Cycling Ulster
21Nov/140

New Cycling Club for Belfast

image001A new cycling club has just been set up in Belfast. Based in the Titanic Quarter of the city the club is now ready to take on new members.

The club committee have been preparing the way for the formation of the club for some time and had meetings with Marian and Tommy Lamb earlier in the year.

They are happy to accept cyclists who work or live in the area and who would like to be part of a club set up. They are having an open evening on Thursday evening in the Dock cafe in the Titanic Quarter at 7,30pm and are inviting anyone who is interested in finding out more to come along to the cafe where refreshments will be served.… Read more

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21Nov/140

Bann Wheelers Offer More Winter Trailquests

After a successful introduction into Trailquests during the Winter of 2013/14 Bann Wheelers are aiming to host a Winter Series of 5 events for 2014/15.

Trailquests (or MTB Orienteering Score) events are basically like a treasure hunt on the mountain bike!  Round 2 will take place on Sunday 7th December and will start and finish at Wetherspoons in Coleraine (Castlerock Road, BT51 3HP)

Teams (of pairs) can be male, female or mixed.  Start will be open between 09:30 - 10:30, with each team given 3 hours to gain as many points as possible.… Read more

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20Nov/141

2015 Ulster Leisure Calendar Now Available

The provisional 2015 Ulster Leisure calendar is now available for download. The calendar is very full with lots of different events around the country including off road leisure events.

The road events vary from tough sportives such as the Around Down Audax and the Inisowen 100 to easier events such as the PIPS Charity Ride which has routes suitable for families.

This year there are a number of clubs promoting events specifically for women such as Omagh's Heels on Wheels, Dunloy's DCC Ladies Cycle Event and Errigal's Women's Strawberry Run.… Read more

20Nov/140

Round 8 Ulster CX Series this Sunday

Round 8 of the Ulster Cyclocross Series will take place this Sunday in Falls Park, Belfast. A new venue for 2014, Falls Park is a large urban park located off the Falls Road in Belfast.  The park increases with height as it moves away from the Falls Road and this provides great scope for the course to make use of tricky climbs which, given the weather, will need to be ran up.

The youth races are kept on a separate course from the seniors with different lengths of course for each age group among the trees before finishing on the tarmac straight.  … Read more

20Nov/140

Reminder Cycling Ulster AGM this Saturday

The Cycling Ulster AGM will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at Quinn’s Corner, 175, Ballygawley Rd, Donaghmore, Dungannon, County Tyrone, BT70 1RX. This is a central location and has disabled access. Any Cycling Ulster member who wishes to attend will be most welcome, however only club delegates have the authority to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. We would encourage all clubs to send along representatives to the AGM.

In attendance this year will be Cycing Ireland President, Denis Toomey, who will present the new Cycling Ireland Strategy document.… Read more

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17Nov/140

Glorious Mud at Ormeau CX

1The sun shone on Ormeau Park on Sunday 16 November 2014 after a week of heavy rain which had caused floods across the country.  Course designer Mark Harvey from the host club Xmtb McConvey Cycles had his work cut out for him trying to create a cycle course around the many wet areas of the park.  This event had suffered last year in the same venue with rain on the day turning a fast flowing course into a heavy struggle.

The course that was created this year was fast flowing for large sections with only a few areas getting churned up with the many cyclists that were taking part.  … Read more

16Nov/140

Happy 25th Anniversary to West Down Wheelers

wd9On Friday evening West Down Wheelers celebrated their 25th anninversary and there was a full complement of club members in attendance at the Albert in Banbridge to help the club celebrate.

As is always the case with this club, there was a friendly atmosphere throughout the evening and the 'craic' was mighty.

Of the original founding members of West Down only Billy Maxwell and Clive Adamsom remain and they are still highly active members. Billy Maxwell began the formal proceedings by outlining the history of the club and provided a brief overview to how it has developed over the last twenty five years.… Read more

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14Nov/140

Round 7 of UCX Ormeau Park this Sunday

This Sunday, XMTB are hosting the 7th round of the Ulster CX league. If you want to race then then you are advised to pre-enter. Xmtb McConvey Cycles is grateful to Belfast City Council for the use of Ormeau Park for their cyclo-cross race.

The start of these races will be on the wide tarmac lane leading to a fast run along the gravel pathway similar to this years spring league but from there it all changes. Instead of doubling back into tight singletrack the course shortcuts through a wide wooded section before dropping out for a loop around the football pitches before reaching the boards and a short tight climb up onto the gravel path.… Read more

13Nov/140

Be Safe Be Seen

7With the changing of the clocks  winter seems to have drawn inevitably closer with dark mornings and the darker evenings. At the moment the sunsets at 16.20 but often it is dark much earlier than that.

While cycling at night is not to be recommended many people will still ride at night to commute or train. Therefore this article is about being aware of cycling safely and making yourself as visible as possible.

In the dark or wet, motorists should drive according to the conditions and be on the lookout for cyclists, pedestrians and animals alike.… Read more

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12Nov/140

Provisional 2015 Road and Off Road Calendar

The provisional road and off road calendar is now available to view. It can be accessed via the Calendar link on the right hand side of this page or can be downloaded at the end of this article..

Please check that your event is correctly listed. If you have any queries please contact Anthony Mitchell, the Ulster Calendar co-ordinator for 2015. He can be contacted via email on sportsprint.mitch@btinternet.com.

The provisional leisure calendar will be available shortly.

The events highlighted in Green are National Championships, Purple indicates Ulster Championships and Pink indicates free weekend dates.… Read more

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