Cycling Ulster

Cicli Sport Grand Prix (Women’s Race) 27/03/04

The Ciclisport Women’s Race at Moneymore was run off as a massed start. Frieda Brown (Orchard Wheelers) and Julie Mulligan (Omagh Wheeelers) attacked after 4 miles. They opened a 15 second gap but Phoenix CC’s Jemma Donaghy managed to move across and this trio worked well throughout the race.

Brown , obviously the strongest of the three, attacked on the final lap and soloed home to claim victory from her breakaway companions. In the sprint for 2nd place Mulligan got the better of Donaghy crossing the line at 1-41 behind the winner.… Read more


Cicli Sport Grand Prix (Men’s Race) 27/03/04

Ards veteran Lennie Kirk showed them how it should be done when he won the massive bunch sprint at Moneymore today to win the Cicli Sport Grand Prix. The East Tyrone promoted event attracted 100 entries with three bunches separated by gaps of 5 and 3 minutes.

The practice of puttting the younger vets in the middle group seems to be paying dividends as it all came together on the penultimate lap.

On the final circuit several riders tried to jump clear. Total Cycling pair Aaron Deane and Brendan Doherty plus Roger Aiken (Banbridge), Australian visitor Phil Gough (Bikisport) and Frazer Duncan (Lough Ness) all opened gaps on the bunch but were reeled back in the closing miles.… Read more


Phoenix Grand Prix (Women’s Race) 21/03/04

Despite the brutal conditions at Nutts Corner on Sunday 15 women braved the elements to compete in the Cycling Ulster promoted race held in conjunction with Phoenix CC.
The race held over 4 laps of the 8 mile Nutts Corner course,was run off as a massed start.

The attacks came almost immediately and a group containing Orwell pair Jeannie Burns and Orla Hendron along with Mary Boyd (Roe Valley), Trudy Brown (Northern-Dave kane), Ann Paul (East Tyrone) and Frieda Brown (Orchard Wheelers) moved clear.

This group worked hard to stay away and kept together until the final 2 mile drag to the finish line.… Read more


Phoenix Grand Prix ( Men’s Race) 21/03/04

“The men in lycra can wait. My son is cooking Duck a l’orange as a special Mothers Day treat and the report and pics will have to wait until tomorrow”. Thus spoke Marian Lamb but after a few glasses of vino it was “Tommy, maybe we should put something up on today’s race. The lads will be expecting it and we have always had the report on the same day as the race”.
So I said “Fair enough you do the report and the pics Mother’s Day or not.” I still haven’t recovered from the Tour of Ards and hardly left the car.… Read more


Tour of Ards 20/03/04

The experience and craft of Irish international star Tommy Evans shone through when he won the Tour of Ards, one of the most prestigious races in the Cycling Ireland calendar. The 100k event was run off under atrocious weather conditions with gale force winds and driving rain.

The action got underway early in the race when Lennie Kirk (Ards CC) and Brian Stewart (Usher Irish Road Club) attacked at Groomsport. The bunch was lined out and at times the speed was touching almost 50 miles per hour with the assisting gale force tailwind.… Read more


St. Patrick’s Day Race 17/03/04

Total Cycling’s Brendan Graham celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with a fine victory in the UCPC’s annual promotion at Downpatrick today. The event attracted 100 entries with three bunches separated by 8 minutes from front to back.

Graham attacked right from the start along with fellow veterans Vincent Tubridy (Slane Cycles), Jim McConnell (East Antrim) and young Clann Eireann Junior Michael Murray. The group worked well and built up a steady lead in the early laps.

Two other veterans Con Shortt (Newry Wheelers) and Ernie Magwood (East Tyrone) made a determined effort to join the leaders but after chasing for several laps they returned to the midddle group.… Read more


Mc Cann Cup 14/03/04

Richard Alhadeff (Orchard Wheelers) scored his second victory in succession to win the McCann Cup at Seskinore yesterday. The Richill rider like the rest of the 3rd Category competitors, received a 5 minute handicap over the 2nd Category and Veterans aged under 50.

Using similar tactics from last week,Alahdeff attacked on the fist lap breaking clear with a small group of riders including Tim Walshe (Phoenix), Hall Booth (Ballymena), Paul Nugent (Classic Walls), Mark Brown (Slane Cycles) and Paul Watson (Total Cycling).

With less than 20 miles remaining a number of the the scratchmen managed to cross the gap but Alhadeff had already flown the coop and in a fashion similar to his victory in the John Haldane Memorial last Sunday he soloed home with some 2 minutes to spare.… Read more



Young track enthusiasts from all around Ireland attended the Cycling Ulster youth coaching weekend in brilliant sunshine at Orangefield track this weekend. 30 riders from as far away as Cork and Kerry travelled the long distance to Belfast for this rare opportunity to train and race alongside the best track stars in the business, and none were left disappointed!
This, the biggest venture organised at Orangefield in many years, exceeded all its expectations and a bright future certainly lies ahead for Irish Track Cycling if the positive buzz among the competitors and spectators is anything to go by.… Read more


First day of Track Coaching an Outstanding Success

The first day of Cycling Ulster’s Youth Track Coaching weekend got off to a flying start on Saturday when thirty young riders showed up. Riders and supporters travelled from as far away as Cork and Kerry to take part in the Coaching weekend organised by Brian Nugent, Chairman of Cycling Ulster’s Track Commission. Brian was assisted by Will Byrne, Michael Concannon(Kilorglin), Ray Clark (Worldwide Cycles), Tommy Evans (Total Cycling Litespeed) and Gary Nugent (Classic Walls).

The youth riders, some of whom had never ridden track bikes previously, were given experience in a variety of track disciplines accompanied by the track coaches.… Read more


2005 Cycling Ireland Calendar

The first draft of the 2005 Cycling Ireland Calendar will be circulated to all club secretaries next week. All outstanding event applications must be received by Cycling Ireland no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday 12th October.

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