Ulster Cycling News

Kennedy Wins Haldane Memorial

aThey say that cream always rises to the top and as predicted here a week ago Peter Kennedy of East Antrim Audi proved this to be true. In another excellent race promotion by Newry Wheelers in the John Haldane Memorial Road Race, Kennedy took the honours in the A race showing his sprinting capabilities against some tough opposition.

Newry Wheelers promoted three events in total this morning on the Newry to Warrenpoint dual carriageway, a well known sprinter's paradise and all the winners on the day showed just how sprinting should be done as they jockeyed for position in the final hundred metres.… Read more

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Cycling Ireland Limit Field Sizes for Some Events

The Board of Cycling Ireland has decided to place a limit on races in which A4 riders take part with other categories that is handicap races less than 80km. In the north of Ireland legislation limits all race field sizes to eighty riders per race except for the Tour of Ulster and the Tour of the North where 100 riders are permitted. However no such legistaion exists in the south. This new move by Cycling Ireland is part of an ongoing strategy to improve race safety.… Read more

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Full field for P&O Tour of the North 50th Edition Race.

IMG_0495Once again the organisers of the P&O Ferries Tour of the North have attracted a quality full field of riders to contest what will be the 50th edition of the 4-day Easter stage race. With the cream of British cycling as well as Dutch and Scottish teams, the challenge will be for the locals to show their talent against international competition.

All the top line UK based teams are all on the start list, including Node4 Giordana, Rapha JLT, UK Youth, Metaltek, IG Sigma Sport and Wheelbase-Altura.… Read more


Enjoy Scotland on your Bike with Stena Line

Stena Line are continuing to support cyclists with their Away Day Trips to Scotland. Started a few years ago in consultation with Cycling Uster these trips have proved to be very popular. Many clubs now plan a club run with a difference by booking one of these trips. At only £10 it is a great way to get away and explore new roads and enjoy the craic.

Travel from Belfast to Cairnryan on the Superfast and explore Scotland at your leisure for the day. Dumfries and Galloway is a cyclist’s dream with miles of routes enabling you to see the region at its best from two wheels.… Read more


Leisure Events – Road and Off Road- This Weekend

Cyclists are spoilt for choice this weekend with road racing and off road competititive events on both Saturday and Sunday and now two leisure events on Sunday 3rd March promoted by two of our newer clubs, Killeavy CC and Tir Chonaill GAP.

Killeavy will promote a leisure cycle for charity in aid of Downs Syndrome while Tir Chonaill GAP have a a fantastic Off road Leisure cycle on offer.

Killeavy Charity Cycle 60km/8km Sunday 3rd March
The route is a nice easy one which will suit cyclists of all ability .… Read more


Off Road Competition this Weekend

Saturday 2nd March 2013 - Lakeland CC will promote Round 4 of their Youth MTB Series. The venue this time will be Necarne Estate, Irvinestown. The series is organised to attract young people from the area into cycling and provide challenges for them. However the series is open to anyone who wants to come along and have a go. Lakeland CC are also catering for adults and there will be a full programme of events on for more senior members as well.

Lakeland intend to run a full programme of events to cater for Under 8s, 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, Juniors and Senior riders.… Read more

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Road Racing this Weekend

Magherafelt GP Saturday 2nd March - This is the first open event promoted by Spires CC so Cycling Ulster would like to wish them every success. The club is promoting races for A1- A3's, A4's, Masters and Women. The event headquarters is the Loup GAC club.

Sign-on will start here at 9.00am with the first race off at 10.00am. This was a pre-entry event and the two main races are now filled.

There will be entry on the day for the women's and masters event.
Race 1 for A* A1, A2 and A3 – to be 7 laps of race circuit – 56 miles approx (70 rider limit + waiting list)
Race 2 for A4 only and 5 laps of circuit – 40 miles approx (70 rider limit + waiting list)
Race 3 for Over 50′s and Women– 2 laps of course – 16 miles approx

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Route Map

John Haldane Memorial Sunday 3rd March -This was another pre-entry event which filled up within hours.… Read more


The Mad March Hare Mountain Bike Sunday 3rd March

Tir Chonaill Gap Cycling Club, which encompasses the Glenties, Ardara, Portnoo and surrounding areas, is pleased to announce that on 3 March it will be holding its first ever mountain bike event.The official name of this event has been decided as the Mad March Hare. Thie is not a race but an off toad leisure cycle over some beautiful terrain.

The start of this event should create a bit of a stir as the participants have to ride down the steps beside the Garda station in Glenties.… Read more

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Jeffers Clear victory in Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP

cThe "Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP" took place today in dry and sunny conditions although it was bitterly cold. It was a busy day for the Phoenix club as they were promoting a total of five races.

The main race of the day was the A1 and A2 race. As there was a good bunch of both categories the event was handicapped with A2's getting two minutes over scratch.

Riding in this bunch was aggressive from the start with several riders lashing it at the front to try and keep scratch from closing in.… Read more


Potts and Hamilton Stamp their mark on Annaclone

aaaOn a bright, dry but extremely cold day the Ulster road race season got underway today with the traditional promotion of the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP by Banbridge CC.

The two races on offer had quickly filled up on the pre-entry and so it was a full field for both races. The A1-A3 race was set off first with A3's receiving a two and a half minute handicap over scratch.

With two big bunches on the road the A1's and2's had to work hard to close the gap but by the end of the second lap the two groups were together.… Read more

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