Cycling Ulster
20Dec/140

Attention – Commissaire Course February 2015

Calling All Potential Road Commissaires

2014 is drawing to a close and 2015 is fast approaching.  Once the holiday season is past us the reliability trials will be around the corner and the racing season at the forefront of the road cyclists mind.  The 2015 road season will be a busy one with more races than before, reflecting the popularity the sport is currently enjoying.

More races require more volunteers, and in February Cycling Ulster intend to host a course for trainee road Commissaires.  The course will be held over 2 days at the White River Hotel in Toome on the 7th & 8th Feb.… Read more

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17Dec/140

Declan Mulholland Signs for Belgian Team

IMG_0436 (120x120)Seventeen year old Irish Development Squad member, Declan Mulholland has just landed a place with the Belgian DCM team for the coming season.

Declan will be based in Belgium for the most of the incoming year where the team have their own accommodation/ The team already has races lined up for Declan in Europe in places such as France, Spain, Italy and Belgium.

Declan who is serving his apprenticeship as a joiner will take a few months off from the tools next spring/summer and will go to try and fulfil his dreams.… Read more

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11Dec/140

Club of the Year 2014 – Nominations Sought

Cycling Ulster is seeking nominations for the Club of the Year 2014. Our clubs are the backbone of the organisation and the work that they do in promoting the sport of cycling in all areas is invaluable. Ulster Club awards are nominated by club secretaries.

Club Secretaries  were sent a nomination form earlier but it can also be downloaded at the end of this artcle so please voice your opinion to your club committee.  The winning club will be the one with the most votes. In the event of a tie the final votes will go to the Executive members.… Read more

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5Dec/140

Plenty to Celebrate at Omagh Wheelers

aOmagh Wheelers has become one of Ulster's most dynamic amd progressive clubs in recent years and have been to the fore in developing new initiatives. Early on they recognised the need to make a cycling club a welcome and inviting one for newcomers but particularly for women who often feel that this sport is not for them.

On both  counts Omagh Wheelers have been highly successful. They sought the opinions of women and arranged club runs and training rides to fit in with 'What Women Want'. … Read more

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1Dec/140

Omagh Wheelers ProActive in Safeguarding

Omagh Wheelers believe in doing things right. With their youth training programme starting next weekend they held a general safeguarding meeting in advance of this in order to ensure everyone was aware of the club’s policies in relation to Safeguarding. They wanted to have all concerned (parents/children/leaders) up to speed with relevant guidance and best practice.

They also did some other basic demonstrations for group leaders and what they should be checking with new cyclists to ensure they are safe for the road.

Stephen McKenna spoke about Autism which is something may affect young riders within a club.… Read more

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1Dec/140

Carn Wheelers Christmas Prize-giving

aWith the cancelation of round 9 of this year’s CX league full attention could be turned to celebrating the successes of 2014 at Carn Wheelers Christmas dinner and awards presentation evening.

Before proceedings got underway the club presented a cheque for £8500 to MacMillian cancer charity, raised at another successful Tour of South Derry.  As always the table legs were almost buckled under the weight of trophies that would be handed out but first the 60+ hungry members were in need of nourishment and libations!

This year the dinner was held at clubman Julian Grimes restaurant, Simplicity in Magherafelt. … Read more

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1Dec/140

Maurice Donaldson RIP

aLast week Cycling Ulster were saddened to hear of the death of Maurice Donaldson. Maryland Wheelers stalwart Phil Holland outlines some of the big mans achievements.

"Maurice joined Maryland in 1953 and made an immediate impact on Time-Trialling in N.Ireland. Strong, forthright and not knowing when to give up were the big mans strong points.

At the club's 80th anniversary and in the year our hero Mervyn McComb passed away Maurice presented the club trophies.  In this coming 85th anniversary we will miss a Maryland Legend.… Read more

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30Nov/140

Dig Deep Coaching offer Free Open Day

Dig Deep Coaching will host a free Christmas Open House in Portadown on 6th Dec.  There will be four different talks during the course of the day.  Dan Fleeman will be over to give a talk and there are going to be some really great one day discounts on Pactimo clothing.

The day will include:
A KILO competition on the watt bike to win coaching until the end of January.
Pactimo clothing - 4 jerseys to be won during the day.
Coaching talks from Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman.… Read more

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30Nov/140

Maryland Wheelers Celebrate Success

aMaryland Wheelers celebrated their continued growth and development at a lavish function in Gowdy's of the Maze this weekend.

With their current membership standing as just over eighty, Chairman of the Club Michael Murray, said he is looking forward to 2015 when Maryland would be celebrating their 85th anniiversary. There are very few clubs in Ulster who can boast 84 years of unbroken existence.

He went on to praise al the new-comers to the club who have come in and not only gained by being part of the club but who have also put a lot back into the club.… Read more

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28Nov/140

Titanic Quarter Cycling Club Launched in Belfast

aWithout an iceberg in sight the new Titanic Quarter Cycling Club was successfully launched in Belfast last night. While there may have been no bottles of champagne, the coffee provided by the Dock Café was more than sufficient to set the scene and provide the opportunity for new members to come along and chat.

Like a good ship, a lot of building work goes on in the background before launch day arrives. As Club Development Officer I met with the founding members of the club over nine months ago to begin the work.… Read more

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