Cycling Ulster

Youth Reliability Trial Builds on Success Updated

aThe David McCall sponsored Youth Reliability Trial took place today in Crumlin promoted by Maryland Wheelers. The event, which was originally organised by Colin Hughes , former chair of the Ulster Youth Commssion and supported by the David McCall Foundation has now become a traditional event in the Youth Calendar. Such is its popularity that today there was unprecedented crowd of young riders present many travelling from as far away as Donegal.  Many thanks to everyone who came along to make this a great day.

Phil Holland , Chairman of the David McCall Foundation had this to say,

"The David McCall foundation Youth Reliability Trial this year gave me some sleepless nights I can tell you, after having to cancel due to snow last year the weather forecasters predicted a frosty start and then a wet outlook for the rest of our day, but hey what do they know.

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Duncan Does it Again to Take Ards Classic

aThe Decathlon B’Twin Tour of Ards  took to the roads today with a full field of riders many of whom were past winners of the event. Among these were Adam Armstrong and Fraser Duncan of the Northern Dave Kane outfit, Peter Hawkins of Madison Genis and last year’s winner James McMaster of Curran Racing.

With over sixty miles of racing on a slightly changed circuit this classic race went from the gun. Covering over sixty miles of relatively flat roads the early pace was high but the main bunch stayed together but by the time the race swung inward towards Carrowdore, a change from the normal route, spilts had started to occur.… Read more


Nutrition and Physio Talks Specifically for Women

Womens_Cycling_Ulster_logo_Women’s Cycling Ulster is delighted to announce our next event, which will be held on Friday 4th April at 7pm. We are very grateful to Cleaver Fulton Rankin, who have very kindly donated light refreshments and the use of their premises for the evening.

We will be joined by guest speaker, Khara Mills of Khara is one of the most enthusiastic people about healthy eating that you will meet! She very much supports fitnaturally's ethos of eating delicious, natural foods and using the natural environment for training and exercise.… Read more


Youth Calendars

Cycling Ireland has provided two PDF calendars listing youth events. There is a calendar for road competitive events and another for the Leisure events.

Cycling Ireland apologise for the glitch in the system which meant that the Youth events did not transfer across to the handbook. The company appreciate that this has made it difficult for parents and young riders to plan their programme for the year.

It is hoped that these calendars will therefore be useful to all concerned.

Please Note the following changes. There may be others of which I am unaware

  1. Youth Races listed for the Beggs/McGreevy Races on the 5th April will not now take place to avoid a clash with Rás na nOg.
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Wallace Caldwell RR Opening and Info on Sportives plus Giro Stage 3 Sportive

The Wallace Caldwell Memorial on 12th April is the second classic road race for Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction of the 2014 season.   After a successful Blair International - Red Hand Trophy which had a top quality field and produced very worthy winner in Northern CC's Fraser Duncan, we are very much looking forward to laying on another epic day’s racing in another of Ulster's classic one day events.

The course comprises of an opening 25 mile of rolling roads followed by two major climbs and then a fast run along the banks of the River Bann, back to the finish in Galgorm just outside Wrightbus.… Read more


Attention All Coaches – Coaching Webinar

There will be a webinar with Hunter Allen co-author of training and racing with a power meter. Hunter is very much in demand but we have managed to gain his services to help cycling and triathlon coaches within Ireland.

The  webinar will take place at 8.00pm on Tuesday the 25th March and is free for all participants. Places are limited and will be reserved upon application. To apply for a place follow the details on the flyer or email Gary McKeegan on

This is an ideal opportunity for our coaches to interact with Hunter Allen and receive some top level advice.… Read more

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Only 50 Days To Go Until Giro d’Italia

Giro low res LogoToday (Thursday March 20) marks 50 days to go until Northern Ireland hosts the first three stages of the world’s second largest bike race, the Giro d’Italia, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) is urging people to ensure they are part of the action, to plan ahead and book their accommodation now before it is too late.

The Big Start, from May 9 – 11, promises three days of excitement, drama and thrills from Belfast, through the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and Glens and the historic city of Armagh. Read more

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David McCall Youth RT This Saturday

DMcCThe David McCall Foundation annual Youth Reliability Trial will take place this Saturday March 22nd and is based this year at the St.Johns Hall in Crumlin with the 1st group leaving at 10.30, the hall will be open for sign on and get together from 09.00.

There will be 2 routes of 50 miles for the U16's and 40 miles for the U14's.

Entry is £5 per child with adults free and refreshments and food are provided free for everyone from 10 am until 2pm.

The event will be marshalled by lead and following cars, adult cyclists, motorbike outriders and a broom wagon,,, everyone who takes part on the road must sign on.The routes will be clearly marked on the road with arrows and yellow 'YR'.… Read more

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Road Races this Weekend

Decathlon-B'Twin Tour of Ards Saturday 22nd March
On Saturday Ards CC will promote the classic Tour of Ards. The event takes riders along the Ards Peninsula through some very scenic countryside.This year Ards CC are fortunate to be sponsored by Decathlon-B'Twin. Ards CC has pulled out all the stops  to celebrate 70 years of Ards CC with the generous sponsorship of Decathlon-B'Twin (their first sponsored race in Ireland ) including goodie bags for all prize winners.There is also a strong field perhpas  attracted by the £175 winning prize and a total of £750 prize money .The race will be filmed by Jonny Collins Production of Strabane (commisioned by Decathlon Belfast ).… Read more

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John Neill Back on Form In Donegal

John Neill wins Donegal Harvest Trophy 2014.Despite a low turnout of A1's and A2's today the Potato ‘A’ Race was an exciting affair.  Thirty A3s started first with a 3 minute advantage on the twelve A2's. These were followed by seven A1's who were a further 3 minutes back.

The A3's took a while to get into a rhythm and a number of attacks took place by the stronger riders. These included Ryan Reilly (Foyle), Noel Collins,  Darnell Moore (both Caldwell) and Kevin Holian (Errigal).

In the meantime the A2's were closing fast, taking 2 minutes out of the handicap by the 20k.marker.… Read more

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