Cycling Ulster

Off-road racing at Kilbroney this weekend

rostrevor_mtb_festival_2014_logo_120 Kilbroney Park will again be a hive of activity this weekend, 9th March, for the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Festival. Dromara CC and ChainReaction Cycle Club have joined together for the second year of this festival. Dromara CC is hosting Round 1 of the 2014 Ulster XC series (cross-country race – XC) and CRC is hosting Round 1 of the IDMS series (downhill – DH). … Read more


Bling Bike Kit Women’s RR Round 2

aSunday 2nd March saw the second round of the 2014 Ulster Women’s Road Race League sponsored by Bling Bike Kit.  Twenty six women signed on for three laps of the flat Warrenpoint Road/A2 carriageway circuit.

No limit group in this race, as it was a mass start with the Masters (over 50’s).  There were forty two in the field in total.

From the off there were a few attacks off the front from some of the Masters and women as we headed down the carriageway straight into a headwind, but all were reeled in.… Read more


Clann Eireann CC Tour of Armagh 2014 – cancelled

It is with regret that Clann Eireann CC has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the 2014 Tour of Armagh which was due to take place on the 27th April. . The race was set to cover some of the same roads used in the Giro d’Italia just two weeks later, including Keady Mountain & Fews Forest.  The race is rightly considered one of the toughest single-day races in Ulster and is one of the few remaining ‘loop’ events.

The Tour of Armagh, first run in 1961, was open to A1/A2/A3 riders. … Read more

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Ciclisport, Tour of the Mournes and three Leisure Events Open for Entry

The Cicli Sport GP promoted by East Tyrone takes place on Saturday  29th March. Entries for the three main races of the day opens today at 7,00pm. Riders wishing to take part are advised to enter early as these events fill up very quickly.

On the day East Tyrone wil lbe promoting three races for Senior riders, an event for Women and Masters 50+) and Youth Races for U16 and U14 riders.

Please see below for details.

A – RACE (A1, A2 Cats) 6 laps (limited to 80 riders)

B – RACE (A3 Cat) 5 laps (limited to 75 riders)

C – RACE (A4 Cat) 4 laps (limited to 80 riders)

The entry fee is £12 and the sign on at Loup GAC from 10:00 – 11:00am.… Read more


Fast Racing at John Haldane Memorial

aNewry Wheelers catered for all Senior categories today when they promoted the John Haldane Memorial on the Newry to Warrentpoint Dual Carriageway. First into the fray were the A1′s and A2′s with the A2′s getting a short handicap over scratch. This race went from the gun and even the strong headwind did little to slow down the determined riders. With six laps of the nine mile circuit to complete a number of riders were determined to be make their mark early on.

Gary Cranston of East Antrim Audi showed no sign of tiredness following his terrific ride yesterday in the Spires GP as he was one of the first riders to bridge the gap to the A2′s.

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Duncan Takes Spires GP

Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane was one of only two  riders who managed to bridge the gap from the A1/A2  scratch group to the A3′s who had a short handicap in  the A race in the  Spires GP. Gary Cranston of East Antrim Audi went with Duncan as did Daniel Stewart of East Antrim.

However Stewart lost contact with the chasing group and dropped back. In the end it was Duncan who took the win ahead of Cranston, The remaining places were taken by the A3′s with Gordon Scott of East Antrim showing a return to form by taking third.… Read more


Ards CC Recognise their World Champion

aLast night Ards CC put on an evening to recognise and celebrate the achievements of one of their former members,Martyn Irvine. The attendees were welcomed by Desi McIlrath, Chairman of Ards CC before Billy Kirk came on stage to give some background information about the evening.

He talked about beating Martyn when he did his first time trial as a young 18 year old . But as Martyn persevered with the cycling Billy recognised from an early stage that this was someone special.

Morris Foster MBE was then asked to speak.… Read more


Solid World Championships for Silver Medallist Irvine

miMartyn Irvine finished in sixth place in a thrilling Points Race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia, last night.

Irvine, who won a silver medal in the Scratch Race yesterday, lapped the field once, and won three of the maximum sprint points, to finish 6th in an event where the medals were decided between riders who had gained three laps advantage.

Colombia’s Edwin Alcibiaes Avila Vanegas won the World Title, to the delight of the home crowd, with Thomas Scully (NZL) taking Silver ahead of Eloy Teruel Rovira (ESP) in Bronze Medal position.… Read more

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Off Road Events This Weekend

xmtbThe final round of the XMTB McConvey Cycles Spring Series takes place this coming Sunday 2nd March. Primarily aimed at the youth riders from the Under 8s up to the Under 16s there s also racing for Seniors.

The club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support and ongoing permission to use the venue. Sign on will open on the day at 9:30 am and will close 15 minutes before the start of each race. The Under 6 race will kick off at 10.30am

Senior A:

The Senior A race is for riders who are experienced in cross country racing and would normally compete in race categories Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3.… Read more

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Weekend Road Events

This weekend sees two road races, a youth event and a Reliabiliy Trial take place. The full details are as follows.
Spires GP Saturday 1st March 2014
On Saturday the 1st of March, Spires CC (Magherafelt) will be holding their second annual Grand Prix road race with new race head quarters based in the Ballyronan Marina Centre.

The event will feature two separate races on the Ballyronan/ ‘three road ends’/ Loup circuit.

The event has already attracted a strong field including the top club riders from around the Provence with riders from Carn Wheelers, East Antrim Audi and East Tyrone CC all taking part.… Read more

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