Cycling Ulster
14Apr/150

Snow to sunshine, wild deer to mountain biking, all fun at Colebrooke

Caldwell Cycles's usual venue of Ballykelly Forest was unavailable this year due to tree felling which left event organiser Clive Caldwell the task of finding another venue to host a cross-country mountain bike event. Thankfully Lord Alan Brookeborough of Colebrooke Estate in Brookeborough County Fermanagh was happy to accommodate another race on his estate using more or less the same course as Lakeland CC had back in January of this year. … Read more

5Apr/150

Exciting Racing in Stage 3 Tour of the North

aThis afternoon's stage of the Tour of the North rolled out from the Ballymena Club Rooms to the start line at Whiteside's Road where the flag was dropped and the race was on. And Race On was exactly what happened as the riders never let up on the tough circuit.

The event covered four laps of a 9.5 mile circuit with a KoH at Lap 1 and Lap 3 before doing a longer loop prior to the fast run into the finish.

There were attempts to break from the bunch all day and riders such as Ronan McLaughlin (Team ASEA),  Paul McCarter (Omagh Wheelers) and Jack Waller of Spirit Bikes were particularly active early on.… Read more

4Apr/150

Gareth McKee Takes First Yellow in Tour of the North

aAlmost 120 riders took to the roads around the North Antrim coast and Glens today as Stage 1 of this year's Tour of the North began. A light mizzle and some misty patches greeted the riders in the early part of the race but the strong headwinds were to be the undoing of those that were dropped.

Four King of the Hills and two early crashes saw the fragmentation of the field as riders struggled to get back on.

Dave Watson of North Down suffered some bad road rash as did Darragh Zaidan of the Belgian Project Team.… Read more

30Mar/150

Tough conditions at the British NPS Round 1

The first round of the British NPS Cross-country series took place over the weekend at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire. The aim of the Cycling Ulster MTB XC squad for 2015 is to compete at all five of the British rounds. Selected onto the squad were Matthew Adair (Xmtb McConvey Cycles), James Curry (Banbridge CC) and Sean Bradley (Carn Wheelers). Unfortunately Matthew was unable to attend due to last minute work issues. Jeff Ballantine and Simon Curry took the guys over on the Friday evening on the overnight boat to arrive on Saturday in time for practice.… Read more

10Mar/150

McKee in Dominant Form at Rostrevor

The 2015 Ulster Cross-Country (XC) Mountain Bike Series kicked off on Sunday 8 March at one of Ireland's premier mountain bike trail centres, Kilbroney Park beside the village of Rostrevor in County Down. Host club Dromara Cycling Club has been running XC events here since the trail centre opened in 2013. The event headquarters was based in the caravan park with its many hard stand parking bays and amenity block with showers and toilets. The event had to take place at this time of the year as the caravan park was open to the public on the Monday after the event and would remain open until the start of November.… Read more

5Mar/150

CicliSport and Newry Hospice Cycle Now Open for Entries

Saturday 28th March Ciclisport GP
East Tyrone C.C. will be running three separate races at their annual East Tyrone C.C. Ciclisport Grand Prix 2015 and they will also be running two races for Youth namely for U14 and U16 riders. This will be the Tommy Smith Memorial Race.

The U16 event will be considered as one of the counter selection events for the European Youth Olympics and a big crowd is expected to attend this race.

Please Note :Due to the U16 Race being a qualifying round for the European Youth Olympics and the anticipated increase in numbers, the ETCC Committee have decided for this year only not to promote a Masters and Women'sRace and we apologise for any inconvenience. Read more

4Mar/150

Great early season racing at Xmtb’s Spring Series

The Xmtb McConvey Cycles Spring Series is a well-established set of three off-road cycling races which take place just before the start of the main off-road race season. The three races were held at Ormeau Park in Belfast and the club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their continued support. The races have always been aimed at the youth riders with a senior race tagged on at the end to keep the parents and early season racers happy. … Read more

25Feb/150

Masters’ League Update After Round 1.

bThe Cycling Ulster masters’ league got underway for 2015 at the George Rooney Phoenix GP last Sunday.  The hardy riders who turned up had to endure cold, wet and windy conditions for the 25 mile race.  However the conditions clearly proved little of a deterrent as 25 rides took to the start line.

There was a huge range in the experience level of those who rode the race; from Dermot Hughes starting his 57th year of racing to Dermot Rooney who was riding his first race. … Read more

21Dec/140

Four seasons at the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships at Drum Manor

Carn Wheelers played host to the Ulster Cyclo-cross championships for the third year in a row at Drum Manor forest which is located outside of Cookstown in County Tyrone (14 December 2014). There had been a gap of 3 weeks from the last round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series and riders had been faced with the challenge of maintaining form while the weather turned cold with some snow and ice around. … Read more

28Aug/140

A return to Castlewellan Forest for the Ulster MTB Championships

A great day at Castlewellan Forest Park with dry conditions for the 2014 Ulster Cross-country mountain bike championships which took place on Sunday 24 August 2014. Event headquarters was placed prominently on the hill in front of the castle which then had a great vista overlooking the lake and forest. Banbridge Cycling Club have worked closely with Down Council and the Forestry Service to create a course which used parts of the trail centre trails, fire roads and sections of forest single track. … Read more

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