Ulster Cycling News

Top quality riders for Tour of Ulster 2011

The 2011 Tour of Ulster cycle race looks set to be one of the toughest in recent years with a high quality field due to line up this weekend for the Stage 1 start in Dungannon.Top road cycling teams from throughout Great Britain and Ireland will race over 250 miles during the three days from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, mainly around the roads of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Garry Nugent, race organiser on behalf of the Ulster Cycle Promotions Club, said: “The Tour of Ulster is a key event on the cycle racing calendar, particularly for riders aiming to compete in the An Post Ras just a few weeks later.… Read more


More Pics of Stage 4 Tour of the North

Eric Blayney and Paul Jervis have sent us in links to their photographs of the final stage of the P&O Tour of the North 2011. To view these excellent pics please click on the links below. The pictures may be copyright so please check with the photographer before copying them.




Great Result for Ulster Juniors in Gorey

The Ulster Juniors selected onto Team Skoda Ireland's development squad certainly proved that they deserved their place on the tea. Matt Adair from Banbridge, Ian Inglis of Curran Racing and Errigal's Conor McIlwaine helped their team take over all team prize in the final GC at the Gorey 3 Day Stage race along with team mate Ryan Mullen.

Not only that but McIlwaine took second overall, only 5 seconds behind eventual winner Dave Cassidy of Steven Cyclelogi. He also won Best Junior Award.

Inglis just lost out on retaining the Green Points jersey to Brendan Whelan on the final stage/.… Read more


Eurocycles Dominate Final Podium In Tour of the North

The final stage of this year's P&O Tour of the North took the riders from Ballymena, up Shanes Hill and onto a eighteen mile loop taking in climbs on the Bellahill Rd. Although not a KOH the riders then had to traverse the twisting, torturous climb through Gleno village where large crowds cheered them on. This loop was covered three times by the bunch.

With Eurocycles Adam Armstrong going into the final stage with a strong lead it was almost inevitable that his team mates would ensure that he came away with overall victory.… Read more


Ulster Juniors Continue to Impress in Gorey

Ulster Juniors riding on the Team Skoda Ireland development squad continue to make an impression at the Gorey 3 Day. On Sunday, Ards man, Ian Inglis, came in second on the stage only 17 seconds down on winner Martin Mizgajski of Wexford Wheelers while Conor McIlwaine of Donegal was a further 11 seconds behind that. In overall GC Donegal's McIlwaine is only 5 seconds off overall victory. Ian Ingls and Banbridge rider Mattew Adair are also well up in the overall classification at 1.29 down.

We wish the lads all the best for today's final stage and good luck to all the other Ulster riders taking part.… Read more


Armstrong Set to Win Tour of the North

What a difference a day makes were the words on everyones lips today when the weather took a turn for the worse as Stage 3 of the P&O Tour of the North set out from Limavady this morning. Always reckoned to be one of the toughest stages in this year's tour with lots of hard climbing, the damp, mizzly conditions just added to the riders' discomfort as they covered the 20 mile loop four times.

A six man break got away in the early stages with Peter Hawkins of the Cycling Ulster Slane Cyles team driving hard in this group.… Read more


Yellow Goes To Armstrong in Stage 2

Adam Armstrong of the Eurocycles team will be wearing Yellow tomorrow as the Tour of the North heads for Limavady. Stage 2 today was run off in perfect conditions and took the riders from Portadown, The Moy, Stewarstown, The Loup, Toome, Portglenone before finally finishing in Galgorm, a distance of over 65 miles.

In the early stages a group broke free from the peloton comprising the Eurocycles duo of Adam Armstrong and Thomas Martin, Richard Bolt of Herbalife-Wheelbase and Simon Williams of Team Basso Today's Cyclist.… Read more


Great Result for McIlwaine in Gorey

158 Starters of the 2011 event. Breakaway of 6 riders broke clear early on and worked well together all stage. The lead went up to over 2 mins on the rolling roads through the Garden of Ireland to Wexford as Paul Dolan of Usher Irish Road Club climbed well to take the KOH jersey. The lead began to reduce on the run into the finish with all 6 riders managing to hold off the peloton. At the finish it was Michael Barry of Barnardos who sprinted clear of Dave Wherity McNally Swords and Conor McIllwaine of Junior Team Skoda Ireland.… Read more


Williams Takes Stage 2 Glory

Simon Williams of Team Basso Today's Cyclist won today's stage of the Tour of the North from Portadown to Ballymena. He was away in a break all day with Thomas Martin and Adam Armstrong of the Eurocycles squad. The group managed to gain more than two minutes on the hard chasing peloton. Chase groups had little effect on these riders and they stormed on together to the finish at Galgorm.

However it is likely that it will be Armstrong who will don the Yellow Leader's jersey tomorrow based on GC.… Read more


Mark Rohan Wins in France

Mark Rohan got his 2011 season off the best of all possible starts by winning the European Handcycling Circuit Road Race in Rosenau France today. This augers well for Mark who travels to Sydney with the Irish Paracycling Team next week to compete in the UCI Paracycling World Cup taking place there from 4th to 6th of May. "All the big nations except Canada were in France today and Mark's tactics worked a treat to beat all comers in a fast race over the 44km course said Paracycling Coach Brian Nugent who accompanied Mark to the race in France."

There are a further seven races in the European Handcycling Circuit during the year with the top six results counting towards overall title winner.… Read more

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