Ulster Cycling News

McLaughlin Lifts Yellow in Donegal

aEoghan McLaughlin of the NRPT outfit took the first yellow jersey of the 27th promotion of Rás Dhun na nGall in an exciting sprint finish. McLaughlin was one of an eight man break which at one stage gained almost thirty seconds on the chasers.

Unlike previous Friday night stages in this event the bunch kept very much together this time with any attacks quickly reeled in until just after the halfway stage when a small group got away, This group included the eventual winner McLaughlin, along with his team-mates Conor Halvey and Alexis Roche.… Read more

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West Down GP Produces More Winners

7The hard working crew at West Down were out in force today when they promoted their West Down GP. The races took place around the lumpy Katesbridge course. The Masters race provided a comeback venue for Chris McCann of Phoenix CC. Part of the McCann cycling dynasty which includes patriarch Cormac, and sons Cormac and David, Chris has not raced since his appearance in the Rás in 1989. Today he proved he could still compete when he took second place n the Masters race.

Once again this event was well organised with plenty of food for riders and supporters following the event.… Read more

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Connor Takes Stage 1 North West Three Day

The first North West 3 Day supported by Derry & Strabane district council started on Friday 12th May in Derry from Foyle Arena. With a strong A4 field competing for GC and KOH and Sprints the race started with a fast pace with riders trying to make an early break on the short climb out of Derry but the bunch wasn’t letting any group go up the road. The first sprint was taken by Ryan Lyttle and the bunch regrouped as the race headed towards Lifford, taking the right turn towards Letterkenny and the start of the first KOH was which saw a few riders try to make the break early.… Read more

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Archibald on Fire – Unstoppable in Tour of the North

John Archibald continued to dominate the 2017 Tour of the North when he took the time trial stage this morning with a time of 10m 16.27s which was over 30 seconds faster than David Watson of The Bike House CC. Ed Clemens of Tifosi RT was third. Darnell Moore of Caldwell Cycles and Xeno Young riding for the Ireland Junior team were best of the local riders.

The Tour continued in the afternoon with a circuit course which included five ascents of the Roguery Hill. Once again John Archibald was in the thick of the action getting away in a three man break with Ed Clemens and Roger Aiken of the Ireland Team.… Read more


Lucan’s McDunphy Takes Tour of Ards

7The Wirefox Tour of Ards 2017 saw many of the top names in Irish cycling take to the roads around the Ards Peninsula to cover the 140 km course. The race took the riders through many of the small towns and villages on both sides of this coastal route. This classic event would not have been possible without the support of the PSNI who provided a control vehicle and motorbike outriders.

As is the norm with this event the pace was high from the gun and the riders were to average almost 28mph over the distance.… Read more


2017 BMX Ulster Race Team

bmx UlsterBMX Ulster would like to inform all Ulster BMX Clubs, of the plan to create a BMX Ulster race Team for 2017 (subject to available budgets from Cycling Ulster).

The Team selection criteria is still being finalised, but rider selection will be based on results from the following 2017 Irish National Series race meetings:… Read more


Couch to 90km ‘C290K” with Kings Moss CC

kmCouch to 90km 'C290K" with Kings Moss Cycling Club this spring!
Following a very successful 2016, when the club's membership soared, Kings Moss Cycling Club "Sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles" are pleased to offer an introduction to cycling scheme. A scheme based on the concept that has taken the running scene by storm.

It is an exciting opportunity, which is aimed at encouraging new and returning cyclist of all ages and abilities. To the Ladies, Gentlemen and young riders aged 14 plus of the local community starting on Saturday 25th March 12 new riders will embark upon an eight-week structured program which will offer self-development, improved health and well-being and more importantly fun and friendships.… Read more


Powerhouse Take Top Four Spots in Danny Boy Race

The Powerhouse Juniors of Liam Wilson, PJ Doogan, Adam Ward and Brendan Flanagan swept the boards at the A3 Danny Boy Race at Feeny yesterday. The sixty mile course had plenty of short sharp rises with a couple of long drags to test the legs. The Powerhouse were in action all day and were determined not to let anyone get away.

By the second lap a group had gone clear with 20 seconds on the chasers. Flanagan chased to bridge the gap and when his team-mates joined him in the next lap the quartet forged ahead gaining two minutes on the bunch.… Read more


Jack Watson Honoured with UEC Merit Award

At the Union European Cycling (UEC) Congress held in Brussels (Belgium) on Sunday which was attended by all the 50 European National Federations, Cycling Ireland’s Honorary Secretary Jack Watson was awarded one of the five UEC Merit awards which were presented at the Congress for his contribution to cycling in Ireland and Europe.

Jack was born into a cycling family as his father was a well-respected cycling administrator for over 50 years. Jack competed in races from 1954 until 1968. Some three years of this period was spent racing in England for Coalville Wheelers in Leicestershire.

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Photo-finish Operators Training Course

Cycling Ireland will be running a photo-finish operators training course on the weekend of the Stamullen GP 8th & 9th April.

On Saturday 8th April in the City North Hotel off the M1 Balbriggan we will run a course which will focus on setting up the equipment and understanding the software, as well as training in the basics of photography and adapting the camera to various conditions.

On Sunday 9th of April there will be a practical application and use of the camera at the Stamullen GP in Stamullen village where we will help with providing photo-finish and results in conjunction with the main operator on the day.… Read more

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