Cycling Ulster
24Sep/140

Weekend Leisure Tours

There are a number of leisure events on this coming Sunday around Ulster. I have listed details below of those about which I have information. Unfortunately the Emyvale Tour of Monaghan down for Sunday has had to be cancelled.

Sunday 28th September - The Hooley Round Cooley
The Hooley Round Cooley, promoted by BC Camlough  is now in its 2nd year. 100+ cyclists enjoyed the course last year. Registration opens at 9am at Craobh Rua Hurling Club Mill Hill High Street Bessbrook ( close to Bessbrook Community Centre ) and once you register  you can enjoy a tea, coffee and biscuits before the official start at 10am.
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23Sep/140

Sun Shines on Madigan’s Torr Head Challenge

aThe 2014 John Lindsay Memorial Torr Head Challenge promoted by Team Madigan Cycling Club attracted 293 hardy riders from all over Ulster to the beautiful Antrim Coast on Sunday 21st September.  The riders were going to ride one of the top cycling routes in Ireland and the UK to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Bathed in brilliant sunshine the riders were treated to stunning views of our coastline and Scotland, which stood out proud on what was an extremely clear day.

Dispatched in three groups from Ballygalley Community Centre onto the Coast Road was a sight to behold as people of all ages took part, seasoned racing men and women alongside leisure cyclists. … Read more

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22Sep/140

Successful First Event for VC Iveagh

vc1Velo Club Iveagh held their first open event on Sunday, "The Iveagh 50" autumn sportive raising funds for the Intensive Care Unit, RVH.

An overwhelming 97 riders cycled the rolling route throughout the district from Banbridge Rugby Club taking in towns and villages like Scarva, Loughbrickland, Rathfriland and Dromore to name but a few.

The weather was perfect with very light wind and lovely sunshine all day after the morning fog had lifted.  A re-fuelling stop was welcomed in Moneyslane before a fantastic spread of tea and cakes awaited everyone at the finish.… Read more

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22Sep/140

Great Day Out With McCall Foundation

aThe David McCall Foundation's annual autumn youth day in Crumlin had all the right ingredients for a great day out for the kids.

There was sponsorship from Maryland stalwart Gerry McCann and support on the ground from current Maryland Wheelers club members.

The pleasant weather attracted many kids and parents to the event for the 3 distances for the 3 ages groups ranging from 10 -16 and all had a great time with only one mishap to report on the road. Thankfully young Mark's sore shoulder is on the mend and the Foundation sends its thanks to his very understanding mum and the fantastic medic Andrea Nash who comforted Mark.… Read more

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17Sep/140

Weekend Events 20/21st September

There are a number of road events on this coming weekend. for riders of all abilities. There is also a day just for Youth riders starting in Crumlin on Saturday. Please see previous post.

Sunday 21st September _ Mixed Two-Up Time Trial - Toome
For those who want a bit of competition Church Island Cycling will be promoting a mixed two-up time trial on the Toome time trial course. Sign-on will be at  the Park n Ride Toomebridge from 9.00am with the first rider off at 1000 am.… Read more

17Sep/140

McCall Foundation Youth Day This Saturday

On Saturday the 20th the annual David McCall Foundation Autumn Youth Day takes place. The event HQ will be based in St Johns hall in Crumlin. Gerry McCann who's family co sponsor the McCann/Givan/Stewart U16 trophy has very generously agreed to be a sponsor for this event.

The Cycling Ulster Youth Academy and the Foundation work closely together to bring through young cycling talent and this day out for the kids is as always to bring them together in a non-competitive atmosphere for fun and just getting to know each other.… Read more

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15Sep/140

Record Turn-Out For Tour of Strangford

You have to respect Ulster cyclists when it comes to charity as they come in their droves. We needed 4 ferry crossings in Strangford to shift all those who turned up for the Ards CC Tour of Strangford Sportive. With 282 entries this was a new record for the event for the club which was established in 1944.

The event took place in dry weather with a light breeze, perfect for enjoying the roads around the Ards Peninsula. At the pit stop at Downpatrick the riders were welcomed by the fantastic tea ladies before the riders caught the Portaferry Ferry.… Read more

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13Sep/140

Giant’s Causeway Awash With Cyclists

aWell over one thousand cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the scenic roads of the North Antrim Coast today to participate in the Giants Causeway Challenge promoted by Outdoor Recreation NI. With hazy sunshine and warm temperatures all was set for a great day's cycling.

Perhaps today's huge participation is one of the legacies of the Giro d'Italia or perhaps more people have simply discovered the joys of cycling.

What ever the reason as they climbed or walked Torr Head all were happy to be on their bike.… Read more

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10Sep/140

Torr Head Challenge Open for Entry

On Sunday 21st September 2014 Team Madigan promote their ever popular Torr Head Challenge. Starting at 10.30am from Ballygalley on the Antrim Coast. This is an approved Cycling Ireland event promoted by one of Ulster's long standing clubs. At a cost of £15 per adult and £5 for those under 18 this is really good value. Under 18's can pay on the day.

Sign On at Ballygalley Public Car Park is from 9.30 am. Come along and have a go for the fun that will help others less fortunate!… Read more

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9Sep/140

Plethora of Events this Weekend

There is a huge range of events on this cominng weekend. I have posted any details below which I have received. On Saturday the Giant's Causeway Sportive kicks off and is sure to get a lot of support. On Sunday Testers will face the epic 100 mile Ulster TT Championships, off roaders will take to Kilbroney Forest Park for the National Maraton Championships while there are at least six leisure events to chose from for those who want to get put and about.

Sunday 14th September Ulster 100 Mile TT Championships
This tough event is once again promoted by Ballymoney CC.… Read more

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