The provisional 2015 Ulster Leisure calendar is now available for download. The calendar is very full with lots of different events around the country including off road leisure events.
The road events vary from tough sportives such as the Around Down Audax and the Inisowen 100 to easier events such as the PIPS Charity Ride which has routes suitable for families.
This year there are a number of clubs promoting events specifically for women such as Omagh's Heels on Wheels, Dunloy's DCC Ladies Cycle Event and Errigal's Women's Strawberry Run.… Read more
The Junior Tour Ulster Sportive will take place on Saturday 7th February (subject to Cycling Ireland approval) and will be promoted by cChurch Island Cycling. The head quarters will be in Bellaghy GAC where changing and shower facilities will be available. There will be two routes. Route one will be 30 miles and will be marked in yellow, both on the road and sign posts. This is ideal for Youth and novice cyclists. The second route will be 75 miles and will take in some beautiful scenery on the North Derry coast.It will be a challenging route and will be marked in Red.… Read more
Venice to Geneva, 16th - 22nd August 2014
The high mountains of the Dolomites brought cool and unseasonable weather and the "marathon days" of the Swiss Alps instigated early morning starts. Amy says, "Bike riding became the least of my worries but combatting the cold and the tiredness of living “on Tour” defined endurance in an entirely different way."
Refining the art of packing and sorting your kit became essential if you wanted extra time with your head on the pillow. A different hotel every day from arriving in Venice on Thursday 14th August until Geneva Friday 22nd August with an un-relenting pattern of ride, recover, and re-organise for the next day.… Read more
The Triple Crown is arguably the toughest and highest cyclosportive in the world. The event is called the Haute Route (www.hauteroute.org). The Haute Route began as a 7day stage race across the Alps organised by OC Sports taking in the legendary cols that the Tour de France traverses.
Last year they added a second 7day stage race in the Pyrenees allowing riders to take on both events and become "Iron riders," however there was a week off in between the two routes.
The introduction this year of the 3rd 7 day stage race in the Dolomites & Swiss Alps meant the possibility of riders doing, not only two 7 day stage races back to back, but all 3 back to back (Dolomites/Swiss Alps; French alps and Pyrenees).… Read more
Before commencing, a health & safety induction was given to the twenty beginners who took part, and safety checks were carried out on all bikes.
On the first week two groups with ten beginners in each and accompanied by five experienced club members, covered a 15 mile route that included the Mid Ulster towns Tobermore, Desertmartin, Moneymore and back home towards Magherafelt.… Read more
The event starts in Bellaghy and there are four routes on offer to suit every level of cyclist.
The main route is 50 miles with several optional escape routes suitable for novices and youth. There are options for a 20 mile, 40 mile and 47 mile course. Most of the routes are flat except for the 50 mileroute which takes in the climb of Matty's Brae.… Read more
Over the years the Tour of South Derry organisation committee have honed this charity event into a very popular cycle run. This year we again intended to adhere to our winning formula (Stick strictly to cycling, plan a safe but challenging route, marshal it well, feed
and reward the participants with a memento of the day).
And so with months of preparation behind us, the club once again hosted a very successful Tour of South Derry. The weather played its part, and over 450 cyclist took to the roads, helping to raise much needed funding for Macmillan Cancer Support.… Read more
The 2014 Hills Above Drumquin challenge and leisure cycle will take place on Sunday 19th October with special guest Sky TV, presenter Graham Little.
The organisers of the event, the Drumquin Cycling club, have also announced that there will be two routes for the event. Graham Little will take to the course for the longer route of 42 miles and this will include focal points such as Bessy Bell, Glenbane and Pigeon top Mountains.
There will be a 20 miles route also available as part of the event and will be a less demanding challenge for leisure cyclists on the day.… Read more
Sunday 12 October 2014 - Round 2 - Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series - Lady Dixon Park, Belfast
The second round of the Ulster Cyclocross League will be promoted by Phoenix CC on Sunday in Lady Dixon Park, Belfast.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park has proved to be a very popular location for bike racing in recent years attracting riders from all across Ireland. In October 2013 there were almost 300 participants for the cyclo-cross race and support races. The 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships was held on this course. … Read more
Carn Wheelers are glad to announce that they will be running their charity cycle event - the Tour of South Derry (ToSD) on Sunday, 12th October 2014. The event raises money for McMillan Cancer Care, and to date, the ToSD has raised over £37K for this very worthwhile charity. As per previous years, there will be a 50 mile route, plus a shorter 37 mile route, which bypasses the hills around Draperstown and Maghera.
The entry fee for both events is £15 and includes tea/coffee,event T-shirt, shower facilities, free car parking and refreshments during and after the cycle. … Read more