West Down Wheelers launch new kit

ON Friday January 27 West Down Wheelers officially launched their new cycling club kit for 2012.

The new kit was unveiled to the club members for the first time on Friday night by guest Marian Lamb, the club developing officer from Cycling Ulster.

The new design was created by club members Clive Adamson and Simon Kerry; the design layout is a combination of the original design of 25 years and the more recently designed of four years, along with the new sportive logo which was designed by Davy Cartmill.

Davy Cartmill of West Down said, “We are delighted to have a new kit for 2012. We are an expanding club with our members attending more and more events across the country and we all felt it was time for a change.

“The club is also delighted to work with Powerhouse Sport, a local firm from Hillsborough, who have been tasked to produce the kit. Powerhouse has also designed and produced some leisure wear for the club which has been well received.” Garth Young, MD of Powerhouse Sport explained the company’s background in sporting attire. He went on to say that they were now moving into the cycling market. Local riders Martyn Irvine, Jack Wilson and Heather Wilson have already been testing out our kit in training conditions.

Garth went on to add, “We felt it was important to get the clothing right from the start. A cycling kit has to take a lot of abuse and wear. With top riders testing the kit, we can get feedback and make adjustments in our manufacturing process.

“Shorts are particularly important for riders, we have quite a range of top quality inserts to provide cyclists with the most comfortable shorts possible.” Marian Lamb said, “West Down are a progressive club who continue to improve. They take on board any comments for improvement in the events they organise and act upon it. They have had a much larger presence in 2011 at all major competitive and leisure events and are very supportive of both their youth and club members.

“I am delighted to see them taking the step to freshen their kit heading towards a new season and wish them a very successful 2012.” Up and coming events include the Tour of Down Sportive which will be held on Saturday 18th February departing from the hall in Katesbridge. This year has two planned groups, the first departs at 10.00am the second at 10.15am. Last year was the first year of this event which saw over 120 riders taking part.

On Saturday June 2, West Down Wheeler, Will Maxwell is planning a sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Red Cross. Will plans to leave from the Tesco’s Car Park in Banbridge at 8.00am ride to Portstewart and back again on the same day.

Will has decided to take on this cycling challenge which will cover over 180 mile to help raise money for the Red Cross.

Over five years ago Will had a very bad car accident where he sustained life threatening injuries. Will stated that he is doing this one day challenge to help raise money for the Red Cross who played a big part in helping him to recovery and getting back to full strength.

West Down Wheelers are holding a club meeting in Banbridge Leisure Centre, Friday 10th February commencing 7.30p.m. All members are requested to attended. Any new members or if interested in joining are also welcome