Cycling Ulster

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


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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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


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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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

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


Statement Junior Tour Trust Fund and Sportives

Alice-Sherratt-2013-Junior-The organisation of the Junior Tour have been simply overwhelmed by the level of support and suggestions coming from the Irish Cycling Community over the past 10 days.

We have taken on board the promotion of a sportive and the setting up of the Junior Tour Trust Fund.

There are three dates for your diary for fundraising sportives for the Junior Tour Trust.

On December 13th in Munster a sportive will be organised by Will Curtin of Cork Giant store and all entry fees will go to the Junior Tour Trust Fund with further details to be announced by them shortly.… Read more


Kinning on Form at Larne CX

aSeacourt lies on the cliffs overlooking Belfast Lough on the outskirts of Larne.  The Community Centre is situated behind the impressive Catepillar factory and boasts a great 3G football pitch, community hall, kitchen and changing facilities.

The grass areas around the centre have been used by Team Madigan for the last four years.

The course was modified from last year but still made use of the split level grass area set up; the short, steep, muddy climbs; as well as the infamous tight short gravel path at the far end of the course.… Read more


2015 Cycling Ireland Membership Season Open Today

Cycling Ireland are pleased to announce that The 2015 Membership Season will open today, Monday, 10th November 2014. To ensure your members get the best online experience during their application process, we would be grateful if you would address the following steps as soon as is convenient for you:

1. Can you please affiliate your club as soon as possible after your club’s AGM for the following reasons;
a) It’s cheaper (as you know, it gets more expensive after 1st January 2015)
b) The correct officials will be communicated with from the start and included in the Yearbook (cut off point 30th November 2014)
c) Your members will only receive their actual licence after you affiliate.… Read more

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Clubmark NI Information Session in Lisburn

Sport NI are running a Clubmark NI Information Session in Lisburn at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Thursday 13th November at 7.30 pm in the Lagan Room.

This meeting is for any sports clubs in the Lisburn City Council and surrounding areas who may be interested registering for Clubmark or even learning more about the scheme and about how it could help their local sports club. The format of the evening will be a 30 minute presentation by Declan Steele of SportNI followed by a short Q &  A session where clubs will have the opportunity to ask specific questions on Clubmark NI and the processes involved in gaining accreditation.… Read more

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Crash in Omnium Forces Irvine Out of First World Cup of the Season

Martyn Irvine suffered a blow in last night's opening event in the Men's Omnium when a six bike pile up in the Scratch Race forced the World Champion out of the event with a broken collar bone. Competing in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Irish man was racing in the closing laps of the scratch race when the crash forced three riders out of the competition. With this being the first World Cup of the season, and the second qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games, this forced withdrawal denies Irvine valuable qualifying points for Rio.… Read more

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