Cycling Ulster
21Jul/150

Pre-entry open for cyclo-cross race with BBQ

Pre entry for GP Kinning Cycles opened on Monday 20th July at 7pm on www.racepass.co.uk. The cyclocross race will be an evening affair on Friday September 11th. Orangefield Park is a new venue for cyclocross and the circuit takes in a lap of the velodrome every lap, inc the start and finish. … Read more

12Jan/150

Great Night’s Craic at Ulster Awards Evening

groupAlmost 160 people showed up for the Ulster Awards evening which was held in the White River Hotel in Toome on Saturday night. If the National CX Championships were not taking place the following day this number would have been much greater as we received many apologies.

It is very heart-warming for both the Cycling Ulster Executive and for the promoters of our championships to see how people value these championships and are proud to receive an Ulster medal. It is especially good that so many of our young riders came along to receive their awards.… Read more

11Jan/150

Ulster Riders Clean Up at CX National Championships

It was a good day for Ulster at the McNally Swords promotion of the 2015 National Cyclocross Championships in the Ward River Valley Park. In a close fought battle David Montgomery of Chain Reaction Cycles took on an in form Glen Kinning of Kinning Cycles. For the first hjalf of the race these two were neck and neck. Unfortunately Glen got material stuck in his gears and when he cleared the debris rode hard to make up lost time. He then cramped badly and struggled on maintaining his second placing from Tim O'Regan (DID) until the closing stages.… Read more

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9Jan/150

National CX Starting Grids and Line-up

The National Cyclocross Championship takes place this Sunday in Swords promoted by McNally Swords CC . The event has attracted a large entry across all categories and all is set for an exciting day of racing.

The full entry list and the starting grids can be downloaded at the end of this article. All riders are reminded that these races are being run in accordance with Cycling Ireland Rules. Please remember to bring a print out or screenshot of your 2015 licence. A PDF is available on your Cycling Ireland online account and would have been sent out along with your receipt from Cycling Ireland.… Read more

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22Dec/140

Ulster Awards Night 10th January

The Ulster Awards evening will take place on Saturday 10th January in the White River Hotel in Toome. Special guest for the evening will be the President of Cycling Ireland, Denis Toomey. Other invited guests include Jack and Rea Watson, Morris Foster and Alan Mark.

The evening is always very enjoyable and well attended. Many of our youngest cyclists attend the evening to receive their awards. For this reason all those under 14 years of age will have the same three course meal as the adults but it will be subsidised by Cycling Ulster.… Read more

21Dec/140

Four seasons at the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships at Drum Manor

Carn Wheelers played host to the Ulster Cyclo-cross championships for the third year in a row at Drum Manor forest which is located outside of Cookstown in County Tyrone (14 December 2014). There had been a gap of 3 weeks from the last round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series and riders had been faced with the challenge of maintaining form while the weather turned cold with some snow and ice around. … Read more

24Nov/140

Sunshine and Muck at Falls Park

aIt was an historic day for Falls park last Sunday when the first ever cyclocross event took place. The event was packed and cars were parked the length of the Falls Road.

VC Glendale were hosting the event and had certainly put in the groundwork. Pre-event planning had covered all the bases and the route markers were out in force from 6.30 that morning.

Frank Campbell and Joe Smyth, long time stalwarts of the club all played their part. Brendan Doherty known as the Doc, was the driving force behind staging the event and he was a busy man on the day.… Read more

20Nov/140

Round 8 Ulster CX Series this Sunday

Round 8 of the Ulster Cyclocross Series will take place this Sunday in Falls Park, Belfast. A new venue for 2014, Falls Park is a large urban park located off the Falls Road in Belfast.  The park increases with height as it moves away from the Falls Road and this provides great scope for the course to make use of tricky climbs which, given the weather, will need to be ran up.

The youth races are kept on a separate course from the seniors with different lengths of course for each age group among the trees before finishing on the tarmac straight.  … Read more

17Nov/140

Glorious Mud at Ormeau CX

1The sun shone on Ormeau Park on Sunday 16 November 2014 after a week of heavy rain which had caused floods across the country.  Course designer Mark Harvey from the host club Xmtb McConvey Cycles had his work cut out for him trying to create a cycle course around the many wet areas of the park.  This event had suffered last year in the same venue with rain on the day turning a fast flowing course into a heavy struggle.

The course that was created this year was fast flowing for large sections with only a few areas getting churned up with the many cyclists that were taking part.  … Read more

14Nov/140

Round 7 of UCX Ormeau Park this Sunday

This Sunday, XMTB are hosting the 7th round of the Ulster CX league. If you want to race then then you are advised to pre-enter. Xmtb McConvey Cycles is grateful to Belfast City Council for the use of Ormeau Park for their cyclo-cross race.

The start of these races will be on the wide tarmac lane leading to a fast run along the gravel pathway similar to this years spring league but from there it all changes. Instead of doubling back into tight singletrack the course shortcuts through a wide wooded section before dropping out for a loop around the football pitches before reaching the boards and a short tight climb up onto the gravel path.… Read more

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