On 21 June 2015 the 4th round of the British XC NPS saw the Cycling Ulster MTB team heading north to Glasgow's 2012 Commonwealth Games course at Cathkin Brae. Overnight rain had helped dampen down the dusty course but also made some of the rocky stretches very slippery. Matthew Adair was first off in the Elite race starting on the front line of the grid. … Read more
Entry for Ulster 10 mile TT Championship Now Open
Pre-Entry for the Ulster 10 Time Trial Championship on Sunday 19th July promoted by Donegal Bay CC is now open. This is a strictly pre-entry event and registration is via the Events Booking section on the Cycling Ireland website.Simply login to your account and use the events button to enter. Closing date for registration is Wednesday 15th July. Entries will not be accepted on the day.
A limited competition is the minimum required. The event will take place on the N15 course at Barnesmore, South Donegal and will be a slightly modified version of the regular Donegal Bay TT circuit which is a straight out and back course.… Read more
Tour of the Orchard County - Sunday 14th June
The Annual Tour of the Orchard County is on this Sunday (14th June) and it starts and finishes at Armagh City Hotel with registration from 7.30am. This is the Tour of the Orchard County and it helps to raise vital funds for the NSPCC
The Tour of the Orchard County is a non-competitive but highly exciting cycling event organised by Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust in conjunction with Orchard CC and sponsored by Linwoods.
Covering routes travelled by the Giro d’Italia last year, riders can choose from two routes through the blossoming apple orchards and exquisite County Armagh countryside.… Read more
The Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission plan to run a series of coaching sessions aimed at the U12/U14/U16 age groups. These intermediate level sessions are aimed at existing racers who would like to improve their technical riding skills with the aim of improving their race results. The first two sessions are planned for Saturday 13th June at Davagh trail centre at 9 am and 1 pm. The session will be lead by Mark Harvey, a level 2 Mountainbike Instructors Association coach (MIAS).… Read more
It was a return to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for Round 3 of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike Series 2015. Host club Xmtb McConvey Cycles has been running an off-road cycle race in the park since 2009 and has built up a great knowledge of the park and a great relationship with the park wardens. Many thanks to Belfast City Council for continuing to support the event. The run up to race day had seen a mixture of weather with heavy rain some of the days with overcast conditions and fairly mild all week.… Read more
The off-road scene has been busy over the last couple of weeks with Round 2 of the Vitus First Tracks series taking place in Bigwood, Warrenpoint on 9/10 May and then the Ulster riders heading over to Wales to compete in the third round of the British XC series. This weekend the Emerald Enduro is taking place in Carrick County Wicklow. This is the second round of the Enduro World Series with a huge gathering of international riders and local riders competing across seven timed stages.… Read more
While it might seem very early the Executive of Cycling Ulster would like to hear from any clubs interested in promoting any of our Ulster Championships in 2016. We have a meeting in June and would like to be able to approve the events at that meeting in order to include them in 2016 calendar when it opens in September. This will allow the calendar co-ordinator to close off certain dates and allow club promoters to see when the Championships are on to avoid clashes.
With the growth of cycling and the increase in the number of clubs it is foreseen that 2016 will have a very full calendar of events and clashes will be inevitable.… Read more
It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Ulster off-road riders as they competed both in Ireland and across the water, in cross-country, enduro and downhill. Looking ahead over the next few weeks there are plenty of events to keep the riders occupied with more enduro, cross-country, downhill and even a cross-country marathon.… Read more
Caldwell Cycles's usual venue of Ballykelly Forest was unavailable this year due to tree felling which left event organiser Clive Caldwell the task of finding another venue to host a cross-country mountain bike event. Thankfully Lord Alan Brookeborough of Colebrooke Estate in Brookeborough County Fermanagh was happy to accommodate another race on his estate using more or less the same course as Lakeland CC had back in January of this year. … Read more
The Sperrins Outdoor Recreation Forum and Network will be holding an open network meeting on Tuesday 28th April in Broughderg Community Centre, 123 Broughderg Road, Mountfield, Omagh, County Tyrone BT79 8JN at 7.30pm.
The purpose of the Outdoor Recreation Forum is to provide a mechanism for interested parties to help to make the outdoors more accessible and enjoyable for outdoor recreation, in ways that address social, economic and environmental interests, and with regard to issues of particular local relevance.
At this open meeting the Forum will report on the work that they have undertaken in the past year and highlight some of the developments in outdoor recreation that have been happening in the Sperrins through the work of members of the Forum, Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership, the various clubs and governing bodies of sport and local councils.… Read more