Cycling Ulster

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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Carn Wheelers Say Thanks

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

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Hills Above Drumquin Sunday 19th October

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

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CX and Two Leisure Events this Weekend

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.

Course Description:
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


Enter Now For Tour of South Derry

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

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Weekend Leisure Events

Hope Builders Charity Cycle Saturday 4th October
Dromara Cycling Club member Noel Gibson is heading off in January 2015 for two weeks as part of “Hope Builders” which is a direct action side to the charity “Fields of Life”.  He is heading off with a party of 45 to Uganda to help build schools etc.   Those who are going are asked to raise funds to help buy the land and the materials that are needed.

To help raise funds for this worthwhile charity, Noel is holding a leisure cycle on Saturday 4th October 2014. … Read more

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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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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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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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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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