Cycling Ulster

Super Six TT Begins and Opening Round of Women’s TT League

slaneThe Slane Cycles Ulster Women’s TT League kicks off this Sunday with Round 1 of the Ernie Magwood Super Six time trial series. Once again organisers of the Ernie Magwood Super Six Series have shown their support for women’s cycling by agreeing to incorporate their series into the league.

The event is a ten mile time trial on the Toome course. Sign-on and parking will be at Toome Park and Share Carpark. Sign-on from 9.00am with the first rider off at 10.00am.

Women’s Cycling Ulster would like to encourage more women to participate in the league this year and newcomers will be made very welcome.… Read more

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Road Events this Weekend With Updated Details Mid Ulster GP

Lakeland Grand Prix Saturday 26th April Hosted by Lakeland CC Fermanagh
On Saturday Lakeland CC will once again promote their very popular Grand Prix for Senior riders. There will be four events on offer namely an A3 race , A4 race and races for 50+Masters and Women. The A4 races is now closed as the full field has been reached. There are only nine places left in the A3 event and you can register online for this event at Entry Central.

Women and Masters can register on the day as the race fields are not full  however it would greatly help the organisers if you could register beforehand.… Read more

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Reilly Takes Home Yellow In Gorey

Mark Reilly (LCRC) took home the yellow jersey today, having finished in the bunch of the fourth & final stage of the Gorey 3-Day.

Having started the final stage in yellow, Reilly fought hard along with his Lucan team mates to retain the jersey, eventually taking the win by 19 seconds from nearest rival Robin Seymour (Epic MTB/Expert).

The stage got underway with a neutralised parade through the town up past the Monument, before the moto-commisaire signalled to riders that the race was on and the attacks started straight away.… Read more


Three Stage Wins but Duncan 11 Seconds off Yellow

aFraser Duncan ticked off a remarkable treble today when he won his third stage of the 50ieth Edition of the Tour of the North but despite this feat of winning all the road stages it was still not enough to achieve outright victory. That accolade goes to Englishman James Gullen riding for the professional Velosure Giordana outfit.

Gullen had gained 11 seconds on Duncan in the short Time Trial stage on Sunday morning but this small margin ensured that he maintained the Yellow Jersey and finished top on General Classification in this international stage race.… Read more


Duncan Wins Stage 3 but Gullen Retains Yellow in ToN

3aToday’s stage of the Tour of the North saw many attempts at breaks which all came to nothing with riders watching for every move.

In the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane showing his explosive power which saw him take the stage win from Peter Hawkins of the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles team.

Despite winning two stages of the Tour of the North Fraser Duncan is an agonising 11 seconds in arrears as the race concludes on Easter Monday with a 72 mile road stage taking in Maghera, Limavady, Coleraine and Rasharkin before finishing in Galgorm.… Read more

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Mark Reilly in Yellow in Final Stage of Gorey

aLCRC’s Mark Reilly will be wearing the yellow jersey into the final stage of the Gorey 3-Day.

Reilly finished second in the stage, crossing the line beside Darragh Zaidan (Adamstown CC) having gone clear of the main bunch on the last lap.

The third stage comprised of four laps of the Cranford-Camolin-Gorey circuit.  Robert Seymour (Epic MTB/Expert) started the stage in the yellow jersey, with Peter Kirwan (LCRC) in the KOM jersey & Ciaran Kelly (Team Bikeworx) in the Points jersey, having shown blistering pace in the early morning TT, finishing 30 seconds ahead of nearest rival Seymour.… Read more


Christie Takes Stage 2 TT Win in Tour of the North

Marcus Christie recorded the fastest time on this morning’s two mile time trial at Woodgreen. The time trial was the second stage of the Tour of the North. Christie’s time of 4m38.45s was enough to deny the Velosure Giordana Team the monopoly on the podium places as they went on to take the next four places. Among these four was James Gullen who had a time of 4m42.58s and third place.  This had  a significant effect on the overall GC as Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane recorded a time of 4m53.62s which meant that he lost the Yellow Jersey to James Gullen of Velosure Giordana by 11 seconds.… Read more


Shaky Start for Gorey Three Day

aaThe 38th Edition of the Gorey 3-Day got off to a shaky start today with the stage finishing early due to a road traffic collision in the final few kilometres.  An official GC was has been released, with 11 riders who were in a break finishing a little over one minute ahead of the bunch.

The day started off with breaks going early, but nothing could stick.  Hackettstown proved to be testing, with the bunch stretching out along the climb, but coming back together with very few casualties.… Read more


Duncan Puts His Stamp on Tour of the North

aThe first stage of the fiftieth edition of the Tour of the North promoted by the NICF took to the roads today in glorious sunshine. The route took the riders the riders along the Antrim coast and up some of the beautiful glens and the scenery was stunning. However the riders did not have time to admire the view as the racing went from the gun.

This was no Saturday run along the coast but good quality international racing which saw riders clock an average speeed of 27 miles per hour at the end of the race.… Read more


Tour of the North Details

1Easter weekend in cycling terms is synonomous with the major stage races around Ireland such as the Gorey and Rás Mumhan and here inUlster we have the Tour of the North.

This year the race will be based in Ballymena and has lost its traditional Friday night hill climb at Stormont. However it still promises to be a hard race and clubs around Ireland and further afield have been vying to get an entry. The full start list can be downloaded HERE.

This year is the 50th Edition of the race and it will be held from Saturday to Monday and will feature 4 stages, 3 road and 1 time trial, all based in
the Ballymena area.… Read more

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