Ulster track cycling currently takes place at Orangefield track in Belfast. The track is a 396 metre outdoor banked oval track surfaced in tarmac, the only surviving facility of this kind in the Ulster.
Orangefield track was opened for competition in 1957 and was used extensively throughout the 50s and 60s when track cycling enjoyed tremendous support. The track has been used continuously over the years, although interest has been mixed.
One of the stalwarts of Track Cycling was Belfast man Tommy Givan of Maryland Wheelers, and in his honour the track was re-named the Tommy Givan track after his death in 1981.
A memorial stone to Tommy, a former National Track Champion, stands at the entrance to the track.
Orangefield track can be reached from Houston Park, off the Castlereagh Rd in Belfast.
Following track successes in Britain and increased media coverage, interest in track cycling has grown. Racing has returned to Orangefield on a Thursday evening with a Track League running throughout the summer months. There are also regular training days throughout the year both for newcomers and experienced track riders.
Cycling Ulster has a number of purpose-built track bikes (with one gear and no brakes), which are available for hire if you do not have your own track bike. Track tandems are also available for disabled riders.
International Track Cycling generally falls into three main categories namely Sprint Events, Endurance Events and a Combined Event. More information on these can be found by following the links at the top of the page.
Ulster Track Championship Results