Cycling Ulster
23Sep/140

Sun Shines on Madigan’s Torr Head Challenge

aThe 2014 John Lindsay Memorial Torr Head Challenge promoted by Team Madigan Cycling Club attracted 293 hardy riders from all over Ulster to the beautiful Antrim Coast on Sunday 21st September.  The riders were going to ride one of the top cycling routes in Ireland and the UK to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Bathed in brilliant sunshine the riders were treated to stunning views of our coastline and Scotland, which stood out proud on what was an extremely clear day.

Dispatched in three groups from Ballygalley Community Centre onto the Coast Road was a sight to behold as people of all ages took part, seasoned racing men and women alongside leisure cyclists. … Read more

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23Sep/140

O’Loughlin Chalks Up Top 10 in Worlds

In his World Championship debut, Carrick-on-Suir's Michael O'Loughlin has finished in an impressive 8th position in the Junior Men's Time Trial in Ponferrada, Spain. The first year junior started the 29.5km course as the 41st starter, setting the early fastest time, which he held until Germany's Sven Reutter finished faster. The eventual race winner was Germany's Lennard Kamna, With Adrien Costa (USA) and Michael Storer (AUS) taking silver and bronze. Ireland's Mark Downey, who won a silver medal in the Scratch Race at the European Track Championshps, finished in 34th position.… Read more

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22Sep/140

Silver for Mullen in the Men’s U23 World’s Time Trial

ryanRyan Mullen has won a silver medal in the Men's U23 Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain today. In extremely wet conditions the Irish man took control of the race from the start, posting the fastest time at each time check along the route. With three riders to go, it looked like Ireland would secure the gold, until a fast finishing Campbell Flakemore (Aus) narrowly pipped Mullen, to take the World Title. Flakemore took gold, Mullen silver, and Stefan Keung (SUI) won the bronze medal.… Read more

22Sep/140

Successful First Event for VC Iveagh

vc1Velo Club Iveagh held their first open event on Sunday, "The Iveagh 50" autumn sportive raising funds for the Intensive Care Unit, RVH.

An overwhelming 97 riders cycled the rolling route throughout the district from Banbridge Rugby Club taking in towns and villages like Scarva, Loughbrickland, Rathfriland and Dromore to name but a few.

The weather was perfect with very light wind and lovely sunshine all day after the morning fog had lifted.  A re-fuelling stop was welcomed in Moneyslane before a fantastic spread of tea and cakes awaited everyone at the finish.… Read more

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22Sep/140

21/09/2014 Mixed Two-Up – Toome Course

aaPhoenix Take Honours in Two Up

The annual mixed two up time trial took place on Sunday in glorious sunshine. The event which had been cancelled last year was resurrected this year by the hard working Church Island Cycling club. Unfortunately due to the rescheduled Women's and Vets national Championship falling on the same weekend some of the regular contenders were missing.

Five teams took to the line on the Toome course and were timed off by Gordon Parker. Favourites were Eileen and Jason Burns of Ballymena CRC as Eileen has been putting in some super times in recent events.… Read more

22Sep/140

Great Day Out With McCall Foundation

aThe David McCall Foundation's annual autumn youth day in Crumlin had all the right ingredients for a great day out for the kids.

There was sponsorship from Maryland stalwart Gerry McCann and support on the ground from current Maryland Wheelers club members.

The pleasant weather attracted many kids and parents to the event for the 3 distances for the 3 ages groups ranging from 10 -16 and all had a great time with only one mishap to report on the road. Thankfully young Mark's sore shoulder is on the mend and the Foundation sends its thanks to his very understanding mum and the fantastic medic Andrea Nash who comforted Mark.… Read more

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18Sep/140

Vets and Women’ s RR Championships Saturday 20th

Lakeside Wheelers are delighted to announce that the rescheduled Women's and Vets National Road Race Championships will go ahead at Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath on Saturday 20th September. Thanks to the great assistance we have received from the local community, Westmeath County Council, Civil Defence, and the Gardai, we will have closed roads on the circuit for the championships. Race HQ will be in Multyfarnham Community Centre beside the GAA pitch and the original race entries and start numbers will stand.

Sign on will be from 9:30am , the Women will close at 10:30 and the Vets will close at 11am.

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17Sep/140

Ulster 100 m TT Championships 2014 Gallery

aaFor a few pics of those who braved the 100 mile time championships on Sunday please read on. I apologise to those that I missed as the traffic was very heavy and some shots were spoiled.

Well done to all who took part particularly our record breakers Marcus Christie (Senior) and John Madden (Veteran)

All Pics by Marian Lamb.… Read more

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17Sep/140

Ulster Track Riders Compete Against the Best in Britain

aA seven-strong Ulster Youth track squad took centre stage last week at the Sainsbury`s School Games in Manchester where they competed at the world famous Manchester Velodrome as part of the three-day multi-sport event.

The squad comprised Shenna McKiverigan (Banbridge CC), Ciara Doogan (Errigal CC), Molly McLarnon (North Down CC), Xeno Young (unattached), Marc Heaney (CarnbWheelers), Conor McLoughlin (Newry Wheelers) and Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC) and the team was managed by Nicola McKiverigan and Gary McKeegan.

Thirteen UK regions made up the competition, with the added international flair of Brazil competing as a guest nation. … Read more

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17Sep/140

Weekend Events 20/21st September

There are a number of road events on this coming weekend. for riders of all abilities. There is also a day just for Youth riders starting in Crumlin on Saturday. Please see previous post.

Sunday 21st September _ Mixed Two-Up Time Trial - Toome
For those who want a bit of competition Church Island Cycling will be promoting a mixed two-up time trial on the Toome time trial course. Sign-on will be at  the Park n Ride Toomebridge from 9.00am with the first rider off at 1000 am.… Read more

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