Cycling Ulster

Feast of Charity Leisure Tours this Weekend

What a weekend for leisure cyclists!! Those of you who love to get out on your bike, have craic with friends and meet new people and feel good that by enjoying yourself you have also helped a worthwhile charity. Well this weekend you are spoilt for choice with events starting in Donegal, Newry, Greencastle, Belfast and Downpatrick. Proceeds from all of these events will go directly to the charity named. Please read on for more details.

Grand Italian Fundraiser Sunday 27th April Promoted by Phoenix CC
Phoenix Cycling Club is getting set to host its “Grand Italian Fundraiser” on 27th April, giving club members and cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in a sportive along part of stage 2 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia race route.… Read more

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On The Rivet Charity Cycle Celebrating John Mulligan

rivaOn Sunday 30th March The Mulligan family held On the Rivet Charity cycle celebrating John Mulligan from Drumragh Club rooms Omagh. All Proceeds went to Beacon House Omagh. Everyone was excited as they know they were cycling around local roads with the legend of cycling none other than Sean Kelly.

The atmosphere and Craic was fantastic as Sean mingled with everyone for photos and signings. The cycle consisted of a controlled 30/40 miles which saw a lot of newcomers taking up the challenge which was great to see.… Read more

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Lots of Leisure Events this Weekend

There are quite a number of leisure events this coming weekend. Unfortunately I do not have full details on some of them so if the information is sent in I will update this post so please check back again.

Donegal Bay Spring Sportive promoted by Donegal Bay CC – Sunday 13th April

The Donegal Bay Spring Sportive returns for its second edition on Sunday April 13th and once again there are three scenic and challenging routes on offer. The routes are very similar to last year with some minor adjustments.… Read more

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Phoenix CC Sportive Now Open for Entries

image001One of Ireland’s top cycling clubs is gearing up for the Giro d’Italia with its own big cycle challenge in aid of local charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Phoenix Cycle Club in South Belfast is getting set to host its Grand Italian Fundraiser on 27th April, giving local cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to take part in a sportive along part of stage 2 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia race route.  The 80km sportive, which will start and end at the Grove Wellbeing Centre on York Road in Belfast, will take in some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sights as it makes it way towards the Causeway Coast. … Read more


Leisure Events This Sunday

There are two leisure runs on this Sunday. Slieve Gullion Wheelers have their Carlingford Tour while Omagh Wheelers will have their  Bundoran to Sally’s event on the calendar.

Tour of Carlingford 6th April 2014

This popular 50 mile leisure cycle tour starts as usual from Silverbridge GFC. Registration is open from 9.00am with tea and coffee available. The cycle begins at 10.00am heading to Dundalk, Ballymascanlon, then Carlingford and a tea /coffee break at The Four Seasons Hotel. The route then continues back to Newry, along Merchants Quay, Monaghan Street, Camlough Road and back to Silverbridge.… Read more

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Great Day For Poison Glen Tour 2014

aSunday 30th March saw the annual pilgrimage around the scenic roads of NW Donegal for the famous Poison Glen Tour. This was moved from its usual July spot and would be thus more difficult as some riders have not found their distance touring legs yet.

This year saw 100 riders sign on for the two challenging routes, the Red route, which had to be altered slightly due to a funeral and thus shortened to only 69 miles!! and the Green route which incorporated a 56 mile run.… Read more

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What’s on this Weekend for Leisure Cyclists

glenPoison Glen Tour Sunday 30th March
The 2014 Four Masters Poison Glen Tour is set to take to the roads of Donegal this weekend on Sunday 30th March. The 78 mile course will take the same route as last year with a feed station at An Chuirt Hotel in Dunlewy. There will also be a shorter 60 mile route available that cuts out the difficult Muckish Gap climb.

Cycling through Glenveagh National Park and the Poison Glen, this is a must do tour for all cyclists who appreciate the scenic beauty that Donegal has to offer or those who enjoy a cycling challenge.… Read more

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Two More Pre-Entry Events

Sizzler’s Wine Bar Bann Valley Classic Opens Wednesday for Pre-entry
The Sizzler’s Wine Bar Bann Valley Classic which is due to take place on Sunday 13th April will open for pre-entry this coming Wednesday at The event Headquarters is Clady Hall in Portglenone. There will be two races on offer namely an A4 only race and an A2/A3 event. Both of these are likely to sell out quickly. The A2/A3 race is 80km while the A4 race will be 65km. Entry will be at
Both races start at 2.00pm and the entry fee is £12.… Read more


Calling all Cycling Ulster Belfast Cycling Commuters

bike2The Belfast Cycle Challenge: 24 March – 13 April 2014
The Belfast Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team; from cinema tickets, a bike to cycling gear to support your cycle journeys.

How it works
It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more? Belfast businesses will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike between Monday 24 March and Sunday 13 April.… Read more

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Youth Calendars

Cycling Ireland has provided two PDF calendars listing youth events. There is a calendar for road competitive events and another for the Leisure events.

Cycling Ireland apologise for the glitch in the system which meant that the Youth events did not transfer across to the handbook. The company appreciate that this has made it difficult for parents and young riders to plan their programme for the year.

It is hoped that these calendars will therefore be useful to all concerned.

Please Note the following changes. There may be others of which I am unaware

  1. Youth Races listed for the Beggs/McGreevy Races on the 5th April will not now take place to avoid a clash with Rás na nOg.
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