Ulster Cycling News

The Quayside Maiden City Crit Opens Friday

The Quayside Maiden City Crit which takes place on Tuesday 10th June will be going live for pre-entry on this coming Friday night at 6.00pm on Entry Central. After the huge success of last year's event in and around the walled city taking on the famous climb of Ship Quay Street where Glen Kinning stormed to victory the race will be back with more action adding in a separate A4 race on the same circuit .

Racing on Tuesday 10th June will begin at 7 with the A4 race of 20 minutes and 2 laps followed by the main race of A* , A1-2-3's 50 minutes and 2 laps.… Read more


Shannon Romps to Victory in Maghera

blinglogo3It was bright and breezy day this Sunday in Maghera for the Women's and Masters' combined Carn Classic road race. This was the 5th round of the Bling Bike Kit Ulster Women's Road Race League with 12 women signed up the race in Maghera. A large number of Ulster clubs were represented.

The pace was quick from the off with the masters dictating the pace of the race with a few initial efforts to sprint off the front but they were quickly reeled in by the large group chasing behind.… Read more


Team Madigan Team Up with the Swift for Giro

Giro low res LogoThe Giro D’Italia to be held from 8-10 May 2014 is set to provide an economic boost to Northern Ireland.

The Swift Restaurant, situated beside the Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, is one of the businesses looking to embrace the cycling race by hosting an Italian-themed weekend.

The Swift have set up a strategic partnership with Carrickfergus-based cycling club Team Madigan and Madigan Cycles to organise gourmet suppers, Italian promotions, a family fun day and painting an entire room pink to link with the iconic pink leader jersey of the Giro D’Italia.… Read more

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Beattie, Shannon, McCullough and Mulholland Win at Carn Classic

aCarn Wheelers promoted a feast of racing today when their annual Carn Classic road races got underway. First off were the A3 riders who were champing at the bit to tackle the lumpy fourteen mile course from Maghera through Hillhead, Bellaghy and Gulladuff. There was a large A3 bunch and they were given a three minute handicap over the A1's and 2's.

By the time they had completed the first lap the scratch group had halved the handicap and looked as if they would soon join the A3 bunch.… Read more


Nutrition and Physio Talks Specifically for Women

Womens_Cycling_Ulster_logo_Women’s Cycling Ulster is delighted to announce our next event, which will be held on Friday 4th April at 7pm. We are very grateful to Cleaver Fulton Rankin, who have very kindly donated light refreshments and the use of their premises for the evening.

We will be joined by guest speaker, Khara Mills of FitNaturally.co.uk. Khara is one of the most enthusiastic people about healthy eating that you will meet! She very much supports fitnaturally's ethos of eating delicious, natural foods and using the natural environment for training and exercise.… Read more


Youth Calendars

Cycling Ireland has provided two PDF calendars listing youth events. There is a calendar for road competitive events and another for the Leisure events.

Cycling Ireland apologise for the glitch in the system which meant that the Youth events did not transfer across to the handbook. The company appreciate that this has made it difficult for parents and young riders to plan their programme for the year.

It is hoped that these calendars will therefore be useful to all concerned.

Please Note the following changes. There may be others of which I am unaware

  1. Youth Races listed for the Beggs/McGreevy Races on the 5th April will not now take place to avoid a clash with Rás na nOg.
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Attention All Coaches – Coaching Webinar

There will be a webinar with Hunter Allen co-author of training and racing with a power meter. Hunter is very much in demand but we have managed to gain his services to help cycling and triathlon coaches within Ireland.

The  webinar will take place at 8.00pm on Tuesday the 25th March and is free for all participants. Places are limited and will be reserved upon application. To apply for a place follow the details on the flyer or email Gary McKeegan on gary.mckeegan@nrc.ac.uk

This is an ideal opportunity for our coaches to interact with Hunter Allen and receive some top level advice.… Read more

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Only 50 Days To Go Until Giro d’Italia

Giro low res LogoToday (Thursday March 20) marks 50 days to go until Northern Ireland hosts the first three stages of the world’s second largest bike race, the Giro d’Italia, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) is urging people to ensure they are part of the action, to plan ahead and book their accommodation now before it is too late.

The Big Start, from May 9 – 11, promises three days of excitement, drama and thrills from Belfast, through the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and Glens and the historic city of Armagh. Read more

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John Neill Back on Form In Donegal

John Neill wins Donegal Harvest Trophy 2014.Despite a low turnout of A1's and A2's today the Potato ‘A’ Race was an exciting affair.  Thirty A3s started first with a 3 minute advantage on the twelve A2's. These were followed by seven A1's who were a further 3 minutes back.

The A3's took a while to get into a rhythm and a number of attacks took place by the stronger riders. These included Ryan Reilly (Foyle), Noel Collins,  Darnell Moore (both Caldwell) and Kevin Holian (Errigal).

In the meantime the A2's were closing fast, taking 2 minutes out of the handicap by the 20k.marker.… Read more


Mulholland Takes Win on St Patrick’s Day

ce1Declan Mulhulland of Clann Eireann stormed to a great home win in the Clann Eireann Cup St Patrick’s Day race at Derrymacash.

Attacking away from the bunch of 70 riders from the start line, Declan went clear with Jake Gray of East Tyrone and Newry’s Cathal Clarke. The trio opened a 25 second gap and were later joined by seven other riders, with the main bunch still hovering in arrears.

After an hour of racing, Jake Gray (East Tyrone) and Jude Sands of Newry crashed on the road towards Carn, but this only made Declan and his breakaway companions more determined to push on ahead and stay clear for the remainder of the 50 mile race.… Read more

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