Cycling Ulster

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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Henderson Conquers the Mall in Armagh Crit

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 are Calling all Italians to a Special Cycle

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

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06/05/14 – Madigan and Ballymena Take Ulster Team TT Champs

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


North Down See the Light

CaptureIn the same week that Northern Ireland turned pink to celebrate hosting the start of the Giro D'Italia cycle race, a homegrown tech company brought a digital upgrade to bicycle technology.

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

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