Round 1 of the 2014 Ulster cyclo-cross series begins this weekend at Lurgan Park hosted by Apollo CT. The park has had a long tradition of cross races and is in great condition after the recent dry spell. As well as the cyclo-cross races for men and women there will be the full range of support races for those on mountain bikes for all age groups starting with the Under 6s. This season we have the ChainReaction Cycles Store on board as the overall series sponsor and will be involved in delivering an 'event package' to various rounds.… Read more
The Off road Commission Chair, Martin Grimley, ably assisted by Lisa Millar of the Ulster Women's Association gave an excellent training day on Sunday to help provide new comers with some of the skills of cyclocross.
The day was well attended and the pictures below will give you some idea of the skills delivered.
All pictures by Marian Lamb.
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First up was the street sprint events; a highbrid event combining track-like skills in a road setting. The first run is a timed run over the 250m course to determine the seeding with Ciara Doogan again excelling to record the 3rd fastest time with club mate 'pocket rocket' Shauna McFadden posting 10th quickest time.
Roisin Carter also made it in to the top 15 with pre-event favourite Shenna McKiverigan unfortunately crashing out in her effort to record the fastest time.… Read more
The closing date for the receipt of applications of events for 2015 is Tuesday 30th September. We have been informed that a fine of €200 is applicable for any events entered after that date. If any club is having difficulty accessing or registering their events for 2015 please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently there are less than half of the usual events added to the online system.
Please note that when you are entering an event there will be two options at the end of the first page.… Read more
Ryan Mullen has won a silver medal in the Men's U23 Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain today. In extremely wet conditions the Irish man took control of the race from the start, posting the fastest time at each time check along the route. With three riders to go, it looked like Ireland would secure the gold, until a fast finishing Campbell Flakemore (Aus) narrowly pipped Mullen, to take the World Title. Flakemore took gold, Mullen silver, and Stefan Keung (SUI) won the bronze medal.… Read more
It will be interesting to read the final presentation from W2 Consulting, the firm charged by Cycling Ireland to gather information from the membership on how it feels Cycling Ireland should proceed in the next five years.
Following an initial survey in which over 6000 members participated the second stage involved meetings in each Province. All members were contacted via Cycling Ireland's Ezine and those who had participated in the survey also received an email regarding the venue.
The Ulster meeting took place last Tuesday night in the Ramada Hotel at Shaw's Bridge.… Read more
Willie John took up cycling a few years ago when he reached his 65th birthday. Since then he has gone on to amaze his friends and team-mates as he tackles one challenge after another.
However it as the undisputed 'King of the Gap' that he is most famous. Those who have climbed the Gap of Mamore will cite it as the hardest and steepest climb in Ireland.… Read more
The sun shone at the lakes in Craigavon for the fifth and final round of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike series. This round was hosted by Apollo Cycling Team whose members have been working hard on developing the course and adding in new features not used in previous years. The course takes in a circuit around the lakes starting from the Watersports centre which has a café, separate room for sign on, showers, toilets and bike wash facilities. Beside the car park there is the grassy hill section which has a large stone erected on the top as the focal point and is surrounded by a circular line of trees. … Read more
Twenty eight year old Peter Hawkins from Belfast who rides for the professional Madison Genesis team stormed to victory at Mondello Park last week and took the national Criterium Championship in style. He rode a very good race although he was challenged throughout by Damian Shaw of the Aqua Blue outfit, Paul Kennedy of Velo Revolution and Robin Kelly of Aqua Blue.
Last year's Winner Paidi O'Brien was also a man to watch out for as he would have liked to retain his championship jersey.
However Hawkins kept his cool and managed to win the event by a clear margin.… Read more
A busy time ahead for the off-road cyclists with the last round of the Ulster XC Series on this Sunday at Craigavon, the upcoming National Marathon Championships at Kilbroney the following weekend and then there is cyclo-cross.… Read more