Cycling Ulster

A wet day at Colebrooke for the Ulster XC MTB Championships

On Sunday 23 August 2015 we woke up to heavy rain which had started in the middle of the night and had not let up. Riders still came from near and far to Colebrooke Estate in County Fermanagh for the Ulster Cross-county mountain bike championships. Host club Lakeland CC had spent a lot of time preparing the course in advance of race day and were busy on the morning checking and re-routing sections which had turned from dry, fast sections to wet, muddy bogs. A stream, which was only an inch or two deep on the Saturday was over knee deep on Sunday.… Read more

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Jacob Dickson – Downhill Junior – on the world stage

Dromore rider Jacob Dickson placed 2nd Junior at the last downhill World Cup event at Val di Sloe in Italy at the weekend 22/23 August 2015. This was the 7th and final event of the 2015 World Cup Downhill Series which left Jacob as 3rd overall in the junior men.… Read more


CU off-road team finish off the British NPS series

The last race in the British NPS series was held on Sunday 16 August in Cannock Chase just outside Stafford. Cycling Ulster junior riders James Curry and Sean Bradley took to the start line. On the morning of the race the laps were reduced to 3 as a result of heavy rain the previous few days although the weather was warm and dry on the day. … Read more

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Inter-regional MTB championships – team selected

Team Selection has now taken place for the 2015 Inter-Regional Mountain Bike Competitions which are due to take place on 18-20 September at Hadleigh Farm in Essex. The riders were selected based on two factors, their bike skills and their results in cross-country races. Twelve riders had put their name forward, with eleven able to take part in the bike skills trials. It was a great spectacle to see how well these U14 and U16 riders performed the cycling challenges.… Read more


Ulster MTB XC Championships – Sunday 23 August – Colebrooke Estate

The 2015 Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike Championships will take place at Colebrooke Estate in County Fermanagh on Sunday 23 August. Host club Lakeland CC held an event here at the start of the year and Caldwell Cycles also had their round of the Ulster XC Series here in April. As usual there will be races for all age categories, however the championship categories will be PRE-ENTRY ONLY. … Read more


Off-road commissaires course – 29 & 30 August 2015

In order to run off-road events we need to have trained commissaires to ensure that rules and regulations are adhered to. The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission has arranged for a UCI commissiare to come over from England to train willing volunteers in the disciplines of downhill, cross-country and cyclo-cross. … Read more


Expression of interest in Inter-regional MTB Championships

Expressions of interest are sought from Youth riders (Boys & Girls) interested in being considered for selection for the Inter-Regional Mountain Bike Competitions which will take place on 18-20 September 2015 at Hadleigh Farm in Essex. … Read more

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Podiums for Banbridge riders at Castlewellan

Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down played hosted to Round 4 of the Ulster Cross-Country Mountain Bike Series. This event doubled up as the 5th and final round of the Irish National Points Series (NPS). Hosted by Banbridge Cycling Club under the guidance of event director William Mulligan, the team of volunteers had prepared a course which started in front of the castle and used the adjoining forest utilizing natural trails, fire roads and official trail centre trails. In the lead up to the race there had been a mixture of dry and wet days which made the natural trail sections quite slippery.… Read more

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Top class Ulster downhill juniors

Hitting the big time both at home and abroad are two Ulster junior downhillers: Sacha Bickerstaff and Jacob Dickson. Both are currently at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada at the DHI Round 5. Jacob was the fastest junior rider in the qualifier on 31 July. Sacha's qualifier time leaves her second junior in the womens event. … Read more


Castlewellan plays host to the next round of mountain bike racing

CastlewellanMTBlogo2015_250Castlewellan Forest Park plays host to Round 4 of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain bike series and doubles up as Round 5 of the 2015 Irish National Points Series (NPS). Host club Banbridge Cycling Club has been working hard to prepare the course which will be very similar to the one used in 2014.… Read more

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