Geneva to Nice
After 7 stages across the Dolomites and the Swiss Alps, during which Amy cycled over 20,000m, 17 cols and over 900km. Amy says goodbye to the familiar faces she befriended over the week and hello to the new faces.
After the cool and early starts from the last week the Alps were warmer (slightly) and a little later start times. On registration day of the Alps there was a 9km TT alongside the Lake Geneva as the prologue before Stage 1.
A good spin of the legs to leave behind the Dolomites...but how were the legs we asked Amy at this point of the race?… Read more
The Junior Tour Ulster Sportive will take place on Saturday 7th February (subject to Cycling Ireland approval) and will be promoted by cChurch Island Cycling. The head quarters will be in Bellaghy GAC where changing and shower facilities will be available. There will be two routes. Route one will be 30 miles and will be marked in yellow, both on the road and sign posts. This is ideal for Youth and novice cyclists. The second route will be 75 miles and will take in some beautiful scenery on the North Derry coast.It will be a challenging route and will be marked in Red.… Read more
Please see below a statement regarding the promotion of the 2015 Junior Tour - via Press Release
Following on from the unsuccessful motion at the Cycling Ireland AGM by Noel Kelly of Team Bikeworx, Celbridge to apply a levy on competitive licences for the Junior Tour, the level of support, offers and ideas towards race organiser, Alice Sherratt from the general cycling community nationwide has been nothing short of astounding.
Countless phone calls have been made and discussions have taken place over the past few days in relation to the proposal made by Martin O’Loughlin, Iverk Carrick to hold a fundraising sportive for the Junior Tour in advance of the coming season.… Read more
Venice to Geneva, 16th - 22nd August 2014
The high mountains of the Dolomites brought cool and unseasonable weather and the "marathon days" of the Swiss Alps instigated early morning starts. Amy says, "Bike riding became the least of my worries but combatting the cold and the tiredness of living “on Tour” defined endurance in an entirely different way."
Refining the art of packing and sorting your kit became essential if you wanted extra time with your head on the pillow. A different hotel every day from arriving in Venice on Thursday 14th August until Geneva Friday 22nd August with an un-relenting pattern of ride, recover, and re-organise for the next day.… Read more
The Triple Crown is arguably the toughest and highest cyclosportive in the world. The event is called the Haute Route (www.hauteroute.org). The Haute Route began as a 7day stage race across the Alps organised by OC Sports taking in the legendary cols that the Tour de France traverses.
Last year they added a second 7day stage race in the Pyrenees allowing riders to take on both events and become "Iron riders," however there was a week off in between the two routes.
The introduction this year of the 3rd 7 day stage race in the Dolomites & Swiss Alps meant the possibility of riders doing, not only two 7 day stage races back to back, but all 3 back to back (Dolomites/Swiss Alps; French alps and Pyrenees).… Read more
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