There will be a seminar and Youth Development workshop on Saturday 30th November hosted by SportNI in the House of Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast. John News, Participation Manager for SportNI will act as Chair for the day.
The day will examine the multifaceted opportunities for youth development encompassing road, off road, track and leisure. Participants will have opportunities to outline possible legacies for our youth in the wake of the Giro d’Italia coming to the north. Participants will also be updated regarding ongoing and planned youth development work both at a national level and provincially through the Cycling Ulster Youth Commission.… Read more
At the start of April this year VC Glendale applied through the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund for a grant to take kids from different areas of Belfast to five different mountain biking locations in Northern Ireland.
They were inspired by the City of Culture events happening in Derry and thought it would be a great idea to use biking to let kids express their culture side.
The intense application was put together by Colm Watson and submitted in July and the lottery was obviously impressed because after only a few weeks they awarded the club a grant to carry out their project.… Read more
Round 7 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series takes place this Sunday at Seacourt in Larne. Host club Team Madigan is famous for their hospitality. The community hall is a great HQ with kitchen and showers.
The grass course will be interesting this year if this dry weather keeps up. It could be fast fast fast. This course is based around the excellent facilities at the Seacourt Community Centre in Larne which has new football pitches, changing rooms, extended car park, greenhouses etc.
Team Madigan set out a great self-contained course for the Under 6s, 8s, 10s to the right of the centre. … Read more
Just over a year old now this part of the club has gone from strength to strength starting with just four imps Glendale now has 32 imps registered with Cycling Ireland and with a waiting list consisting of as many more interested parents and imps.
The awards cermony kicked off with a short video of VC Glendale Cycling Club from its early years of Mark Graham, Bo Graham, Frank Campbell, Aidso Mooney and Jim Watson right through the years up until the current crop of imps Mountainbiking.… Read more
Sinn Fein MLA, Daithi McKay launched a Private Members Bill this week at Stormont to exempt Amateur Sports Clubs from Rates bringing Northern Ireland into line with legislation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Bill is now out for an eight week consultation period.
While many cycling clubs do not currrently have premises of their own there are a growing number who are looking into acquiring these. This proposed bill, if passed, will see an end to the rates burden on sports clubs who do so much good work.… Read more
It’s Not all About The Bike was the theme last Saturday when Clann Eireann volunteers took a group of 26 Youth members aged between 7 and 15 to Belfast Activity Centre for a fun-filled day in Belfast.
The purpose of the day was for the kids to have fun and develop skills and confidence away from the bike. It was a wonderful day for all involved, with activities ranging from Climbing to Free Falling to the infamous Leap of Faith! The activities were well co-ordinated by very helpful and professional staff at the Activity Centre and were thoroughly enjoyed by all.… Read more
This was the first season of the newly set up XMTB McConvey Cycles development team and it was fair to say it was a successful one. Here’s a quick look at some of the results the riders picked up throughout the season:
Craig McCarthy – U14
This season was Craig’s first year in the U14 category and it started off well with him winning the first round of the spring league, he missed the second round and won the third round. As the season went on he placed 2nd in the Ulster Champs, 2nd overall in the Ulster XC Series.… Read more
Details have been announced for 4 winter training camps which will take place over the coming months to help women riders structure their winter training and build their confidence before next season. The camps will cater for both beginners & more experienced riders.
The first camp takes place on 7th December at the Osprey Hotel in Naas. Beginner, intermediate and advanced training spins will be held in the morning, followed by lunch and a chance to meet fellow riders. In the afternoon there will be a talk on the Principles of Training from Gillian McDarby of Peak Endurance Coaching and a talk on Strength & Conditioning for Cyclists from Dromara’s Mary Hunter.… Read more
There’s still time to get your nominations in for this year’s Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards. Sports fans, clubs, schools, governing and sports bodies are being urged to nominate their top sporting stars for 2013.
Linwoods, title sponsor of the awards programme, honours Northern Ireland’s top sporting achievers in both the amateur and professional arenas and the gala ceremony which attracts some of our most famous and successful sporting heroes, will take place on Monday 20th January 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
We have had a very successful year in cycling topped by Martin Irvine’s Rainbow Jersey and his Gold Medal in the World Cup Points Race more recently.… Read more
Cycling Ireland are running a series of Roadshows around Ireland, where you can see the new on-line registration system in action, learn how to use it and ask any relevant questions you would like Cycling Ireland to address. The road show is designed to help club officials, become familiar with the new system. This system has the capability to remove a lot of paperwork and should make life easier for club admisistrators in the future so it is important to get the training now.
The venues most suited to Ulster members are the those in Drogheda and Omagh.… Read more