with tea or coffee at the clubhouse. This is also a great place to catch up with everyone and have the craic.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need any advice on entering or preparing for one of our Sportives. Hope to see you there!!
BCC Camlough was set up in 2010 in memory of a well known local girl, Bernardine Quinn, who tragically lost her life to cancer at only 41 years of age. Bernardine was greatly loved by her many friends and family and the fact that the cycling club is named after her is a fitting tribute to her life. The club is a leisure cycle club involved in raising funds for local charities ( To date over £16000.00 has been raised for the hospice, Macmillan nurses and friends of cancer to name but a few, this year the chosen charity is Thumbs Up For Harvey) and also in enjoying the social aspect and camaraderie that comes with cycling. The club is open to both male and female members with an ever increasing number of females joining at present.
Cycling is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports right now. By joining Cycling Ireland you are joining a community where not only will you be insured while you cycle, you can enjoy the social and physical benefits of the sport.
Insurance: you will be covered for personal injury and third party damage/liability. This cover extends to training and events.
Physical: Cycling is a non weight bearing sport, which means it is easy on the joints, and recommended by many specialists as a good sport for rehabilitation of injury or sickness while improving your overall well being.
Educational: Cycling Ireland encourages learning and development in its members and runs a series of coaching qualifications.
Social: BCC hosts 2 major sportives each year one in March (Spring 60) and the other in August (Hog Run).
Clubs: Clubs are one of the greatest assets in Cycling Ireland. Through your club (BCC Camlough) you will learn vital skills and training methods to help you improve as a cyclist
Membership of Camlough Cycling Club includes a licence fee to cover insurance through the cycling governing body Cycling Ireland.
There is a small fee for joining Camlough cycling club, to subsidise club activities, for all riders aged 18 or over. There is no fee for riders aged under 18 to join the club. The club will process your Ulster affiliated membership licence for Cycling Ireland.