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


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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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


Road Races this Weekend Plus Errigal Youth league

There are three races on off this weekend for adults and one for Youth with the continuatuon of the Errigal Youth League. Details of all events can be found below.

The Wallace Caldwell Memorial Saturday 12th April 2014
The Wallace Caldwell Memorial has attracted a full field from all over the country.  The recent winner of the Blair International – Red Hand Trophy, Fraser Duncan, will start as a heavily marked man but others in form are Sean McIntyre – Orchard CC, Daniel Stewart – Audi East Antrim CC and Ronan McLaughlin – Dig Deep Coaching. … Read more


Congratulations to Ulster Riders

Ulster riders were very much to the fore in races in the south over the weekend in both senior and Youth racing in the Rás na nÓg and the Coombes Connor promoted by Drogheda Wheelers.  In the tough Coombes Connor race it was Northern Dave Kane rider Fraser Duncan who once again this year stamped his mark on the race to take the win. However out of the eight top placings all but one were from Ulster.

Sean McKenna of UCD was the only rider to break the run for Ulster when he took fifth overall.… Read more


Derry Teenager Crowned King of the Mournes

aThe revamped Tour of the Mournes took place today promoted by Newry Wheelers midst bright sunshine and heavy showers. The longer 72 mile route caused a few of the riders to demand the return of the ‘traditional route’ for 2015 as the leg sapping roads and high pace meant that riders had to work hard to stay in play.

A break went early on and as predicted Newry Wheelers Jude Sands was one of the driving forces, anxious to bring the coveted trophy back to the Club.… Read more


McIntyre, Downey, Wilson and Hannan Victorious at Dromore

aOnce again Banbridge CC promoted a well organised promotion of the John Beggs and Sean McGreevy Memorial Races today at Dromore. There were four races on offer to suit all senior categories. The course which was slightly changed from previous years was one of the hardest so far in Ulster this year and would  prove to be a real test of stamina for the riders.

In the A  race for A1/A2 the A2′s were given a short handicap over the A1 riders. The small scratch group which included riders such as David McCann of Synergy Baku, Ronan McLaughlin (Dig Deep Inspired) and th epowerful Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane had to ride hard to close down the gap.… Read more


Final Start List for Tour of the Mournes

We have been asked by Newry Wheelers to post the latest start list for the event this coming Sunday. It is important that if you cannot make this event for any reason that you inform Drew McKinley immediately. You cannot pass your place on to a club-mate or friend as there is an extensive waiting list. The event is fully supported by the PSNI who provide motorbike outriders.

This year’s Tour promises to be full of excitement with a slightly changed and longer route and some big names taking part.… Read more


Easter’s Tour of the North Route Announced

The 2014 Tour of the North stage routes were announced today and the 2014 Tour allows for plenty of challenges for the riders. Stage 1 takes place on Saturday 19th April an dthe Route is around the beutiful “Antrim Coast” a distance of 68 miles/110km.

Rolling out from race headquarters at the Rex Bonnar Club rooms, a neutralised distance of 2.8 miles. The flag will drop at the Ballyclug church and the race will be on. The first climb of the day is Cat 2 Shanes Hill before dropping down onto the coast road just north of Ballygally and around the coast road before tackling the second climb of the day at Glenarm, again a Cat 2.… Read more

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