This was the first season of the newly set up XMTB McConvey Cycles development team and it was fair to say it was a successful one. Here’s a quick look at some of the results the riders picked up throughout the season:
Craig McCarthy – U14
This season was Craig’s first year in the U14 category and it started off well with him winning the first round of the spring league, he missed the second round and won the third round. As the season went on he placed 2nd in the Ulster Champs, 2nd overall in the Ulster XC Series.… Read more
The Cycling Ulster executive would like to congratulate all our young mountain bikers on a very successful trip to Hadleigh Farm. The Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles team worked hard and scooped another medal and gain a great deal of experience over the three days. We would also like to thank manager Nicola Oldham and assistants Simon Curry and William Mulligan as well as all the other volunteers who helped out and supported the riders. Without the help of volunteers willing to give up their time such trips as this would no tbe possible.… Read more
Handicap XC Race
This was a 20 min Handicap XC Race race with the grid based on the results from the Skills event yesterday. Ulster had some excellent grid positions with Shannon 6th place, James 11th and Richard 14th. Unfortunately Shannon punctured on the 1st lap, James raced well to finish 9th place. With Shenna, Cameron and Calvin having to start 70 sec from the first rider they all did well and finished mid field out of 56 riders in each race.
This was short explosive racing, held on a mixture of flat hard pack, technical climbs and descents.… Read more
Cycling Ireland will be hosting several coaching courses in Ulster in the next few months. Two of these have been confirmed. The first of these is the Gearing Up Off Road course and it will take place on 12th & 13th October 2013 in Tollymore, Co Down. This is a two day course and will be on from 9.00am to 5:30pm. To register for this course contact Rachel Ormrod (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rachel is Cycling Ireland’s Coach Education and Development Manager
The second course will be held on the 9th & 10th November 2013 in Newcastle, Co.… Read more
Today was the first day of the competition on the inter-regional mtb championships at Hadleigh farm. It consisted of a Skills Event and the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles Team performed well but had mixed fortunes in this event.
This skills course was designed on the same standard as what was used at the European MTB Championships course in Austria this year. A highly technical and challenging course based over 7 stages with 3 points per stage to be gained. The team performed strongly in this opening event under huge pressure from silenced crowds watching and under the watchful eye of commissaires on each section.… Read more
A team of six young people headed to Hadleigh Farm in England yesterday evening to represent Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles in the MTB interregional games. Hadleigh Farm was the venue for the Off Road events in the London Olympics and is state of the art.
Although this is a particularly expensive trip for Cycling Ulster to fund it is a wonderful opportunity for our riders who will compete in a state of the art venue against the top young riders in Britain.
The Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles Team are, Shenna McKiverigan., Shannon Buller, James Curry, Richard Baird., Cameron McIntyre and Calvin Moore.… Read more
The 2013 Ulster Cyclo-cross season kicks off on Sunday 6 October at Lurgan Park, hosted by Apollo CT. This is first of 8 rounds and the return to an excellent venue which has played host to cyclo-cross (CX) races for many years, including national championships. Many thanks to Craigavon Borough Council for their continued support.
The main cyclo-cross races take place at 1 pm however there is a full schedule before this with sign on opening at 09:30 the first race of the day will be the fun race for the Under 6s which starts at 10:30.… Read more
Cycling Ulster is sending a boy’s and a girl’s team to the MTB interregional competition in Hadleigh farm, the Olympic MTB venue in London, on the 3rd to the 6th of October.
Riders who were interested in representing Ulster at this event were invited to attend a trial day on the 7th of September which reflected the format of the interregional event in London.
As expected the competition for places on the team was intense with the wide selection of talented riders we have in Ulster. … Read more
BMX is currently seeing a revival in Ireland and the new track at Ratoath has proven to be very popular. In Ulster we currently have two dedicated BMX clubs namely East Coast Raiders based in Carrickfergus and Lisburn BMX club. There may a BMX club in Antrim town in 2014.
Both established clubs are actively working with their respective local authorities and business in order to get BMX tracks built in their area so any support you can lend these clubs would be much appreciated. They also travel to various track in the south for competition and training as well as utilising existing tracks such as Ormeau Park.… Read more
The fifth and final round of the Ulster XC MTB Series for 2013 took place at Craigavon Watersports Centre on Sunday 1 September 2013 and was hosted by Apollo Cycling Team. The venue is the flattest of the series and is therefore the fastest with long stretches of hard packed earth to ride across this makes this circuit ideal for those riders who are accustomed to doing road races.
As before where there was any incline in the terrain it was exploited effectively to challenge the riders. … Read more