Building on its success in 2013, Omagh Wheelers, the grass-roots club in the heart of Co. Tyrone has decided continue to run the development program. The program was first introduced in late 2012, and offers young, talented, local riders the opportunity to receive support in both training and equipment. The program is aimed to develop riders so that they achieve their potential, and to race at a high level. The program in its first year proved to be massive success.
The two riders chose for the 2013 season were Angus Fyffe and Marc Potts.… Read more
Mickey McKenna of Emyvale CC, former chairman of the National Youth Commission, has been asked to be part of the National Cycling Academy. He has requested that all parents of youth cyclists forward their names and ages if they are interested in going to a national youth cycling camp with the possibility of being picked to take part on the track and race in various road races next year.
This camp will be for boys and girls aged from 12 to 16 years old and they will benefit from some coaching, fun participation and getting to meet new friends from all parts of Ireland.… Read more
On Saturday VC Glendale hold their annual Imps Christmas cycle but for 2013 it is a cycle with a difference. The clubs asked the riders young and not so young for a few suggestions to make the cycle worthwhile.
Some thought of a sponsored cycle and a few others came up with some other suggestions but given the such short notice the easiest one to put into action was from imp Brent Van Der Linde. Brent’s message to the club was as follows
“On Saturday is our Christmas Cycle, because we have been so lucky this year and Christmas is a time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves and get teddy bears for some children.”
The club are calling on all IMPS to buy a teddy bear -it doesn’t have to be expensive, it can be as little as £5.… Read more
Cycling Ireland are running a series of Roadshows around Ireland, where you can see the new on-line registration system in action, learn how to use it and ask any relevant questions you would like Cycling Ireland to address. The road show is designed to help club officials, become familiar with the new system. This system has the capability to remove a lot of paperwork and should make life easier for club admisistrators in the future so it is important to get the training now.
The Cycling Ireland Team will be in the Silver Birches Hotel in Omagh next Monday night the 9th December.… Read more
With the 2014 calendar due to close on Tuesday to go to print Cycling Ulster has received no applications for the Ulster Road Race championships in respect of Seniors, Women, Veterans and Juniors. We also seeking applications for the Ulster 25mile Time trial Championships which was promoted very successfully in 2013 by the UCPC on a new and testing course.
If any club feels that they would like to take on either of these events could they please add them to the calendar as soon as possible or contact me at email@example.com to discuss it.… Read more
There will be an open forum regarding the development Women’s Cycling in Ulster at the Premier Inn Lisburn on the 14th December from 15.00-18.00. The day is open to everyone with an interest in women’s cycling.
The meeting will try to cover all aspects of cycling including racing, leisure, female youths, as well as Ulster team opportunities.
It is hoped that if everything goes well that there will be an opportunity to form a women’s committee which will have members who will represent the different cycling disciplines such as road racing, time trial, leisure, off road and track.… Read more
The event, which is one of the prestigious stage races in the Irish Cycling calendar was won in 2013 by Cork man Joe Fenlon riding for the Aqua Blue team.
The King of the Hills jersey was claimed by Roger Aiken – who has been to the fore in the current Cyclo Cross season and Javan Nulty from DID Dunboyne CC bagged the Under 23 jersey.
Race Director Aidan Higgins said “We undertook the event for the first time in 2013.… Read more
There will be a seminar and Youth Development workshop on Saturday 30th November hosted by SportNI in the House of Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast. John News, Participation Manager for SportNI will act as Chair for the day.
The day will examine the multifaceted opportunities for youth development encompassing road, off road, track and leisure. Participants will have opportunities to outline possible legacies for our youth in the wake of the Giro d’Italia coming to the north. Participants will also be updated regarding ongoing and planned youth development work both at a national level and provincially through the Cycling Ulster Youth Commission.… Read more
At the start of April this year VC Glendale applied through the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund for a grant to take kids from different areas of Belfast to five different mountain biking locations in Northern Ireland.
They were inspired by the City of Culture events happening in Derry and thought it would be a great idea to use biking to let kids express their culture side.
The intense application was put together by Colm Watson and submitted in July and the lottery was obviously impressed because after only a few weeks they awarded the club a grant to carry out their project.… Read more
Round 7 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series takes place this Sunday at Seacourt in Larne. Host club Team Madigan is famous for their hospitality. The community hall is a great HQ with kitchen and showers.
The grass course will be interesting this year if this dry weather keeps up. It could be fast fast fast. This course is based around the excellent facilities at the Seacourt Community Centre in Larne which has new football pitches, changing rooms, extended car park, greenhouses etc.
Team Madigan set out a great self-contained course for the Under 6s, 8s, 10s to the right of the centre. … Read more