Cycling Ulster

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


31/08/2013 Ernie Magwood Super Six Rd 6

The final round of the Ernie Magwood Super 6 Time Trial League took place on Saturday 31st at a very windy Woodgreen. As forecast, the rain stayed away, that’s six dry rounds this year and the air temperature was good, but the wind picked up on cue, with a harder return leg and also a solid crosswind at the mid point of the course. It was a day to hide behind the knuckles and pedal hard with times generally 30-60s back on the PBs recorded at the last round, which scuppered the record attempts of both Marcus and Laura, but it wasn’t through lack of trying as they still both set staggering times.… Read more


Maxwell Breaks Irish Jun Woman’s Record, Christie Goes close to Irish Record.

Last Thursday night was round 5 of the Ernie Magwood super 6 TT series.  It was held on what is acknowledged to be the fastest TT courses in the country at Woodgreen between Antrim and Ballymena and the times recorded at the event only strengthen that claim.   The conditions on the night were just right for those who had trained hard all year to go for a PB, or even an Irish record.

The in form Marcus Christie continued his very impressive TTing this summer and produced an 18:32 for a new PB and a time only 11 seconds off David McCann’s long standing Irish record.  … Read more


Swinand and Dunbar Claim All Ireland Titles

gsOn Saturday Omagh Wheelers promoted  the National Veteran’s and Junior Time Trial Championships. While weather conditions were not exactly ideal with contestants facing a biting wind, Omagh Wheelers ensured however that everything else was in place.

There were lots of marshalls around the course and the usual Omagh Wheelers hospitality went some way to warm the participants.

Greg Swinand of Usher IRC put in a supreme effort to lift the coveted National Time with his time of 53.16, over a minute and a half faster then well known Ulster time triallist, John Heverin of Clann Eireann who lifted the silver medal.… Read more


Tour of Omagh Stage 3 – McNally and Taylor Take Stage and Yellow.

Jersey leaders starting Stage 4 (L-R Darnel Moore, Thomas Duffy, Gerard McNally Michael Finn)

This morning’s third and decisive TT stage of the Omagh 3 day saw a win for Gerard McNally of Team Superseal Windows which means he takes over the yellow jersey going into the final road stage by 3 seconds over Cathal Hendron of Apollo.

In the woman’s race Mary Angela Taylor of Carn Wheelers now holds the yellow jersey by 11 seconds from overnight leader McFarland.

Tour of Omagh 2013 Stage 3 Results v1


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25/07/2013 NI ’25′ Championships.

Gold For McIntyre, Curran , Lowry, Laverty and Phoenix in NI 25 Champs.

Thunder storms with heavy rain rattled through the course 90-minutes prior to the start but thankfully the storm had cleared leaving clear blue sky behind, which was just reward to the 54 Riders (some Madigan riders riding in a club event within the race) who took the chance to attend in the hope it would pass-over. A clear winner on the night was Greg Swinand from South Africa now based in Dublin riding for Usher Irish Road.  … Read more


21/07/2013 Ernie Magwood Memorial Time Trial


Sunday 21st  July ETCC held their 3rd annual Ernie Magwood memorial 10 mile TT on the notoriously fast Omagh road circuit – As always ETCC held an impressive event , right from the marshal coverage , professional timing system,   facilities for tea afterwards, and new addition this year a launch ramp to add to the professionalism if the event.

Based on previous years attendees, with winners such as Ivan Reid and David McCann this was always going to be a prestigious event attracting the best testers from 18 different clubs throughout the province and as far away as Donegal.  Read more


14/07/2013 Ulster 10 Mile Championships

Christie Crowned Ulster 10 Champion

Marcus Christie was the only rider to break the 20 minute mark today as he picked up his second Ulster gold medal in a week after his stunning ride in the 50 champs last Sunday.

Full results below, full report and pics to follow.

1 M Christie 19:09
2 J Heverin 20:19 V
3 J Madden 20:27 V
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11/07/2013 Ernie Magwood Super 6 Round 4

Marcus Christie Goes Sub 19 at Ernie Magwood Super 6.

Marcus Christie, having shattered the Irish 50 miles record the previous weekend, was the hot favourite to win the 10 mile event at Woodgreen on Thursday night past.

Marcus was tipped to do a solid 19, or as some though, possibly an 18, and based on the five consecutive 20 minute 10 mile time trials he done to get his 50 time to 1:40:10, it was feasible.

While conditions were very good at Woodgreen there have been better nights, which make his 18:37 all the more amazing; he surely could challenge the 10 record with another few attempts and the right conditions.… Read more

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