Cycling Ulster

Information and Directions Errigal Youth Races

Errigal youth race U12, u14 and u16, on Sunday 1st March. Sign on from 9:30am at Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dore (near Crolly, where the Ulster youth chmps were in 2013). This is the first of a series of six youth races being hosted by Errigal, Donegal Bay and Omagh Wheelers cycling clubs over the coming months.

Full details of the other races to follow. First race away at 11 o'clock...

From Letterkenny, take N56 towards Dunfanaghy, but turn left in Termon, following signs for Glenveagh National Park.… Read more


Danny Boy Goes Live on Friday

Pre-Entry for the very popular Danny Boy Races which take place on Sunday the 15th March will  live on Friday night the 27th of February at 8.00pm. The races are promoted by Roe Valley CC.

Sign on will be from 9.00am until 10.30am at St Marys/Banagher GAA Club, Feeney, County L/Derry. The circuit is the same as last year . Races start from 11.00am & there will be awards ceremony and refreshments as well as changing and showering facilities at the GAA club after the event.

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Masters’ League Update After Round 1.

bThe Cycling Ulster masters’ league got underway for 2015 at the George Rooney Phoenix GP last Sunday.  The hardy riders who turned up had to endure cold, wet and windy conditions for the 25 mile race.  However the conditions clearly proved little of a deterrent as 25 rides took to the start line.

There was a huge range in the experience level of those who rode the race; from Dermot Hughes starting his 57th year of racing to Dermot Rooney who was riding his first race. … Read more


Road Selection Criteria for Cycling Ulster Youth Academy Teams

Youth Academy Logo (120x44)The first major event in 2015 for U16 boys only, is the Youth tour of Scotland. There are 4 places on the team. To be eligible for selection you must be available to travel on Friday 3rd April returning on Monday 6th April. If not please notify the CUYA at the sign on.

The selection race for this event will be in Errigal on 1st March 2015. Any Ulster riders on the 2020 National Development Squad are not eligible for CUYA selection

The second event will be a Time Trial on Tuesday March 17th with the 1st rider off at 11am.

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Carn Classic Road Race Open on 5th March

The Carn Wheeler’s Classic road race will take place this year on 22nd March at 1.oopm As per previous years, there will be an A race (for A1, A2 and A3 riders),  a B race (for A4 riders), plus a Masters and Women's race.

Each race will follow a number of laps as below and will be all left turns, until the last lap where each race will turn right for the final short drag into the finish in Maghera.

In the interests of safety each race will be limited to a field of 70 riders with a reserve list in operation when the race is full.

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One Two for North Down at George Rooney Phoenix GP

aMark Cavendish reckons that cyclists lack a certain gene that tells them when they really should not be doing something and that was certainly the case this morning.

Over two hundred cyclists descended on the new Crumlin Leisure Centre today in pouring rain, temperatures barely above freezing and gale force winds. Why?? To sign-on for the George Rooney Phoenix GP road race -utter madess.

However line up they did and the 80 strong A4 race took to the roads around Nutts Corner to cover five laps of the 7.8 mile circuit.… Read more


Bye To the Bunch at Annaclone

aNewry Wheelers' new signing, Andrew Bye, lived up to his name as he said 'Goodbye' to the bunch in the A race at the Travers Engineering Annaclone RR today to take a clear win by over two minutes. The race was a handicap affair with the  A3's getting a three minute lead over the A1's and 2's.

Racing was aggressive in the bunch although a breakaway from the A1's and 2's stormed along the bumpy roads steadily eating in to the deficit.

However by the time they caught the A3's a small group had broken away which included Matthew Brennan of Ballymena CRC, Niall O' Hagan of Ballymoney and Andrew Bye of Newry.… Read more


Wallace Caldwell – National Series Rd 2 – Pre -entry Info

The new  National Road Series for 2015 gets underway on the 8th March with Rás Luímní. The road racing series, primarily aimed at A1 and A2 riders, will comprise of sixteen races, with the best five scores of a rider counting provided they compete in three of the four provinces. The National Road Series events sit within existing races across the four provinces.

Ulster hosts the second of these events with the tough Wallace Caldwell as  a counter. The race, promoted by Ballymena CRC, will go online for pre-entry on Monday 2nd March at 1900. … Read more


The Basics of Racing Safely.

The road racing season is upon us again with the traditional start weekend; the Annaclone GP on Saturday and the Phoenix GP on Sunday.  There will be big racing fields and many keen riders so it’s probably a good time to remind the experienced of, and introduce the first timers to, the basics of how to still be in one piece this time next week.

In coming weeks we plan to look in more detail at many aspects of how to ride safely in a race or leisure ride. … Read more


Annaclone back to Traditional Route

Following the announcement that the traditional Annaclone circuit used for the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP would be unavailable due to rescheduled road works the Banbridge CC Open Race Committee have been hard at work investigating alternate circuits, roads and facilities within the area.

We are delighted to announce that following lengthy discussions we have been able to secure the original Annaclone based circuit for this Saturday thanks to the willingness and co-operation of the works contractors, Gibson Bros Ltd.

Race HQ & sign-on will remain at Annaclone GAA club.… Read more

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