27 December 2014
Many Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – members have already renewed their Cycling Ireland and club memberships for the 2015 season. This is because their Cycling Ireland membership expires on 31st December and it is vital that anyone taking part in the club’s weekend touring and training rides has the appropriate insurance cover.

The main benefits of membership include 24 hours a day 7 days a week Public Liability Insurance cover of up to 12 million Euro. There is also personal accident cover up to 2,500 Euro and legal cover in the event of a disputed claim having to go to court. (Please refer to Cycling Ireland for exact details)

As well as the essential insurance benefits there are also numerous advantages to be had by joining a club such as Ballymena Road Club.

BRC members have excellent club house facilities and the use of their Events’ Vehicle mini bus. The club has a comprehensive calendar of mid-week club race events and also plenty of touring activities for those who do not wish to race competitively. 

Each weekend club members may take part in a choice of club runs on both Saturday and Sunday mornings with rides to the North Antrim coast often on the agenda. 

There are a number of different types of Cycling Ireland memberships to pick from. These are designed to suit all types of rider, whether you are a beginner in your first year of cycling, or an experienced road racer, you'll find a membership type to suit you. The types of Cycling Ireland membership are as follows:
A non-competition licence (also know as a leisure licence) covers you while you are out training, on club spins, and while participating in leisure tours. The fee, which includes Ballymena Road Club’s membership, is £48. Insurance cover and benefits for a non-competition licence are the same as any other licence but it does not cover you to race in competitive events.

A limited competition licence allows you to compete in all domestic competition except open road races. It replaces the "Restricted” licence and also covers club competition. You may use a limited competition licence to compete in Track, BMX, Off-Road, Time-Trials, Hill-Climbs, Club Racing, Bicycle-polo and Artistic Cycling. This licence is not specific to one discipline, it covers them all. However it does not include open road racing.      This licence costs £73.

Full competition licence. This licence costs £126 and qualifies you for racing in any discipline in Ireland. If you want to race overseas you can get overseas authorisation for an extra £17. 
The categories you can select from are based on your ability; the highest being A+, which is reserved for those road riders who are on pro-teams (with the exception of female pro riders). A1 is the next highest category, then A2. The majority of the members are either A3 or A4 riders, with the A4 category being reserved for new members, or weaker/less experienced riders. The race distances vary depending on the category. In general, all riders taking out their first senior/veterans full competition license must take out an A4 licence. Full competition licences are also available to riders in the under 14 and under 16 age categories. For riders in the U14 categories, the cost is £10 and for riders in the U16 category, the cost is £34.                                                                                                          The Junior category (full racing licence) fee is £46.