Cycling Ulster

Tommy Givan “50″ and Ulster 50 tt Champs

On Sunday 6 July 2014 Maryland Wheelers organised the annual Tommy Givan Memorial 50 mile time trial event on the Woodgreen circuit. This event doubled up as the Ulster 50 mile TT championships. The day was pleasant enough, sunny with light winds, not ideal for time trialling with most riders claiming that this year's conditions were slower than before. The fastest rider on the day was Colm Cassidy (UCD) in a time of 1 hour 42 minutes and 26 seconds which was quite a bit off the 1:40:10 set by Marcus Christie last year.… Read more


Madden smashes a 50 year Road Record from Derry to Belfast

aSchool Principal, John Madden who currently rides for Dig Deep Coaching, smashed the long standing Derry to Belfast record on Sunday 22 June 2014.

Despite the fact that John has held national cycling records in most of the standard distance time trials of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles in both Senior and Veteran categories, was on the Irish triathlon squad for 10 years (1991-2000) and former national champion in that discipline, he was not satisfied and was always looking for new goals to achieve.

He set his sights on the Derry to Belfast record less than a year ago and began to plan how this could be achieved.… Read more


Cassidy and Meehan Tops in Father’s Day Super Sunday 25 TT

The Super 25 mile time trial took place at Woodgreen on Sunday 15 June 2014 (Father's Day) hosted by Ballymoney Cycling Club. The event was a great success with a field of 51 riders. The conditions were sunny and warm however there was a strong blustery wind. Fastest male was Colm Cassidy (UCD) in a time of 49.39. Fran Meehan (Team Aqua Blue) was the fastest woman over the distance in a time of 60.50.

The team prize was won by the BCC Biesty's Centra Racing Team (Steven McAllister 56.36, Mervyn Linton 57.37 and Uel Cunningham 59.15).… Read more


08/06/2014 Champion of Champion 25 Mile Time Trial

Christian Nachtigall (Phoenix) was an impressive winner of the Champion of Champions 25 mile Time Trial in 57:37.
Following torrential rain for most of Saturday, it was a relief to wake up this morning to see the sun peeking through, but there was still a strong breeze and Chris Boardman’s course and event record of 49:36 never looked in danger.
Second overall was Derek Ferguson (Kings Moss), with local speed merchant Robin Millar (Ards CC) taking third for the host club.
Derek Ferguson was second and Ards CC’s Robin Millar took third.… Read more


13-05-2014 Phoenix Open 10

Sean McIntyre of Orchard CC once again proved he is a man to watch out for in 2014 especially where time trialling is concerned. In the Phoenix Open 10 on the Templepatrick course he took top spot with his time of 21.06, over fifty secnds faster than another renowned tester, Stuart Bennett of Phoenix CC.

Another relative newcomer, Derek Ferguson of Kings Moss is also beginning to make his presence felt as he took third spot with a time of 22.09.

First Woman on the night was Dromara's Keri Partan who recorded a time of 25.28.… Read more


06/05/14 – Madigan and Ballymena Take Ulster Team TT Champs

This morning some of the visiting teams in this year's giro D'Italia were sampling Irish roads and unfortunately, Irish weather. However today was a 'soft' day in comparison to the condidtions which the thirty three teams from around Ulster experienced last night at Woodgreen. The Ulster team time trial championships were being promoted by Phoenix CC and everyone was in high spoirtits. The weather was dry and the  sun was trying to come out. But it was only an illusion of good weather to come.

Not long after the last of the teams were pushed off the sky began to darken and it looked like the end of the world.… Read more


01/05/2014 – Spires Trilogy TT Round 1

A field of 28 testers signed on for the first round of the Spires CC TT Trilogy on Thursday night (1st of May).

With dull, overcast conditions, low air temperatures and a light wind, which was of no great assistance on either leg of the trial, it was looking like a slow start to the competition may be on the cards.

This was definitely not the case. Sean McIntyre blasted out a fantastic time of 20.56 to take the maximum points available on the evening. Sean produced a near perfect effort (according to his garmin upload) to beat local man Cathal Doyle into 2nd place overall Cathal himself produced a very strong ride stopping the clock at 21.43.… Read more


27/04/2014 Ernie Magwood Super Six Round 1

The 2014 Ernie Magwood Super 6 league kicked off in a similar fashion to 2013. A bright pleasant but breezy morning faced the riders along with a course which was 320m long thanks to an Audi trip meter, cue cries of my Garmin says 10.18 miles etc etc. Regardless, Darrell Erwin, only recently
back to training got the show on the road, clocking up a benchmark 36 minute time, however the big story was the kicking dished out by John Madden to his rivals, just as he had done 12 months earlier at Round 1 of the 2013 league.… Read more


29/09/2013 100 M TT Championships

Bryan-McCrystalRecords Smashed at 100 mile TT Championships
Twenty six brave souls lined up at Woodgreen this morng for the 'Race of truth' - a one hundred mile time trial run by Ballymoney CC . This was also the Ulster 100m TT Championships.

The morning was fine and sunny and became warm but there was a blustery wind which caught the deep section rims and disc wheels. Not an ideal day for records to be broken but fall they did.

John Madden of Curran Racing who held both the senior and veteran records at this distance with a time of 3:45:05 going in to today's event went all out to prove that he could go even faster.… Read more


22/09/2013 Ulster 25 Mile TT Championships – Dungannon

DSC_0019 (200x127)The Ulster 25 mile time trial championships was held today on the A4 Dungannon to Ballygawley dual carriageway.

The event was promoted by the UCPC for the first time and they pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable day. The weather remained dry and very mild with the temperature sitting at 20 degrees and a light wind

The course along the new carriageway from Dungannon to Ballygawley was excellent in that the surface as smooth and there was little traffic. There is a climb or long drag on the course which proved tough but fast times were still recorded.… Read more

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