Ulster Cycling News

Commonwealth Games Selection

The final selection for the Commonwealth Games squad has been chosen and I am delighted to introduce the line up for cycling for Glasgow 2014. A lot of hard work has gone into getting cycling places for the games and it is brilliant to know we are getting 14 places as well as three coaches the most that the sport has ever had.

It is also important to remember those that were not selected as some riders were involved in every camp right from the start.… Read more


Great XC Event in Lady Dixon Park

Lady Dixon Park in Belfast was the venue for third round of the 2014 Irish National Point Series (NPS) which took place on Sunday 25 May.  This round also doubled up as Round 3 of the Ulster Cross-country mountain bike series and was hosted by local club Xmtb McConvey Cycles.  This venue has known some great racing over the last 5 years and normally the riders would be enjoying dry dusty and fast trails around the beautiful park which is managed by Belfast City Council.  This year however the skies were overcast and the threat of rain was in the air.  … Read more


Road Races, TT’s and NPS XC Events This Week

Powerhouse TVR Time Trial Series Round One Thursday 20th May
Powerhouse TVR Time Trial Series Round One take place this Thursday night 22nd May on the Warrenpoint/Newry Dual Carriageway. This is the first in a three event series of time trials and a new undertaking for Team Vision Racing so go along and support them. The event distance is ten miles.

The sign-on will be at the Harbour Docks from 6.00pm with the first rider off at 7.00pm. Riders are reminded that a working rear red light is a must for all time trials.… Read more


Ulster XC Series Round 2 Sunday 6 April 2014

On Sunday 6th April Caldwell Cycles will promote Round 2 of the Ulster XC Series. This series has grown in populaity and excellent fields are expected. As usual with all Ulster Off Road Events there is a packed programme for young riders. To view the categories and race timetable click HERE

Course Description:
The course will be similar to the one used last year.  This year we have a brand new loop for the U-8's and U-10's with a flat course located around the start finish area, the U-12's will be using the same as the 2013 race.… Read more


Apollo Cycle Team Andalusian 6 day MTB race

dkaDerek King and Fred MacSorley, both riders in their early 60’s entered the Andalusian 6 day MTB race. Trace now in its 4th year is,  by all accounts, growing in popularity and professionalism every year.

We  decided to purchase a support package from a firm called Pure Mountains and this, like good travel insurance, proved it’s worth from the moment we arrived at Malaga Airport on Friday February 28th when Jenny from Pure Mountains was waiting for us and within a few minutes we were in her landrover with our bike bags secured in the trailer heading for our accommodation in a beautiful villa complex in the hills overlooking Malaga.… Read more

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Downhill, XC and BMX Events this Weekend.

This Sunday 9th March the first round of the National BMX Series takes place at DCBMX track in Unit 64, Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin.

The 2014 Irish BMX National Series will be run over 6 rounds with each riders best 5 results counting towards their final ranking.

Age Group Guidelines:
The age a rider turns in 2014 is the age group they race i.e. if you are 12 now but turn 13 on or before the 31st December 2014 you race in the 13-14 year old category.… Read more

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Off-road racing at Kilbroney this weekend

rostrevor_mtb_festival_2014_logo_120 Kilbroney Park will again be a hive of activity this weekend, 9th March, for the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Festival. Dromara CC and ChainReaction Cycle Club have joined together for the second year of this festival. Dromara CC is hosting Round 1 of the 2014 Ulster XC series (cross-country race - XC) and CRC is hosting Round 1 of the IDMS series (downhill - DH). … Read more


Off Road Events This Weekend

xmtbThe final round of the XMTB McConvey Cycles Spring Series takes place this coming Sunday 2nd March. Primarily aimed at the youth riders from the Under 8s up to the Under 16s there s also racing for Seniors.

The club wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support and ongoing permission to use the venue. Sign on will open on the day at 9:30 am and will close 15 minutes before the start of each race. The Under 6 race will kick off at 10.30am

Senior A:

The Senior A race is for riders who are experienced in cross country racing and would normally compete in race categories Senior 1, Senior 2 and Senior 3.… Read more

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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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Xmtb McConvey Cycles – Spring Series – Round 1 Report

aRound 1 of the 2014 Mountain Bike Spring Series hosted by Xmtb McConvey Cycles took place at Ormeau Park on the 16 February.

The weather in the lead up to the race had been awful with heavy rain, strong winds and then a sharp frost on the morning of the race.

Thankfully the day itself was dry, bright with blue skies, cold but hardly a breath of wind.

Mark Harvey was chief course designer and had created a new set up for all ages moving the course away from the traditional tarmac start and incorporating more twists and turns among the trees.  … Read more

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