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
Round 8 of the Ulster Cyclocross Series will take place this Sunday in Falls Park, Belfast. A new venue for 2014, Falls Park is a large urban park located off the Falls Road in Belfast. The park increases with height as it moves away from the Falls Road and this provides great scope for the course to make use of tricky climbs which, given the weather, will need to be ran up.
The youth races are kept on a separate course from the seniors with different lengths of course for each age group among the trees before finishing on the tarmac straight. … Read more
The sun shone on Ormeau Park on Sunday 16 November 2014 after a week of heavy rain which had caused floods across the country. Course designer Mark Harvey from the host club Xmtb McConvey Cycles had his work cut out for him trying to create a cycle course around the many wet areas of the park. This event had suffered last year in the same venue with rain on the day turning a fast flowing course into a heavy struggle.
The course that was created this year was fast flowing for large sections with only a few areas getting churned up with the many cyclists that were taking part. … Read more
This Sunday, XMTB are hosting the 7th round of the Ulster CX league. If you want to race then then you are advised to pre-enter. Xmtb McConvey Cycles is grateful to Belfast City Council for the use of Ormeau Park for their cyclo-cross race.
The start of these races will be on the wide tarmac lane leading to a fast run along the gravel pathway similar to this years spring league but from there it all changes. Instead of doubling back into tight singletrack the course shortcuts through a wide wooded section before dropping out for a loop around the football pitches before reaching the boards and a short tight climb up onto the gravel path.… Read more
Seacourt lies on the cliffs overlooking Belfast Lough on the outskirts of Larne. The Community Centre is situated behind the impressive Catepillar factory and boasts a great 3G football pitch, community hall, kitchen and changing facilities.
The grass areas around the centre have been used by Team Madigan for the last four years.
The course was modified from last year but still made use of the split level grass area set up; the short, steep, muddy climbs; as well as the infamous tight short gravel path at the far end of the course.… Read more
Martyn Irvine suffered a blow in last night's opening event in the Men's Omnium when a six bike pile up in the Scratch Race forced the World Champion out of the event with a broken collar bone. Competing in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Irish man was racing in the closing laps of the scratch race when the crash forced three riders out of the competition. With this being the first World Cup of the season, and the second qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games, this forced withdrawal denies Irvine valuable qualifying points for Rio.… Read more
8 o’clock starts and heat into low 30s it was almost like a holiday when Amy reached the Pyrenees. Yet she still had 800km+ to cycle with 21 cols and 18,300m+ to climb. The Pyrenees were wilder than the Alps and that came mostly in the form of animals on the road. Most of the animals were negotiated around but when a horse decided to cross paths with the Lantern Rouge (a Triple Crown rider) on a descent there was an acrobatic summersault over the horse with the rider coming away worse off.… Read more
Over 50 female cyclists from across Ulster gathered at Podium4Sport sports superstore to attend a winter training evening organised by Women’s Cycling Ulster (WCU). (www.facebook.com/Podium4Sport)
Those in attendance were welcomed in from the cold with a goody bag, hot tea, home made scones and shortbread kindly provided by the Podium4Sport team.
Before the event there was some time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The event allowed those who are new to the sport or are thinking of joining a club to meet other female cyclists who were encouraging them to try a club run or simply join “social spins” to a local coffee shop or pub!… Read more
Geneva to Nice
After 7 stages across the Dolomites and the Swiss Alps, during which Amy cycled over 20,000m, 17 cols and over 900km. Amy says goodbye to the familiar faces she befriended over the week and hello to the new faces.
After the cool and early starts from the last week the Alps were warmer (slightly) and a little later start times. On registration day of the Alps there was a 9km TT alongside the Lake Geneva as the prologue before Stage 1.
A good spin of the legs to leave behind the Dolomites...but how were the legs we asked Amy at this point of the race?… Read more
Venice to Geneva, 16th - 22nd August 2014
The 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