Northern Ireland hope that eight riders will be selected for the Commonwealth Games in March next year. Preparation and performance in the 2005 season will be crucial. A strict set of guidelines for selection has now been drawn up. Riders interested in being considered for selection for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia should download the Games Criteria by clicking the link below.Read more
Sunday, 27th Feb will see Phoenix run their annual Reliability Trial. Sign-on at the House of Sport, Upper Malone Road is at 9-00am The handicapped group will leave at 9-30 with the scratch riders leaving at 9-40.
Usual route HOS - Lisburn - Moira - Magheralin - Dromore - Ballynahinch - Annacloy - Downpatrick - Killyleagh - Saintfield - Carryduff - HOS.
The fee is £5.00, with all proceds going to help promote the Irish Championships at Dundrod in June.
The House of Sport is at the roundabout off Shaws Bridge and Malone Road.… Read more
Monday 28th February 8 - 10 pm
There will be a motor bike marshalls' course in National Badminton Centre, Lisburn on Monday 28th February. The course will be taken by David McCall and members of the Road Traffic section of the PSNI. The course is from 8 pm to 10 pm. If you like to assist out at races using your motor bike, it is advisable to attend this course as the PSNI will be insisting on qualified marshalls at race events. For further information contact Davy McCall on 02892671397 or 07748148917
Cyclists from several Cycling Ulster clubs will become fully qualified Foundation Level Coaches next Saturday (26th Feb) at the first CU Coach Education Course.
The Foundation Level qualification is the first step on the Cycling Coaching ladder, which progresses to Level 1, 2 and finally Level 3 (International Standard Cycling Coaching).
If your club is to have quality coaching for senior riders in the future, then it is important that clubmembers start here.
The course will take place at Craigavon Watersports Centre from 10 am - 6 pm.… Read more
26th /27th February - Ashburn Hotel, Lurgan
Cycling Ulster will be running a Commissaires Course on 26th/27th February in the Ashburn Hotel in Lurgan. The course will begin at 10 0'clock on Saturday. As you are aware, Commissaires play a vital role in order that cycle races take place safely and efficiently, and without commissaires, the future of cycle racing is threatened. At the moment Cycling Ulster do not have sufficient Comms to cover all the races. This course aims to address the problem. While a number of people have already come forward for the course we are appealing for more volunteers, men and women to take this opportunity to become a Trainee Comm.… Read more
Sunday 20th February
This weekend cyclists have a choice of reliability trials with both Emyvale and Maryland Wheelers organising events.
The Emyvale/McQuaid Tyres Trial starts in Emyvale at 12 o'clock with sign on beginning at 11.00 am. Everyone is welcome to what should be an enjoyable run. Emyvale are also holdng their annual dinner on Friday 18th in the Westerna Holtel in Monaghan. Tickets are €25 and can be obtsined from Michael Mc Kenna on 047 87183.
The Maryland Wheelers Reliability Trial will be held on Sunday 20th February 2005.… Read more
After 15th February only teams that have returned a completed Team Application Form(and fee of €250) can be sure of a team place in thisyear's FBD Insurance RÁS.
Due to an unprecedented interest in this year's race by US teams it is quite possible the total entry will reach the maximum number of 200 riders. The race organisation is obliged to let the US teams know, as soon as possible, whether their entry can be accepted to allow flights be booked.
Over the coming days these teams will be given the go-ahead to plan the trip to Ireland.… Read more
The second round of XMTB's Spring League takes place this Sunday at Dondonald Ice Bowl. It was kicked off to a fantastic start with sponsors Phoenix Natural Gas and Bikeworks Sales and Services of Bangor coming on board.
There were over 25 beginners at the “Bike Skills” with John Bann- Lavery, Cycling Ulster Youth Development Officer, showing the FUNdamentals on the bike followed by a Beginner Youths race.
The Beginner Youths race gave the kids an opportunity to compete at an introductory level suited to their ability and experience.… Read more
Early Sunday morning brought some of the harshest weather seen this winter.
Not surprising then that only the dedicated turned out for this MTB orienteering event on the snow covered Dromara hills.
Twenty-three in total made up 11 teams starting out from Dromara football club with the aim of visiting as many of the 19 varying value controls as possible in 3 hours. The toughest of which was at the top of Slieve Croob at 1760ft in what must have been storm force winds.
Winners were team Happy, Willie Mulligan, Paul Anderson and Paul Byrne from Banbridge CC putting their cross country skills to good use on the open mountain and gaining an excellent 300 points out of a possible 350.… Read more
Are you a fount of information or do you just enjoy a bit of ’craic’? Whatever the case may be, why not come along to the pub quiz organised by Phoenix CC on Friday 18 February, at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn, starting at 8:00. The quiz will focus on general knowledge, current affairs, music and sport with a few cycling questions thrown in for good measure. Come along and test the intellectual superiority of Phoenix and Maryland teams! All is fair in cycling circles so why not try to psyche out these teams – perhaps it will pay dividends come the racing season.… Read more