Cycling Ulster

More Pre-Entry events and Updates for March Races

CicliSport GP Saturday 16th March - Now Open for Pre-entry - The CicliSport GP promoted by East Tyrone is now open for pre-entry. The club are offerng a full programme of events for all categories. In the Senior category East Tyrone C.C. will be running two separate races for A1- A3 riders (handicap race) and a separate A4 race. The entry  for each race is limited to 80 riders. Riders should assume that their entry has been accepted unless they are notified by email that their entry has been placed on the reserve list.

For these two races entries are via Entry Central only. Other race on the day include a combined Women's and Masters race  as well as racing for U14 andU16 riders. Riders in these categories just need to register and pay on the day. the Entry fee for Senior riders is £12 and for Youth riders it is £5

Sign on will take place at the Loup GAC, 111 Ballyneill Road, Loup, Moneymore BT45 7TE with changing facilities and car-parking.

Sign on for the Senior races will be available from 10:00 - 11:00. Senior Races begins at 12 noon. For all Youth races the sign on takes place in the Loup GAC from 09:00 - 09:30. Race begins at 10:00.

A - Race: (A1, A2 and A3 categories) limited to 80 riders. A - Race, 6 laps (9.4 miles/lap)
B - Race: (A4 category) limited to 80 riders. B - Race, 4 laps (9.4 miles/lap)

To enter for the A or B event go to Entry Central

Donegal Harvest Potato Race - Sunday 17th March - Pre Entry now open

North Pole Cycling Club will once again host the Potato Race on St.Patricks Day 17th March. Entry to the Potato Race is by pre-registration, in the spirit of proposed Cycling Ireland regulations. Riders are asked to submit their application by email to or by writing to the Race Director, Donegal Harvest Ltd, Castleforward, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal to arrive before 5pm on Thursday 14th March 2013. Please do not send money at this time.

Required details are Name, Licence number and Club name. Any rider doing so will be guaranteed a place in the race and by opting for pre-registration will also get a 5kg.bag of Donegal Harvest Rooster potatoes which he can collect at the Pre-Registration desk. Payment for those who pre-register can then be made on the morning of the race but the rider must present himself for sign-on before 9.45 on Sunday 17th March. Sign-on will take place at St.Marys Hall,Burt on the N13 which is the main road between Derry/Londonderry and Letterkenny. Sign-on will open at 9am and close at 10am.

The course will be same as last year. Starting at St.Marys Hall Burt the race will proceed in the direction of Letterkenny for 17km. This is a wide, well surfaced road with a generous hard shoulder and no dangerous junctions. Care should be taken at Callaghan’s Filling Station (1km) and at Kernan’s Filling Station (6km) which have a number of entrances onto the main road. There are drags for this portion of the race and there may be attacks before Manorcunningham but the race should hold together. Upon reaching Manor Roundabout there is a left turn and the race will join the main Letterkenny to Strabane Road for 5km. most of it a Cat2 climb.

At the top of the climb there is a sharp left turn down the long fast Galdonagh Road which is 8k.long. The most interesting part of this road is the short sharp Cat1 climb after 5km called the Forth Hill or Sallybrook Hill. Both this and the earlier Drumoghill climbs could cause the race to split and expect attacks on this 13k.stretch since leaving Manor Roundabout.The race joins the Derry-Letterkenny Road at Drumbarnett and takes a left turn back down in the direction of Manor Roundabout to complete the first loop of the Manor/Galdonagh Course. The ‘A’ race will do 2 complete loops of this 20k course used in the Summer by Four Masters CC as their ‘home ground. The ‘B’ and ‘C’races will do 1 loop. The home straight from Manor Roundabout at milemark 37 kms.(at 57kms for ‘A’ race) will be over the Manorcunningham Climb (Cat3) for 3kms. This will be an attack zone, a precursor of a fast and furious race for the final 17 km. to finish at Burt Hall.

‘A’ Race. This race will be handicapped and the distance is 75k. It will start before the other races at 10.30am. Eligible riders are those holding a current A*,A1, A2 or A3 licence.

This race will be a mass start and the distance is 55k. It will start after the ’A’ race at 10.35am. Eligible riders are those holding a current A4 licence and anyone holding a ‘Club Competition Licence’ who has taken out a ‘One Day Licence’ at Sign-on. North Pole members holding a ‘Club Competition Licence’ do not have to take out a ‘One Day Licence’ as they are members of the host club. 

This race is for ‘Masters’, those who have reached their 50th birthday and have a Club Competition licence or an A4 licence.  Ladies who have reached their 45th birthday can take part in the Masters race if they wish. ‘Women's’ Race. The women will start with the ‘C’ race unless there are adequate numbers to run a separate women's race. Women must hold a valid Cycling Ireland licence. The sign-on fee is €12 (£10). Juniors  €6(£5).

Last Year's winners.
'A' Race.....Ronan McLaughlin (An Post Sean Kelly)
'B' Race.....Donal Harrington (Western Lakes)
'C' Race.....Noel Boyce (North Down)
Women's Race....Tonya Moran (Phoenix)

Mc Cann Cup Sunday 10th March 

Please Note - There are still places available in the A1/2  races. The club would also encourage all Masters and Women to enter online as it is £10 online and £12 on the day. This also allows the club to plan ahead for catering.

Omagh Wheelers CC promotes the McCann Cup on Sunday 10th March 2013. Building on its resounding success each year, the event goes from strength to strength with the support of its long-term sponsor Hugh McCann Building & Maintenance Contractor.

The event will promote five races again in 2013 starting with Masters (Over 50’s) and Womens at 11am. Both races are part of their respective Ulster leagues, and sign-on for both commences at 10am. Both races will also cover 3 laps of the McCann Cup course totalling 29miles.

The afternoon races kick of at 1pm with the main race for A1/2’s first to go. The top race will do 7 laps of the rolling course covering 67 miles. Next off will be the separate A3 race which has proved very popular and will do 6 laps (57miles). Finally, the separate A4 race will take off and do 5 laps (45miles).

mickey-leads-the-chaseAs in previous years, each race is expected to sell out quickly so quick registration via our online service is encouraged. You can register via eventmaster at the following link - Eventmaster

Omagh Wheelers CC will have their renowned spread of food and refreshments afterwards, and as always the banter will be good. Sign-on will be at the Halfway House, Tattyreagh road, Omagh. BT78 1PZ.

For further details, contact event organizer Hugh McCann on 07836617975 or email To download the race info pack click here.



Wallace Caldwell Saturday 23rd March
The Wallace Caldwell promoted byt Ballymena chain Reaction has now reached its fullquota of riders. This event receives full PSNI support and is always very popular. It is recognised as a tough man's race. To download the full start and reserve list click the following link. - Wallace Caldwell Start List.

Marian Lamb




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