Ulster was well represented at the Cycling Ireland Awards dinner in Dublin on Saturday night taking many of the top accolades. The evening was introduced by Geoff Liffey who gave an overview of the many successes this year mentioning in particular the growth of membership, paracycling medallists, the progress with the velodrome bid and the success of the many cycling programmes now being run by Cycling Ireland.
The new president of Cycling Ireland, Ciaran McKenna, welcomed the special guests and said he was looking forward to his presidency and the challenges facing him.… Read more
Lydia Boylan broke her own National 500m Time Trial Record in the Omnium as five Irish riders completed a successful week of racing at the European Track Championships in Grenchen.
Boylan began day two of the Women's Omnium in 16th place with three of the six races remaining and she moved up a place with a new national record in the 500m Time Trial, eclipsing the mark she set at the Revolution Event in Derby, England last month.
Her 36.628s effort shaved .147s off her previous best on her way to ninth and she topped that with eighth in the race five Flying Lap, her 14.589s helping her rise to 14th in the event ahead of the final Points Race.… Read more
A 13-strong Irish squad is putting the finishing touches on its preparations for this week's European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland. Seven women and six men have been selected to take part in a range of events over the five days of the championships including all the individual and team endurance events as well as selected sprint events.
The meeting kicks off in the 250m Swiss velodrome tomorrow evening where Team Ireland will ride in the qualifying rounds of the men's and women's four-kilometre Team Pursuit.… Read more
Tomorrow, Sunday, Phoenix CC will be promoting their CX event in Lady Dixon Park, a venue which has been used for the past number of years and always promises exciting racing both for spectators and participants.
In a move away from the norm of Ulster CX events, Phoenix CC took the decision not to host an MTB support race for men but to run a women only CX and a women only MTB support race instead. This is the first time in the history of Irish cyclocross that women have had their own, completely separate event and to mark the occasion Phoenix CC will presenting a special perpetual trophy - the Phoenix CC Cyclocross Trofee.… Read more
The 2015 British Cycling UK Inter-Regional Road Championships provided Ulster with one of its best results yet, both individually and for a team, in one of the counting events.
In the Street Sprint event, Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC) went two better from last year to take the outright win in the competition, beating off 51 of the best riders in the UK to take the top step of the podium, to give us our best ever placing in these Road Championships. … Read more
This weekend the hardworking Square Wheels club are running their strive for 5's Sportive from Donegal to Belfast in aid of Diabetes UK. Strive for 5's is a cycling sportive which was started in 2013 by Adrian McNally, a member of The Moy Square Wheels Cycling Club to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK.
The cycle takes place each September from the West coast of Ireland, Ballyshannon in Donegal to Belfast on the East coast - Atlantic to Titanic. This year the event is this Saturday 27th September.… Read more
An 8 rider Cycling Ulster Youth squad will head to Sheffield this weekend for the season-ending British Cycling UK Inter-Regional Youth Championships which will take place over three days with racing centred around the National Trust property at Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire.
The Cycling Ulster team will comprise four Girls and four Boys, witha strong representation of National Champions and medallists among the number.
The Boys’ team is made up of Adam Ward (Omagh Wheelers), Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC), Conor Halvey (Errigal CC) and Xeno Young (Powerhouse Sport),whilst the girls have North Down CC duo of Molly McLarnon and Katie Armstrong along with Shauna McFadden (Errigal CC) and Amanda Gallagher (Caldwell Cycles Omagh).… Read more
Ryan Mullen has finished in 11th place in the Under 23 Time Trial on the first day of action at the World Road Championships in Richmond, Virginia. Eddie Dunbar was 38th in the same event while Ciara Doogan was 28th in the earlier Women's Junior Time Trial.
Last year's silver medallist Mullen started second last of the 50 riders by which time drizzle had begun to fall at the start line. At the first intermediate time check after 7.5km, Mullen had lost 25 seconds and, though he improved on the more open second half of the first lap, the damage was already done.… Read more
Ballymena's Eileen Burns has added the Irish 10 mile Time Trial record to her impressive list of achievements this year. Eileen has just finished competing in Rás na mBan, the women's international stage race in Ennis as part of the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles team where she showed her time trialling skills by coming fourth overall in the TT Stage.
However, not content to take a well deserved break following this gruelling event, Eileen decided to head to Yorkshire at the weekend to take part in the Swift Open 10TT on the V718 course.… Read more
Two Ulster riders have been seleted to represent Ireland in the World Road Race Championships in America later this month. Ciara Doogan of Errigal CC will compete in both the Junior TT and road race events while Jake Gray of the Nicholas Roche Performance team will compete in the men's Junior road race.… Read more