The event, which is one of the prestigious stage races in the Irish Cycling calendar was won in 2013 by Cork man Joe Fenlon riding for the Aqua Blue team.
The King of the Hills jersey was claimed by Roger Aiken – who has been to the fore in the current Cyclo Cross season and Javan Nulty from DID Dunboyne CC bagged the Under 23 jersey.
Race Director Aidan Higgins said “We undertook the event for the first time in 2013.… Read more
Ireland’s Ryan Mullen demonstrated the strength and depth of his talent in the U23 Time Trial today at the World Championships, finishing in 7th place out of 74 starters in the 42.79km race against the clock. Teammate Marcus Christie finished in a strong 28th place, in the event that was won by Australia’s Damien Howson, ahead of Paillot (France) and Hansen (Denmard).
The UCI Road World Championships in Toscana, Italy started this week, and run from the 22nd – 29th September. 19 year old Mullen is in his first year racing as a senior, and has already stamped his mark in track cycling, winning two Bronze medals in the European U23 Championships earlier this summer.… Read more
Eleven Irish riders will compete across the Junior, U23 and Elite Men and Women categories at the UCI Road World Championships in Toscana, Italy starting this week. The Championships run from the 22nd – 29th September, with Ireland entering strong teams across these events.
This afternoon in the Men’s U23 Time Trial, Ireland will have two entrants; Ryan Mullen and Marcus Christie. In his first year out of Junior, Mullen has already stamped his mark in the U23 ranks, winning two Bronze medals in the European U23 Track Championships earlier this summer.… Read more
The 2013 Tyrone County Road Race Championships will be held this Sunday 22nd September and will be jointly promoted by Termon Wheelers, Caldwell Cycles CC, Omagh Wheelers and West Tyrone Velo.
The event will consist of two races: A race (A1/2/3), and B race (A4 only). This special event will be open to riders from Co. Tyrone-based clubs, or those riders born in Co. Tyrone (proof will be sought if necessary).
Sign on for the event will be held in The Milestone Centre, Quarry Road , Carrickmore BT79 9AL.… Read more
Final day Stage 6: 87km of racing with a cruel 5km Cat 1 climb up over Gallows Hill beside Cratloe Foreat, an area better known for its forest mountain biking than road racing. After Saturday’s race in glorious autumn sunshine we woke up to a wet stormy day with gale force winds forecast, this was going to be a tough last day in the saddle and staying with the main bunch was going to be important.
The team all met up in the two cars at the Dromoland Inn some 13km south of Ennis where the race was to start. … Read more
See below for more reports from Ciara MacManus riding in the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles team in Rás na mBan. Apologies for the delay in posting these but I had no internet access over the weekend
Stage 3 – Time Trial
Stage 3 a 14km time trial on a relatively flat road with one small rise over a motorway bridge. We were second off the line which in a way was good, no long hanging around. Although we were only 3 riders we worked well as a team, within the first 200m we got a feel for each others strengths/weaknesses after such a rough stage the day before and soon enough we had a good rythym going. … Read more
Stage 2 was named “Beast of Burren” which should have been the warning clue of what was a really tough stage. The day was wet and windy and with three QOH between 14-24km making some fast surges in pace the tempo was kept sharp.
After a squeeze up some narrow roads resulting in more crashes the race split up. I got dropped from the lead group after one of these crashes as did Janine a little further back. After that it was a matter of trying to get into group which would work together.… Read more
A team of four women headed to Co Clare on Monday to take part in the only women’s stage race on Ireland, namely Rás na mBan. The women will be ridingo on a Cycling Ulster/Slane Cyles team and are a mixture of experience and developing riders.
Probably the most experienced of the riders is Ciara MacManus who is well known in the world of XC and Cyclocross. She has many provincial and national medals under her belt at both disciplines and has excelled in such events as the Breck Epic.… Read more
The final two road races of the season take place this weekend in Donegal. On Saturday 14th, Four Masters promote the Zach O’Donnell Race while on Sunday 15th North Pole host their annual Super Vets race. While traditionally these events have attracted a local Donegal contingent they are nonetheless open to all Cycling Ireland members holding a full competition licence. Riders in the respective clubs holding a club competition licence can take part in their club’s events.
Zach O’Donnell Cycle Race, Convoy, Saturday 14 Sept 2013
The Sign on takes place from 10.00am on Saturday morning at the GAA pitch in Convoy.… Read more
The Ulster Road Race Championsips promoted by Ballymoney CC, took place today in dry but cool conditions. However there was nothing cool about the racing which heated up from the start with some riders on fire with determination to win.
First off were the A1-A3 Senior men and the Juniors. They were to cover eighty miles of a technical course which was well marshalled by members of Ballymoney CC and neighbouring clubs. Almost from the gun a group of riders broke away. These included Alex Donald and Mike Millar of Phoenix CC.… Read more