Ulster Cycling News

2012 UK School Games Information

Olympic year will see no fewer than three UK Regional Championships take place for Youth riders in 2012, the highlight of which will be the UK school Games which take place in early May. The event will cater for Road and Track disciplines, with riders getting the unique opportunity to compete at the London Olympic Velodrome.Cycling Ulster have taken part in the UK School Games for the past three years and hope to select a squad to represent Ulster again in 2012.

The 2-day road programme will include a 200m road sprint, Road Race, Criterium and Team Time Trial with a full 1-day Track Programme on Wed 9th May.… Read more


Winter Track Training Programme at Orangefield

The Winter Track training programme at Orangefield will get underway on Sunday January 8th, and will run roughly on alternate Sundays throughout January, February & March. Some of these sessions will take place on planned national Development Squad session dates, with times adjusted accordingly. There will be alternate arrangements in the case of bad weather, but it is hoped we will get some quality training over the winter.

Sessions will be of particular benefit to anyone aspiring to be on National Track Development Squads, and also Youth riders interested in the 2012 UK School Games.… Read more


CI Development Track Programme

Cycling Ireland will hold two training days in January at Orangefield, Belfast and at the Eamonn Ceannt Track, Dublin open to Junior/U23 Men and Junior/Senior Women who are interested in being part of the CI Development Track Squad in 2012. See Press Release below for more details.

Patrick Withers (Admin Officer)

CI Development Track Programme Open Days
Cycling Ireland wish to offer the opportunity for all Junior & U23 Men and Junior & Senior Women to be involved in the 2012 Track Development Programme. Initial ‘Training Days’ have been arranged for January at Orangefield, Belfast and Sundrive, Dublin.… Read more


Irvine’s Olympic Qualification Campaign Back on Track

Newtownards international track cyclist, Martyn Irvine reignited his hopes of qualifying for next year's Olympic omnium event in London with a fifth place finish in the second round of the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Irvine got this year's winter track season off to a great start when he was fifth in the European Track Championships in October. The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist then had a disastrous opening round of the World Cup in Kazakhstan when he was disqualified from the Elimination race which also ruled him out of the rest of the competition and dashed any hopes of gaining qualification points for London.… Read more


Winter Track Training

Weather permitting, winter track training will get underway on Sunday (13th) at 1pm.
The session is open to anyone, whether an experienced track rider or someone who wants to give it a go for the first time. A limited number of bikes will be available for hire at a nominal sum.
If the weather is inclement, we will be doing some cross-country running led by a qualified athletics coach.
Contact 07843 561084 or 07718 894570… Read more


Irvine Fifth in European Track Championship Omnium

Martyn Irvine was the star performer of the Irish team over the weekend when he finished fifth in the omnium at the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The 2011 An Post Rás stage winner was unfortunate to crash heavily in the elimination race on day one of the two day Olympic event and had to go to hospital to have his injuries checked. Despite this disruption he managed to win the scratch race on the second day of competition and was lying in second place going into the final event, the 1km time trial.… Read more


Mackin Medals at Masters

Banbridge man Terry Mackin, a double silver medalist at the National Track Championships last month, moved up to the World stage this week, and on to the podium with a superb Bronze medal in the Kilomete Time Trial event in the UCI World Masters Track Championships in Manchester.

Mackin, who has put in a tremendous amount of work this year along with his coach Brian Cardy, came tantalisingly close to a world title, with all three medalists finishing on the same second.

The 35-39 yearold Kilo world title went to Britain`s Ben Elliott, closely followed by the USA`s Sky Christopherson with Mackin 3rd.… Read more


Ulster Inter Provincial Track Report

The Ulster team headed off to Sundrive in Dublin on Sunday morning, weather was not looking great and our team was slightly down on numbers, but the spirits were high and we were determined to bring the Sean MacAogain Trophy home to Belfast. The Sean MacAogain Trophy was presented last year in memory of a man who spent most of his life promoting sport for youth and who tragically lost his life competing in a cycle race. Ulster had to share this trophy last year with Leinster but with a great first round on our home ground in Orangefield we were heading to Dublin with a comfortable lead 61 points to 38 over Leinster.… Read more


Ulster Retain Inter Provincial Track Trophy

Today saw the completion of the Youth Track Championships which were at the medal ride off stage in the Sprint with the TT's done when rain interrupted proceedings earlier in the year. riders also had the opportunity to ride in the Dublin leg of the Interprovincial Track League. Ulster held a 20 point lead in that particular competition and although Leinster salvaged some pride by taking the day by a single point, the overall result went to Ulster and the Sean Mac Aoghain Trophy will reside with Ulster for the next 12 months

National Youth Track Championships -Eamonn Ceannt Stadiium, Sundrive Road
Sunday 11th Sept

*Standing Start Time Trials*

U16 Boys 500m TT
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National Track Championships

Ulster enjoyed a 5-medal haul at last weekends National Track Championships, with would-be Olympian Martyn Irvine taking a hat-trick of Golds, winning every event he entered. It wasn`t all plain sailing in the Kilo however for Irvine, who was kicking off his punishing winter schedule of World Cup events in an attempt to qualify for London next August.

He had to pull out all the stops to beat Banbridge `Master` Terry Mackin who improved three seconds on last years Kilo ride to take the Silver medal .23 of a second off the Giant-Kenda rider.… Read more

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