Lakeside Wheelers put on a fantastic show for the 2014 National Championships in the County Westmeath village of Multyfarnham today. Following a minutes silence in respect of the 4 people killed in a road accident the previous day, which led to the postponement of the Veterans and Women`s Championships until a later date, the 125+ rider field, minus a couple of pre-race favourites, set off at 11 am to cover 9 laps of the 19 km triangular circuit. The action was thick and fast from the `off`, with what turned out to be the decisive move being made in the opening lap which saw the leaders start their second lap with a 20 second advantage, which was to gradually increase throughout the day.… Read more
What a great final stage to a great race! The Costcutter Tour of Omagh is now officially over, done and dusted. Today’s stage consisted of 2 sprints and 3 KOH’s. Putting aside the fight for these specific polka dot and sprinters jerseys, the main battle today was for the leaders jersey, which in turn has made this year’s race one to remember. The battle started from the gun with the same consistent riders jumping from the front in a bid to close the time gap between them and the yellow jersey.… Read more
Day 2 of the Costcutter Tour of Omagh consisted of two stages, a 2.5 mile time trial followed by another road stage. For most it was up at the break of dawn with the first riders setting off for the time trial before 9 am. From this time onwards it was a steady chain of riders along the Omagh - Dromore Road until 11 am. Conditions were good, the wind was calm which meant there was some fast times put down on the short TT course.… Read more
Costcutter Tour of Omagh Stage 1 - 27 June 2014: Starting later on in the evening meant that throughout the stage the weather held up, riders remaining dry and being able to ride in safe conditions. Today’s stage consisted of 2 sprint primes and 2 King of the Hills (KOH’s). As the race started the female riders set off 5 minutes in advance of the main race for the opening miles. Throughout the race it remained calm with very few attacks or moves. The female riders got absorbed by the main field shortly after the first KOH, as riders were riding more aggressively by this stage and made significant time on the climbs as a result of the competitiveness built around the primes.… Read more
Due to a request from a Cycling Ulster senior about the opportunity to ride a UK premier calendar race as part of an Ulster team, I started to look into if this was possible. Whilst I was looking I received a call from Peter Harrison (Gosforth Road Club) who was interested in having a Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team in his race in Northumberland. After weeks of contacting riders to see who was available it looked at one point that we would have six Commonwealth riders available but due to team commitments we ended up with only likely having two.… Read more
The ever popular Noel Teggart Memorial Road Race took place on Sunday 22 June 2014 hosted by Banbridge CC and sponsored by O’Hagan Tyres of Laurencetown. It was a glorious day with wall-to-wall sunshine much to the delight of riders, spectators and race organisers. A full programme of races catered for all of the senior and youth categories (Under 16s, Under 14s and Under 12s) with Juniors riding with the A3s as usual. In the feature race of the afternoon for A1s and A2s a four man break comprising Sean McKenna (UCD), Alex Donald (Phoenix), Paul Mulligan (Caldwell Cycles) and Sean McIntyre (Orchard/ Shelbourne) was established early on and was able to withstand the efforts of the chasing group right to the end with the UCD man taking a well deserved win.… Read more
The Draynes Farms Bobby Crilly Classic is famed as much for the usual horrible weather the riders have to face as much as the epic mountain top finish. This year the weather was kind but the racing no less difficult. Three races were held as part of the event which finishes atop Divis mountain just north of Belfast.
The A1/2 race started first with four laps of the circuit with long dragging sections and a short sharp rise before heading up the mountain. The racing was aggressive from the start and the race broke apart early on. … Read more
The extremely wet weather on Saturday 7th June 2014 meant a reduced field of only the hardiest competitors braved the conditions for the Audi Grand Prix promoted by East Antrim CC - Isaac Agnew - Audi. A course inspection of the Ballynure circuit on the morning of the race found standing water on some of the back roads but after a quick consultation between the organisers and the Commissaire, Maurice McAllister, the race was confirmed as on with the brave riders given warning of the conditions to expect.… Read more
The rain which affected Saturday`s Audi GP did not hit the County Down `gold coast` for Sunday`s North Down GP, and although grey clouds threatened throughout the windswept race, there was only a brief shower on the penultimate lap of the feature race to cool the full field of riders in the North Down CC promotion.
Early in the day the Masters and Under 16 event had come together, with one from each forging ahead for a three-lap breakaway which saw Noel Boyce (North Down CC) and Jake Gray (East Tyrone CC) win their respective events.… Read more
Fifty five riders lined up to take part in the inaugural Clarke Decorate City of Armagh Criterium. Organised by Orchard CC as part of the celebrations to welcome the Giro d'Italia to our shores, the city council were very much behind tonight's event.
After a few laps riders began drop out of the main peleton with the result that with five laps to go it was down to a leading group of approximately twenty riders.
Colin Murtagh from Newry Wheelers broke away on his own with 3 laps to go and looked the winner but he was caught on the last lap coming into the finish with Billy Henderson from Keevan just taking it from Keith Hughes with Colin Murtagh third.… Read more