Omagh will be a busy place this weekend as hordes of cyclists and cycling enthusiasts descend on the town for the Blue Ribband event of Irish Cycling, namely the National Championships.
The first event takes place on Thursday night with the Time Trial Championships for Women, Elite Men, Tandem and Paracyclists. Ulster has representation in almost all categories. Gary McKeegan and Stuart Scott of Team Madigan will be riding Tandem while Samuel Cunningham (Ballymoney CC) in H1-H5 class and Chris Burns (Banbridge CC) and Phoenix duo Andrew Nicholson and Daniel Daly compete in the C1-C5 class.… Read more
Omagh Wheelers Cycling Club has confirmed another big World Tour name to the Nationals start line this coming weekend. Donegal man Philip Deignan, riding for Team Sky, has confirmed he will be making the journey to Omagh in his bid to become Irish champion in his native province of Ulster.
Philip Deignan became the first Irishman to ride for Team Sky in 2014 and immediately established himself as a key member of the squad. Now in his 11th year as a pro, Phil has amassed an enviable stage race record including eight Grand Tour appearances and a host of impressive results.… Read more
Prolific Irish Professional Matt Brammeier, has added his name to a fantastic line up for the Irish National cycling championships this coming weekend in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Brammeier is a five-time Irish National champion, having won the national road race on 4 occasions (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and the time trial once (2011). He currently rides for pro continental team MTN-Qhubeka / Samsung, having joined the African team in mid-January.
And it seems he is in perfect form for the big event having blasted to a career best win at the weekend ZLM Toer in Holland.… Read more
The National Championships take place in Omagh this week with the TT on Thursday, Women and Masters races on Saturday and the Elite Men on Sunday. More information on these can be found HERE . There is also the Super Six TT on Wednesday and the Lurgan criterium on Friday for those who are seeking competition.
Ernie Magwood Super Six TT League Round 3 - Wednesday 24th June
The Ernie Magwood Suoer Six TT League continues this Wednesday at 7.00pm on the Tannaghmore Course. Sign-on is from 6.00pm
Doochary Charity Cycle Sunday 28th June.
Four Masters Cycling Club in conjunction with Omalleyscanlon Insurance Brokers are running their annual Doochary Charity cycle on Sunday 28th June.
This is a 46 mile route taking in some of the most scenic areas on Donegal cycling along the back to Glenveagh National Park. This year the route will go in the opposite direction, finishing with the Meenaroy climb.
Minimum entry fee is €10.00 but all donations are greatly appreciated with all the proceeds going to The Northwest Cancer Bus, who offer a free transport service for patients to Galway for Cancer treatment.… Read more
On Line Registration is now open for the Billy Kerr Cycling Sportive.
Ballymena CRC wish to extend a warm invitation to all, both new and seasoned cyclists in your club. This event is being organised for the second time to commemorate the legendary cycling career of Billy Kerr who sadly passed away in 2012. Billy was a member of Ballymena Road Club and he represented Northern Ireland at two Commonwealth Games and Ireland in the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Mr Kerr¹s talent shot the name of Ballymena Road Club to the forefront of amateur cycling after back-to-back successes in the prestigious Tour of the North race in 1978 and 1979.… Read more
The annual Crit in the Park event held by Phoenix CC in Ormeau park in Belfast attracted a wide range of riders again this year. There were a few light showers but the racing aggressive racing was not dampened by them.
The evening started with an U10s race over two laps of the circuit. All the riders rode their hearts out and showed true racing spirit.… Read more
The Audi GP promoted by East Antrim Audi took place today in warm sunshine. The 64 mile race saw the riders cover eight laps of the 7.9 mile circuit around Ballynure. The race catered for A1 to A3 riders and included a long drag which was to prove the undoing for many.
Early into the race a break got away which included Curtis Gilmore (Team Madigan), Ali Macauley (Team ASEA), Des Woods (Newry Wheelers), Conor McCann (NRPT Magnet.ie) and Ryan Reilly (AC Bisontine).
This group steadily increased their lead on the chasing pack.… Read more
Host club Omagh wheelers have lined up a fantastic support cast to the national cycling championships in the county Tyrone town over the last weekend in June.
Working in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh district council they will turn the newly opened Oasis plaza into the cycling village a focal point for spectators for the weekend. The plaza side adjacent to the start and finish line of the town based circuit.
The organisers have converted the Oasis plaza into a haven of entertainment and information throughout the big weekend. … Read more
In advance of the National TT Champs which are promoted under UCI Regulations all those hoping to take part are advised that there are strict rules governing the Time trial bikes being used. All riders must have bikes conforming to UCI Standards. You can download the specification document that highlights the dimensions and what exactly is checked on the evening of the Time Trial Championships at the end of this article.
Hopefully this post will provide awareness for everybody to plan accordingly and avoid issues on the night with non conforming bikes which will result in the rider not being permitted to start.… Read more