The team travelled early on Friday morning taking the 8.15 sailing from Larne to Troon. Track suits had been designed and to quote one of the lads they looked zesty. As the journey north passed close to Glasgow it was decided to visit the Emirates Arena to have a look at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.
The staff were brilliant, giving us a tour and access into the centre of the arena. We then continued to Strathallan School for registration and room allocation. This is a private boarding school set in fantastic grounds and around which most of the stages are set.… Read more
On Saturday 25th April 2014, Shelbourne Orchard CC will be hosting the Keady Mountain Open Time Trial. There will be Pre Entry for this event via Entry Central. Pre-entry will open tomorrow, Thursday 9th April 2015, at 8.00pm.
Entry is limited to 75 riders. The fee for the event is £11. There will be prizes for the top six, combined team, and 1st Woman. Refreshments and food will be available after the event in Basil Shiels Bar, Tassagh. Sign on for the Event will be from 10.00 - 11.00am with first rider off at 12.00 noon.… Read more
Cycling Ulster is organising a Junior Training Camp which will take place next weekend in Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre, Church Hill, Donegal.
The Juniors will be accommodated in twin bedded ensuite rooms. The camp will be taken by Jason McHugh assisted by Sean McFadden. Chairman of Cycling Ulster, Tommy Lamb will also be in attendance.
Juniors interested in attending the camp should inform me by tomorrow as the Centre requires definite numbers both for the rooms and for the catering. Contact me on email@example.com.
Juniors who intend to compete at the weekend and cannot attend will NOT be penalised in any way in regards to selection for Ulster teams.… Read more
The final Stage of this year's Tour of the North took the riders from Galgorm towards Coleraine with climbs at Springwell and Cam before the race back to the finish.
Racing went from the off and with less than fifteen seconds separating the top ten riders on GC riding was agressive. Gareth McKee of Banbridge made an early break, perhaps trying to get back the Yellow jersey he won on the Stage one but he was not allowed to hang out for very long.
Ronan McLaughlin (Team ASEA), determined to keep his Polkadot Jesery was rarely far from the front while young riders Mark Downey (Banbridge), Craig McAuley and Darnell Moore of Caldwell Cycles were always in the thick of the action.… Read more
Due to a funeral taking place on the route the final stage of the Tour of the North will not begin until 2.00pm.Sign-on will take place in the Galgorm Centre at 12.30 - 1.30pm with riders due to roll out at 1.45pm.The circuit will head towards Springwell from Coleraine and then up Ringsend. This is the Wallace Caldwell circuit in reverse.Please pass on this infornmtion to anyone you think may be travelling to see the race tomorrow.
Marian Lamb… Read more
The racing was exciting and the stage was eventually won by Gareth McKee of Banbridge.
The stage incuded four King of the Hills and this gallery pictures the riders on Shanes Hill and the climb out of Cushendall.
All pictures by Marian Lamb.
Please click Continue reading to view the gallery.… Read more
This afternoon's stage of the Tour of the North rolled out from the Ballymena Club Rooms to the start line at Whiteside's Road where the flag was dropped and the race was on. And Race On was exactly what happened as the riders never let up on the tough circuit.
The event covered four laps of a 9.5 mile circuit with a KoH at Lap 1 and Lap 3 before doing a longer loop prior to the fast run into the finish.
There were attempts to break from the bunch all day and riders such as Ronan McLaughlin (Team ASEA), Paul McCarter (Omagh Wheelers) and Jack Waller of Spirit Bikes were particularly active early on.… Read more
This was sufficient to put him in the Yellow Jersey position just one second ahead of Banbridge's Gareth McKee the previous holder of the jersey.
Better known as a top international downhiller, McGlinchey has exploded on the road race scene this year. Starting off the year as an A4 he rapidly moved to A3 and is now an A2.… Read more
Almost 120 riders took to the roads around the North Antrim coast and Glens today as Stage 1 of this year's Tour of the North began. A light mizzle and some misty patches greeted the riders in the early part of the race but the strong headwinds were to be the undoing of those that were dropped.
Four King of the Hills and two early crashes saw the fragmentation of the field as riders struggled to get back on.
Dave Watson of North Down suffered some bad road rash as did Darragh Zaidan of the Belgian Project Team.… Read more
Last night a brand new, all women's multisport club had a pre-launch in Tollymore Outdoor Recreation Centre. The club, The Feel Good Factor, which promotes mountaineering, hill walking and mountain biking is the brain child of Kath Maguire and a few friends who had come together to enjoy some outdoor activities. As the group of interested women grew they decided that they would need to formalise the group by joining with the governing bodies.
They have worked with Mountaineering Ireland and Cycling Ireland through Marian Lamb, Cycling Ulster's Club Development Officer.… Read more