Cycling Ulster

Info on Upcoming Events

Please read on for information on two upcoming events – The Hugo Loughran GP down for decision on the 25th April willl open for online  entry tomorrow plus information on the Donegal County Championships. With racing limited over the Easter Bank Holiday to the major Stage Races, the Hugo Loughran offers riders a chance to get a weekend race, points and stil enjoy watching the Tour of the North.

Online entry for the Hugo Loughran will open on Entry Central on Wednesday 16th April at 9pm. … Read more


Holian Retains Zach O’Donnell Memorial Trophy

Sunday 13th April 2014 saw the running of the Zach O’Donnell Memorial Race in Convoy, Co. Donegal. This was the fourth running of the event, but was the first year that the host club, Four Masters CC, was running it as an open event. 95 riders signed on at St Mary’s GAA Hall for the 3 race event. There was an A Race – A2/A3 and Junior (64km), B Race –A4 (48km) and a late addition Masters/ Ladies Race (32km). The Convoy, Drumkeen, Kilross, Convoy circuit (16km) was mainly flat but strong side-winds and headwinds on the first 10km of the circuit would make any planned attacking very difficult on the day.… Read more


Safeguarding Course – Maghera – This Wednesday Night

Cycling Ulster will host a Safeguarding Awareness Course this coming Wednesday 16th April in Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera. The course has been requested by Carn Wheelers but is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This course is compulsory for Club Safeguarding Officers who must complete this course before doing the Designated Officer’s Course.

The course will be taken by Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb and will begin at 7.00pm. There will be a short break at the halfway stage and light refreshments will be provided.… Read more

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Important Info re Transport and Road Closures during the Giro.

Northern Ireland will host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014. This annual multiple stage bicycle race is primarily held in Italy and along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9 – 11 May 2014 and involves routes in Belfast, the Causeway Coast and Armagh before moving on to Dublin.  Over 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part and there will be a supporting programme of events and activities.… Read more

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Well Done to Ulster Juniors in Nenagh Classic

slaneA strong Cycling Ulster Slane Cyles Junior squad left for Nenagh on Saturday afternoon for their first target of the season the Nengah Classic on Sunday. A couple of late changes due to illness saw Jordan McGinley and Harry McComb join Craig McAuley, Ryan Reilly, Rory Maguire and Cathal Clarke in the team. It is a credit to Jordan and Harry that they were both able to go at late notice.

David Dougan and Peter Wilson were managers for the race which has proved very popular with Juniors over the last couple of years and we also had Mark Downey riding for the Irish national team at the race.… Read more

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Commonwealth Games Update.

The appeals panel has been confirmed for the Commonwealth Games. Ryan Connor, Manager for the Northern Ireland CWG Cycling Squad would like to go on record and thank each member for agreeing to be on the panel. The panel are there to protect both rider and coach.

The make-up of the appeals panel is as follows:

Anthony Walsh – Anthony is a barrister at law with a masters degree in sports law. He currently rides for UCD and has spent the last couple of seasons racing abroad in the USA and France.… Read more

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Bann Valley Classic Gallery 13/04/2014

aaThere was great racing around Clady on Sunday when Bann Valley promoted their annual Bann Valley Classic. Alistair Gribbon of Carn Wheelers took the win in the A race while relative newcomer Craig Rea won theB Race for A4 riders. Both events passed off safely and were well organised.

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Gribbon and Rea Win At Bann Valley Classic

aaaThere were full fields for the Bann Valley Classic today which took to the roads around Clady and Inishrush in cold and blustery conditions.

First off were the A3′s who were given a three minute advantage over the small group of A2 riders. The large A3 bunch used their might to keep the A2′s at arms length for much of the six laps of the eight mile lumpy course.

The A3′s rode very aggressively determined to keep the A2′s away and for the first three laps the A2′s had only reduced the deficit by thirty seconds.

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Wallace Caldwell Gallery 2014

The Wallace Caldwell Memorial Road Race was won today by Adam Armstrong of Northern Dave Kane after a fantastic ride over the seventy mile course. His club-mate Fraser Duncan took second with Cormac Clarke of Newry Wheelers in third. These latter two had ridden a stormer to get back to the break and power their way through to take the podium places.

Also riding well today was Marcus Christie of the Sean Kelly squad, Mark Buchanan of North Pole and  James McMaster of Curran Racing.

For a few pictures of the event click ‘continue reading’.… Read more

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Armstrong Unbeatable in Wallace Caldwell 2014

aAdam Armstrong riding for Northern Dave Kane proved to be unstoppable today when he put down the hammer on the seventy mile race to take a solo win, over two minutes clear of the chasers.

There was a full field of riders today for the event promoted by Ballymena Chain Reaction and the race went from the gun with riders attempting to get away. There was a lot of activity in the bunch from early on. Lawrence Watson of Foyle CC was one of the riders who tried for an early break but was reeled in.… Read more

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