Track Training Thursday 16th May
Tomorrow night, Thursday 16th May track sessions will begin again at Orangefield. Should the weather be detrimental to track training alternative training exercises will be available so come along and try out this exciting discipline.
Rás Loughgiel Friday 17th and Saturday 8th May
Duffin Transport Racing will promote their very popular two day stage race for A4 riders starting this Friday night. The event was pre-entry and is now full.
On Saturday a Race for A3 riders only will also be promoted on the Loughgiel Road Circuit and will include the 12% Reservoir Road climb.… Read more
Newtownards cyclist Martyn Irvine won Ireland’s first elite world track championship title in over a century in Minsk, Belarus today. The 2012 Olympian took gold in the men’s scratch race after winning a silver medal in the men’s individual pursuit just 45 minutes earlier.
Irvine began day two of the world track championships by qualifying for the gold/silver final ride in the pursuit by breaking the national record. After being beaten by Australian, Michael Hepburn to gold in the final and a trip to the podium to receive his silver medal, the Ulsterman took to the track again.… Read more
Martyn Irvine added another silver medal on day two of the second round of the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow. The Ulsterman who has been in superb form this weekend qualified as second fastest in the men’s individual pursuit and was edged out in the gold medal ride off by the Olympic omnium champion, Norman Lasse Hansen from Denmark. Irvine set a new personal best of 4.22.745 for the 4km distance in the final.
On Friday evening the Newtownards native rode a very aggressive scratch race to lift what was Ireland’s second ever medal in a round of the Track World Cup Series.… Read more
A reduced squad of Youth Track riders travelled to Dublin on Saturday for the final round of the 3-round National Track Inter-Provincial Series at Sun Drive.
We had opted to miss round two in Kanturk for various reasons, and as it turned out that round was reduced in events so that the full points quota was not issued.
This meant that Ulster’s lead from Round 1 was turned in to a `managable` deficit for round 3, so there was still all to play for in an effort to retain the Sean MacAogain trophy.… Read more
Men’s Tandem Narrowly Miss out on Bronze in the 4km Pursuit – In what was the race of the day at the Velodrome in the Olympic and Paralympic Park, the tandem pairing of James Brown and his pilot Damien Shaw narrowly missed out on the Bronze medal in a race that saw the lead change several times throughout the 4km competition.
Brown and Shaw qualified for the Bronze medal ride-off in the Men’s Individual B 4km Pursuit, in a National Record time of 4.25.557. While came to London as World silver medallists in this event, the competition was always going to be tough, with two Australian bikes racing, one were the World Champions, the other the World Record holders.… Read more
Martyn Irvine’s biggest moment in his cycling career to date takes place this weekend when he represents Ireland in the Omnium event at the Olympic Velodrome. The Newtownards native spent two years travelling across the globe in search of qualification points for London and has placed inside the top 10 in several World Cup events and the World Championships.
As well as his track pedigree, the Ulsterman was in form in this year’s National time trial and road race championships just over a month ago when he took second and fourth places respectively.… Read more
Round 1 of the Cycling Ireland Youth Inter Provincial Track Series took place today at a sunny if windy Orangefeild track in Belfast. Three provinces competed, Ulster, Leinster and Munster, and each fielded teams in the U16, U14 and U12 age categories. Two U10 Ulster riders also took part and gained valuable experience for the future, and on today’s showing will certainly make headlines in on the track in the coming years.
The day’s competition started with the sprint qualifiers followed by the time trial for each category.… Read more
Philip Bremner (Lakeland CC) clinched a bronze medal at the All Ireland Olympic Omnium Track Championships in Dublin over the weekend. The six discipline event over two days is set to be introduced to the Olympic Games for the first time in London. Bremner rode solidly on day one and was lying in fifth place after three events. The scratch race was where Bremner made his move up the leader board when he took the win after escaping the rest of the pack with David Peelo (Kilcullen CC).… Read more
The regular Tuesday night sessions at Orangefield track have now been moved to Thursday evenings in order to facilitate these riders who wish to take part in their club events on a Tuesday evening.
The track sessions start at 7.00pm each Thursday and are a great way to improve fitness and speed. There are also many Provincial and National competitions which riders will have the opportunity to compete in so get along to Orangefield track on Thursday night and enjoy the experience.
For those who do not have a track bike there are a small number of bikes available to hire at a minimal cost.… Read more
Last week a squad of 7 Ulster Youth riders made their way to London to take part in the 2012 Sainsburys School Games, where 13 UK regions battled it out for the team title over two days of road competition and one day’s racing at the London Olympic Velodrome.
There was drama from the start in the Ulster camp with the 11th hour withdrawal of Mark Downey who had been struck down with a bug in the days leading up to the competition.
With team manager Anthony Mitchell already in England, and Coach Nicola Oldham at the airport with the riders, there was some frantic behind-the-scenes work to arrange our reserve rider to travel over and have him fully accredited to take part in the event.… Read more