Cycling Ulster

BIlly Kerry Sportive Open For Entries

On Line Registration is now open for the Billy Kerr Cycling Sportive.
Ballymena CRC wish to extend a warm invitation to all, both new and seasoned cyclists in your club. This event is being organised for the second time to commemorate the legendary cycling career of Billy Kerr who sadly passed away in 2012. Billy was a member of Ballymena Road Club and he represented Northern Ireland at two Commonwealth Games and Ireland in the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Mr Kerr¹s talent shot the name of Ballymena Road Club to the forefront of amateur cycling after back-to-back successes in the prestigious Tour of the North race in 1978 and 1979.… Read more

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Lots of racing at the Crit in the Park.

Lots of racing at the Crit in the Park.IMG_00000389

The annual Crit in the Park event held by Phoenix CC in Ormeau park in Belfast attracted a wide range of riders again this year.  There were a few light showers but the racing aggressive racing was not dampened by them.

The evening started with an U10s race over two laps of the circuit.  All the riders rode their hearts out and showed true racing spirit.… Read more


Macauley Victorious at Audi GP

aThe Audi GP promoted by East Antrim Audi took place today in warm sunshine. The 64 mile race saw the riders cover eight laps of the 7.9 mile circuit around Ballynure. The race catered for A1 to A3 riders and included a long drag which was to prove the undoing for many.

Early into the race a break got away which included Curtis Gilmore (Team Madigan), Ali Macauley  (Team ASEA), Des Woods (Newry Wheelers), Conor McCann (NRPT and Ryan Reilly (AC Bisontine).

This group steadily increased their lead on the chasing pack.… Read more


Loads for all the Family at National Championships

Host club Omagh wheelers have lined up a fantastic support cast to the national cycling championships in the county Tyrone town over the last weekend in June.

Working in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh district council they will turn the newly opened Oasis plaza into the cycling village a focal point for spectators for the weekend. The plaza side adjacent to the start and finish line of the town based circuit.

The organisers have converted the Oasis plaza into a haven of entertainment and information throughout the big weekend. … Read more

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Time Trial Bike Specifications For National TT

In advance of the National TT Champs which are promoted under UCI Regulations all those hoping to take part are advised that there are strict rules governing the Time trial bikes being used. All riders must have bikes conforming to UCI Standards. You can download the specification document that highlights the dimensions and what exactly is checked on the evening of the Time Trial Championships at the end of this article.

Hopefully this  post will provide awareness for everybody to plan accordingly and avoid issues on the night with non conforming bikes which will result in the rider not being permitted to start.… Read more

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Updated Information AccessNI: Pin Numbers Included

AccessNI applications have now gone completely online and we can no longer accept paper applications. All details of how to get an Access Check through Cycling Ulster can be found by using the Safeguarding Button on the right hand side of this page.

Patrick McAleavey and I are the recognised signatories for AccessNI. When you apply for a check please ensure that you apply for an ENHANCED Check as this is the only one we can accept. Please be aware that information found will appear on your certificate but unless you appear on the barred list a criminal record will not bar you from working with young people.… Read more

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Leisure Events This Weekend

Bangor Coastal Challenge Promoted by North Down CC Sunday 21st June
North Down CC are promoting the Bangor Coastl Challenge this Sunday which takes in a scenic coastal route of 100km around the Ards Peninsula which has few inclines and takes a break in Portaferry for lunch. So whether you are a serious cyclist or a novice wanting to cycle the distance for the first time the NDCC Bangor Coastal Challenge is the event for you!

The Challenge starts and finishes on the Old Belfast Rd.… Read more

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Cranston Takes Ards Crit

Last night will go down in Ards CC history as one of our great events – big fields, an enthusiastic crowd, sporty motor cars, and an Ards CC winner. Excellent!

First up was the crowd’s favourite – the novice event. The race was run as a short handicap, with the under 6s getting a 30 second start on the under 8s, and a further 30s to the older kids. It was great to see the stars of the future in action. One of last year’s heroes, Bradley Kinning, had graduated from a balance bike to pedals this year.… Read more


Exciting Racing at Antrim Crit

aCrit racing returned to Antrim town last night for the first time in many years. The event which formed Round 3 of the Seat Crit Series was promoted by Old Bleach Cycling Club of Randalstown in conjuction with Antrim's programme of festivities.

First off were the U16's who were fairly evenly matched and so no-one was giving ground and the racing was fast. Riders such as Xeno Young (U/A) and Niall Lawrence (Bann Valley) were  fresh from hard racing on the track at the Duane Delaney event last weekend in Dublin.… Read more


Mizen Mission (60 Years Later)

End 2 EndOn the 26th June 1955 Isabel Woods set out on a 386 mile cycle from ‘Mizen Head’ in Cork to ‘Fair Head’ in Antrim, hoping to set the record for this “Irish End to End”. She completed the journey in 23 hours and 3 minutes. Isabel held this record for 52 years until in 2007 when it was broken by Rose Leigh Albeit, by an 18 mile shorter course.

During June 2015 some of Isabel’s relatives will repeat the journey, the difference being age and fitness.… Read more

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