Sunshine, new faces and excellent racing marked the opening round of XMTB's Spring MTB League in Bangor's Castle Park on Saturday. For the first round a short course had been chosen, though the riders still had to contend with the infamous grass climb.
The first winner of the day was Banbridge CC's Rachel Mayne in the U-8 Class, which shared the short course with the U-10 event. James Curry (Banbridge CC) was a convincing winner of the U-10 class, in which his sister Jill finished runner up.… Read more
Gordon Scott (East Antrim/Audi) took today’s race at Annaclone in fine style when he out-sprinted Junior rider Simon Williams (Orchard Wheelers). The Annaclone/Hawthorne Inn race promoted by Banbridge CC normally attracts a field of over a hundred riders but due to the adverse road conditions in many parts of Ulster the field was reduced to 60. The event was handicapped with S3’s, Juniors and Vets having a five and half minute lead over scratch with a minute and a half back to second cats. The first bunch made up the bulk of the field and looked strong throughout the race.… Read more
Sportactive have advised us of the opportunity for two cyclists to join them in Mallorca at a reduced rate. Due to cancellation there is one place available for the week 24th to 31st March and another for the week 31st March to 7th April.The seats are selling at £90 off the normal brochure price. The package includes return flights, 7 nights half board in top quality hotel, airport transfers and a full cycling package. At £319 for the complete trip it sounds like a good deal for those who can get away.… Read more
The annual Spring League organised by XMTB begins this Saturday, 4th March 2006, at Castle Park, Bangor. Sign on at is at 11.00 with racing beginning at 12 noon. Robbie Lamont said, “We are very grateful to North Down Council for allowing us to use the Park as it is ideal for off road events such as this. We are expecting a good turn-out. This Series is a great way to start cross country racing and there will be plenty of help and advice on the day before the event.… Read more
Cycling Ireland Youth Commission, under the direction of Michael McKenna, and Kenny Dunlop, and with the assistance of Connaught Youth Committee held a very successful two-day camp at Lough Lannagh Village in Castlebar last weekend.
The Saturday spin took the U16 / U15 cyclists through north west Mayo in brilliant sunshine, and breath taking views over Lough Conn and Lough Carra, but as they pedalled hard to the top of the Windy Gap the splendour of the area was not a priority.
The talks on both days by Kenny Dunlop were very interesting and enjoyed by all the participants.… Read more
Irish cycling received a major boost this week with the launch of the first-ever domestic professional cycling team-Team Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn Group. Dublin based international property developers Newlyn Group have joined forces with motor dealers Murphy & Gunn, to create the new Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn Continental Cycling Team.
Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn will comprise of 14 Irish riders and will begin as a continental or third division professional team. The squad will have a totally Irish back up staff, main sponsors and management team.… Read more
Following the official announcement of the withdrawal of Philip Deignan from the Commonwealth Games team comes news that David McCann has suffered a 50 kph crash while descending Mount Hotham.
David,who declared that he has been enjoying the best form ever, suffered various cuts and bruises but is more concerned with a bruised muscle above his right knee.
He will now miss out on some crucial training just three weeks before the Games in Melbourne.
All in Cycling Ulster wish David a speedy recovery.
Round three of the Plush Winter Downhill League took place on Sunday at Moneyscalp Forest, with yet again the series attracting a superb entry, 124 riders making the trip to County Down from all over Ireland. Track conditions were excellent, though even the winter sunshine could not replace the chill factor of the wind. Coldest of all was right at the top, the start, in the harvested part of the forest. The course itself was in prime condition, with jumps, berms, roots, rocks and one or two trees as a few riders found out!… Read more
Last weekend Cycling Ulster ran a Women's only training and coaching day at Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Lamavady. The course, organised by George and Mary Boyd was a great succes. Elaine Harte, the new Women's Commission Officer for Cycling Ulster gives her owm personal account of the day.
At 6.45 in the morning the weather didn’t look too promising – rain, but I got up and got organised. I packed all my stuff that I needed for the day - cycle gear, bottles, spare tubes, pump, tool kit, food for rear pocket.… Read more
This Friday 3rd March, Dave Kane will will be launching the new 2006 range of Ridley bikes from 6 o'clock onwards. Also on the night you can get a chance to see Robbie McEwens team bike from last season in his national colours. There will also be a special promotion instore on the night of Ridley frames and bikes. Everyone is welcome.
At 8 o'clock the presentation of the Dave Kane Time Trial League will take place. The overall winner this year was Simon Thompson who won a Harry Dolan time trial frame, valued at over £600.… Read more