On Sunday 26th October 2014 North Down Cycling Club will host Rd 4 of the Ulster CX Series at Castle Park in Bangor. As per 2013 the course will be situated on the grassy banks and wooded area close to the Aurora Leisure Centre Complex in Castle Park, Bangor County Down.
Castle Park has had a great history of cyclo-cross and mountain bike races over the years held by both North Down and Xmtb. The terrain is 60% forest path, 35% open grass area and 5% path. … Read more
The Ulster Cyclo-cross series made its third return to Windmill Park where Island Wheelers were once again hosts. With strong winds and heavy rain the night before the participants all expected another wet event in Dungannon. However, the sun came out for the youth races and the day got off to a great start. The course designers had upped their game with a super set up for the youth races which were created in the middle of the grass area, right in the heart of the event, but in such as way that the adult course was independent and wrapped around the youth courses allowing lots of time for main course practice. … Read more
Shenna McKiverigan of Banbridge CC and Ciara Doogan of Errigal CC received fantastic news last week when they were selected to take part in the Hoy Future Stars Revolution Series. Both girls have been placed on the Sky team for the series.
This is a fantastic opportunity for both of them. Unfortunately for Ciara the series takes place right in the middle of her exams and sensibly she has decided not to take up the offer, deciding that her education must take precedence, She is however, extremely proud to have been selected.… Read more
Round 3 of the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross series will be held at Windmill Park in Dungannon on Sunday 19 October 2014 promotes by Island Wheelers. As well as the main cyclo-cross races there will be a full range of support races for the Under 6s up to the Under 16s as well as a mountain bike race for men and women. The Cyclo-cross B race men will be starting one minute after the Cyclo-cross women's race. The Cyclo-cross A' race will start once this race is over (1:30 pm).… Read more
For the past year the Lurgan based Apollo Cycling Team has been working hard to develop programmes within the club for different cyclist including women, beginners and youth. Their hard work has certainly paid off with increased membership and an active women's section headed up by Maggie Callaghan McMahon as women's representative. the club opened their own clubrooms in the centre of Lurgan this year and run many classes for riders of different abilities and needs.
However it is in the area of Youth development that the club are most proud with their Junior section - The Apollo Rockets - up and running.… Read more
The sun shone again at Lady Dixon Park bathing the beautiful gardens in warm autumn sunshine. Bare legs and short sleeved jerseys were the order of the day for the riders who came along to take part in Round 2 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series 2014. Host club Phoenix CC had been on site from first light setting out the course, setting up gazebos and getting ready for the tidal wave of entries, breaking all previous records. The club wish to thanks Belfast City Council for their support of the race and to the on site park wardens for their help.… Read more
It was standing room only in the large function room at Morrison's in Belfast on Friday night when the women's commission, Women's Cycling Ulster, organised their bike maintenance course. Women travelled from all over Ulster to attend with a large contingent up from North Down.
While the course was specifically targeted for women, men were not excluded and quite a few came along to support and to learn.
The course was delivered by Joe Henry of Velo Café Magasin who went through a huge gamut of areas of maintaining a bike in proper condition.… Read more
While as anyone who knows me can testify, I normally hesitate to use the term Ladies when referring to women cyclists but there was no other term to describe the three very glamorous ladies who arrived at Belfast City Hall today.
The women in question were Judith Russell, Therese Zwahlen and Julie Rea of Phoenic CC who are the current National Women's Road Race Championsip 2014 Team gold medallists.
The women, accompanied by their families, had been invited for tea by Lord Mayor Nicola Mallon as she wished to pay tribute to the achievements of the women.… Read more
It was a return to Lurgan Park for the first round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross season 2014 hosted by Apollo Cycling Team on Sunday 5 October. Only the Friday before race day had seen any significant rain on the park after 6 weeks of dry weather.
The park was in super condition with vibrant autumn colours which saw the venue full of walkers, children playing and, of course, cyclists.
A special thanks to Craigavon Borough Council for allowing the use of the park and to the park staff for their support.… Read more
The Training Day has been organised by the Irish Women's Commission and the goal for the taining day is to give girls the tools they need to allow them to continue with their bike riding while studying for their leaving Certs/GCSE's/A Levels and still gain good exam results.
The Programme for the day will be a morning Ride with National Champion Fiona Meade and Junior Women's Coach Orla Hendron along with other Coaches from the Women's Commission. This will be followed by lunch in the Green isle Hotel.… Read more