Cycling Ulster

Final Details For Ras Dhun na nGall

Four Masters have released the final details of this year's Rás Dhun na nGall. This is the Silver Anniversary of this prestigiious race and for 2015 there are 180 riders signed up to compete.

Due to the larger numbers sign-on on Friday evening will be open from 5.00 pm at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel with a manager's meeting at 6.30pm.

The first stage will leave Ardara at 7.30 for thirty hard miles from Ardara- Kilraine- Frosses- Dunkineely- Bruckless- Ardara. This stage can make or break the race as many riders are not prepared for the speed at which it takes off and lose valuable time.… Read more


Downey in Top Form at Newry Crit

aMark Downey of Banbridge was in top form last night when he took the bunch sprint to notch up the first victory in the new Seat Super Crit Series. The high speed racing saw Junior rider James Curry (Banbridge CC) launch an attack and break away from the peloton. He managed to stay away for over twenty laps before being reeled in.

Caldwell Cycles rider Darnell Moore was another rider who featured strongly on the night but in the end it was a group of twenty riders who eventually broke free and stayed together to the end resulting in the bunch sprint.… Read more


Ulster Team Named for Rás Dhún na nGall

cuslaThis weekend one of the most popular stage races on the Irish calendar takes place when Four Masters CC promote Rás Dhún na nGall on the hills around Ardara. The Cycling Ulster-Slane Cycles squad will be managed by Donegal man Jason McHugh ably assisted by Kevin McClintock, Shaun McBride and Johnny Gallagher.

The team named are  Aaron Swann (NRPT), Cameron McIntyre (Banbridge CC), Jody Evans (Spires CC) and NorthDown Wheelers duo Joash Lawrence and Will Hamilton.

The young squad will have it all to do if they hope to emerge victorius against a very strong 180 rider field including some of the top juniors from Munster and Leinster and a host of elite A2 and A3 riders all hoping to claim victory in the 25th anniversary edition of the race.… Read more


Leisure Events this Week – Lions8 Added

There are lots of events to chose from this week around Ulster if you fancy heading out on your bike with like-minded souls from different clubs.

Kilbride Charity Cycle Saturday 6th June
Kilbride Cyclists Charity Cycle this year will take place on Saturday 6th June. Leaving Kilbride Presbyterian Church BT390SD at 9.30am. Sign will be open from 8.00am. Registration fee is £20 and can be done on the day or at Entry CentralAll proceeds of the day will be going to two nominated charities namely Christian Aid and Friends in Action.This year there will be two routes on offer, a 45km and the usual 90km route.The  90km route around County Antrim has a few inclines and takes a break in Glenarm for refreshments.… Read more

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Reminder – Maiden City Crit Tuesday 9th June

SEAT SUPER 7In its 3rd year of operation,  the Maiden City Criterium is run around the iconic walled city of Derry/Londonderry on Tuesday June 09 and features the climb of Shipquay St through the gates of the city.

The A*, A1, A2, A3, junior, race is part of the SEAT Crit series of 7 races held round N Ireland during the summer of 2015. An A4 race will start the evening events at 7p.m. sharp on the same course as the above. The A*, A1, A2, A3 will start immediately after the A4 race.… Read more


Reminder – Bangor Coastal Challenge 21st June

On Sunday the 21st June North Down CC will be running their 14th promotion of the very popular Bangor Coastal Charity Cycle. This event raises much needed money for charities and you can be assured that all of your money will go to support the chosen charities.

This year the Coastal Challenge is supporting the local north down chapters of The Samaritans, The St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army.

The Bangor Coastal Challenge is a scenic coastal route of 100km around the Ards Peninsula which has few inclines and takes a break in Portaferry for lunch.… Read more

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Ards Town Centre Races Opens for Entry Thursday

SEAT SUPER 7Ards Town Centre Races Wednesday 17th June
Ards Cycling Club promotes their annual Town Centre races on Wednesday 17th June 2015. The main A*, A1, A2, A3, junior race is the 4th race in the new SEAT SUPER 7 SERIES. As in previous years, there will be a series of races on the night catering for all ages. The Seat Super 7 will be the final race of the evening.

The senior races will go live on Entry Central on Thursday 4th June at 7:30pm.  

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Competitive Events this Week

There is another busy week ahead with four time trials, a stage race in Donegal and closed circuit racing at Bishopscourt for all categories.

Jimmy Devlin '10' - Woodgreen - Tuesday 2nd June
Tonight Phoenix CC promote the Jimmy Devlin Memorial ten mile trial on the Woodgreen course. Sign-on if from 6.00pm with the first rider off at 7.00pm. Riders who have pre-registered will be set off first in the order of registration. Riders may sign-on in the night but will be set off after the other riders.… Read more


24/05/2015 Ernie Magwood Super Six Rd 2

Round 2 of the EMS6 league took place at a very windy Toome on Sunday 24th. Riders were greeted with similar conditions to round 1, blustery crosswinds on the exposed parts, but generally a very strong headwind on the longer outward leg, and a fast 30mph average run home. It didn't put many off though with a huge field of 77 riders signing on, what numbers we will have on a warm evening on a fast course I can't imagine, though to be honest I'll just be glad to see a warm evening and a fast course.… Read more


Ras Dhun na nGall Returns to South- West Donegal

With club cycling very visible around Donegal and local riders becoming well known, the showpiece Ras Dhun na nGall is taking to the roads around Ardara over the coming weekend. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, this exciting and colorful stage race will see 180 of the country's best young riders take on some of Ireland's most difficult cycling terrain. Riders from the Four Masters CC, Errigal CC, AAA Cycling, Strabane- Lifford CC and Tir Chonaill Gap CC will race against some of the top up- and- coming riders hoping to make the Ireland team, as well as established riders competing for the love of the sport.… Read more

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