Cycling Ulster

Exciting New Crit Series for Ulster

SEAT SUPER 7Agnew SEAT is proud to announce their support for the SEAT SUPER 7 Cycling Series!!!

Seven criterium races in seven major town and city centres throughout the province will bring top class cycle racing to the heart of the community.

Agnew SEAT Sales Manager, Simon Trainor, said "We are delighted to be involved in the inaugural Super 7 Series. Being a dynamic, design-driven and young spirited brand - SEAT fits very well with the cycling scene in Northern Ireland. SEAT is one of the fastest growing car brands on the UK - so assisting with the fastest growing amateur sport makes sense!… Read more

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Hamilton Takes Tour of the Mournes

aThe 2015 Tour of the Mournes was promoted today by Newry Wheelers in dry but cool and blustery conditions. Thankfully though, the heavy rain which was forecast did not materialise. For the first time in many years the Tour of the M0urnes once again included A1 riders. Whether it was this or not but the race took off like a rocket. Despite strong headwinds down the dual carriageway towards Warrenpoint the speed rarely dropped below 30mph.

It was on this road a break emerged with six riders eventually getting away.… Read more


Sun Comes Out For Groucho

aIt was another busy day for the hardworking team at Orchard Shelbourne CC when they promoted their Groucho GP this afternoon. This race, while run over an eight mile hilly course, has a sting in the tail when it turns in the final lap to take in the tough climb into Richhill to finish at Groucho's Bar.  Orchard are beginning to get a bit of a reputation for their unusual events with an A4 only criterium around the Mall in Armagh City on Wednesday night and a hilly time trial up Keady mountain last week.… Read more


Patsy McIlhatton RIP: Funeral Arrangements Added

aIt is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death this morning of long serving President and founder of Fintona Cycling Club (, Patsy McElhatton after a long illness. His contribution to local cycling was immense, spanning across five decades.

Patsy's involvement in cycling began in 1968 when he joined with others to establish Fintona Cycling Club following a knee injury which cut short a promising Gaelic football career.

The sport which began as a way of maintaining fitness for him, soon became a way of life.… Read more

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Kanturk 2015 Ulster Youth Report

aaA large contingent of Ulster youth riders trvelled to Kanturk to take part in the two day stage race. Due to the U16 time trial stage of this year’s Kanturk 2 day being used as a selection event for the European Youth Olympics the Ulster Youth Academy decided that no U16 teams should be entered. This gave an opportunity for the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy to bring an extended U14 development team which comprised of 6 boys and 5 girls.

Due to their birthdays Ellie Kelso and Sarah Elder qualified for the U12 category.… Read more


2016 Ulster Championships Now Open for Application

While it might seem very early the Executive of Cycling Ulster would like to hear from any clubs interested in promoting any of our Ulster Championships in 2016. We have a meeting in June and would like to be able to approve the events at that meeting in order to include them in 2016 calendar when it opens in September. This will allow the calendar co-ordinator to close off certain dates and allow club promoters to see when the Championships are on to avoid clashes.

With the growth of cycling and the increase in the number of clubs it is foreseen that 2016 will have  a very full calendar of events and clashes will be inevitable.… Read more


Register for ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive

Members of the Moy Square Wheels Cycling Club are getting ready for their inaugural ChallengeHer Cycling Sportive on Sunday 17th May starting from Armagh Rugby Club at 9.00am. To promote the event secretary Conal Hamill and Honorary President Joe McCool were suitably attired for their training run last Saturday under the beady eye of their coaches, Firery, Fancea O’Neill and Taut Teresa McAllister. All proceeds go directly to The Southern Area Hospice Services, so if you want to help this worthwhile cause and have fun whilst doing so please register at… Read more

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New Sponsor for Junior Tour and 2015 Routes Announced

aaFuture Of Junior Tour Saved By  Mel Sutcliffe
Alice Sherratt is delighted to announce that Mel Sutcliffe, CEO and Founder of Eurotrek Group, has secured the future of the prestigious Junior Tour of Ireland by signing up to a 6 year sponsorship deal involving a six figure sum. This is the second time that Mel Sutcliffe and Eurotrek have stepped in to support the event, having previously sponsored the tour during 2002/2003.

Mel was a Junior Cyclist when he started in business. Eurotrek Group is Ireland’s largest wholesale distributor of bicycles and is sole distributor of major bicycle brands such as Scott, Raleigh and Felt.… Read more


Phoenix Make it 1, 2 at Armagh Crit

aIt was a good night for Phoenix riders at the Orchard Shelbourne CC promoted Armagh City Criterium this evening. The race was run over a 3km circuit starting at the East side of the Mall. There was a large field for this A4 only criterium and it was obvious that there was enthusiasm for this type of racing.

The riders were completing each lap in just under four minutes although this time grew less as the race neared conclusion. While there there were no real break aways a number of riders were noticed for their aggressive riding at the front of the bunch.… Read more

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Off-road – news and previews

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Ulster off-road riders as they competed both in Ireland and across the water, in cross-country, enduro and downhill. Looking ahead over the next few weeks there are plenty of events to keep the riders occupied with more enduro, cross-country, downhill and even a cross-country marathon.… Read more

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