Ulster Cycling News

Sunshine at the Noel Teggart Road Race

The ever popular Noel Teggart Memorial Road Race took place on Sunday 22 June 2014 hosted by Banbridge CC and sponsored by O’Hagan Tyres of Laurencetown. It was a glorious day with wall-to-wall sunshine much to the delight of riders, spectators and race organisers. A full programme of races catered for all of the senior and youth categories (Under 16s, Under 14s and Under 12s) with Juniors riding with the A3s as usual. In the feature race of the afternoon for A1s and A2s a four man break comprising Sean McKenna (UCD), Alex Donald (Phoenix), Paul Mulligan (Caldwell Cycles) and Sean McIntyre (Orchard/ Shelbourne) was established early on and was able to withstand the efforts of the chasing group right to the end with the UCD man taking a well deserved win.… Read more


Devenney Takes over as Technical Officer

Cycling Ulster's long standing and hardworking Technical Officer, Martin Lees,  tendered his resignation last week after giving eight years of dedicated service. His work in providing commissaires for all our events was excellent and many a club was delighted with the advice he provided before an event even took place. Not only that but he collated al the Commissaire reports and liaised with the College of Commissaires and helped organise Comm Courses.

Each year Martin collated all the championship and series winner and arranged medal engraving etc for our annual award dinners.… Read more

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Taggart and Short win at Groucho GP

Orchard Cycling Club hosted the Groucho GP on Saturday 21 June 2014 with two races on the cards. The A2/A3 event and the A4 event. Both groups used the Richhill, Hamiltonsbawn, Marlacoo, Richhill circuit with the A2/A3 riders completing 8 laps and the A4 riders 6 laps. Groucho's Bar in the Square in Richhill was the headquarters for the event. Both races followed the same pattern with numerous riders trying to get away as the laps unfolded but in the end both came down to tough uphill sprints with Matthew Taggart just pipping Cathal Clarke on the line to take the win in the A2/A3 race.… Read more


Radios and Reports – Summer Months

Tommy and Marian Lamb will be unavailable to transport radios to events over the summer months. Currently radios are being held with Patrick McAleavey at patrick@paddy55.fsnet.co.uk. Arrangements are being made for radios to be held with another person as well. Details will be posted shortly.

All previews of events and after event results and reports  should be sent to Martin Grimley who will be looking after the website for the summer. Tommy and I will also be able to feed into it but will be unable to attend events so it is important that the club PRO gets the information to us.… Read more

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250 Leaders Cut From Vetted Database

Over 250 cycle leaders and coaches vetted through AccessNI by Cycling Ulster were removed from the list of vetted leaders as their certificates have long since expired. Those in question were anyone who had a certificate dated May 2011 or earlier. It is is important to keep your Access Check up to date as it is illegal to work with young people without a valid certificate. Clubs please note that if you allow people to work with young people in your club who do not have valid certification the  club can also be heavily fined.… Read more

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Mcauley, Millar, Maguire and Kellet win on Divis.

bcThe Draynes Farms Bobby Crilly Classic is famed as much for the usual horrible weather the riders have to face as much as the epic mountain top finish.  This year the weather was kind but the racing no less difficult.  Three races were held as part of the event which finishes atop Divis mountain just north of Belfast.

The A1/2 race started first with four laps of the circuit with long dragging sections and a short sharp rise before heading up the mountain.  The racing was aggressive from the start and the race broke apart early on. … Read more


Belfast City Council Small Grants Open

Belfast City Council has reopened its Small Grants Awards and are currently seeking applications  The closing date is 12 noon Wednesday 2 July 2014: Applications must be for projects or events commencing from 1 October 2014 and finishing on 31 March 2015.

The following grants would be of particular relevance to cycling clubs in the Belfast area so it would worth while having a look to see what is involved.

  1. Support for Sport: Sports Event Grant
  2. Support for Sport: Large Development Grant
  3. Support for Sport: Small Development Grant

Click HERE to download application forms and guidance notes, or for printed copies of the application form and general advice and guidance please contact the Central Grants Unit on 028 9091 8748.… Read more

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VC Iveagh Cycle for Children

Last week, four members of  the Scarva based Velo Club Iveagh participated in the vision4kids - Long Way Home cycle challenge, fundraising for proverty stricken children in Kenya.  Davy, Mark, Dan and Jonny cycled a gruelling 365 mile lap of Northern Ireland via costal routes over a three day period. Day one route was from Dungannon to Belfast covering 133 miles via Armagh, Newry, Kilkeel, Newcastle, Portaferry, Bangor, Newtownards with an overnight stop at the Corrs Corner Hotel. Day two was hilly 129 miles from Belfast to Londonderry via Larne, Cushendall, Cushendun, over Torr Head, Ballycastle, Bushmills, Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock . … Read more

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Ards Town Centre Races Report

Andrew McCullough (Kinning Cycles) was a worthy winner of the main A1/2/3/Jun race at the Ards Town Centre Races on Wednesday evening. The  race was run as a short handicap, with the A1/2s giving away 40 seconds to the A3/Juniors.

The attacks starting immediately, with junior rider Evan Donoghue from Letterkenny holding a small advantage for couple of laps. He was soon replaced at the front by Andrew McCullough. Behind, the A1/2s had caught the main bunch, and the counter attacks came thick and fast. It was Glen Kinning (also from Kinning Cycles) who eventually managed to escape the bunch, but Andrew managed to hold on for the win.… Read more


15/06/2014 Father’s Day Time Trial Woodgreen

Cassidy and Meehan Tops in Father's Day Super Sunday 25 TT
The Super 25 mile time trial took place at Woodgreen on Sunday 15 June 2014 (Father's Day) hosted by Ballymoney Cycling Club. The event was a great success with a field of 51 riders. The conditions were sunny and warm however there was a strong blustery wind. Fastest male was Colm Cassidy (UCD) in a time of 49.39. Fran Meehan (Team Aqua Blue) was the fastest woman over the distance in a time of 60.50.… Read more

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