Cycling Ulster

The ‘Birdman of Banbridge’

Often seen on muddy courses of the cyclo cross circuit, with notebook in hand and camera around his neck, lurks a strange character!! Press officer for Banbridge CC, CI Commissaire, MTB Commission Officer, photographer, Cycling Ulster website reporter and ICT tutor, this multi-talented creature describes himself as simply a husband, father student and he owner of one dog. However it has come to the attention of the web team that there is more here than meets the eye.

Under that quiet exterior lies a touch of ‘madness.’ We have learned that he is quite a man for the’ birds’ and has been observed in the early hours of the morning or late in the evening stalking his prey, camera at the ready.… Read more


Irish Cycling News Out Now

Check out this month's edition of IRISH CYCLING NEWS ... out now!
It's Christmas time already. Inside we have a special Christmas competition where you can win one of several fantastic prizes by simply answering a few easy questions.
By now, the cyclo-cross season is in full swing and in this month's issue,well known American coach Andy Applegate gives some tips to help you perform in the world of mud sweat and gears. We also have a preview of the upcoming National Cyclo Cross Championships and all the results and pics from races around the country.… Read more


Winning Return For Aiken

Team Madigan Cyclo Cross/ Woodburn Forest Carrickfergus
Banbridge CC's Roger Aiken returned from a training stint in Majorca with the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Cycling Squad to win Team Madigan's Cyclo Cross, held at Woodburn Forest, Carrickfergus, on Saturday. The race was a solo promotion by the hard working Davy Ross, who set out a great 2 mile course, and the thanks he got?, only sixteen riders turning up. However, the riders
on duty produced one of the best races for action and entertainment this season.… Read more


Irish Cycling 2006 Calendar

Irish Cycling Nudes is a charity calendar in aid of the Baby Care Special Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Featuring some well known faces from around the country, the calendar also has room for training details or notes on each date. At €9.99 all money goes direct to the charity, with the aim of raising enough money to buy an incubator for the unit.

So come on lads, if you're looking for something special for that someone special who has trudged around the country all year to watch you race, stood in the rain, cooked your pasta, washed your mucky gear, then look no further.… Read more


New Cycle Northern Ireland Website

Cycle Northern Ireland has just launched its new website. This is an excellent source of information for all cyclists. It lists safe routes for family cycling with approximate distance and times, cycling activity breaks and much more. It also gives some guidance on bike maintenance and health and safety. It is well worth a visit.

Cycle Northern Ireland is a joint marketing initiative between Sustrans and The Countryside Access & Activities Network. The project is kindly supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Environment & Heritage Service, Health Promotion Agency, and DRD Roads Service.… Read more


Layhe New Ulster Champion

The 2005 McConveys Cycles Ulster Cyclo Cross Championships took place on Saturday at a rain lashed Castle Park in Bangor, promoted by XMTB, however despite conditions the main event produced one of the best races in recent years, with the Ulster Senior title only being decided by a sprint finish.
Apollo CC rider Andy Layhe is the new champion, and what a worthy winner, Andy and Apollo responsible for the upsurge in cyclo cross over recent years. The Senior race was however dominated by Team Worc's Robin Seymour who scored a runaway success in the absence of main rival, Roger Aiken, on duty with the Commonwealth Games Cycling Squad in Majorca.… Read more


Seymour Takes Leinster Title

36 riders lined up in bright conditions today at the sports complex in Kilcullen for the Leinster CycloCross Championships. Robin Seymour took the senior A title, with Niall Davis in second, and Robert Moore having his best result to date taking 3rd place. It was a Team WORC 1-2 in the Senior 2
category, with Philip Roche first and Gareth Gormley second, 3rd place went to Barry Donnelly Kilcullen CC. First Senior 3 was E Ryan U/A, B Conway fromIMBRC was second and P OFarrell was third.… Read more


Superb Opportunity For U23 Cyclists

Training Courses at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle
Young male Irish cyclists have been offered the opportunity to train at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle Switzerland as part of UCI's ongoing initiative to identify new talent. Male cyclists who are successful in their applications will be invited to attend a year long course at the centre where they will benefit from world class coaching and training facilities. It will also give them exposure to a higher standard of competition and professionalism. Applicants are welcome from any Irish males between the ages of 18 and 21 who have completed secondary level education.… Read more


Cycling Ireland Personal Accident Policy

As discussed at the AGM on 15th October 2005 Cycling Ireland is introducing a new personal accident policy. This policy is compulsory for all Cycling Ireland members and will cost €5 per person. The personal accident policy will cover the following:

Whilst an insured Person is participating in, competing in events or undertaking a training cycle organised by the Insured or any affiliated club of the Insured including travel directly from home or place of work to the venue where the event or organised training session is take place or start from, throughout the event or training session, until return to home or place of work directly from the place where the event or training session ends, provided that the journey is direct with regard to geography and time and does not include stops or visits en route which are not considered necessary to the usual journey.… Read more


Provincial Cyclocross Championships

Next Saturday, 3rd December sees XMTB promote the Ulster Cyclocross Championships at Castle Park, Bangor. The event is being sponsored by McConvey Cycles. Youth racing begins at 12 noon with the senior event getting under way at 1.00 pm. Sign on is from 10 am. There will medals for the first three in each category. With the recent uptake in cyclocross the event looks promising and Ulster will be expecting Roger Aiken to take the honours in the senior event. For more information contact Robbie Lamont on 07734106016

Riders are reminded that the funeral of the late great George Best takes place in East Belfast on Saturday so it would be advisable to allow plenty of time or take an alternative route to Bangor.… Read more

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