Shimna Wheeler’s Cycling Club provides a structure and focal point for all those wanting to enjoy recreational cycling, (with a friendly competitive edge) in the Newcastle and Castlewellan areas. We are a friendly inclusive club were all cyclists are welcome regardless of age, gender or ability. There are numerous club runs throughout the week which cater for cyclists of all abilities and fitness levels. During the Autumn / Winter season various members are involved in mountain biking events and training. New comers are encouraged and made feel welcome.
We also participate in leisure and charity cycle events throughout the year. Members have raised substantial amounts of money for various worthwhile causes such as the Down Residential Project, Marie Curie, Shimna Valley, The Sunflower Charity, Co – operation North and Bóthar.
To encourage that “friendly competitive edge” our popular time trial league runs from April to September. These races are held on Friday evenings at 6.30pm on various local roads. Distances vary from 7 to 15 miles. Many club members along with cyclists from local clubs such as La Lanterne Rouge CC, Dromara CC, Phoenix CC, Banbridge CC, Team Vision Racing, Newcastle AC and Mourne Runners compete in this popular and competitive series! An interclub league between Killinchy CC, La Lanterne Rouge CC and ourselves also runs during these months on Tuesday nights.
Last but not least there is also a social aspect to the club; whether it is stopping for a coffee and scone during a club run, getting involved in the craic and banter, heading off to Mallorca or The French Alps with bike minded individuals or attending one of our “beer an pizza” or Christmas party nights!