On Saturday the 20th the annual David McCall Foundation Autumn Youth Day takes place. The event HQ will be based in St Johns hall in Crumlin. Gerry McCann who's family co sponsor the McCann/Givan/Stewart U16 trophy has very generously agreed to be a sponsor for this event.
The Cycling Ulster Youth Academy and the Foundation work closely together to bring through young cycling talent and this day out for the kids is as always to bring them together in a non-competitive atmosphere for fun and just getting to know each other.… Read more
Sunday morning saw twenty eight hardy souls tun up at Woodgreen at eight o'clock in the morning to register for the gruelling 100 mile time trial championships promoted by Ballymoney CC.
The weather conditions were good with hazy sunshine and the wind was not too strong. All the top contenders for a record attempt were on the line-up. Bryan McCrystal of Aqua Blue smashed the senior record last year with an outstanding time of 3:34:52 while John Madden set a new Veteran's record 3:42:49.… Read more
You have to respect Ulster cyclists when it comes to charity as they come in their droves. We needed 4 ferry crossings in Strangford to shift all those who turned up for the Ards CC Tour of Strangford Sportive. With 282 entries this was a new record for the event for the club which was established in 1944.
The event took place in dry weather with a light breeze, perfect for enjoying the roads around the Ards Peninsula. At the pit stop at Downpatrick the riders were welcomed by the fantastic tea ladies before the riders caught the Portaferry Ferry.… Read more
Well over one thousand cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the scenic roads of the North Antrim Coast today to participate in the Giants Causeway Challenge promoted by Outdoor Recreation NI. With hazy sunshine and warm temperatures all was set for a great day's cycling.
Perhaps today's huge participation is one of the legacies of the Giro d'Italia or perhaps more people have simply discovered the joys of cycling.
What ever the reason as they climbed or walked Torr Head all were happy to be on their bike.… Read more
It will be interesting to read the final presentation from W2 Consulting, the firm charged by Cycling Ireland to gather information from the membership on how it feels Cycling Ireland should proceed in the next five years.
Following an initial survey in which over 6000 members participated the second stage involved meetings in each Province. All members were contacted via Cycling Ireland's Ezine and those who had participated in the survey also received an email regarding the venue.
The Ulster meeting took place last Tuesday night in the Ramada Hotel at Shaw's Bridge.… Read more
Riders taking part in the Ulster 100 mile time trial championship on Sunday should be aware that the event is run under the main TT rules of Cycling Ireland. Intending participants should be familiar with the following rules particularly in relation to feeding.
No feeding is permitted by following cars so riders should make sure that they have support situated along the roadside.
Medals will be awarded to Senior and Veteran Men and Women and the overall team. Martin Birney SportActive Trophies will be awarded to the Senior Man, Veteran Man, Senior Woman and Veteran Woman.… Read more
On Sunday 21st September 2014 Team Madigan promote their ever popular Torr Head Challenge. Starting at 10.30am from Ballygalley on the Antrim Coast. This is an approved Cycling Ireland event promoted by one of Ulster's long standing clubs. At a cost of £15 per adult and £5 for those under 18 this is really good value. Under 18's can pay on the day.
Sign On at Ballygalley Public Car Park is from 9.30 am. Come along and have a go for the fun that will help others less fortunate!… Read more
There is a huge range of events on this cominng weekend. I have posted any details below which I have received. On Saturday the Giant's Causeway Sportive kicks off and is sure to get a lot of support. On Sunday Testers will face the epic 100 mile Ulster TT Championships, off roaders will take to Kilbroney Forest Park for the National Maraton Championships while there are at least six leisure events to chose from for those who want to get put and about.
Sunday 14th September Ulster 100 Mile TT Championships
This tough event is once again promoted by Ballymoney CC.… Read more
Carn Wheelers are glad to announce that they will be running their charity cycle event - the Tour of South Derry (ToSD) on Sunday, 12th October 2014. The event raises money for McMillan Cancer Care, and to date, the ToSD has raised over £37K for this very worthwhile charity. As per previous years, there will be a 50 mile route, plus a shorter 37 mile route, which bypasses the hills around Draperstown and Maghera.
The entry fee for both events is £15 and includes tea/coffee,event T-shirt, shower facilities, free car parking and refreshments during and after the cycle. … Read more
Willie John took up cycling a few years ago when he reached his 65th birthday. Since then he has gone on to amaze his friends and team-mates as he tackles one challenge after another.
However it as the undisputed 'King of the Gap' that he is most famous. Those who have climbed the Gap of Mamore will cite it as the hardest and steepest climb in Ireland.… Read more