Cycling Ulster

Event Licences and RR Licence Requirements

Following some recent requests for clarification regarding ‘One day Licences’ and qualifications for Open Road Racing I have posted some information below.
Event Licences
One Day Licences for Open Road Racing which allowed those who did not hold a full competition licence to ride open road races were officially stopped two years ago at the Cycling Ireland AGM. Currentlythe one day licence or event licence as it is now  now called will only be issued for road racing up until the 31st March every year in order to allow riders time to get their actual licence.… Read more

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Tough New Route for Tour of Ulster

ToULogo (200x146)The Tour of Ulster will take place on the May bank holiday weekend – 3rd, 4th & 5th of May promoted by Carn Wheelers.  This year the race has undergone a few changes; there will be no Time Trial however riders can expect longer, harder stages taking in a total of 260 miles over the 3 days.

Race Director Aidan Higgins said “We wanted to shake up the race this year, there will be no TT but three good road stages for riders to fight out to wear the BP Mc Keefry yellow jersey”.… Read more


Mid Ulster GP Opens for Entry Tonight

The Mid Ulster GP promoted by Harps CC on Sunday 27th April 2014 opens for pre-entry tonight at 715pm on and will cost £12 per rider. There will be two Senior Races for A1 – A3 & A4 Races in the afternoon.In the morning the club will also host racing for Women. Masters, U12, U14, and U16 riders.Sign On  for the Senior races is at Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Tullywiggan Road, Cookstown, BT80 8SG. Sign On 1100 – 1215 and the race assembly point will be Kilcronagh Road at 1250 for the race start at 1300 sharp

A1 – A3 handicapped race will be 6 laps of a 9.7 mile circuit.… Read more


Leisure Events This Sunday

There are two leisure runs on this Sunday. Slieve Gullion Wheelers have their Carlingford Tour while Omagh Wheelers will have their  Bundoran to Sally’s event on the calendar.

Tour of Carlingford 6th April 2014

This popular 50 mile leisure cycle tour starts as usual from Silverbridge GFC. Registration is open from 9.00am with tea and coffee available. The cycle begins at 10.00am heading to Dundalk, Ballymascanlon, then Carlingford and a tea /coffee break at The Four Seasons Hotel. The route then continues back to Newry, along Merchants Quay, Monaghan Street, Camlough Road and back to Silverbridge.… Read more

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Road Races this Weekend

There are three road races down for decision this weekend with Youth racing taking place in Saurday at Bartins Bay in the Aghagallon Cup.

John Beggs and Sean McGreevy Memorial  Races Saturday 5th April
On Saturday 5th April Banbridge CC will be hosting a full day’s racing. The club will be promoting four races on Saturday

The main race of the day will cater for categories A1 -2 with the winner walking away with the John Beggs Memorial Trophy.

There will be separate A3 and A4 races.… Read more


Ulster XC Series Round 2 Sunday 6 April 2014

On Sunday 6th April Caldwell Cycles will promote Round 2 of the Ulster XC Series. This series has grown in populaity and excellent fields are expected. As usual with all Ulster Off Road Events there is a packed programme for young riders. To view the categories and race timetable click HERE

Course Description:
The course will be similar to the one used last year.  This year we have a brand new loop for the U-8′s and U-10′s with a flat course located around the start finish area, the U-12′s will be using the same as the 2013 race.… Read more


Well Done to Ulster Riders in Ben McKenna

Ulster riders and in particular some of our Junior riders had great results when they travelled to Balbriggan for the Ben McKenna Cup on Sunday.In the A1/A2 race Fraser Duncan took third in the race which was won by Eoin Morton of UCD. Phoenix CC’s Alastair Macauley was seventh while Newry Wheelers Cormac Clarke took eighth.

In the B Race for A3 riders Ulster Junior, Craig McAuley, riding for the Nocholas Roche  PT Squad had a fantastic win over a stong field. Phoenix CC’s Rory Maguire, a relative newcomer to the sport was second while Mark Downey (NRPT) was fourth.… Read more

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Great Day For Poison Glen Tour 2014

aSunday 30th March saw the annual pilgrimage around the scenic roads of NW Donegal for the famous Poison Glen Tour. This was moved from its usual July spot and would be thus more difficult as some riders have not found their distance touring legs yet.

This year saw 100 riders sign on for the two challenging routes, the Red route, which had to be altered slightly due to a funeral and thus shortened to only 69 miles!! and the Green route which incorporated a 56 mile run.… Read more

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McLaughlin Takes PJ Logan Cup Back to Donegal

aSunday the 30th of March saw the start of the long evening and more importantly the Island Wheeler’s PJ Logan annual race sponsored by McAleer and Rushe. This year the club ran the A1-A2 race, A3 race, A4 and wonen’s race. The A3 and 4 races were sold out on the entry night.

Conditions were damp in the morning  but quickly dried up. The pace was quick from the start in all races with each group staying away from the pursuing pack behind. There were plenty or breakaway in all the races but most were brought back  in.… Read more


Mitchell Takes Round 6 Bling Bike Kit RR Series

blinglogo3A slightly smaller than normal field lined up for the Mother’s Day PJ Logan Cup event promoted by Island Wheelers at Coalisland.

From the ‘off’ last year’s winner Rachel Mitchell (North Down CC) was active in putting in some early attacks on the rolling 8-mile figure-of-eight circuit. Despite her efforts she was unable to open any useful advantage, but remained combative throughout the race.

League leader Lorraine Jeffers (East Tyrone CC) was also in the thick of the action, particularly in the closing stages and, along with Carn Wheelers Miread McGurk and Mitchell, they strung the remaining women out in the closing miles.

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