The Off road Commission Chair, Martin Grimley, ably assisted by Lisa Millar of the Ulster Women's Association gave an excellent training day on Sunday to help provide new comers with some of the skills of cyclocross.
The day was well attended and the pictures below will give you some idea of the skills delivered.
All pictures by Marian Lamb.
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They were there to get a taste of what this discipline of cycling is all about and Martin Grimley and Lisa Millar were certainly about to put the riders through their paces.
However before it all got started lunch was the order of the day with freshly prepared wraps made to order by Lisa and Kayla. With lots ot tea and coffee also on offer it was a pleasant way to start off considering the distance many of the participants had travelled.… Read more
First up was the street sprint events; a highbrid event combining track-like skills in a road setting. The first run is a timed run over the 250m course to determine the seeding with Ciara Doogan again excelling to record the 3rd fastest time with club mate 'pocket rocket' Shauna McFadden posting 10th quickest time.
Roisin Carter also made it in to the top 15 with pre-event favourite Shenna McKiverigan unfortunately crashing out in her effort to record the fastest time.… Read more
The closing date for the receipt of applications of events for 2015 is Tuesday 30th September. We have been informed that a fine of €200 is applicable for any events entered after that date. If any club is having difficulty accessing or registering their events for 2015 please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently there are less than half of the usual events added to the online system.
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On a pre-event recce of the venue - the purpose built Redbridge Cycling Complex the riders bumped in to world superstar 'the Manx missile', Mark Cavendish who was happy to pose for a few pictures with our riders.
Hopefully meeting Cav will have a positive effect on our riders as they gear up for tomorrow's opening criterium which gets underway with the boys race at 3 o'clock.… Read more
Fast Times at Woodgreen
The concluding round of the 2014 Ernie Magwood Super 6 took place at Woodgreen on the 13th September, the two riders who had a tilt at the Irish elite and Veterans 10 miles records a Rd 5, Marcus Christie and John Madden were once again back and raring to go. Conditions this time were much more favourable, the SW wind present at Rd5 replaced with a slight headwind on the return leg, but also high temperatures and good visibility making for good safe and fast conditions.… Read more
With the upcoming Cyclo-cross season about to start in October, the Cycling Ulster Off-road commission have organised a Cyclo-cross training day on Sunday 28th September 2014 at Lurgan Park. Start time 12 pm with lunch to begin. Finish 4 pm.
There will be a mix of classroom style talks on the sport, the equipment, race preparation and training, etc before the practical work outside.
There are a unique set of skills for cyclo-cross racing which will include dismounts, remounts, cornering and tackling barriers and steps. There will also be a tour of the course for the upcoming first round of the 2014 series which is being held at Lurgan Park.… Read more
There are a number of leisure events on this coming Sunday around Ulster. I have listed details below of those about which I have information. Unfortunately the Emyvale Tour of Monaghan down for Sunday has had to be cancelled.
Sunday 28th September - The Hooley Round Cooley
The Hooley Round Cooley, promoted by BC Camlough is now in its 2nd year. 100+ cyclists enjoyed the course last year. Registration opens at 9am at Craobh Rua Hurling Club Mill Hill High Street Bessbrook ( close to Bessbrook Community Centre ) and once you register you can enjoy a tea, coffee and biscuits before the official start at 10am.… Read more
The 2014 John Lindsay Memorial Torr Head Challenge promoted by Team Madigan Cycling Club attracted 293 hardy riders from all over Ulster to the beautiful Antrim Coast on Sunday 21st September. The riders were going to ride one of the top cycling routes in Ireland and the UK to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Bathed in brilliant sunshine the riders were treated to stunning views of our coastline and Scotland, which stood out proud on what was an extremely clear day.
Dispatched in three groups from Ballygalley Community Centre onto the Coast Road was a sight to behold as people of all ages took part, seasoned racing men and women alongside leisure cyclists. … Read more
In his World Championship debut, Carrick-on-Suir's Michael O'Loughlin has finished in an impressive 8th position in the Junior Men's Time Trial in Ponferrada, Spain. The first year junior started the 29.5km course as the 41st starter, setting the early fastest time, which he held until Germany's Sven Reutter finished faster. The eventual race winner was Germany's Lennard Kamna, With Adrien Costa (USA) and Michael Storer (AUS) taking silver and bronze. Ireland's Mark Downey, who won a silver medal in the Scratch Race at the European Track Championshps, finished in 34th position.… Read more