Rás Dhun na nGall 2014 - 30th May - 1st June
The Four Masters Cycling Club, in conjunction with the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, has just announced that the 2014 Ras Dhun na nGall three-day stage race will take place in Ardara, Co. Donegal on the 30th May, 31st May and 1st June. Online entry is now available on the club website, www.fourmasterscycling.com The entry fee is €55 per person, rising to €65 on 10th May. The race is open to A2 and A3 riders.… Read more
Tour of Omagh Press Release
The county town of Omagh is the place to be this June for the best A4 racing cyclists across Ireland. The 3-day stage race takes place from 27-29th June and features a similar format to previous years with three road stages and one time trial stage. Of those stages, two of the road stages have challenging new routes to ensure the race keeps fresh and offers riders something different. Interestingly, the race will not feature a hill-top finish this year, but will however provide hard hilly routes to help provide dynamic and exciting racing.… Read more
As we move into the final week for riders to reach the nomination standard to be considered for a place on the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team I'd like to thank everyone for all their cooperation over the last year and a half.
In the last few weeks three more riders have met the standard. Colin Davenport met the kilometre time on the track, as did James Brown with pilot Dave Readle and Fraser Duncan has also joined the list.
Moving into the final week this is all the riders who have met the nomination standard.… Read more
It may have been an all Italian affair last weekend with the Giro but on Saturday the theme was Belgium when Donegal Bay Cycling Club hosted their annual Kermesse at Mountcharles. Now in its second year, the race used the same course which proved so popular in the inaugural 2013 event.
The six kilometre circuit included a very fast technical descent and an agonising climb from the coast up through the village and was completed 13 times.
The A4 race was run off in the morning and the strong tailwind along the coast saw the bunch cruise along the bay at 30 mph.… Read more
Emyvale CC had an incredible turnout of cyclists for the Grand Prix Sponsored by Barry Mc Kenna Agri Hire Emyvale on a fast rolling course which produced exciting racing going through the North Monaghan villages of Glaslough and Emyvale.
There were four separate senior events with the women's event being part of the National League.
There was also a full programme of events for the Youth riders. Emyvale Credit Union Sponsored the youth events.
In A1/A2 race Greg Swinard produced a mammoth ride to hold off the main bunch for the entire last lap for the win.… Read more
Fifteen Under 16's signed on for the first running of the 'McCann Givan Stewart Youth Trophy', labelled beforehand as a 'Youth Classic' by the organisers because of the difficulty of the classic Tommy Givan course just outside Hillsborough.
That was a statement that was lived up to by the lads who raced over 3 laps of the 9 mile circuit, a fast 7 miles gradual down and flat followed by 1.5 miles of rising roads to a half mile flat run in to the finish.
First move was made by Jake Gray of East Tyrone on the 2nd lap, he took off on the rise into Annahilt and onto Leghacurry he had about 20 seconds on the bunch who didn't react but gradually brought Gray back before the lap finish.… Read more
The Under 16 Youth Classic on Saturday promises to be the hardest race on the calendar for this age group, and just like the Tommy Givan road race that follows it, all who ride it will remember it as a classic event.
The prize list is extensive, a magnificent cup provided by the sponsors, medals for the 1-2-3, vouchers of £50, £30 and £20 for CRC, a race jersey from Slane Cycles and Tee shirts an...d freebees from the David McCall foundation.
The 3 laps of the circuit is a testing race for these guys, expect fast racing for the first 7 miles of each lap and fireworks up the rolling hills in the final 2 miles where the race can be won or lost, when the craftiest can overcome the strongest.… Read more
Track Training and Accreditation Thursday 15th May
On Thursday night training and track accreditation will get underway at the Tommy Givan outdoor track at Ornagefield, Belfast. For those who would like to try track racing then this is the place to be as you will need to be accreditated before being allowed to enter competition. If you do not have a track specific bike a small number are available for hire for a nominal sum.
Unfortunately as this is an outdoor track it cannot be used when it is raining so the event may be cancelled if the inclement weather continues.… Read more
Sean McIntyre of Orchard CC once again proved he is a man to watch out for in 2014 especially where time trialling is concerned. In the Phoenix Open 10 on the Templepatrick course he took top spot with his time of 21.06, over fifty secnds faster than another renowned tester, Stuart Bennett of Phoenix CC.
Another relative newcomer, Derek Ferguson of Kings Moss is also beginning to make his presence felt as he took third spot with a time of 22.09.
First Woman on the night was Dromara's Keri Partan who recorded a time of 25.28.… Read more
Cycling Ireland Seeks Bike for Life Leaders
Cycling Ireland is presently in the early stages of launching a Brand New Programme called Bike for Life, sponsored by the HSE and ISC Women in Sport. We are seeking qualified coaches (minimum foundation coach) with an interest in engaging and running the programme to attend this New course.
The course is a one day course with both theory and practical based elements. However, greater emphasis will be placed on the practical aspect of this course and will include some bike riding. … Read more