It was the turn of Dromara Cycling Club to host a round of the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross series and it was back to Moira Demesne which was the club's fourth time at this venue. Course set up began on Saturday morning in dry conditions but by 4 pm on Saturday afternoon there was heavy rain which lasted until dawn on Sunday morning. Riders and organisers knew there'd be plenty of mud at Moira! Race morning was bright with clear blue skies and warm autumn sunshine.
The team was on hand from 7 am completing the set up of the course which had a long 300 metre starting 'straight' before heading along a grass bank onto a wood chip avenue which runs up the centre of the park. … Read more
Before commencing, a health & safety induction was given to the twenty beginners who took part, and safety checks were carried out on all bikes.
On the first week two groups with ten beginners in each and accompanied by five experienced club members, covered a 15 mile route that included the Mid Ulster towns Tobermore, Desertmartin, Moneymore and back home towards Magherafelt.… Read more
The Cycling Ireland AGM takes place this Saturday at 11.00am in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. There are a number of Board members up for election including the Honorary Secretary, Jack Watson.
The Board of Cycling Ireland has decided not to increase fees this year but they wish to remove the Introductory Leisure Licence. If you disagree with this you should make sure that you attend the AGM. A list of the number of delegates each club is allowed to send can be found HERE.… Read more
Cycling Ireland’s Awards Night dinner takes place in the Crowne Plaza, Santry on Saturday 15th November starting at 7.30pm with a drinks reception. Tickets are now on sale. This function is held annually to acknowledge the achievements of Irish cyclists, from medallists at the international and national level to the Membership Awards, voting for which opens today. Some of the special guests confirmed so far include World Silver Medallists Ryan Mullen and Mark Downey along with the World Silver tandem pairing of Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.… Read more
This will be the fourth year that Dromara Cycling Club has hosted a cyclo-cross race at Moira Demesne which is a 40 acre park located in the centre of Moira. The club wish to thank Lisburn City Council for their support. The course will run anticlockwise as per last year and will include several modified sections from the 2013 course. The race starts from a square of tarmac looking out along the football pitches. The start is a wide 6 metre avenue reducing to 4m at the end of the first football pitch before continuing along in a broadly straight line to the end of the second football pitch where there is a left hand turn along the pitch towards the centre of the park.… Read more
In 2013 North Down Cycling Club revived off-road racing at Castle Park in Bangor, a location that has seen many races over generations of cyclists. On Sunday 26 October 2014 the club then hosted Round 4 of the 2014 Ulster Cyclo-cross series building on their experience from 2013. The race timing had been moved up onto the hill above the Aurora Leisure Centre close to the trees. The course was mostly set within the trees but with finish area out on the exposed grass where a spiral had been put in to test the riders and make them a little dizzy! … Read more
Women's Cycling Ulster will host their next event for women on Tuesday 4 November at Podium4Sport, Montgomery Road, Belfast. Registration with Tea/Coffee and biscuits is at 6pm, with the presentations starting at 6:30pm.
Presentations will be from Commonwealth Athlete Fraser Duncan and Physio Mike Jones.
The Commission has also managed to negotiate a 20% discount off purchases in the store on the night - perhaps a good chance to start some Christmas Shopping!
The Board of Cycling Ireland is pleased to announce a number of new records which have been recently approved. For Ulster interest John Madden (Dig Deep Inspired), Mark Downey (Nicholas Roche Performance Team) and Marcus Christie (An Post) broke a number of Time Trial records.
On the track Declan Mulholland of Clann Eireann broke the 4 Kms S/S record as part of Team Ireland along with Sean Grimes, Mark Downey and Fintan Ryan.
Cycling Ulster would like to congratulate all the new record holders. Full list of new records can be viewed below.… Read more
On Sunday 26th October 2014 North Down Cycling Club will host Rd 4 of the Ulster CX Series at Castle Park in Bangor. As per 2013 the course will be situated on the grassy banks and wooded area close to the Aurora Leisure Centre Complex in Castle Park, Bangor County Down.
Castle Park has had a great history of cyclo-cross and mountain bike races over the years held by both North Down and Xmtb. The terrain is 60% forest path, 35% open grass area and 5% path. … Read more
The event starts in Bellaghy and there are four routes on offer to suit every level of cyclist.
The main route is 50 miles with several optional escape routes suitable for novices and youth. There are options for a 20 mile, 40 mile and 47 mile course. Most of the routes are flat except for the 50 mileroute which takes in the climb of Matty's Brae.… Read more