Cycling Ulster
24Nov/140

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

24Nov/140

Fun For All At Youth Trip to Newport

aIn the early hours of Sunday morning twelve boys aged between 12 and 16 and selected by the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy set off for a  two day training camp at the Olympic Velodrome in Newport South Wales.

Supervised by committee members Brian McComb and Phil Holland they met up at Rosslare harbour with 24 boys from Munster and Connaught who were accompanied by CI coach of the year Dan Curtin and his team of supervisors along with rider of the year Eddie Dunbar and national track champion Aidan Reade.… Read more

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20Nov/141

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

20Nov/140

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

17Nov/140

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

14Nov/140

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

11Nov/140

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

6Nov/140

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). (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

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3Nov/140

Sun Shines on Moira CX

aIt was the turn of Dromara Cycling Club to host a round of the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross series and it was back to Moira Demesne which was the club's fourth time at this venue.  Course set up began on Saturday morning in dry conditions but by 4 pm on Saturday afternoon there was heavy rain which lasted until dawn on Sunday morning.  Riders and organisers knew there'd be plenty of mud at Moira!  Race morning was bright with clear blue skies and warm autumn sunshine.

The team was on hand from 7 am completing the set up of the course which had a long 300 metre starting 'straight' before heading along a grass bank onto a wood chip avenue which runs up the centre of the park.  … Read more

2Nov/140

Spires Cycling Club hosts Autumn Beginner Initiative

aSpires Cycling Club has recently completed its Autumn Beginner Initiative, which was aimed at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to join them in its weekly Saturday morning cycle.

Before commencing, a health & safety induction was given to the twenty beginners who took part, and safety checks were carried out on all bikes.

On the first week two groups with ten beginners in each and accompanied by five experienced club members, covered a 15 mile route that included the Mid Ulster towns Tobermore, Desertmartin, Moneymore and back home towards Magherafelt.… Read more

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