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
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
A full start list for this weekend's Tour of Ulster is now available at www.tourofulster.com.
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.… Read more
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.
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
East Antrim’s Ben Morrow was the victor in tonight’s round of the Cycling Ulster-Dave Kane Cycles Time Trial league held at Ballyclare. His time of 21-46 for the 10 mile event was two seconds faster than Simon Thompson from the Maryland Wheelers club in Lisburn. Veteran Sean Hargan (Total Cycling) was third with a 21-59. See full result sheet by clicking on the TT League button.
Ben Morrow East Antrim 21.46
Simon Thompson Maryland 21.48
Sean Hargan Total Cycling 21.59
Adrian McDermott Total Cycling 22.00
Kieran O'Doherty U/A 22.27
Gary McKeegan Team Madigan 22.32
Stuart Bennett Phoenix 22.47
Jonathon Kyle Team Madigan 22.47
Mike McLoone Total Cycling 22.52
Michael Murray Clann Eireann 23.31
Cathal Hendron Apollo 23.40
Stephen Farr Team Madigan 23.41
Adrian Hughes Castlereagh 23.43
John Rooney Phoenix 23.47
Colin McCluskey Madigan 23.48
Tony McConville Wheels in Motion 24.02
Simon Stockton Team Madigan 24.03
Brendan McCourt Phoenix 24.16
Brendan McCartan Phoenix 24.34
Adrian Kerr Ballymena R.C.… Read more
There will be a 'Beginner Youths' race for young budding cyclists as part of the programme at this Saturday's John Beggs Memorial race in Dromore, promoted by Banbridge Cycling Club.
There will also be a full programme of racing for standard Under 12, Under 14 and under 16 riders.
The 'Beginner Youths' race is for young cyclists, new to the sport, between the age of 10 and 16. Participants must be a member of a Cycling Ulster Club or have a parent/guardian present.
The event will begin at 12 noon, with registration from 11 am.… Read more
Thursday nights round of the CyclingUlster- Dave Kane Cycles Time Trial League will take place at Ballyclare.
Various roadworks and other problems have necessitated a complete re structure of the venues. See earlier story for amended programme.
Queens University Belfast fielded a team in the Irish University Championships made up of Owen Jeffries, Phoenix CC’c Simon Blythe and Ards CC’s Warren Francis.
The Irish University Championships were hosted this year on the 13th April by IT Sligo. The time trial was a gusty 7mile rolly out and back, in the freshness of the morning. The plan for us was to give it a lash and see where we stood. I came in 12th about 2 minutes or so down on Irish U23 RR champ, Mark Quigley – who was kitted out in full TT gear and looking super-psyched.… Read more