David Catherwood Memorial Sportive 2021

In July 2016, David Catherwood, a highly valued member of the Cycle4Christ (C4C) Cycling Club, was tragically killed in a cycling accident.
Each year, in his memory, C4C organise the “David Catherwood Memorial Sportive” and raise funds for the ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ charity.

There are two routes available – 61 miles (one mile for each year of David’s life) and a shorter 34 mile route.

Both routes begin at Movilla Abbey Church, Newtownards and bring you on a picturesque journey around the Ards Peninsula.  Those taking the shorter route turn at Ballyhalbert for the cycle back to Movilla, while those on the longer route travel on to Portaferry, and then back to Newtownards, taking in the stunning Strangford Lough coastline.

61 miles: 1730ft climbing


34 miles : 900ft climbing


[Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be NO organised food stop on either route]

When: Saturday 24th July 2021

Entry Fee: £25.00 – online pre-registration or limited entry on the day

Start/End point: Movilla Abbey Church, 63 Movilla Road, Newtownards BT23 8EZ

Sign on: opens at 8.00am and closes at 9.30am at the starting point at Movilla Abbey Church.

Start: There will be NO mass start – sign-in and go!

Age: Entrants must be aged 18 or over to register for this event – anyone wishing to take part who is under 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

Parking: There is ample car parking at Movilla Abbey Church but if you are able to travel to the start line by bike, please do so.
Insurance: Insurance for the sportive is included as part of the entry fee.

Fundraising: Proceeds from the event go to ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ but participants are also encouraged to fundraise for this worthwhile cause.  A ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ medal will be awarded to anyone who raises £50 or more for the charity as part of this event!

Helmets: This is an event where HELMETS MUST BE WORN with the buckle fastened at all times. Although it is not law to wear a helmet, you only have one head…protect it!
Bike & Maintenance: You must ensure your bike/equipment is in good mechanical condition and not a risk to you or anyone else. Check brakes. Check wheels & tyres. Check you have the correct tyre pressure. Know how to fix a puncture. Carry spare tubes, pump & carry your phone.
Ride Essentials: We recommend you bring/carry the following with you: personal ID, a list of any allergies you have, and a list of all medication you are currently taking (very important), pump, spare inner tube or puncture repair kit, tyre levers, multi-tool, water bottle, packable rain coat (yes, it does rain in Northern Ireland) and a couple of plasters (just in case).
Ride Etiquette: The following should be adhered to at all time:

  • This is not a race
  • Roads are not closed
  • Obey the highway code and all road signs & traffic lights
  • Stop at all junctions
  • Wear your helmet
  • No more than 2 abreast and single file if a queue of traffic is behind you
  • Give loads of room to inexperienced cyclists
  • Do not overtake through towns and villages
  • Allow overtaking cars to pull in
  • Warn other cyclists of approaching hazards
  • Allow lots of braking room between you and bike in front
  • Be polite and courteous at all times

Remember, you are representing the Cycle4Christ club and the cycling community as a whole…please act accordingly.

Refreshments: Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 risks there will be NO organised food stop on either route or refreshments at the Start/Finish point.  Whilst we are disappointed not to be able to provide food as we would normally, it does mean that more money can be donated to ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ to help and support children and their families fighting cancer.

If you have any questions relating to Cycle4Christ Cycling Club or to this event, please contact us through the contact page.


Sign up for the 2021 C4C Sportive