Travers Engineering Annaclone GP Saturday 22nd February
Banbridge CC open the Ulster road racing calendar this week on Saturday the 22nd at Annaclone with the Travers Engineering GP.
Two races will be on offer with the first starting at 12 noon sharp. This will cater for the A1’s, 2’s and 3’s in a handicapped format. A separate race for A4’s will follow shortly afterwards. It is intended to run both races over 5 laps of the 8 mile circuit, known for its demanding and hard roads.… Read more
Cycling Ulster are seeking a volunteer Assistant Manager to help prepare the Northern Ireland team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year.
The job responsibilities include the monitoring of riders racing plans, the attendance at meetings with the team manager, the NICGC and Sport NI and the ability to deliver high quality coaching. The successful applicant must also be free to attend the Games from the 19th July until the 4th August.
He/she must also have the ability to analyse data on the Commonwealth Games courses including video analysis.… Read more
The weather in the lead up to the race had been awful with heavy rain, strong winds and then a sharp frost on the morning of the race.
Thankfully the day itself was dry, bright with blue skies, cold but hardly a breath of wind.
Mark Harvey was chief course designer and had created a new set up for all ages moving the course away from the traditional tarmac start and incorporating more twists and turns among the trees. … Read more
With the road race season due to get underway on Saturday with the popular Annaclone race, riders should be aware of instructions sent out to all Commissaires regarding he wearing of race numbers, riding safety and general behaviour for cyclists.
To put things in context I have already received complaints regarding the bahaviour of some riders at two of the Reliability Trials this year. There is no excuse for riders to be on the wrong side of the road in unsafe conditions. If it is necessary to move to the wrong side of the road then it must be done when the road ahead is clear of traffic and when you can see some distance ahead.… Read more
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
With 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
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
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
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
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