Cycling Ulster

Two More Pre-Entry Events

Sizzler's Wine Bar Bann Valley Classic Opens Wednesday for Pre-entry
The Sizzler's Wine Bar Bann Valley Classic which is due to take place on Sunday 13th April will open for pre-entry this coming Wednesday at The event Headquarters is Clady Hall in Portglenone. There will be two races on offer namely an A4 only race and an A2/A3 event. Both of these are likely to sell out quickly. The A2/A3 race is 80km while the A4 race will be 65km. Entry will be at
Both races start at 2.00pm and the entry fee is £12.… Read more


Calling all Cycling Ulster Belfast Cycling Commuters

bike2The Belfast Cycle Challenge: 24 March - 13 April 2014
The Belfast Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team; from cinema tickets, a bike to cycling gear to support your cycle journeys.

How it works
It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more? Belfast businesses will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike between Monday 24 March and Sunday 13 April.… Read more

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Team Madigan Team Up with the Swift for Giro

Giro low res LogoThe Giro D’Italia to be held from 8-10 May 2014 is set to provide an economic boost to Northern Ireland.

The Swift Restaurant, situated beside the Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, is one of the businesses looking to embrace the cycling race by hosting an Italian-themed weekend.

The Swift have set up a strategic partnership with Carrickfergus-based cycling club Team Madigan and Madigan Cycles to organise gourmet suppers, Italian promotions, a family fun day and painting an entire room pink to link with the iconic pink leader jersey of the Giro D’Italia.… Read more

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Beattie, Shannon, McCullough and Mulholland Win at Carn Classic

aCarn Wheelers promoted a feast of racing today when their annual Carn Classic road races got underway. First off were the A3 riders who were champing at the bit to tackle the lumpy fourteen mile course from Maghera through Hillhead, Bellaghy and Gulladuff. There was a large A3 bunch and they were given a three minute handicap over the A1's and 2's.

By the time they had completed the first lap the scratch group had halved the handicap and looked as if they would soon join the A3 bunch.… Read more


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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