Cycling Ulster

Info on Upcoming Events

Please read on for information on two upcoming events – The Hugo Loughran GP down for decision on the 25th April willl open for online  entry tomorrow plus information on the Donegal County Championships. With racing limited over the Easter Bank Holiday to the major Stage Races, the Hugo Loughran offers riders a chance to get a weekend race, points and stil enjoy watching the Tour of the North.

Online entry for the Hugo Loughran will open on Entry Central on Wednesday 16th April at 9pm. … Read more


Safeguarding Course – Maghera – This Wednesday Night

Cycling Ulster will host a Safeguarding Awareness Course this coming Wednesday 16th April in Walsh’s Hotel in Maghera. The course has been requested by Carn Wheelers but is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This course is compulsory for Club Safeguarding Officers who must complete this course before doing the Designated Officer’s Course.

The course will be taken by Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb and will begin at 7.00pm. There will be a short break at the halfway stage and light refreshments will be provided.… Read more

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Important Info re Transport and Road Closures during the Giro.

Northern Ireland will host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014. This annual multiple stage bicycle race is primarily held in Italy and along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9 – 11 May 2014 and involves routes in Belfast, the Causeway Coast and Armagh before moving on to Dublin.  Over 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part and there will be a supporting programme of events and activities.… Read more

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Well Done to Ulster Juniors in Nenagh Classic

slaneA strong Cycling Ulster Slane Cyles Junior squad left for Nenagh on Saturday afternoon for their first target of the season the Nengah Classic on Sunday. A couple of late changes due to illness saw Jordan McGinley and Harry McComb join Craig McAuley, Ryan Reilly, Rory Maguire and Cathal Clarke in the team. It is a credit to Jordan and Harry that they were both able to go at late notice.

David Dougan and Peter Wilson were managers for the race which has proved very popular with Juniors over the last couple of years and we also had Mark Downey riding for the Irish national team at the race.… Read more

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Commonwealth Games Update.

The appeals panel has been confirmed for the Commonwealth Games. Ryan Connor, Manager for the Northern Ireland CWG Cycling Squad would like to go on record and thank each member for agreeing to be on the panel. The panel are there to protect both rider and coach.

The make-up of the appeals panel is as follows:

Anthony Walsh – Anthony is a barrister at law with a masters degree in sports law. He currently rides for UCD and has spent the last couple of seasons racing abroad in the USA and France.… Read more

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Gribbon and Rea Win At Bann Valley Classic

aaaThere were full fields for the Bann Valley Classic today which took to the roads around Clady and Inishrush in cold and blustery conditions.

First off were the A3′s who were given a three minute advantage over the small group of A2 riders. The large A3 bunch used their might to keep the A2′s at arms length for much of the six laps of the eight mile lumpy course.

The A3′s rode very aggressively determined to keep the A2′s away and for the first three laps the A2′s had only reduced the deficit by thirty seconds.

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Phoenix CC Sportive Now Open for Entries

image001One of Ireland’s top cycling clubs is gearing up for the Giro d’Italia with its own big cycle challenge in aid of local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Phoenix Cycle Club in South Belfast is getting set to host its Grand Italian Fundraiser on 27th April, giving local cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in a sportive along part of stage 2 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia race route.  The 80km sportive, which will start and end at the Grove Wellbeing Centre on York Road in Belfast, will take in some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sights as it makes it way towards the Causeway Coast. … Read more


Women’s Cycling Ulster Website Launched

Womens_Cycling_Ulster_logo_The Women’s Commission was formed in January and have been working hard since then to get the Ulster Women’s Road Racing League and their new website up and running. The website was officially launched on Friday night when they held their first event.

Paul McCormac and Khara Mills, were the speakers for evening with Khara dealing with nutruition while Paul talked about physio.  Cleaver Fulton Rankin who are also sponsoring the Women’s Leisure League, donated their premises and a great spread of refreshments after the event.… Read more


Limmer Takes Aghagallon Cup

There was a full programme of events for Youth Riders as well as a Senior A4 race at Bartins Bay today promoted by Clann Eireann CC.  The Senior race over ten laps of the three mile circuit was hotly contested by the sixty or so entrants with attempts at breakaways numerous.

However  at the halfway point Newtownards strongman Stephen Limmer went ahead alone and by the end had more than a minute on hand over the large chasing group. Paul McArthur of  North Down and Colm McCloskey  of  Apollo  CT took second and third.… Read more

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Easter’s Tour of the North Route Announced

The 2014 Tour of the North stage routes were announced today and the 2014 Tour allows for plenty of challenges for the riders. Stage 1 takes place on Saturday 19th April an dthe Route is around the beutiful “Antrim Coast” a distance of 68 miles/110km.

Rolling out from race headquarters at the Rex Bonnar Club rooms, a neutralised distance of 2.8 miles. The flag will drop at the Ballyclug church and the race will be on. The first climb of the day is Cat 2 Shanes Hill before dropping down onto the coast road just north of Ballygally and around the coast road before tackling the second climb of the day at Glenarm, again a Cat 2.… Read more

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