Cycling Ulster

Tour of the North 2014 Stage 1 Gallery

In an exciting first stage of the 2014 Tour of the North, Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane took a well deserved win from James Cullen of Velosure Giordana. The two riders had broken away from a break of seven in the closing miles to go on their own.

Cork Junior, Eddie Dunbar riding on the Cycling Ireland development squad took the KoH jersey while Sebastian Bayliss took the Young rider jersey.

Brian Stewart of Phoenix CC took the bunch sprint to take eighth place.

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Duncan Puts His Stamp on Tour of the North

aThe first stage of the fiftieth edition of the Tour of the North promoted by the NICF took to the roads today in glorious sunshine. The route took the riders the riders along the Antrim coast and up some of the beautiful glens and the scenery was stunning. However the riders did not have time to admire the view as the racing went from the gun.

This was no Saturday run along the coast but good quality international racing which saw riders clock an average speeed of 27 miles per hour at the end of the race.… Read more


Tour of the North Details

1Easter weekend in cycling terms is synonomous with the major stage races around Ireland such as the Gorey and Rás Mumhan and here inUlster we have the Tour of the North.

This year the race will be based in Ballymena and has lost its traditional Friday night hill climb at Stormont. However it still promises to be a hard race and clubs around Ireland and further afield have been vying to get an entry. The full start list can be downloaded HERE.

This year is the 50th Edition of the race and it will be held from Saturday to Monday and will feature 4 stages, 3 road and 1 time trial, all based in
the Ballymena area.… Read more


Info on Upcoming Events

Please read on for information on two upcoming events - The Hugo Loughran GP down for decision on the 25th April willl open for online  entry tomorrow plus information on the Donegal County Championships. With racing limited over the Easter Bank Holiday to the major Stage Races, the Hugo Loughran offers riders a chance to get a weekend race, points and stil enjoy watching the Tour of the North.

Online entry for the Hugo Loughran will open on Entry Central on Wednesday 16th April at 9pm. … Read more


Holian Retains Zach O’Donnell Memorial Trophy

Sunday 13th April 2014 saw the running of the Zach O’Donnell Memorial Race in Convoy, Co. Donegal. This was the fourth running of the event, but was the first year that the host club, Four Masters CC, was running it as an open event. 95 riders signed on at St Mary's GAA Hall for the 3 race event. There was an A Race – A2/A3 and Junior (64km), B Race –A4 (48km) and a late addition Masters/ Ladies Race (32km). The Convoy, Drumkeen, Kilross, Convoy circuit (16km) was mainly flat but strong side-winds and headwinds on the first 10km of the circuit would make any planned attacking very difficult on the day.… Read more


Safeguarding Course – Maghera – This Wednesday Night

Cycling Ulster will host a Safeguarding Awareness Course this coming Wednesday 16th April in Walsh's Hotel in Maghera. The course has been requested by Carn Wheelers but is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This course is compulsory for Club Safeguarding Officers who must complete this course before doing the Designated Officer's Course.

The course will be taken by Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb and will begin at 7.00pm. There will be a short break at the halfway stage and light refreshments will be provided.… Read more

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Important Info re Transport and Road Closures during the Giro.

Northern Ireland will host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014. This annual multiple stage bicycle race is primarily held in Italy and along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9 - 11 May 2014 and involves routes in Belfast, the Causeway Coast and Armagh before moving on to Dublin.  Over 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part and there will be a supporting programme of events and activities.… Read more

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Well Done to Ulster Juniors in Nenagh Classic

slaneA strong Cycling Ulster Slane Cyles Junior squad left for Nenagh on Saturday afternoon for their first target of the season the Nengah Classic on Sunday. A couple of late changes due to illness saw Jordan McGinley and Harry McComb join Craig McAuley, Ryan Reilly, Rory Maguire and Cathal Clarke in the team. It is a credit to Jordan and Harry that they were both able to go at late notice.

David Dougan and Peter Wilson were managers for the race which has proved very popular with Juniors over the last couple of years and we also had Mark Downey riding for the Irish national team at the race.… Read more

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Commonwealth Games Update.

The appeals panel has been confirmed for the Commonwealth Games. Ryan Connor, Manager for the Northern Ireland CWG Cycling Squad would like to go on record and thank each member for agreeing to be on the panel. The panel are there to protect both rider and coach.

The make-up of the appeals panel is as follows:

Anthony Walsh - Anthony is a barrister at law with a masters degree in sports law. He currently rides for UCD and has spent the last couple of seasons racing abroad in the USA and France.… Read more

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Bann Valley Classic Gallery 13/04/2014

aaThere was great racing around Clady on Sunday when Bann Valley promoted their annual Bann Valley Classic. Alistair Gribbon of Carn Wheelers took the win in the A race while relative newcomer Craig Rea won theB Race for A4 riders. Both events passed off safely and were well organised.

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