Cycling Ulster

TT With A Difference

Anyone up for a challenge? Do you fancy riding a 10 mile time trial around closed roads in Belfast's Titanic Quarter on Saturday? The only catch is that you have to begin with a 2 mile run and finish with the same. It's cheap to enter and sign up can be done on the day before 2.00 and online entry is also available at The prize fund is £2000. So if you have nothing else planned on Saturday why don't you give this one a go.… Read more


Andy Hunter Takes Aghagallon Cup

Sunday’s Aghagallon Cup promoted by Clann Eirean CC attracted a field of almost 100 riders despite the fact that it was restricted to S3’s, Vets, Juniors and Women. The organisers decided, due to the narrowness of many of the roads, that such a restriction was necessary. The race was set off in two bunches separated by 4 minutes.

It was obvious that this deficit would be pulled back long before the finish as the race took off at speed which was maintained throughout the event. Unlike the Youth riders in the previous events the seniors at least started in fine conditions but the spray caused by lying water gave many riders a rough ride.… Read more


Exciting Youth Racing at Aghagallon

Sunday saw the start of youth racing in Ulster and it was obvious that all the young riders were eagerly awaiting the day. They turned up in droves at Bartin's Bay at the Clann Eireann/Linen green promoted event. The Beginner youth category was well supported with many parents taking to their bikes as well. Brian Nugent, the Cycling Ulster Development Officer was on hand to go for a spin with the keen youngsters. He said, "It is great to see so many enthusiastic cyclist turning up in what only be described as apalling conditions."

The U12, U14 and U16 racing categories were also well supported with riders travelling from Drogheda, Bray, Emyvale, Newry and East Tyrone as well as those closer to the event.… Read more


More Pics of Tour Of Ards

Dave Watson has just sent some pics of the Tour of Ards which arrived too late for inclusion in the main story. The bunch halted at the late Bobby Adairs house for a minutes silence to pay tribute to the work which he had done for the club over many years.

In the other pics we can see Tommy and Ryan trying to get away from the main bunch with the chasers hot on their heels. Thanks to Dave Watson for sending the pics.

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Evans Home With A Bang

The Biznet Solutions Tour of Ards attracted its biggest field in recent years with 94 riders signing on for the 100 kilometre race around the peninsula including four riders recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

By the halfway stage, as the race tackled the Lough Doo circuit, five riders Martin Irvine (Ards CC), Tommy Wilson (Ballymena), David Watson(Northern), Tommy Evans (Terry Dolan RT) and Ryan Connor (Ballymena) had established a 40 second gap over the chasing peleton.

On the run in from Portaferry the Commonwealth duo of Evans and Connor jumped clear with Evans winning the sprint for the line at Newtownards.… Read more


New Craigavon Youth League (RR &TT)

The league will be promoted and organised by Apollo CT , Clann Eireann and Orchard Wheelers. The league will comprise six events and will take place on six consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning 24th May 2006. Start times will be at 7.00 pm sharp.
All riders under 14 must be signed on by a parent or guardian who must remain until the child’s race is complete.
Technical regulations will be as per Cycling Ireland Yearbook 2006.
Girls race one year down.

Race classes. U12: U14: U16.

Dates and Venues
24 May Apollo Road Race Bluestone
U12 :1lap, U14: 2 laps, U16: 3 laps

31 May Clann Eireann Time Trial Bannfoot
U12; 3 miles, U14: 4 miles, U16: 5miles

7 June Orchard Wheelers Road Race Hamiltonsbawn
U12: 3 miles, U14: 4 miles, U16: 1full lap

14 June Apollo Time Trial Bannfoot
U12: 3 miles, U14: 4 miles, U16: 5miles

21 June Clann Eireann Road Race Kanes Pub
U12: 2lap, U14: 3laps, U16: 5 laps

28 June Orchard Wheelers Time Trial Bannfoot
U12: 3 miles, U14: 4 miles, U16: 5miles

Race fees are £2 per race or £10 for the series, (payable at first race).… Read more


Great Start To Cycling Ulster MTB Academy

The Cycling Ulster MTB Academy opened its doors for the first time on Sunday at Craigavon Watersports Centre, with fourteen riders attending. This new scheme is designed to help existing riders, and some of our younger talent; with the end result hopefully being Cycling Ulster being represented at British, European and World level.

Sunday's program began with all the riders taking part in a lap of the new MTB Trail at Craigavon, along with coaches Robbie Lamont, Robin Seymour and Tarja Owens. Part two saw Tarja take the U-14's and girls for a coaching session which took in various parts of the trail.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Rankings At 26th March 2006


Martyn Irvine Ards CC 27
Frazer Duncan Northern CC 20
Willie Hamilton Terry Dolan RT 7
Adam Petrie-Armstrong Northern Dave Kane 7
Brendan Doherty Terry Dolan RT 6
Stephen McKenna East Antrim 4
Richard Alhadeff Orchard Wheelers 2
Gerard Heverin Castlereagh CC 2
Gary Crory Terry Dolan RT 2


Peter McConville Newry Wheelers CC 7
Maurice Ruddock Phoenix CC 6
David Watson Northern Dave Kane 6
Andrew Flannery Phoenix CC 6
Alan Hall Terry Dolan RT 6
Paul Vaughan Maryland Wheelers 5
Paul Bloomer Harps CC 5
Meredith Thompson Phoenix CC 5
Tony Hare Apollo CC 4
Ross Blaney Ards CC 4
Brendan Kirk Ards CC 4
Tim Walsh Phoenix CC 3
Kieran O'Neill Classic Walls RT 3
Kieran McKenna East Antrim CC 3
Barry Mullan Phoenix CC 3
John Bann-Lavery Clann Eireann CC 2
Chris Tierney Apollo CC 2
Adrian McDermott Phoenix CC 2
Stuart Bennett Phoenix CC 1
Ryan Patton Classic Walls RT 1
Ronan McLaughlin Terry Dolan RT 1
Paul Robinson Ards CC 1
Michael Green Phoenix CC 1
Mark Short Maryland Wheelers 1
Marc McGeady Apollo CC 1
John Scott Orchard Wheelers 1
Jim Davidson Bann Valley CC 1
Henry Lynn Bann Valley CC 1
Garry Nugent Classic Walls RT 1
Eddie Smyth Ards CC 1
David Mulholland Apollo CT 1
Colum Barry Banbridge CC.… Read more


Duncan Scoops PJ Logan Cup

Northern CC’s Frazer Duncan ran out a worthy winner in the P.J. Logan Cup cycle race promoted by Island Wheelers at Coalisland yesterday. The race attracted 100 entries and was handicapped with the Veterans, Juniors and 3rd Category riders given a 6 minute advantage over the rest of the field.

By the 40-mile mark a group of 10 from the scratch bunch managed to bridge the gap. The hilly Killyman circuit began to take its toll and Duncan along with East Antrim veteran Gordon Scott escaped from the field with 15 miles remaining.… Read more


Series Champions Crowned At Bangor

The XMTB promoted Spring League came to a successful end at Castle Park Bangor on Saturday with all the respective Champions being crowned. Once again the weather was perfect, as was the fun factor and entertainment value of the event. The honour of being the first Champion of the day fell to Banbridge CC's Rachel Mayne, her success in the U-8 Class bringing her title number two of the season, Rachel already having taken the U-8 Series at Craigavon in February. On Saturday Rachel rode to a fine win as XMTB's Jack Lamont was second, with Banbridge rider Daniel Devlin a close third.… Read more

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