The 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
Fifty five riders lined up to take part in the inaugural Clarke Decorate City of Armagh Criterium. Organised by Orchard CC as part of the celebrations to welcome the Giro d'Italia to our shores, the city council were very much behind tonight's event.
After a few laps riders began drop out of the main peleton with the result that with five laps to go it was down to a leading group of approximately twenty riders.
Colin Murtagh from Newry Wheelers broke away on his own with 3 laps to go and looked the winner but he was caught on the last lap coming into the finish with Billy Henderson from Keevan just taking it from Keith Hughes with Colin Murtagh third.… Read more
Square Wheels Cycle Club, based in Moy on the Tyrone/Armagh border, are celebrating the Giro d’Italia by organising a unique club exchange with their Italian counterparts, S.C. Novese Fausto Coppi from Novi Ligure in the Italian region of Piedmont.
The Moy has strong links with the Piedmont region. When the Earl of Charlemont came back from his Grand Tour in the 1760’s he was so impressed by the Italian town of Bosco Marengo in Piedmont that he decided to build the village of Moy as a replica. … Read more
This morning some of the visiting teams in this year's giro D'Italia were sampling Irish roads and unfortunately, Irish weather. However today was a 'soft' day in comparison to the condidtions which the thirty three teams from around Ulster experienced last night at Woodgreen. The Ulster team time trial championships were being promoted by Phoenix CC and everyone was in high spoirtits. The weather was dry and the sun was trying to come out. But it was only an illusion of good weather to come.
Not long after the last of the teams were pushed off the sky began to darken and it looked like the end of the world.… Read more
Following a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that exceeded target in eight days, See.Sense came into the market with momentum.
Their first product has made the humble bike light smart. Now, besides a special edition pink version for the Giro, the company plans to embed a range of cycling accessories with new intelligence. - See more HERE
The new smart light has been marketed brilliantly using a local club, North Down who are already 'in the pink' ahead of the Giro d'Italia.… Read more
Ulster Team Trial Championships 2014 - Tuesday 6th May - Woodgreen Course
Tonight those hoping to become the fastest team in Ireland will take to the A26 between Antrim and Ballymena as they compete in the Ulster Team Time Trial Championships. Already twenty six teams have pre-entered for the event including three women's teams. While pre-entry was preferred the promoting club, Phoenix CC, will accept entries on the night na dthese will be slotted in after the pre-entry teams.
Traditionally this event has taken place the day after the Tour of Ulster and the course record was set by UCD who took part after riding the Tour of Ulster in 2012.… Read more
Please Note - Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the planned evening below has been cancelled. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience.
An evening with Stephen Roche is planned for Wednesday 7th May in Wellington Park Hotel.
Stephen will talk about what it takes to win the Giro, his experiences from 1987, his career in general and how incredible it is for Belfast and Ireland to host the start of the Giro this weekend.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact Gerard Heverin on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a ticket.… Read more
On Friday 2nd May the CUYA represented by Brian and Natalie McComb and Academy chairman Michael McKenna took two development teams to Cork to take part in the O'Leary Stone Kanturk 2day promoted by the local Kanturk club. The U14 team included Adam Ward, Conor Halvey and Harry Dowwhile the U16 team was Conor McCann, Harvey Barnes, Marc Heaney and Ethan Fleville. For most of the riders this was their first experience of representing their Province and racing within a team environment.
Some of the individual results do not reflect the amount of work put in by the riders to help defend the places of their team leader.… Read more
In very cold and wet conditions the final stage of the Tour of Ulster took to the roads around Maghera. Aqua Blue were to dominate the event with Damian Shaw emerging as overall victor with McCrystal taking the stage win and the points jersey. Daniel Stewart of the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles Team emerged as the best young rider.
It was a tough day for all concerned with five laps of a hilly circuit which also included the climb of Matty's Brae.
For a few pics of today's action by Marian Lamb cliok continue reading.… Read more
The dull weather continued today but at least the racing offered up by the Tour of Ulster riders was anything but dull. Stage 3 on bank holiday monday would see no relief for the 87 starters, a challenging 75.9mile course awaited that included 3x category 2 KOH stages and 3x sprint points.
The neutralised started rolled north over the hill out of Maghera, with a strong tailwind the start was sure to be fast and furious. The flag dropped and immediately 4 riders attacked of the front of the peleton.… Read more