Cycling Ulster

Up Coming Safeguarding Courses in March

There are three Safeguarding courses coming up in the following weeks. All these courses will be open to members of the local clubs in the area. The courses last approximately three hours and are the first step in building the infra-structure within your club if you wish to develop youth within the club. All Designated Officers in the club must also attend this course before doing the Designated Officer Course.

All courses will be delivered by Marian Lamb and Patrick McAleavey of the Cycling Ulster Executive who are trained SportNI Tutors.… Read more

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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


Points and Upgrading

A number of riders have requested information about Points and Upgrading. Riders must be aware that as soon as they reach the required number of points that they are automatically upgraded and it is up to them to ensure that they do not ride in any event which is lower than their new status. In other words if a rider gets upgraded to A3 he must pull out of any A4 event which he has pre-registered for and inform the race promoters so that they can offer the free space to a rider on the waiting list.… Read more

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Attention Ulster Juniors

Cycling Ulster are currently establishing the Road Commission for 2015 and making plans for the Junior racing programme. To this end it is vital that we receive expressions of interest from all Ulster Juniors who aspire to represent their province this year. Two definite dates for the diary will be Rás Dhun na nGall in June and the Junior Tour of Ireland in July.

Could all those interested in riding on the Ulster Junior Team 2015 please email with a short palmares and their ambitions for the future.… Read more

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Photo Finish Camera Operators Required

Cycling Ireland are currently recruiting volunteers to operate the photo finish cameras at road races nationwide. If you are tech savvy and cycling mad this may be of interest to you!

Full training and state of the art camera and IT equipment will be provided for the operators, with travel and out of pocket expenses also covered.

Interested operators will be asked to attend two races a month, and expected to be present for the duration of the race. Race times vary from event to event.

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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


Ulster Woman’s and Masters’ Leagues Start On Sunday.

bling-bike-kit-logoFor the past couple of years the Ulster Woman’s league and the Ulster Masters’ League have grown in popularity year on year.  Judging by the enquiries and general chat over the last few weeks this year will see this trend continue.

The George Rooney Phoenix Grand Prix, being held this Sunday, will see the first round of both these leagues.  There are still places left for both these races on entry central, the pre-entry website (see separate article for details).  It is likely that riders will be able to enter the woman’s and masters’ races on the day, however riders are advised to pre-enter as the entry fee is £3 cheaper than the on-the-day option. … Read more


Emyvale Reliability Run Sunday 22nd February

This Sunday 22nd February Emyvale CC will host what has now become a popular early season event; the reliability cycle. These reliability cycles have become a way for both touring and racing cyclists to dust off the winter cobwebs and get together before the racing begins in earnest.

The sign on is in Emyvale leisure centre, main street Emyvale from 9.00am and the first group is departing at 10.00am. There will be three groups. The first group will be a faster group for cyclists with racing licences and the next two groups will be more leisurely.… Read more


Congratulations to all our New Trainee Commissaires

aCycling Ulster funded a very successful Commissaire training course at the weekend. The course which took place over Saturday and Sunday was delivered by Paul and Jack Watson of the College of Commissaires.

There were eighteen people in attendance including two women. Not all the participants were from Ulster as five of them were from Leinster or Connacht.

There was good mixture of people from those who have just become involved in cycling to others such as James McLaughlin of Island Wheelers and Thomas (Tosh ) Lavery of Leinster who have been involved in race promotion for many years.… Read more

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XMTB McConvey Cycles Spring Series Starts This Weekend

XMTB McConvey Cycles are hosting a series of 3 mountain bike races aimed primarily at the youth riders from the Under 8s up to the Under 16s starting on Sunday 15 February 2015 in Belfast's Ormeau Park.  The club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support and ongoing permission to use the venue.
Please Note: These events are also selection events for the Cycling Ulster MTB Junior and U23 Team which will be competing in the NPS Series in Britain in 2015.Because of the popularity of this league in addition to the normal program, we will be hosting two separate Senior races taking the following format:

Senior A:

The Senior A race is for riders who are experienced in cross country racing and would normally compete in race categories Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3.… Read more

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