Following an historic medal haul at the Paralympic Games in London 2012, Cycling Ireland is looking ahead towards Rio 2016 where we aim to sustain the level of performance from our highly successful team.
We are currently looking for male and female pilots to trial for a place on the squad. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to compete in at the highest level, have access to a Performance Coach and attend coach led training sessions.
Our goal is to have a number of World Class pilots well trained and pushing for places on the Elite squads for the Rio Paralympic cycle.
2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Mark Colbourne is set to inspire the local business community when he speaks at an exclusive event in Belfast later this week.
During his only visit to Belfast on Saturday, 13 October, the para – cyclist hopes to inspire a generation, not only in life but also in business. In a world where the smallest margins make the difference between winning and losing, Mark uses his unique experience to explain what it takes to push your business in order to achieve your goals. … Read more
Mark Rohan has stamped his authority on the Men’s H1 category in the world of Paracycling, by adding a Gold Medal in the Road Race to the Gold he won in the Time Trial earlier this week. The pressure of being the World Number 1 ranked rider spurred on Rohan, who dictated the pace of the race in the second half of the 48km event. Fankhauser, the Swiss man, took silver just 2 seconds behind Rohan. Defending Paralympic Champion Schattauer, from Austria, took Bronze a further 15 seconds back.… Read more
Mark Rohan struck Ireland’s first gold medal in cycling at the Paralympic Games with victory in the men’s H1 time trial this afternoon. There was also medal success for Ulster when Portaferry native, James Brown won a bronze in the men’s tandem time trial along with his pilot, Damien Shaw. Silver medalists from the pursuit on the track, Catherine Walsh piloted by Fran Meehan added to the Irish medal haul with a bronze in the women’s tandem time trial. The squad is coached by Cookstown’s Brian Nugent while Gerry Beggs from Banbridge is the team mechanic.… Read more
Wednesday 5th September sees the full Irish Team in action in Brands Hatch, where they compete in the Time Trial events on the Road. Going into this event Ireland boasts two top seeds in Mark Rohan and Colin Lynch, who are both World Champions in this discipline. Paralympic Silver Medalists in the Pursuit, Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan, won a Bronze medal in this event last September in Denmark, and will looking to build their medal tally.
First in action in the morning is Cathal Miller, flag bearer for the Irish Team.… Read more
Men’s Tandem Narrowly Miss out on Bronze in the 4km Pursuit – In what was the race of the day at the Velodrome in the Olympic and Paralympic Park, the tandem pairing of James Brown and his pilot Damien Shaw narrowly missed out on the Bronze medal in a race that saw the lead change several times throughout the 4km competition.
Brown and Shaw qualified for the Bronze medal ride-off in the Men’s Individual B 4km Pursuit, in a National Record time of 4.25.557. While came to London as World silver medallists in this event, the competition was always going to be tough, with two Australian bikes racing, one were the World Champions, the other the World Record holders.… Read more
Saturday 16th June 2012 – Maryland Tandem Sportive: On Saturday Maryland Wheelers will promote a tandem only event for Blind and partially sighted cyclists however all tandems are welcome. The venue is the Down Royal Race Course and storage space for bikes has been organised for any bikes which need to be at the location before the 16th June. Bikes can be brought to the Racecourse at 3pm on Thursday 14 and 3pm Friday 15 June – Vicki Moody will be there to let you in.… Read more
Office workers and city centre shoppers are being urged to ‘wheelie’ make a difference by signing up for the Deloitte Disability Sport NI Spinathon on Friday 22nd June at Belfast City Hall. The local business is challenging the people of Belfast to compete in teams of four, cycling for 15 minutes each, to cover the furthest distance on stationary bikes in a bid to win a host of special prizes including restaurant and shopping vouchers, and claim the title of Belfast’s Speediest Spinners.
Individual racers can also take on a solo time challenge competing against familiar faces including Jim Eastwood from BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ for spot prizes including a City Bike donated by Chain Reaction.… Read more
After months of preparation, 34 of the world’s elite women time trial cyclists from 12 countries took part in the Celtic Chrono at Stormont Estate today with local Olympian, Wendy Houvenaghel triumphant.
The elite women cyclists rode the 22 mile track taking in Newtownards and Bangor with Wendy Houvenaghel, riding for Team GB in the Olympics in London, recording the fastest time on the trial of 48mins 35.09 seconds.
Wendy triumphed ahead of Olga Zabelinskaya from Russia on a time of 48 mins 57.38 seconds with Hanka Kupfernagel from Germany in 3rd on a time of 49 mins 40.66 seconds.… Read more
This weekend sees two road race events down for decision as well as Errigal’s tough Hills of Donegal Tour and Slieve Gullion’s very popular Tour of Carlingford Leisure event.
Tour of Ards – Saturday 31st March
On Saturday Ards CC promote the Tour of Ards which takes riders around the scenic Ards Peninsula. This is a pre-entry event and is now full. It receives full PSNI support without which it would be impossible to get the riders safely through the towns and villages en-route. The event kicks off at 11.00am, an earlier start than normal.… Read more