Ulster Cycling News

Feast of Racing at Nutts Corner

aPhoenix CC put on  a feast of racing today around Nutts Corner today. The hard working club members were on the go from early on checking the course and putting out barriers at the finish line. Safety Officer, Jim Hegarty had left nothing to chance and had produced an excellent race handbook listing the marshalls and the positions as well as letting them know when they would be relieved.

In the race headquarters in Crumlin United's Clubroom the sign-on crew were on hand from 9.30 while the catering crew plied the first arrivals with tea/coffee and scones which were were well received on the cold blustery morning especially by the many who had travelled some distance to get to the races.… Read more


Xmtb McConvey Cycles – Spring Series – Round 2

It was a return to Ormeau Park for Round 2 of the Xmtb McConvey Cycles spring series. This event was almost not going to go ahead as the course from the previous round had been very mucky and the weather during the week had not helped it.  Thankfully Mark Harvey and Robbie Lamont came up with a new course design that avoided the worst of the areas from the previous week but still left a good challenging circuit for all riders.

Many of the course sections were run in reverse from last week to further add to the high level of course set up by the squad.  … Read more

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McIntyre and McGauley Triumphant at Annaclone

aThe weather was kind to the organisers of the fiftieth anniversary of the Annaclone Grand Prix which took place today. The event this year was once again sponsored by Travers Engineering and the event saw two full field take to the roads around Annaclone.

The A race was a handicapped race for A1-A3 riders and it went from the gun. The course is a tough one with rolling hlls and a few drags to sap the energy.

Sean McIntyre of Orchard CC broke away early and although there were a few chasers initially, he was left to hang out alone.… Read more


Reminder – Safeguarding Course Dromore Co Tyrone Tonight

Cycling Ulster is running a Safeguarding Awareness Courses (Child Protection) tonight in Dromore, Co Tyrone.

The course  begin at 7.00pm and lasts approximately three hours with a break at the halfway stage. The course will be delivered by Patrick McAleavey and Marian Lamb who are trained SportNI/NSPCC Tutors..

All club Safeguarding Officers must complete this course before going on to do the Designated Officer Course which is normally delivered by the Local Authorities through SportNI.

All those clubs involved in the development of youth cycling need to ensure that Youth Leaders and coaches attend this course.… Read more

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Errigal Youth Event and Emyvale Reliability Trial

errErriagal CC has decided to run this series in order that their youth cyclists would have a number of races in Ulster to attend races within easy travelling distance and to cut down on the necessity to travel great distance in order to get racing experience.

The club would welcome young riders from other parts of the country to come along and take part.

We would encourage other Ulster clubs to follow Errigal's example and promote youth racing. It is particularly beneficial when clubs promote stand alone youth events.… Read more


Emyvale’s Night with Sean Kelly a real Success

Emyvale Cycling Club held its annual Dance and Awards night in the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday February 15th 2014. This was a special night as the guest of honour was none other than the great Sean Kelly. Sean was introduced by MC Peader Mc Mahon and a Youtube video montage of some of his major achievements.

Club Chairman, Mickey McKenna, brought Sean to the Hall and there was a resounding sustained applause to greet the cycling legend. Sumptuous food was served and all enjoyed the meal.… Read more

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For Road Racers the Season Begins this Weekend

Travers Engineering Annaclone GP Saturday 22nd February
Banbridge CC open the Ulster road racing calendar this week on Saturday the 22nd at Annaclone with the Travers Engineering GP.

Two races will be on offer with the first starting at 12 noon sharp. This will cater for the A1’s, 2’s and 3’s in a handicapped format. A separate race for A4’s will follow shortly afterwards. It is intended to run both races over 5 laps of the 8 mile circuit, known for its demanding and hard roads.… Read more


Assistant Coach Required for CWG Preparation

Cycling Ulster are seeking a volunteer Assistant Manager to help prepare the Northern Ireland team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year.

The job responsibilities include the monitoring of riders racing plans, the attendance at meetings with the team manager, the NICGC and Sport NI and the ability to deliver high quality coaching. The successful applicant must also be free to attend the Games from the 19th July until the 4th August.

He/she must also have the ability to analyse data on the Commonwealth Games courses including video analysis.… Read more

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Riders Take Note of Instructions to Comms

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-image33475952With the road race season due to get underway on Saturday with the popular Annaclone race, riders should be aware of instructions sent out to all Commissaires regarding he wearing of race numbers, riding safety and general behaviour for cyclists.

To put things in context I have already received complaints regarding the bahaviour of some riders at two of the Reliability Trials this year. There is no excuse for riders to be on the wrong side of the road in unsafe conditions. If it is necessary to move to the wrong side of the road then it must be done when the road ahead is clear of traffic and when you can see some distance ahead.… Read more

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Italy Cycle Xperience

Cortona1With everyone beginning to think Italian ahead of the arrival of the  Giro D'Italia in May, a new cycling holiday company headed up by local man Peter Bryson may encourage some of you to head to Italy for some training.

Peter operates in the Cortona area of Tuscany and is in partnership with another local man, North Down's Charlie Nicell.

They will be on hand leading the tour routes each day with a support vehicle, carrying a selection of spare parts should the need arise.  Cyclists will be supplied with fresh free drinking water for their bottles on a daily basis.  … Read more

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