The Cycling Ulster Youth Track Championships due to take place this Saturday 7th August have been postponed until futher notice due to the Northern Ireland “Open” Road Championships which will take place at Carrickfergus.
In an effort to create more awareness of the “open” racing scene amongst youngsters and their parents, Cycling Ulster is encouraging clubs to hold “Novice” races for kids at their open races, where possible.
This will provide an opportunity for young people with standard kids bikes to get a taster for the sport and see what they can aspire to, should they wish to enter the open racing scene through the youths racing structure.
There will be a novices race at the Lurgan Criterium next Friday, August 13th at 7pm, prior to the youths and senior events.… Read more
A quality field of riders is expected for the Classic Tour of Armagh Cycle race which takes place this Sunday, 8th August. Clann Eireann Cycling Club have promoted the event for the past 48 years, with a list of names of riders from the cream of Irish Cycling now engraved on the Patsy O’Connor Memorial Cup.
The circuit takes the riders from Craigavon Centre, just outside Lurgan, along Northway to Portadown and up to Armagh City. After Armagh, the riders will head for Markethill, Newtownhamilton and then will tackle the climbs of Mowhan and Keady Mountain before returning to Lurgan via Portadown.… Read more
Stage 4 sponsored by The Whistledown Restaurant / Finns Bar, Warrenpoint
The final stage of the race would be the one that would finally determine the winner of the event overall. With three intermediate sprints along the way allowing a rider to pick up 15 seconds, the potential winner of the race could come from anyone in the top twenty even if there was a bunch finish.
Sean Hargan, of Totalcycling.com, was the race leader at the start of the stage. Sean performed superbly in the TT to take yellow, just 0.52 seconds ahead of Jan Sweeney.… Read more
Stage three, an individual time trial, would shake the race up. Although short, the course was perfectly flat, and had a side-tail wind blowing the riders along. Maryland Wheelers Mark Short set the early time recording a fantastic 7.53 for the five miles. By the time two thirds of the riders had completed the race, the fastest time was down to 7.43, Total Cycling’s Sean Hargan sitting on top of the pile.
It looked like this time would not be beaten, until local rider Jan Sweeney of the promoting Haldane Fisher club took to the road.… Read more
The second stage of the race was to be a massed start road race from Newry to Hilltown, Rathfriland, Castlewellan, Banbridge, Gilford and back to Newry again. Once again there were sprint primes along the road, and these were to play a significant part of the race.
The race started at 10.00, and the riders headed uphill to the first sprint of the day at the Seven Sisters in the foothills of the Mournes. Banbridge rider Don Travers took the points from Bray Wheelers Robert Wyse.… Read more
A HUGE number of cyclists is expected to converge on Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo,
for the Ballinrobe 2-day on Saturday/Sunday, August 7 and 8.
The Western Lakes stage race is open to Seniors A, B, and C; Juniors; Ladies
and Veterans. There will also be under-age racing at 8pm on Saturday, August
7, at the road track at the beautifully-appointed Ballinrobe Racecourse, and
again on the Sunday at 1.15pm from Abbey Street, Ballinrobe.
The senior event features three stages. Stage One starts at 3pm on the
Saturday, and is 60 miles, starting in Ballinrobe before proceeding to
Partry for ten laps of the famous five-mile Srah Circuit.… Read more
David McCann (Phoenix Cycling Club/Team Giant Aisia) shattered the Irish 10 mile record last night in the Ulster Time Trial league event at Woodgreen. Averaging over 31.5 miles per hour he recorded a time of 18minutes58seconds beating the existing record by an incredible 25 seconds. Simon Thomson of the Maryland club was second, in a time of 20:14, while existing record holder Tommy Evans came in 3rd, with a below par 20:50.
Just back from the international Tour of Quinghai Lake in China, where he finished 15th, McCann knew he was in good conndition but he was surprised with his time.… Read more
Lennie Kirk (Ards CC) was the fastest to the line in a massed bunch sprint at the end of stage 1 of the FPM Newry 3 day race. The course was relatively flat, going from the Newry Quays alongside Carlingford Lough, bringing the 120 strong field of riders out to the Ballymascanlon roundabout at Dundalk and returning along the same road to the straight finish on the Quays.
The average speed for the stage was over 26 mph. On the run in to the finish, Tony Hare from Lurgan had a 5 second lead on his own but was swamped by the bunch only 200 metres from the line.… Read more
Tuesday 10th August 2004, Craigavon Watersports Centre, Lurgan.
Training spin and championship preparation seminar.
Under 12, 14, 16s.
6.15 pm Briefing
6.30 pm Light training spin
-Under 14s 1hr 30
-Under 16s 1hr 45
8.30 pm “Preparation for Championships”-
9.00 pm Finish
All youth riders entered for the Irish Youth Championships in Drogheda later in the month should attend.
Please register attendance on or before 6th August to: