Ulster Cycling News
19Aug/110

Castlewellan MTB Race a great success

The final round of both the Irish National Point Series (NPS) and the Ulster XC Series took place at Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 14 August 2011. The NPS status was only recently awarded to the event when a previous NPS round had to be cancelled and host club Xmtb McConvey Cycles stepped in to complete the NPS for 2011. The NPS status did attract a greater attendance with around 225 riders taking part from a wide spread of clubs across Ireland. The weather was very good on arrival and for the youth races but there was a heavy downpour in the middle of the Senior 4 race which made the course muddy and slippery in isolated areas.… Read more

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18Aug/110

The Da Cooley Thriller returns for 2011

The Da Cooley Thriller’ is about to peddle off once more on Saturday 20th August 2011. The event, which is organised by Cuchulainn CC, is set in the Cooley Mountains just outside Carlingford, Co. Louth.

The race starts in the village with a mass start and will be c. 52 kilometres with c. 1,300 metres vertical gain making it a challenging ride. The route will take riders on a complete traverse of the Cooley Mountains, taking in some of the Táin Trail and forest tracks to some roller coaster natural single trails once navigated by the bold Cuchulainn himself.… Read more

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10Aug/110

MTB Race – Castlewellan 14 August

The final round of the Irish National Points Series (NPS) and the Ulster XC Series takes place this Sunday 14 August 2011 at the superb Castlewellan Forest Park. Racing for the Under 8s up to seniors. 13 race categories in total. Sign on opens at 09:30 Youth races start at 11 am, U14, U16 and some senior races start at 12. Main senior races start at 1:30.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This year’s main course will be a familiar one to those who raced the Ulster Series here in 2010.… Read more

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1Aug/110

Ulster and Irish Riders Dominate at Round 5 of Scottish XC Series at Perth

On Saturday the Ulster and Irish XC Development teams travelled to the last round of the Scottish XC Series which was being held on Sunday in Perth, Ayrshire. With the Scottish Series renowned as producing some of the top riders in the UK the team members knew they would be in for a tough race.

The teams arrived mid-day on the Saturday for a pre-race course reccie and practice ontop of the Kinnoull Hill which dominates the city of Perth skyline. The course looked like it would be particularly tough to race on having a mixture of steep gravel/singletrack climbs - giving over 200m of climbing per lap - but also offering some fast and sweeping steep descents.… Read more

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11Jul/110

MTB XC National Championships Sunday 17 July 2011 – Killruddery

Team-Worc is proud to host the Irish cross-country championships in the excellent setting of Killruddery demesne. It is back to a super fast and flowy course with the usual mix of fast singletrack, tough climbs, rock gardens and bombholes. The course designers, lead by Robin Seymour, are working hard to improve what has been used in previous races at this venue.

The following race categories will be run which are in keeping with the UCI MTB categories;
Elite Men, Elite Women, Master, Veteran, Junior.
This differs to the current NPS format due to current UCI category requirements, but there will be non-championship support races (see below).… Read more

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8Jul/110

Sun shone at Dunmore for Round 5 of the Ulster XC Series

Round 5 of the Ulster Cross-Country Mountain Bike Series took place on Saturday 2 July 2011 at Dunmore Mountain located near Spa, Ballynahinch. Dromara Cycling Club was the host of the event and the organisers are very grateful to the Wightman family who own the land for the use of the venue. Dromara CC first used this site in 2007 and have been developing the course over the years. The senior course is approximately 2½ miles long and climbs over both peaks of the mountain covering around 500 feet of climbing on each lap.… Read more

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24Jun/110

Off-road XC racing news June 2011

News from the off-road cycling side of our sport as we look ahead to the next few cross-country mountain bike events that are happening over the next 3 months. The Ulster XC series has seen some great attendance figures with the number of young riders every increasing. There are plans ongoing for skills days for the Under 14s with more details to follow in a separate article.

ULSTER XC SERIES ROUND 5 - DUNMORE
The next round of the Ulster XC series will take place on Saturday 2 July 2011 at Dunmore Mountain near Spa, Ballynahinch.… Read more

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14Jun/110

Wet day at Magheramorne for the MTB race on 5 June 11

Round 4 of the Ulster Cross Country Mountain Bike Series 2011 took place at Magheramorne Quarry near Larne in County Antrim. This is the fifth year that host club Team Madigan have had access to this site to put on a race and the club is grateful to the landowners Lafarge. Unfortunately this was the first year that the race day was not a scorcher with driving rain since day break having an effect on the turn out as many riders just rolled over and stayed in bed.… Read more

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6Jun/110

Sunshine at Lady Dixon Park for MTB Race 29 May 2011

Round 3 of the 2011 Ulster Cross-Country Mountain Bike Series took place at the beautiful Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast. This was also Round 5 of the Irish National Points Series (NPS). The park, which is managed by Belfast City Council, has proved to be a popular venue over the last two years and the host club, Xmtb McConvey Cycles are very grateful to the council for supporting the sport. The track was much the same as last year with a few new sections added in and the organisers had had mixed fortunes with the weather in the lead up to the race with the course going from wet and muddy to bone dry.… Read more

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31May/110

Round 4 of the Ulster XC MTB Series – Sunday 5 June 2011

Round 4 of the Ulster Cross-Country Mountain Bike Series will take place on Sunday 5th June 2011 at Magheramorne Quarry outside Larne. Host club Team Madigan are pleased to have got use of this excellent venue where some great open racing has been seen over the years.

Fees:
U8, U10 - £2
U12, U14 - £4
U16 - £5
Junior - £9
Senior - £18 *
* Note: The club are offering a discount for senior riders who pre-register = £15

Pre-entry is now open, see
www.ulsterxc.com for more details.… Read more

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