Cycling Ulster

Omagh’s Valentine’s Run a Monumental Success

aOn Sunday 16th February, Omagh Wheelers cycling club held their annual reliability trial along side a Valentine’s leisure cycle at Youthsport Omagh.

The reliability trial consisted of either a 50 or 70 mile route choice over demanding terrain which required a good level of fitness.

The valentine’s cycle was held in a similar fashion in that there was a choice of either a 30 or 50 mile cycle. The valentine run was aimed at all cyclists with varying fitness levels. Both events were carefully controlled by experienced members of Omagh Wheelers to make sure no individual were left by themselves.… Read more

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Italy Cycle Xperience

Cortona1With everyone beginning to think Italian ahead of the arrival of the  Giro D'Italia in May, a new cycling holiday company headed up by local man Peter Bryson may encourage some of you to head to Italy for some training.

Peter operates in the Cortona area of Tuscany and is in partnership with another local man, North Down's Charlie Nicell.

They will be on hand leading the tour routes each day with a support vehicle, carrying a selection of spare parts should the need arise.  Cyclists will be supplied with fresh free drinking water for their bottles on a daily basis.  … Read more

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Please Read – More Pre-Entry Events

The Decathlon-B'twin  Classic Tour of Ards 2014 Open for Entry
The Decathlon-B'twin  Classic Tour of Ards 2014  takes place on Saturday 22 March 11am. There will be a  rolling start from St Patrick’s hall behind the chapel (North Street )in Newtownards.

Sign will be open from 9.30 am till 10.45am. Due to the added sponsorship of Decathlon Belfast Ards CC will have a prize fund of £750 with the winner taking home £175 .This will attract a lot of good riders, and it is a good race to prepare for the Des Hanlon  the day after.… Read more


Report on Commonwealth Games Training Camp

aA strong Northern Ireland Cycling team headed off to Glasgow on the 9th February as part of a recce for the Commonwealth Games.

The team, headed by Ryan Connor,

was keen to get as much out of the trip as possible.

The first day saw us arrive in Glasgow at the Beardmore hotel and straight out onto the bikes to take in the road course aided by Neil McLeod of Scottish Cycling. Gordon Goldie gave the team a talk that evening with tips on training roads and the best routes to go which was well received by the team.… Read more


Majorca Training Camp for Irish Juniors

Ireland's early season Junior Squad has been named ahead of the first overseas training camp of 2014. The eleven person team comprising of 3 junior women and 8 junior men, were selected based on recent trials and previous performances.  On Monday the squad will travel to Majorca, coinciding with the school midterm break, to train intensively both on the roads and in the indoor Velodrome.

Development Coach Neill Delahaye said "This time of year it is about building form, this is a good block of training for the riders, while they have a window of opportunity in their studies.… Read more

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Places Available for Safeguarding Courses

Cycling Ulster will be running a number of Safeguarding Awareness Courses (Child Protection) in the comng weeks. We are seeking expressions of interest from those are hoping to  attend these courses.

All courses  begin at 7.00pm and last approximately three hours with a break at the halfway stage. The courses will be delivered by Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb who are trained SportNI/NSPCC Tutors..

All club Safeguarding Officers must complete this course before going on to do the Designated Officer Course which is normally delivered by the Local Authorities through SportNI.… Read more

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Tour of Ulster Opens for Entry on Wednesday 19th

The 2014 Tour of Ulster will be open for entries on Wednesday 19th February at 8pm sharp and is online registration only using the following link:

There is a huge interest this year so can you tell riders to get in early or they will be disappointed.

In a change from last year there are no individual entries and riders should be aware that there is only one team allowed per club with teams being made up of minimum 3 and maximum 6 riders and open to A1 & A2 categories only.… Read more


Banbridge Reflect on Success

BanbridgeThe reputation of Banbridge CC for producing a steady stream of competitive riders of all ages and from all disciplines is well known throughout Ireland and beyond. In more recent years the activities of its members have greatly diversified.

While it has road, track and MTB champions the club also has members who have won places on the Irish Para- cycling Team, the Ulster coaching network, the national and international commissaires’ panel and on a number of representational and sponsored bike racing teams.

While the competitive successes of the Club’s younger members is regularly reported their representative honours are many and varied.… Read more

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Be Part of the Giro – Volunteer Now

Giro low res LogoVolunteer Now, in conjunction with Cycling Ulster, are offering cyclists the unique opportunity to be part of an hstoric occasion by volunteering to marshall at the Giro d'Italia in May. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Due to an assessment of the various courses more marshalls are required.

All volunteers will need to attend 2-3 short training sessions which will be held in various places around the country at various times in order to suit as many people as possible.

Volunteers will only be required to commit to volunteer on one day of the Giro leaving you time to do your own thing on the other days.… Read more

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XMTB Spring MTB Series Starts Sunday – Youth and Senior Events

xmtbXMTB McConvey Cycles are hosting a series of 3 mountain bike races aimed primarily at the youth riders from the Under 8s up to the Under 16s starting on Sunday 16 February 2014.

The club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support and ongoing permission to use the venue.

Because of the popularity of this league in addition to the normal program, we will be hosting two separate Senior races taking the following format:

Senior A:

The Senior A race is for riders who are experienced in cross country racing and would normally compete in race categories Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3.… Read more

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