Cycling Ulster

Newry 3 Day and Billy Stewart Cup Opening for Entry Updated

Billy Stewart Cup
Apollo Cycling Club will be running their annual Billy Stewart event on the 3rd August 2014. Known locally as a sprinter's paradise with it being practically pan flat making it difficult for a break to get away it always draws the fasted A2/3 and 4's in the country.

This year the race will sign on from the Apollo Club Rooms in Lurgan High Street with a neutralised roll out to the race circuit 3 miles away at Derrymacash.

Details as follows.
Sign On at Apollo Club Rooms , 42 High Street Lurgan
Sign On is open from 10.30am - 12am.… Read more


Radios and Reports – Summer Months

Tommy and Marian Lamb will be unavailable to transport radios to events over the summer months. Currently radios are being held with Patrick McAleavey at Arrangements are being made for radios to be held with another person as well. Details will be posted shortly.

All previews of events and after event results and reports  should be sent to Martin Grimley who will be looking after the website for the summer. Tommy and I will also be able to feed into it but will be unable to attend events so it is important that the club PRO gets the information to us.… Read more

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250 Leaders Cut From Vetted Database

Over 250 cycle leaders and coaches vetted through AccessNI by Cycling Ulster were removed from the list of vetted leaders as their certificates have long since expired. Those in question were anyone who had a certificate dated May 2011 or earlier. It is is important to keep your Access Check up to date as it is illegal to work with young people without a valid certificate. Clubs please note that if you allow people to work with young people in your club who do not have valid certification the  club can also be heavily fined.… Read more

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Ballymena Road Club Billy Kerr Sportive Now Open for Entry

On Line Registration is now open for the Billy Kerr Cycling Sportive which takes place on Sat 16 August 2014. We wish to extend a warm invitation to all both new and seasoned cyclists

This event is being organised for the first time to commemorate the legendary cycling career of Billy Kerr who sadly passed away in 2012. Billy was a member of Ballymena Road Club and he represented Northern Ireland at two Commonwealth Games and Ireland in the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Mr Kerr’s talent shot the name of Ballymena Road Club to the forefront of amateur cycling after back-to-back successes in the prestigious Tour of the North race in 1978 and 1979.… Read more

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Mcauley, Millar, Maguire and Kellet win on Divis.

bcThe 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


Belfast City Council Small Grants Open

Belfast City Council has reopened its Small Grants Awards and are currently seeking applications  The closing date is 12 noon Wednesday 2 July 2014: Applications must be for projects or events commencing from 1 October 2014 and finishing on 31 March 2015.

The following grants would be of particular relevance to cycling clubs in the Belfast area so it would worth while having a look to see what is involved.

  1. Support for Sport: Sports Event Grant
  2. Support for Sport: Large Development Grant
  3. Support for Sport: Small Development Grant

Click HERE to download application forms and guidance notes, or for printed copies of the application form and general advice and guidance please contact the Central Grants Unit on 028 9091 8748.… Read more

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Upcoming Competitive Events this Week

With Bike Week on our doorstep there are a lot of events coming up this week. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) Ards CC once again host their annual Town Centre races with racing for most categories including youth. This is always a popular event and we urge you to go along and support the races. The time table for the evening is as follows

Wednesday 18th June - Ards Town Centre Races.
Entry fees are - £10 Seniors, £3 for  U16, U14, U12 and £1 for Novices.… Read more


VC Iveagh Cycle for Children

Last week, four members of  the Scarva based Velo Club Iveagh participated in the vision4kids - Long Way Home cycle challenge, fundraising for proverty stricken children in Kenya.  Davy, Mark, Dan and Jonny cycled a gruelling 365 mile lap of Northern Ireland via costal routes over a three day period. Day one route was from Dungannon to Belfast covering 133 miles via Armagh, Newry, Kilkeel, Newcastle, Portaferry, Bangor, Newtownards with an overnight stop at the Corrs Corner Hotel. Day two was hilly 129 miles from Belfast to Londonderry via Larne, Cushendall, Cushendun, over Torr Head, Ballycastle, Bushmills, Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock . … Read more

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Ards Town Centre Races Report

Andrew McCullough (Kinning Cycles) was a worthy winner of the main A1/2/3/Jun race at the Ards Town Centre Races on Wednesday evening. The  race was run as a short handicap, with the A1/2s giving away 40 seconds to the A3/Juniors.

The attacks starting immediately, with junior rider Evan Donoghue from Letterkenny holding a small advantage for couple of laps. He was soon replaced at the front by Andrew McCullough. Behind, the A1/2s had caught the main bunch, and the counter attacks came thick and fast. It was Glen Kinning (also from Kinning Cycles) who eventually managed to escape the bunch, but Andrew managed to hold on for the win.… Read more


Worthy Ulster Champions Crowned at Clonmany

The gods were smiling on the hardy participants who lined up on Sunday to take on the tough and challenging Tour of the Lakes course in Donegal as the sun came out and the temperature rose.

the event was the Ulster Road Race Championships which the hard working North Pole club offered to host for 2014 as appeals for clubs to promote this event had received no other takers. The course chosen was that used for the National B Championhips a few years ago and there is no doubt that the 20 mile circuit provided plenty of challenges for the the riders and helped produce worthy champions.… Read more

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