Cycling Ulster

Appeal To Photographers By Ards CC

Ards CC are appealing to any photographers who would have photographs of Simon Hamill on file to forward them to the Club. Bronagh Kirk is currently compiling a collection of pictures for the family of Simon who died so tragically a short time ago. Any contributions whether amateur or professsional would be gratefully received. Please forward any photos to

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Ulster Youth Perform Well In Athlone

The Youth race in Athlone last Sunday, organised by the Youth Commission, saw thirty two Youth riders line up for the 28 mile circuit with a good representation from Ulster. The event was part of the selection process for both National and Provincial Squads for the Belgium House in July. The process will continue at the Corkman next weekend before a final decision is taken on the teams. Sean Downey of Banbridge who has shown his strength in both road and MTB events took fourth while Simon Williams (Orchard Wheelers) was sixth.… Read more


Seymour Takes Win At Castlewellan

The 2006 Mountain Bike Cross Country season began at a sun kissed Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday with the XMTB Club the hosts for the Class 2 World Ranked event, which was also the opening round of the Irish and Ulster Leagues. From early morning the car park area was buzzing with anticipation, with 154 riders eventually signing on, to provide a perfect day of great racing and entertainment, XC racing dead? Pull the other one!

For the Elite riders, it was a case of scoring world ranking points to try and qualify Ireland for the Olympics.… Read more


Four Ulstermen In Top Ten at Shay Elliott

Four Ulster riders were in the top ten positions at today's 160K Murphy & Gunn Shay Elliott Memorial Race which was won by Andrew Roche of the Isle of Man. Cycling Ulster would like to congratulate Ryan Connor, Tommy Evans, David McCann and Conor Murphy on their great performance. We would also like to congratulate the young members of The Cycling Ulster team who wore the jersey with distinction and said that the race provided them with much valuable experience.

Andrew Roche from the Isle of Man, riding for Team Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group was a convincing winner of one of Ireland's most famous cycling competitions, the Shay Elliott Memorial Race, in Bray, earlier today.… Read more


Watters Surprize Victor At Clady

Richard Watters (Harps CC) was the pick of the bunch at the Bann Valley Classic at Clady today. This was despite the efforts of Ballymena pair David Dougan and Liam Nelson who along with Sean Bracken (Usher Irish Road Club), Thomas Simmons (North Down) and Davy Gardner (Apollo), attacked early in the race and stayed clear for over 30 miles.

The group were hauled back with 12 miles to go. Shaun Gray (Orchard Wheelers)back from his 'training' stint with Gary Scott in California, also made several attempts to get clear but the bunch were having none of it.… Read more


Duncan Does It Again

The East Tyrone Spring Classic on Saturday saw a field of over ninety riders taking part in the men's race and 13 women participating in the third round of the series. Firm favourite for the men's event had to be last year's winner, Frazer Duncan (Northern Dave Kane). The field was despatched in three groups with a four minute handicap back to scratch.

The competitors had to cover 11 laps of a rolly course around Cookstown. By the the fifth laps scratch had made up the time gap and the breaks began thick and fast.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Foundation Level Coaching Course

For clubs wishing to educate more of their volunteers to foundation level coach, Cycling Ulster will be holding a foundation course on Saturday May 6th in the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown.
This a great opportunity to expand the existing coaching base in your club or for those clubs interested in becoming involved in youth or club coaching for the first time, this is the ideal way to get started!
The course is limited to 20 people and places are already filling up from clubs involved in youth programmes.… Read more


Gary Scott’s April Update

Hi All,
I had my good mate Shaun Gray here for the past 2 weeks on vacation and doing a wee bit of racing. We did a few crits and 1 very hard road race which had 1500 ft of climbing each lap, total 3 laps. Race split from the gun and it was break all day. At the end there was 4 of us left and even with the legs feeling very cramped I managed to pull out the win – so I’m up to 3 for the season.… Read more


Zeal Optics Downhill NPS – Sunday 23rd April

Forget the winter league - this is where the real racing starts.....
The 2006 ZealOptics Irish DH NPS starts this weekend at Lumpers, Co Louth (near Ravensdale)

The new track is riding really well, is fun to ride for all abilities and the organisers are putting the finishing touches on this week. The weather forecast looks good for Sunday and its going to be a cracking event.

Also announcing a new Supervets Category for the more experienced riders - 50+!

All the info can be found at

See you all there.… Read more


Thompson Again but Martin Shines

Simon Thompson won tonight's second round of the CU-Dave Kane Cycles TT League but the ride of the night was the performance of 16 year old Thomas Martin who finished third with a time of 22-20. For full result sheet see TT League link on the left.

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