Ulster Cycling News

Champions Crowned at Ulster CX Championships at Mallusk

The 2017 Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships were held at Mallusk Playing Fields on the outskirts of Belfast.  The venue had been used last year for the same event and thanks have to be expressed for Glenn Kinning, his club mates at Kinning Cycles and to the other friends from other clubs who helped out as well.  The course threaded its way around the football pitches making great use of the banks and steps.  A sand trap had been created thanks to a lorry load of sand from Quarrystone. … Read more


Snow Capped Mountains Backdrop to Final Round of CX Series

Donard Park in Newcastle was the venue for the 9th and final round of the 2017 Ulster Cyclo-cross Series.  The beautiful park, lying just behind the main promenade of this seaside town, has the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, which, at this time of the year were topped with snow.  Race day morning was dry with strong winds blowing cold air off the top of the mountains.  Challenging conditions for the gazebos!  A tremendous job by race director Mickey Clarke and the volunteers from the host club Shimna Wheelers and neighbouring clubs for all the preparations and course setup. … Read more

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CX Series Continues in Ormeau Park

Ormeau Park in Belfast was the venue for Round 8 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series with host club, Xmtb providing their expertise in creating courses to suit and challenge all age groups.  Xmtb is well accustomed to putting on events at this venue, especially with their popular Spring series, and thanks have to go to Belfast City council for their continued support.The weather was mild with little wind and occasional outbreaks of sunshine.  The set up was similar to last year with a wide start/finish area and the course making great use of the grass banks.… Read more

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No Shelter at Larne for Round 7 CX Series

A cold northerly wind greeted riders for Round 7 ofthe Ulster Cyclo-cross series.  The wide open park, behind the Caterpillar (NI) factory at Seacourt in Larne, offers very few places for shelter but does offer great views out across the Irish Sea.  After a heavy night of rain and a short, sharp shower of hail stones around 8:45 am the weather remained bright and dry all day, but the wind didn't go away.  Team Madigan were hard at work on Saturday setting up the course and Sunday morning the team was busy sorting out any broken course tape. … Read more

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Round 6 CX Series at Windmill Park

Round 6 of the 2017 Ulster Cyclo-cross series saw a return to Windmill Park in Dungannon. This is the 6th year that host club Island Wheelers has run an event in this forest and it is thanks to the local council for their support in the lead up and on the day.  Weather wise it was very similar to last year with clear blue skies and great autumn sunshine.  A short shower during the day quickly cleared.  Ground conditions were good especially after the heavy rain the night before. … Read more

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Great Turn-out for Round 5 CX Series

Round 5 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross Series saw the cycling masses head north west to the second city, Derry/Londonderry.  The city buzzes this time of the year as it embraces the Halloween festival with lots of themed events taking place.  The racing took place in St. Columb's Park which is located on the banks of the Foyle river.  The park, named after the patron saint of Derry, was the estate of the Hill family before being bought as a public park in 1845.  The park covers around 40 acres and is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. … Read more

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Inaugural Killinchy CX Venue a Resounding Success

Delamont Country Park, located just outside the village of Killyleagh alongside the shores of Strangford Lough, is a new venue for the Ulster Cyclo-cross series which took place on Sunday 22nd October.  It was Killinchy Cycling Club's first cyclo-cross race which they organised through the support of the local park wardens and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  The popular County Down park offers a play park, a miniture railway, walks to the megalith (erected in 1999) and great views of the lough.

This was Round 4 of the series and thankfully the storm (Brian) the day before had died down to leave a pleasant autumn day, if a little cool. … Read more


National Youth Cyclo Cross Championships Sunday 19th Feb 2017

1aDespite the recent tragedy to hit Orwell Wheelers when club member Tonya McEvoy was tragically killed when on a training spin, the club are proud to host the National Youth Cyclo Cross Championships this Sunday. The webteam at Ulster Cycling News would like to offer its sincere condolences to the club on the death of Tonya McAvoy. We also send our deepest condolences to her family - her parents Pat and Brian, her brothers Brian and Keith and sister Ciara. We remember also her friends and close clubmates, and we are thinking of  those who were with her at the time of the accident.… Read more


Dromara Host Excellent National CX Championships

Tollymore Forest Park, near Newcastle County Down, was the venue for the 2017 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships for the second year in a row.  Dromara Cycling Club stepped up to host the event again after great reviews from the year before.  In contrast to the 2016 event, which was a bitterly cold day with snow on the Mournes adding to the icy wind, this year the temperature was into double figures, with light winds and even outbreaks of sunshine.  It felt almost like a spring day rather than the second Sunday in January, the traditional date for the Cyclo-cross Championships.  … Read more


Rnd 3 Kinning Cross League – New Year’s Day

This Sunday, 1st January 2017,  is the 3rd round of the Kinning Cyclo Cross League at Hazelbank Park. This is a new and exciting course and will be a perfect way to celebrate the first of 2017. Racing starts at 11.30 with the new Tester race. This is also the last chance to get in some practice before the All Ireland Championships the following week.

Hazelbank is at the end of the M5 towards Whiteabbey. The A race only will take on the beach section. Racing will start a little later to allow for any hangovers.… Read more

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