Cycling Ulster

Armagh City Crit Opens Monday

Shelbourne Orchard CC are once again hosting the Clarke Decorate Armagh City Crit on Wednesday 6th May 2015. This event was a massive success last year as part of the lead up to The Giro D'Italia and sold out very quickly.

The Crit will be a 1 HOUR Race plus 3 Laps. There will be Sprint Prime Laps at 30 and 40 mins with Prizes for first 3 in these and top 6 overall.

Entries will open on Entry Central on Monday 27th April 2015 at 7.30pm.… Read more

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Lakeland 2 Day Gallery 2015

The sun shone and Fermanagh produced hills for this year's Lakeland 2 Day Stage Race for A3 riders. There was a fantastic atmosphere  during the event and some hard racing. Jake Gray of the NRPT team held the Yellow Jersey for two Stages but in the end Cameron McIntyre of Banbridge had a terrific last day and took not only the Yellow Jersey but the White Junior Jersey and the Points Jersey. Gray took the most combative jersey.

There were four Father and son pairings in the race and I am grateful to Natalie McComb who sent me the picture of the Somerville men.… Read more


Round 2 North West Youth League

aThere was a great turnout of youth riders at the second round of the North West Youth League promoted by Omagh Wheelers last Sunday.

The league developed as a result of the very successful Youth League which was promoted by Errigal CC last year.

For 2016 three clubs in the North West -namely Erigal CC, Donegal Bayand Omagh Wheelers came to gether to spread the workload. Each club committed to organising at least one round of the league and to date these have been supported by Youth riders from all over Ulster.… Read more


David Prentice Vehicle provider for Irish National Championships

aOmagh Wheelers cycling club are delighted to announce David Prentice in Portadown as the official vehicle supplier to the Irish National Cycling Championships that come to Omagh in June 2015. David Prentice will supply the official vehicles to the event.

Adrian Pollock, Sales Manager at David Prentice said, “ We have been a sponsor of Omagh Wheelers for a number of years now so when we had the opportunity to get involved with the Irish National Championship, it was a very easy decision.

This event will be one of the biggest events that Omagh has seen and we are delighted to be supporting the Wheelers and the town of Omagh.”

Race director Stephen McKenna echoed those comments “David Prentice have been long time supporters of cycling in Omagh, and we are delighted to have them as partners for this very prestigious event.… Read more

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AccessNI Goes Online – Please Note

From the 1st of April applicants who are required to undergo an AccessNI check will be able to apply on-line and registered/umbrella body signatories can countersign applications on-line, using the Government’s NIDirect web-site .

AccessNI believe that these changes will benefit everyone, applicants, registered/umbrella bodies and AccessNI. AccessNI will, for example, be the first disclosure service in the UK to enable all applications to be made on-line.

The changes also help AccessNI to control costs and should therefore avoid the need for any further fee increase for the foreseeable future (volunteers remain free).… Read more

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It’s ‘Snow’ Problem for Ulster Juniors

aThe Cycling Ulster Junior Training camp got under way on Friday night when ten Juniors arrived at Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre in Donegal.

As soon as their parents were waved off the Juniors were introduced to their leaders for the weekend, Jason McHugh and Sean McFadden.

It was then time for a hearty supper of hot soup, bread, cold meats and salad. Gartan's Guardian, Mary Grace explained the house rules regarding behaviour, lights out and the centre's policy on alcohol and drugs. She then divided the Juniors into two groups for washing up duties - much to their surprise.… Read more


Clogher Valley GP Open For Entry Tuesday

On Sunday 3rd May 2015, Clogher Valley Wheelers will be promoting the inaugural Clogher Valley GP in and around Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Two races will be on offer on the 15 mile course - a four lap race for A3 riders and a three lap event for A4 racers. This race is sure to sell out quickly as it will provide an opportunity for A3 and A4 riders to race over what is normally a closed weekend with the Tour of Ulster taking place.

The usual prize money is on offer for winner and placed riders in each category along with a commemorative jerseys for the winner, KOH and sprinter in each race.The jerseys for the race winners are sponsored by SoCycle Bike Shop Augher.

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Active Awards for Sport Closes Monday at Noon

SNI Active Awards for Sport small grants programme closes for applications at 12 noon on Monday 13th April. For the first time SNI has ringfenced a considerable amount of funding in this investment round to help cycling clubs/groups secure a participation legacy from the 2014 Giro Big Start and the much anticipated Gran Fondo 2015.

Cycling Ulster would support and encourage all cycling clubs in NI to avail of this opportunity and get their applications submitted by the closing deadline on Monday 13 April.

As always, further details on the programme are available on SportNI website (; the application process is fully online so there is still time over the weekend for any club that has a last minute idea for a project to get an application submitted.… Read more

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Junior Training Camp 10th -12th April

Cycling Ulster is organising a Junior Training Camp which will take place next weekend in Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre, Church Hill, Donegal.

The Juniors will be accommodated in twin bedded ensuite rooms. The camp will be taken by Jason McHugh assisted by Sean McFadden. Chairman of Cycling Ulster, Tommy Lamb will also be in attendance.

Juniors interested in attending the camp should inform me by tomorrow as the Centre requires definite numbers both for the rooms and for the catering. Contact me on

Juniors who intend to compete at the weekend and cannot attend will NOT be penalised in any way in regards to selection for Ulster teams.… Read more

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Final Stage ToN Delayed – Please Note

Due to a funeral taking place on the route the final stage of the Tour of the North will not begin until 2.00pm.Sign-on will take place in the Galgorm Centre at 12.30 - 1.30pm with riders due to roll out at 1.45pm.The circuit will head towards Springwell from Coleraine and then up Ringsend. This is the Wallace Caldwell circuit in reverse.Please pass on this infornmtion to anyone you think may be  travelling to see the race tomorrow.

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