Cycling Ulster

Report on Ulster and National Selection Days

aThe Cycling Ulster Youth Academy day was planned to be held at Omagh and due to exceptionally bad weather with snow, a high chill factor it was decided to pospone the event.

Following talks with Sean McNicholl the organiser of the  "Support the Junior Tour" sportive, it was agreed that the CUYA selection day would be incorporated along with his event a week later than originally planned.

Numbers at the Ulster day suffered due to the severe weather and the anticipated 100 plus was around 70, made up with boys and girls from Under12, Under14 and Under16 age categories.

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Wallace Caldwell – National Series Rd 2 – Pre -entry Info

The new  National Road Series for 2015 gets underway on the 8th March with Rás Luímní. The road racing series, primarily aimed at A1 and A2 riders, will comprise of sixteen races, with the best five scores of a rider counting provided they compete in three of the four provinces. The National Road Series events sit within existing races across the four provinces.

Ulster hosts the second of these events with the tough Wallace Caldwell as  a counter. The race, promoted by Ballymena CRC, will go online for pre-entry on Monday 2nd March at 1900. … Read more


The Basics of Racing Safely.

The road racing season is upon us again with the traditional start weekend; the Annaclone GP on Saturday and the Phoenix GP on Sunday.  There will be big racing fields and many keen riders so it’s probably a good time to remind the experienced of, and introduce the first timers to, the basics of how to still be in one piece this time next week.

In coming weeks we plan to look in more detail at many aspects of how to ride safely in a race or leisure ride. … Read more


Ulster Woman’s and Masters’ Leagues Start On Sunday.

bling-bike-kit-logoFor the past couple of years the Ulster Woman’s league and the Ulster Masters’ League have grown in popularity year on year.  Judging by the enquiries and general chat over the last few weeks this year will see this trend continue.

The George Rooney Phoenix Grand Prix, being held this Sunday, will see the first round of both these leagues.  There are still places left for both these races on entry central, the pre-entry website (see separate article for details).  It is likely that riders will be able to enter the woman’s and masters’ races on the day, however riders are advised to pre-enter as the entry fee is £3 cheaper than the on-the-day option. … Read more


Annaclone back to Traditional Route

Following the announcement that the traditional Annaclone circuit used for the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP would be unavailable due to rescheduled road works the Banbridge CC Open Race Committee have been hard at work investigating alternate circuits, roads and facilities within the area.

We are delighted to announce that following lengthy discussions we have been able to secure the original Annaclone based circuit for this Saturday thanks to the willingness and co-operation of the works contractors, Gibson Bros Ltd.

Race HQ & sign-on will remain at Annaclone GAA club.… Read more


Emyvale Reliability Run Sunday 22nd February

This Sunday 22nd February Emyvale CC will host what has now become a popular early season event; the reliability cycle. These reliability cycles have become a way for both touring and racing cyclists to dust off the winter cobwebs and get together before the racing begins in earnest.

The sign on is in Emyvale leisure centre, main street Emyvale from 9.00am and the first group is departing at 10.00am. There will be three groups. The first group will be a faster group for cyclists with racing licences and the next two groups will be more leisurely.… Read more


Please Note – John Haldane Cancelled

Due to circumstances out of our control Newry wheelers are suspending  the John Haldane Memorial due to road works on the course as it is deemed unsafe to run the race on the course.

It is with regret this decision is made but it is in the interest of the riders.

The race will not take place on 1st March and therefore entries will not open tonight (16th Feb) on Entry Central.The race committee will seek an alternative date later in the season.

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McCann Cup Live for Pre-Entry this Friday

This year's McCann Cup opens for pre-entry via EntryCentral on Friday 20th February at 8pm. This is always an eagerly awaited event in the early race calendar and this year will be no different with 5 different races on offer on Sunday 8th March.

Race Headquarters has changed this year to the Ecclesville Centre, Ecclesville Road, Fintona, with riders rolling out from there for less than a mile to reach the start of the traditional 9.7 mile circuit. The finish line has also changed to a point further along the Tattyreagh Raod (B122) than previous, just short of its junction with the Carnalea Road (B46).

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Great Day out at Tour of Down

aOn Saturday  West Down Wheelers  held their  5th Annual Charity Coastal Cycle run. This year' s run was for St John's Ambulance, a very worth while cause. It was a very good turnout of riders when 155 descended on Katesbridge to sign on. Over one hundred riders opted for the longer 65 mile (A) run with forty five signing on for the  (B) run.

The weather was like a spring moring when they hit the coast  road and to make it an almost perfect day everyone got back safe and sound. … Read more

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Junior Tour Sportive Massive Success

girlsThe Junior Tour Sportive which took place last weekend was a massive success as riders turned out in their hundreds to support the cause. The event was organised by Sean McNicholl and his club Church Island Cycling in Bellaghy and they left no stone unturnned to make the event an enjoyable day out for the participants.

Most of Ulster's top racers showed up to support the event. Among these were David McCann, Fraser Duncan and Peter Hawkins.

Other big names included last year's winner of the Rás, Clemens Fankhauser, and former Junior Tour winners Matthew Teggart, Andrew Moss and Mark Scanlon. Read more

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