The 2014 UK Inter-Regional Road Championships will go down as Ulster`s most successful participation so far in these competitions, but is unfortunately balanced somewhat by the spills a couple of our riders were involved in over the course of the 3-day competition.
The entire concept is an excellent one devised by British Cycling to bring together the 12 British Cycling regions, with Ulster included to make 13 teams comprising 4 Boys and 4 Girls. Each year there is a UK School Games, a multi-sport competition largely mirroring the Olympics, and dependent on the venue, will determine the discipline of the Cycling within the `Games.… Read more
The Inter-regional Mountain Bike Championships took place over the weekend of the 19-21 September 2014. The competition was open to youth riders aged 16 or under to compete against 13 other UK regions. The three day competition was based at Hadleigh Farm in Essex where the 2012 Olympic MTB event was held. The Ulster squad for this year consisted of four riders: Adam Duff, Calvin Moore, Cameron McIntyre and John Buller. … Read more
First up was the street sprint events; a highbrid event combining track-like skills in a road setting. The first run is a timed run over the 250m course to determine the seeding with Ciara Doogan again excelling to record the 3rd fastest time with club mate 'pocket rocket' Shauna McFadden posting 10th quickest time.
Roisin Carter also made it in to the top 15 with pre-event favourite Shenna McKiverigan unfortunately crashing out in her effort to record the fastest time.… Read more
On a pre-event recce of the venue - the purpose built Redbridge Cycling Complex the riders bumped in to world superstar 'the Manx missile', Mark Cavendish who was happy to pose for a few pictures with our riders.
Hopefully meeting Cav will have a positive effect on our riders as they gear up for tomorrow's opening criterium which gets underway with the boys race at 3 o'clock.… Read more
There was sponsorship from Maryland stalwart Gerry McCann and support on the ground from current Maryland Wheelers club members.
The pleasant weather attracted many kids and parents to the event for the 3 distances for the 3 ages groups ranging from 10 -16 and all had a great time with only one mishap to report on the road. Thankfully young Mark's sore shoulder is on the mend and the Foundation sends its thanks to his very understanding mum and the fantastic medic Andrea Nash who comforted Mark.… Read more
A seven-strong Ulster Youth track squad took centre stage last week at the Sainsbury`s School Games in Manchester where they competed at the world famous Manchester Velodrome as part of the three-day multi-sport event.
The squad comprised Shenna McKiverigan (Banbridge CC), Ciara Doogan (Errigal CC), Molly McLarnon (North Down CC), Xeno Young (unattached), Marc Heaney (CarnbWheelers), Conor McLoughlin (Newry Wheelers) and Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC) and the team was managed by Nicola McKiverigan and Gary McKeegan.
Thirteen UK regions made up the competition, with the added international flair of Brazil competing as a guest nation. … Read more
There are a number of road events on this coming weekend. for riders of all abilities. There is also a day just for Youth riders starting in Crumlin on Saturday. Please see previous post.
Sunday 21st September _ Mixed Two-Up Time Trial - Toome
For those who want a bit of competition Church Island Cycling will be promoting a mixed two-up time trial on the Toome time trial course. Sign-on will be at the Park n Ride Toomebridge from 9.00am with the first rider off at 1000 am.… Read more
On Saturday the 20th the annual David McCall Foundation Autumn Youth Day takes place. The event HQ will be based in St Johns hall in Crumlin. Gerry McCann who's family co sponsor the McCann/Givan/Stewart U16 trophy has very generously agreed to be a sponsor for this event.
The Cycling Ulster Youth Academy and the Foundation work closely together to bring through young cycling talent and this day out for the kids is as always to bring them together in a non-competitive atmosphere for fun and just getting to know each other.… Read more
The sun shone at the lakes in Craigavon for the fifth and final round of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike series. This round was hosted by Apollo Cycling Team whose members have been working hard on developing the course and adding in new features not used in previous years. The course takes in a circuit around the lakes starting from the Watersports centre which has a café, separate room for sign on, showers, toilets and bike wash facilities. Beside the car park there is the grassy hill section which has a large stone erected on the top as the focal point and is surrounded by a circular line of trees. … Read more
A busy time ahead for the off-road cyclists with the last round of the Ulster XC Series on this Sunday at Craigavon, the upcoming National Marathon Championships at Kilbroney the following weekend and then there is cyclo-cross.… Read more