Cycling Ulster

Competitive Events this Week including Track at Orangefield and Youth Events

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


13-05-2014 Phoenix Open 10

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


Attention – Cycling Ireland Require Coaches for New Programme

bikeCycling 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

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Parton Best of Women in Rd 2 Slane Cycles League

slaneNine women lined up last night for Round 2 of the Slane Cycles' Women's Time Trial league. The event was promoted by Phoenix CC.

Keri Parton of Dromara CC took maximum points with a time of 25.28 for the tough Templepatrick course.

There were new faces giving it a go and it shows how Women's cycling is beginning to grow and develop in this country. The evening also saw the return of some familiar faces to the TT scene, including Mary Hunter and Kay Hack. This combination of seasoned testers and enthusiastic newcomers should make for a good competitive season of time trialling.

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West Down and North Down GP’s Open for Entry

West Down GP Saturday 24th May
The West Down Wheelers will promote the West Down GP on Saturday 24th May 2014. This event is now open for pre-entry.  There are 3 Races on offer, the (A) Race for A2/A3 category riders only (Limited to 80 riders), the (B) Race for A4 category riders only (Limited to 80 riders) and the Masters (over 50's) and Women. This will be a counter in the Ulster women's Road Race League.

The (A) race will cover 6 laps of the circuit and on the last lap (the 6th Lap) it will take in the sting in the tail, the Rathfriland Hill and then back again to the finish at Katesbridge as per last year, the race distance is approx 56 miles.… Read more


RIP William ‘Bill’ Lewis

It is with regret that Cycling Ulster has learned of the death on Saturday of William Lewis, better known as Bill Lewis. Bill was Captain for many years of the old Windsor Cycling Club and one of the trustees of the club when it folded.

Bill was an avid cyclist and was still riding his bike at the age of ninety one only two years ago.

His funeral will take place on Thursday at 11.00am in St Mary's Church of Ireland on the Crumlin Rd in Belfast.… Read more

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Leisure Events This Weekend

Sunday 18th May 2014 - Tour Na Gaelteachta
Tour Na Gaelteachta will take place on Sunday the 18th May 2014,starting venue will be PCC Secondary school in Falcarragh with cyclists signing on(€15) from 9am and the tour starting at 10am. Hosted by Errigal Cycling Club with the pace controlled at a leisure pace and there will be a tea stop at Dore. This event is based on something for every cyclist and with some of the best scenery in Ireland along the way it will be a great day out.… Read more

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Lots of Leisure Events Open on Entry Central

Kings Moss Sportive Sunday 18th May
Kings Moss Cycling Club invite riders of all abilities to a sportive challenge on Sunday 18th May 2014 on some of the best roads in County Antrim. Kindly supported by Chain Reaction Cycles, the Kings Moss Sportive will again be held in aid of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and aims to raise cash to help cancer care and support for children and their parents.

The 100 km event not only shows the best of our local and surrounding areas, but offers a challenging ride for experienced cyclists without doing so at the cost of those who are newer to the sport.… Read more

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Tommy Givan Opens for Entry on Sunday Plus U16 Race

The Tommy Givan Memorial Race takes place on Saturday 17th May 2014 on the roads around Hillsborough. The promoters, Maryland Wheelers will be running two separate races for Seniors as well as a New U16 event.

There will be  a race  for A* - A3 of  100km - seven laps of the traditional nine mile circuit. There will be a short handicap for the A3 riders;

The A4 event will cover 60km -  4 laps of the traditional nine mile circuit.

The entries will open on Sunday 11th May at 7.00pm.… Read more

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Giro Fever Continues

aThe Grand Partenza of the 2014 Giro d'Italia has its prelude tomorrow evening in Belfast City Centre when the twenty two teams involved in the second biggest stage race in the world are presented to the public.

There were unprecedented queues both at the Belfast Welcome Centre and on line when the free tickets were made available and many people were inevitably left disappointed.

However nothing daunted when the teams arrived in Belfast on Tuesday and Wednesday the ineveitable jungle drums quickly relayed the message. Crowds flocked to Belfast hotels looking for the contenders in this year's event.… Read more

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