Cycling Ulster

New Masters Category for Men and Women

a40+ Riders - Do You Know What Licence is Best For You? Applies to Men and Women

For 2015 Cycling Ireland has introduced new licences for those who are forty years of age and above. The change will apply to both men and women. It is important to know which licence to opt for especially if you intend to ride any of the National or, possibly, Provincial Championships.

Please Note : For those riders who normally take a Limited competition Licence in order to ride the Ulster 50+ Master's races there is no change. Read more

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Sunshine and Muck at Falls Park

aIt was an historic day for Falls park last Sunday when the first ever cyclocross event took place. The event was packed and cars were parked the length of the Falls Road.

VC Glendale were hosting the event and had certainly put in the groundwork. Pre-event planning had covered all the bases and the route markers were out in force from 6.30 that morning.

Frank Campbell and Joe Smyth, long time stalwarts of the club all played their part. Brendan Doherty known as the Doc, was the driving force behind staging the event and he was a busy man on the day.… Read more


2015 Ulster Leisure Calendar Now Available

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 Ulster CX Series this Sunday

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


Glorious Mud at Ormeau CX

1The 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


Round 7 of UCX Ormeau Park this Sunday

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


Kinning on Form at Larne CX

aSeacourt 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


Crash in Omnium Forces Irvine Out of First World Cup of the Season

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

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Amy’s Epic – We were known as “The Crazies”

13Barcelona to Anglet 1st – 7th September

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

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Winter Training, Foam Rollers and Egg and Sausage Sandwiches

aOver 50 female cyclists from across Ulster gathered at Podium4Sport sports superstore to attend a winter training evening organised by Women’s Cycling Ulster (WCU). (

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

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