Cycling Ulster

Rás na mBan Open for Entries

The event organisers are now accepting applications for Rás na mBan from teams across the globe ahead of the tenth edition of the iconic five-day stage race in Co Clare.

In recognition of the support from British teams for the event and its predecessors over the years, race director Valerie Considine has created a top eight classification prize fund to be awarded at the conclusion of this year's race in Ennis on September 13th.

The top British rider classification will be open to any holder of a British Cycling licence (regardless of nationality code) riding with a British Cycling registered team at this year's event.… Read more


Tour of Ulster Brief Route and Start List

The Ambergreen Tour of Ulster kicks off this coming Friday night with a prologue stage at Stormont. Riders will test themselves against the clock as they climb in pairs up the iconic hill.

On Saturday the Tour takes in the scenic roads around County Down as it heads to Newry with no less than six KoH primes and two sprint primes .

On Sunday the race heads from Newry through County Armagh heading for the finish in Cookstown. Again this route offers kots of KoH points for the climbers.… Read more


Packed Racing Programme at Mid Ulster GP

There was a full programme of racing today when Harps CC promoted their annual Mid Ulster GP. The day dawned bright and sunny but this was deceptive as it was bitterly cold with a biting wind and temperatures not rising above 6 degrees. This did not discourage the large number of Youth riders who turned up or the women and 50 Plus Masters who were also racing in the morning events.

In the afternoon there were two races on offer, namely a combined A1 to A3 race and a separate A4 race.

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Hills No Bother to Fyffe in Donegal Kermesse

aaFor the second weekend running, the sun was shining on Donegal Bay as the local club hosted their second event in two weeks, the Kermesse race around the village of Mountcharles. Just like at the Sportive the previous weekend, there was some fantastic scenery on offer around the 6.2km circuit which had to be covered 13 times, but the riders had little time for sightseeing once the flag dropped. Instead it was left to the sizeable crowd of spectators who gathered at the top of the tough climb up to the finish line to cheer on the riders and take in the spectacular views over the bay.… Read more


Road Commission Information

aThe inaugural meeting of the 2015 Cycling Ulster Road Commission took place recently at the White River Hotel in Toome. The commission representatives are Tommy Lamb (Phoenix CC), Brian McComb (East Tyrone CC), Maurice McAllister (Ballymoney CC), Anthony Mitchell (North Down CC), Carl Fullerton (North Pole CC) and Jason McHugh (Four Masters CC).In total they bring together decades of competition, race promotion, team management and coaching and are ideally suited to the task in hand.

Donegal man Jason McHugh was voted in as Chair of the Commission, with Anthony Mitchell as Secretary.… Read more

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Fighting for Pink in Tour of Ulster

amberThe countdown is on as 150 elite cyclists prepare to arrive in Belfast to compete in the biggest annual bike race of the year in the AmberGreen Energy Tour of Ulster in association with SDS Energy Group and Saltmarine Cars.

Teams from Australia, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will congregate at Belfast's Stormont Hotel for registration of the event on Friday, May 1, before they take to their saddles for four stages around the Province after three days of racing on Ulster’s roads.… Read more


Up Coming Competitive Events Updated

There are lots of events on in the coming days with to suit both testers and road races. TVR's TT League kicks off things  this evening along the Warrenpoint dual carriageway. On Saturday there are two events in the calendar with Orchard CC promoting a mountain Time Trial and Donegal Bay running their famed Kermesse. On Sunday there is road racing for both youth and senior riders at the Mid Ulster GP while the very popular Ernie Magwood TT Series kicks off at Toome.

TVR TT Series Wednesday 22nd April
The first of the TVR TT Series this Wednesday night on the Warrenpoint dual carriageway.… Read more


Hugo Loughran and Groucho’s Open this Week

Hugo Loughran GP opens for Entry Today
Island Wheelers Annual “Hugo Loughran GP”  kindly sponsored by “Western Building Systems” will be held on Friday 1st May. This year Island Wheelers have decided to change the course which they hope will add to a safe and exciting race. There will be three races on offer which will provide races for A3, A4 and Masters.

Entry for this year’s race will open today, Monday 20th April at 7.00pm on Entry Central for A3 and A4 only. Those competing in the Masters race can sign on at the event.… Read more


McIntyre Cleans Up at Lakeland 2 Day

aThe final stage of the Lakeland 2 day stage race got underway this afternoon in beautiful sunsshine. Following the morning's time trial Jake Gray of NRPT was in yellow with team-mate Aaron Swan wearing the Points Jersey. Racing went from the drop of the flag with Saturday's most Combative rider, Nicky Gormley (Carn Wheelers) going on an early charge. The bunch were wise to him by now and simply sat on behind him and no matter how hard he tried this time he could not shake them off.… Read more


Well Done to Ulster Youth at Rás na nÓg

Ulster Youth riders showed their worth in the final stage of Rás na nÓg promoted by Drogheda Wheelers. In the U16 event Adam Ward took the overall win with Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone in second place. Derrymore's Liam Wilson was fourth with PJ Doogan of Errigal in fifth.

In the U14 event the overall win went to Mark Smith of Monalty but Derrymore rider Aaron Heaney took second with Shay Donley of Ballymoney in third.

Odhran Doogan of Errigal proved to be strogest in the U12 event with Adam Mc Geever of AAA Cycling
and Shea O' Kane of Phoenix taking third and fourth.

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