There was racing for all categories today at Tydavnet when Emyvale CC promoted their annual Emyvale GP. First into the fray were the Youth riders who faced a different circuit from normal as ongoing roadworks had closed a number of roads in the area.
Due to some confusion because of the change of route the U14 and U16 race required a restart. Ciara Doogan of Errigal, who has recently been named on the European Youth Olympic team, took the win by over two minutes.
Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone had to be content with second on this occasion with Ethan Fleville of Clann Eireann taking an excellent third position.… Read more
The Ulster Team Time Trial Championships has continued to grow in popularity in recent years and tonight was no exception. The event, promoted by Phoenix CC, saw a total of twenty five teams sign on.
Hot favourites were Curran Racing consisting of Liam Curran, John Madden, Ian Inglis and David Hamilton. They did not disappoint clocking up a fantastic 50.18 for the twenty five mile distance to take the Gold medal in the men’s competition.
Phoenix CC managed to enter a total of ten men’s teams so it was no surprise that they would have a team on the podium.… Read more
M agnificent organisation, marshalling and safety
C lear communications, barriers and marquees
Copious amounts of soup, rolls and sandwiches
A t the Halfway House, Tattyreagh
N othing left to chance and riders arrived in droves
N o slacking in the bunches today, racing all the way
Crossing the line as winners were Jeffers, Heaney and Lyons
Ulster’s finest chasing points
Perfect way to spend Mother’s Day
Almost three hundred riders turned up at Seskinore today to take part in one of the five races on offer from 11.00 am this morning at the McCann Cup promoted by Omagh Wheelers.… Read more
There was a strong showing from Ulster riders in the Cycleways Cup races promoted by Navan Avonmore today. Conor Muphy from Emyvale, riding for the Eurocycle team held off a strong challenge from Damian Shaw of Aqua Blue to take the prestigious A event at Navan.
Gary Jeffers of East Tyrone, who has managed to shoot into the limelight recently in A1 events with his fantastic win at the Hewitt and Gilpin Phoenix GP took a well deserved fouth in this event proving that this 23 year old has undiscovered depths as a cyclist.… Read more
Spires CC had everything in place today for what should have been a great day’s racing. With barriers at the finish line, lots of marshalls, motorbike outriders, lead cars, an ambulance and a first aid car, the club had left nothing to chance for their first ever open race promotion.
There was a full field for both the A race for A1-A3 riders and the B event for A4 riders.
The Masters and Women event was combined today and there twenty five riders lined up. Unfortunately the roads were very ‘greasy’ with unlderying salt and although the riders were warned at the start of each race it did not prevent a few minor spills in both the A and B events.… Read more
The main race of the day was the A1 and A2 race. As there was a good bunch of both categories the event was handicapped with A2′s getting two minutes over scratch.
Riding in this bunch was aggressive from the start with several riders lashing it at the front to try and keep scratch from closing in.… Read more
Brian Stewart (Phoenix CC) is ending the season just as he started it with some fine form putting him at the top of the results table. The Phoenix rider won the Billy Stewart Cup after getting into a three man break inside the final 15 miles of racing. William Larmour (East Antrim) took second spot ahead of Newry’s Drew McKinley. Peter Kennedy (East Antrim-Audi) led in the bunch for fourth place. Results and a link to a video of the race can be seen below.
Details and results of the A4 race will be posted shortly.… Read more
To be part of the spectacle and atmosphere of the Ulster Grand Prix was almost overwhelming on Saturday, the massive crowds of spectators for the motor-bike races cheered the 30 riders through the pits just like a grand tour race with blasting music, entusiastic commentary and police siren out-riders making this a day to remember on this 4th aniversary for our clubmate Dave McCall. Unfortunately we only have a 1 hour window to work with and our thanks go to Noel Johnston (clerk of the course) and his team for giving us the opportunity and their support to ride the circuit with closed roads.… Read more
Carrickfergus cyclist Gary Cranston (East Antrim Audi) rode superbly well for the whole race and very much deserved to win after a 5th place last year. Attacks went early in the 3 lap 54-mile hilly race on the Kilroot, Glynn, Gleno, Beltoy circuit. An 11 man group formed including Mark Potts (Omagh Whs) which opened a gap of 3 minutes within the 1st lap. More attacking mostly instigated by Gary Cranston on the climbs shed this group to nine. Another man in this group James McMaster (Curran Racing) took both K.O.H.… Read more
Round 1 of the Cycling Ireland Youth Inter Provincial Track Series took place today at a sunny if windy Orangefeild track in Belfast. Three provinces competed, Ulster, Leinster and Munster, and each fielded teams in the U16, U14 and U12 age categories. Two U10 Ulster riders also took part and gained valuable experience for the future, and on today’s showing will certainly make headlines in on the track in the coming years.
The day’s competition started with the sprint qualifiers followed by the time trial for each category.… Read more