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
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
Fast Times at Woodgreen
The concluding round of the 2014 Ernie Magwood Super 6 took place at Woodgreen on the 13th September, the two riders who had a tilt at the Irish elite and Veterans 10 miles records a Rd 5, Marcus Christie and John Madden were once again back and raring to go. Conditions this time were much more favourable, the SW wind present at Rd5 replaced with a slight headwind on the return leg, but also high temperatures and good visibility making for good safe and fast conditions.… Read more
In his World Championship debut, Carrick-on-Suir's Michael O'Loughlin has finished in an impressive 8th position in the Junior Men's Time Trial in Ponferrada, Spain. The first year junior started the 29.5km course as the 41st starter, setting the early fastest time, which he held until Germany's Sven Reutter finished faster. The eventual race winner was Germany's Lennard Kamna, With Adrien Costa (USA) and Michael Storer (AUS) taking silver and bronze. Ireland's Mark Downey, who won a silver medal in the Scratch Race at the European Track Championshps, finished in 34th position.… Read more
Ryan Mullen has won a silver medal in the Men's U23 Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain today. In extremely wet conditions the Irish man took control of the race from the start, posting the fastest time at each time check along the route. With three riders to go, it looked like Ireland would secure the gold, until a fast finishing Campbell Flakemore (Aus) narrowly pipped Mullen, to take the World Title. Flakemore took gold, Mullen silver, and Stefan Keung (SUI) won the bronze medal.… Read more
The annual mixed two up time trial took place on Sunday in glorious sunshine. The event which had been cancelled last year was resurrected this year by the hard working Church Island Cycling club. Unfortunately due to the rescheduled Women's and Vets national Championship falling on the same weekend some of the regular contenders were missing.
Five teams took to the line on the Toome course and were timed off by Gordon Parker. Favourites were Eileen and Jason Burns of Ballymena CRC as Eileen has been putting in some super times in recent events.… Read more
Lakeside Wheelers are delighted to announce that the rescheduled Women's and Vets National Road Race Championships will go ahead at Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath on Saturday 20th September. Thanks to the great assistance we have received from the local community, Westmeath County Council, Civil Defence, and the Gardai, we will have closed roads on the circuit for the championships. Race HQ will be in Multyfarnham Community Centre beside the GAA pitch and the original race entries and start numbers will stand.
Sign on will be from 9:30am , the Women will close at 10:30 and the Vets will close at 11am.… 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
Sunday morning saw twenty eight hardy souls tun up at Woodgreen at eight o'clock in the morning to register for the gruelling 100 mile time trial championships promoted by Ballymoney CC.
The weather conditions were good with hazy sunshine and the wind was not too strong. All the top contenders for a record attempt were on the line-up. Bryan McCrystal of Aqua Blue smashed the senior record last year with an outstanding time of 3:34:52 while John Madden set a new Veteran's record 3:42:49.… Read more