Cycling Ulster
8Sep/140

Willie John all Smiley at The Gap

aWillie John McLaughlin of the North Pole Cycling Club in Donegal has become an icon of Irish cyling in the last few years.

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

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8Sep/140

Great Turn-Out At MTB at Craigavon

The sun shone at the lakes in Craigavon for the fifth and final round of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike series.  This round was hosted by Apollo Cycling Team whose members have been working hard on developing the course and adding in new features not used in previous years. The course takes in a circuit around the lakes starting from the Watersports centre which has a café, separate room for sign on, showers, toilets and bike wash facilities.  Beside the car park there is the grassy hill section which has a large stone erected on the top as the focal point and is surrounded by a circular line of trees.  … Read more

8Sep/140

Hawkins Triumphs at National Crit Champs

phawkinsTwenty eight year old Peter Hawkins from Belfast who rides for the professional Madison Genesis team stormed to victory at Mondello Park last week and took the national Criterium Championship in style. He rode a very good race although he was challenged throughout by Damian Shaw of the Aqua Blue outfit, Paul Kennedy of Velo Revolution and Robin Kelly of Aqua Blue.

Last year's Winner Paidi O'Brien was also a man to watch out for as he would have liked  to retain his championship jersey.

However Hawkins kept his cool and managed to win the event by a clear margin.… Read more

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2Sep/140

Off-road news – upcoming events in Ulster

A busy time ahead for the off-road cyclists with the last round of the Ulster XC Series on this Sunday at Craigavon, the upcoming National Marathon Championships at Kilbroney the following weekend and then there is cyclo-cross.… Read more

1Sep/140

Events on this weekend 6/7 September

A host of leisure events on this weekend along with some competitive ones too. On Saturday the Dave McCall Bun Run heads out, on Sunday the leisure rider has the choice of the PIPS run, the Harvest Tour, Spires CC Sportive and the Minnie Clarke Tour. For the off-roaders there is the final round of the Ulster XC series at Craigavon on Sunday.… Read more

1Sep/140

Youth Track Squad Ready for School Games Challenge.

The Ulster Youth Track Squad will be flying out to Manchester this weekend to take part in the 2014 Sainsbury`s UK School Games. Track Cycling is one of the 12 sports included in the 3-day multi-sport Games, and will see 7 of Ulster`s best young Track riders take to the indoor boards at the `medal factory` - Manchester velodrome over the weekend. … Read more

1Sep/140

Bike for Life leader course

There are a few places left on this Saturday's Bike for Life Leader Course which takes place at the House of Sport in Belfast. The course lasts from 10am - 5pm at a cost of £26. Pre-requisite for the course is a Foundation Level Coaching certificate.… Read more

31Aug/140

31/08/2014 Ernie Magwood Super Six Rd 5 Woodgreen

The fifth round of the Ernie Magwood Super Six TT Series once again saw some fast times at Woodgreen but to the disappointment of sonme ot was not a day for record breaks.

There was a strong headwind which testers had to fight against. Marcus Christie of the An Post CRC team emerged as the winner with a time of 19.17 just over a minute faster than second placed rider John Madden of Dig Deep Inspired.

Aspiring contender Sean McIntyre of Orchard CC took third place with a time of 20.26.… Read more

28Aug/140

27/08/2014 Ballymena 10 TT

Downey smashed Junior 10 TT record as Madden equals Vets 10 TT

On what can only be described as a blustery evening few would have expected the times recorded at the Ballymena Road Club Chain Reaction 10 mile TT on the A26 Woodgreen Course on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Marcus Christie, John Madden and Mark Downey arrived ready to take on the current records that stood for the 10 mile TT Irish Record. Subject to ratification the times posted showed that with the South East wind anything was possible.… Read more

28Aug/140

A return to Castlewellan Forest for the Ulster MTB Championships

A great day at Castlewellan Forest Park with dry conditions for the 2014 Ulster Cross-country mountain bike championships which took place on Sunday 24 August 2014. Event headquarters was placed prominently on the hill in front of the castle which then had a great vista overlooking the lake and forest. Banbridge Cycling Club have worked closely with Down Council and the Forestry Service to create a course which used parts of the trail centre trails, fire roads and sections of forest single track. … Read more

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