Cycling Ulster

Feast of Cycling For All – May Weekend

Tour Of Ulster, promoted by UCPC (3 day Stage Race - entries closed)
Sun. 2nd May - Tour Of The Glens promoted by Castlereagh CC
Monday 3rd May Tour of the Glens promoted by Ballymena BRC
Sat 1st May Beginner Youth Racing Craigavon Watersports Centre 10 o'clock

This coming bank holiday weekend has a full programme of events for those interested in cycling. The big event has to be the prestigious Tour of Ulster, which, this year proved to over-subscribed resulting in an an early closure for entries.… Read more


Sun Shines On Muddy Ballinastoe

Ballinastoe Forest in County Wicklow was the venue for the second round of the Irish Mountain Bike XC NPS, promoted by the Sorrento Club. The sun may have shone for most of the day, however most of the single track sections of a rather long course proved to pure gloopy mud. The main course measured almost four and a half miles and some riders took almost an hour to complete a lap, too long, with the U-14 riders making the long journey to have a two lap
sprint around a small course.… Read more


Foyle CC Youth Coaching

Foyle Cycling Club recently begun their Youth Cycling Coaching sessions,under
the guidance of club coaches Ciaran Hampson and Mark Moroney. Around 20 youngsters from the city of Derry have been getting the wheels turning, developing the FUNdamental cycling skills, through Bike Skills sessions and some grass track racing.

The cycling sessions will take a break for the May Day bank holiday and will recommence on Monday 16th May.

For more information contact:

Mark Moroney, Foyle CC Coach:
Ciaran Hampson, Foyle CC Coach:
John Bann-Lavery, Cycling Ulster: 07816751471

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Dave Kane TT League Thursday

The third round of the Cycling Ulster - Dave Kane Cycles TT League is a circuit Time Trial on the Nutts Corner course. The 9 mile TT circuit is Belfast Road, 7 Mile Straight, Long Rig Road, Belfast Road (A52).
Sign on is at the lay-by approx 3 miles from Nutts Corner Roundabout on the main Belfast Road (A52).

We need volunteers for marshalling. Please contact me at

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Ulster Shine In Shay Elliott Memorial

Over 130 riders signed on for Sunday’s Shay Elliott Memorial Race hosted by Bray Wheelers. The Cycling Ulster squad of Fraser Duncan ( Northern Dave Kane), Martyn Irvine (Ards CC), Glen Kinning (CastlreaghCC) and Peter Hawkins (Castlereagh CC) were led by Mark Greer (Maryland CC) and Brendan O’ Brien (Roe Valley). The young riders had no previous experience of this calibre of race but were looking forward to the prospect. Fraser had bad luck last year in the event when he punctured at the wrong time and was unable to catch the bunch when he finally got service.… Read more


Bann Valley Classic

This year’s premier event in the Bann Valley Road Club (M Clarke & Sons Contracts) season, the Sizzlers Restaurant sponsored Bann Valley Classic road race was run off in perfect conditions on Sunday 24th April on the Ballynease course.
The race was started at the Bellaghy end of the Downings road and it became obvious from the off that the race would be fast and furious. On the second lap the speed through the start finish line was 36 miles per hour. At the front, the race was marked by many attempted breaks, none of which lasted until that is the last of the eight laps when a group of approximately eight riders got away on the back leg of the course and at the finish had a ten second gap to two riders with a further ten seconds to the bunch.… Read more


John Beggs and Sean McGreevey Memorial Races Dromore

There was a big turnout on Saturday for the John Beggs and Sean McGreevey Memorial races in Dromore on Saturday hosted by Banbridge CC. A group broke away early on in the A race and increased their lead over the seven laps of the tough, hilly ten mile cicuit. This group included Bo Graham, Tommy Evans and Brendan Doherty (Planet X), tony McConville (Wheels in Motion/Fuji Bikes), Willie Hamilton (Audi/East Antrim), Ryan Connor (DFL) Bob Moore (Stamullan) and Tommy Wilson (Ballymena RC)/ On the penultimate lap, Ryan Connor jumped from the bunch at hte line and managed to hold off the chasers to the line too win the A race from Bob Moore and Tommy Evans.… Read more


Tour of Ulster Start List Now Available

A full start list for this weekend's Tour of Ulster is now available at

The 3 Day race looks set to be hotly contested by the creme de la creme of Irish Cycling.

The race starts at Craigavon on Saturday at 11.45 am with an 80 mile stage. Stage 2 is an 85 mile cracker from Craigavon to Strabane, followed by the stage 3 time trial. Stage 4 is the return trip to Craigavon, 65 miles.

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Phoenix Message Board Now International

Since the demise of various cycling message boards relating to Ireland the Phoenix Cycling Club message board seems to have taken over as the number one source of interactive communication for all those with an interest in Irish Cycling. Pay them a visit at Phoenix Message Board
and I hope they have no legal problems.
Already there are posts from most of the Ulster clubs and Scottie as usual sends his American perspective.

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2005 Tour Of Ulster

This year the Tour of Ulster will take place on bank holiday weekend Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May 2005 and has assembled one of the best fields in recent years.

Leading the way is Banbridge’s Tommy Evans (Planet X), a previous double winner (1998 & 2004) and the defending champion, he is a former FBD Milk Ras winner and National Road Race Champion. Other previous winners include, Philip Cassidy (Cycleways) (2000) pictured below left also a former double FBD Milk Ras winner and Stephen O Sullivan (Cycleways) (1997).… Read more

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