Cycling Ulster

Last Chance to enter Online for Junior Tour Sportive

cicjtThere are only a few days left to use the online entry system for the Ulster edition of the Junior Tour Sportive. Only those entering online will be eligible for the prize draw which includes a framed print of Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan signed by the three riders

The International Junior Tour of Ireland is one of the country’s best loved races.It has a marvellous history with names competing such as Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Philip Deignan, Nicolas Roche, Eddie Dunbar......the list goes on.

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RT’s and Leisure Rides This Coming Weekend

There are three Reliability Trials this coming weekend as well as a leisure event. For 2015 Apollo CT have decided to host a charity ride along side their annual Reliability Trial. The joint event is to be held on Sunday the 1st February,

Reliability Trial Details
Registration fee £10, Sign on from 8 am and roll out from the Apollo Club house in Lurgan at 10.00 am. The route will cover approximately 68 miles, followed by a good feed provided post event.

Charity Ride Details - James Journey
Registration fee £10, Sign on from 8.00 am at the Apollo Club house in Lurgan with roll out at 9.00 am, The route will cover approximately 59 miles, followed by a good feed provided post event, with medical/broom wagon/lead car support.… Read more

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Free On Road Cycle Training in Lead up to Belfast Bike Share Scheme

In Spring 2015 a new public bike share scheme for Belfast will be launched. The scheme will initially include 300 public bikes, and up to 30 bike docking stations in the city centre. It is expected that many workers, shoppers, visitors and residents will use the bikes as it will be a quick and easy way of getting around the city. For example, employees who need to attend meetings at Cathedral Quarter, Clarendon Dock or Botanic can use the bikes as a quick and easy form of transport.

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Ballymena Kicks Off Reliability Season

ballymenaThis coming Sunday, 25th January, sees the start of the 'Reliability Season' starting with Ballymena Road Club- Chain Reaction's event.

There will be three runs on offer to entrants, a 50mile leisure group, a 62mile intermediate group and a 75mile 'A' Group.

All three runs will depart from the Rex Bonar Club House, Railway Street, Ballymena with the 'A' group leaving at 10.00am sharp followed at five minute gaps by the intermediate group at 10.05am and finally the leisure group

Sign on will open from 9.00 am with an entry fee of £10.… Read more

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2015 Ulster Leisure Calendar Now Available

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


Ulster Junior Tour Fundraiser – Entries Open

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

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Amy’s Epic – Part 1 – The Pale Mountains

Venice to Geneva, 16th - 22nd August 2014

3aThe 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

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Amy Brice – The First Female Triple Crown Rider

1The Triple Crown is arguably the toughest and highest cyclosportive in the world. The event is called the Haute Route ( 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

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Spires Cycling Club hosts Autumn Beginner Initiative

aSpires Cycling Club has recently completed its Autumn Beginner Initiative, which was aimed at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to join them in its weekly Saturday morning cycle.

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

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Halloween Fun this Weekend – Road and Off Road

cicSaturday 25th October - October Soup Cycle
The October Soup Cycle is being promoted on Saturday by Church Island Cycling. It is the last roadbased leisure event of the year.

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

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