Ulster riders were very much to the fore in races in the south over the weekend in both senior and Youth racing in the Rás na nÓg and the Coombes Connor promoted by Drogheda Wheelers. In the tough Coombes Connor race it was Northern Dave Kane rider Fraser Duncan who once again this year stamped his mark on the race to take the win. However out of the eight top placings all but one were from Ulster.
Sean McKenna of UCD was the only rider to break the run for Ulster when he took fifth overall.… Read more
The Women’s Commission was formed in January and have been working hard since then to get the Ulster Women’s Road Racing League and their new website up and running. The website www.womenscyclingulster.com was officially launched on Friday night when they held their first event.
Paul McCormac and Khara Mills, were the speakers for evening with Khara dealing with nutruition while Paul talked about physio. Cleaver Fulton Rankin who are also sponsoring the Women’s Leisure League, donated their premises and a great spread of refreshments after the event.… Read more
Derry teenager, Ryan Reilly of Foyle CC reigned supreme today in the Kingdom of Mourne when he won the prestigious Tour of the Mournes promoted by Newry Wheelers. Despite a strong Newry presence in the breaks, the Junior from Foyle kept his cool to solo home a worthy winner.
David Hamilton of Curran Racing was second while race organiser Drew McKinley was third. Many thanks to all at Newry and to all the marshalls and PSNI outriders for a great event.
For a few pics of the event click Read More.… Read more
The revamped Tour of the Mournes took place today promoted by Newry Wheelers midst bright sunshine and heavy showers. The longer 72 mile route caused a few of the riders to demand the return of the 'traditional route' for 2015 as the leg sapping roads and high pace meant that riders had to work hard to stay in play.
A break went early on and as predicted Newry Wheelers Jude Sands was one of the driving forces, anxious to bring the coveted trophy back to the Club.… Read more
There was a full programme of events for Youth Riders as well as a Senior A4 race at Bartins Bay today promoted by Clann Eireann CC. The Senior race over ten laps of the three mile circuit was hotly contested by the sixty or so entrants with attempts at breakaways numerous.
However at the halfway point Newtownards strongman Stephen Limmer went ahead alone and by the end had more than a minute on hand over the large chasing group. Paul McArthur of North Down and Colm McCloskey of Apollo CT took second and third.… Read more
There was lots of exciting racing around Dromore today when Banbridge CC prooted the John Beggs ans Sean McGreevy Memorial road races. Newly upgraded A2 rider took the win in the main race from Cuchulainn's Liam Dolan while Mark Downey (NRPT) showd how strong the Ulster Juniors are hwhen he took the win in the A3 race from Nathan Mullan of Dromara.
The A4 race was won by Tommy Wilson of Ballymena CRC from Nathan Mullan of Dromara. In the Master's event Brian Hannan of Phoenix took his first win in this event with Lorraine Jeffers of East Tyrone getting first woman.… Read more
Once again Banbridge CC promoted a well organised promotion of the John Beggs and Sean McGreevy Memorial Races today at Dromore. There were four races on offer to suit all senior categories. The course which was slightly changed from previous years was one of the hardest so far in Ulster this year and would prove to be a real test of stamina for the riders.
In the A race for A1/A2 the A2's were given a short handicap over the A1 riders. The small scratch group which included riders such as David McCann of Synergy Baku, Ronan McLaughlin (Dig Deep Inspired) and th epowerful Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane had to ride hard to close down the gap.… Read more
We have been asked by Newry Wheelers to post the latest start list for the event this coming Sunday. It is important that if you cannot make this event for any reason that you inform Drew McKinley immediately. You cannot pass your place on to a club-mate or friend as there is an extensive waiting list. The event is fully supported by the PSNI who provide motorbike outriders.
This year's Tour promises to be full of excitement with a slightly changed and longer route and some big names taking part.… Read more
The 2014 Tour of the North stage routes were announced today and the 2014 Tour allows for plenty of challenges for the riders. Stage 1 takes place on Saturday 19th April an dthe Route is around the beutiful “Antrim Coast” a distance of 68 miles/110km.
Rolling out from race headquarters at the Rex Bonnar Club rooms, a neutralised distance of 2.8 miles. The flag will drop at the Ballyclug church and the race will be on. The first climb of the day is Cat 2 Shanes Hill before dropping down onto the coast road just north of Ballygally and around the coast road before tackling the second climb of the day at Glenarm, again a Cat 2.… Read more
Following some recent requests for clarification regarding 'One day Licences' and qualifications for Open Road Racing I have posted some information below.
One Day Licences for Open Road Racing which allowed those who did not hold a full competition licence to ride open road races were officially stopped two years ago at the Cycling Ireland AGM. Currentlythe one day licence or event licence as it is now now called will only be issued for road racing up until the 31st March every year in order to allow riders time to get their actual licence.… Read more