Ulster Cycling News

Annaclone Opens for Entry next Monday 6th

Opening the Irish road racing season, the Banbridge CC promoted Travers Engineering Annaclone GP will take place on Saturday 18th February with pre-entry opening on Monday 6th February at 6pm. Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 support race.

The ‘A’ race for A1,2 &3’s will be 6 laps of the traditional circuit for a total race distance of approx. 47.5mi / 76.5km.  The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 4 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx.… Read more


Ballymena RT This Sunday

1The annual Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – Reliability Trials will be held on Sunday 22nd January it is expected that cyclists from all over Northern Ireland will assemble at Rex Bonar House , Railway St, Ballymena for the 10.00am start.
Registration for the event will commence at 9,00am with an entry fee of £10 being charged. The entrants will divided into two groups with a choice of two distances of 53 miles and 75 miles.

The A group will face a 75 miles ride, which will take in Antrim, Greystone, Templepatrick, The Longshot to Ballyrobert, then Mossley, Greenisland, Woodburn, Kilroot, Glynn, Larne and the pit stop at Ballygally.

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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


Aiken Retains Ulster Cyclo-cross Title

The 2016 Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships was hosted by Kinning Cycles at the new venue of Mallusk Playing Fields on the outskirts of Belfast.  The venue has football and rugby pitches, changing rooms and large car parks.  The course was based towards the back of the venue and went around the edges of the pitches making use of the various embankments and steps as well as a large pile of sand which had been conveniently placed to allow the organisers to incorporate it into the course design.  … Read more


Huge Turn-out for Cyclocross in Ormeau Park

Roger Aiken, Beth McCloskey and Andrew Hicks were the dominant riders in the three cyclocross races promoted by Xmtb McConvey Cycles on Sunday. Aiken of Asea Wheelworx, showed his skills in the A race where once again he was ahead of the field . Sporting his National Champions jersey he covered the seven laps of the mucky and technical course with ease. Barry Kellett of Dromara CC who has proved to be a worthy adversary in recent years was second with the promoting club's Graham Boyd in third position.… Read more


Round 7 Ulster Cyclocross Sunday 20th November

On Sunday Xmtb McConvey Cycles will promote round 7 of the Ulster cyclocross series at Ormeau Park.  The club has used the open grass sections at the Ormeau Road end of the park. Featuring an interesting combination of wide fast corners, a long off camber section, steep descent and a tough uphill running section with most of the course visible from the event village. Under 6 and under 8 riders will share their own mini course with Under 10 and under 12 using a shorter section of the main course. … Read more


Aiken in Top Form at Larne

1-2Team Madigan promoted Round 6 of the Ulster Cyclocross Series on Sunday. Despite the fact that some of the course had been vandalised the hardworking crew at Team Madigan had everything up an running in time for the feast of racing events. There was the usual Youth racing to start with and numbers here seem to be increasing all the time with girls participation well increased.

In the Main Senior men's race Roger Aiken was once again in top form taking the number one spot on the podium.… Read more


Island Wheelers Promote Rd 5 Ulster Cyclocross Series

aRound 5 of the 2016 Ulster Cyclo-cross series took place at Windmill Park in Dungannon for the fifth year  hosted by Island Wheelers with the co-operation and support of Mid Ulster District Council.As usual there was a full complement of races for young riders from Under 6 upwards.

The youth courses include the usual dismount section where the riders jump off their bikes and push them through a short section of the course before quickly remounting their bikes and continuing the lap.… Read more


Big Turnout for Foyle’s CX Event

winOver 300 riders participated in the 4th round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross League which were held in St Columb’s Park, Derry, on Sunday 30thOctober. The class of Asea Wheelworx rider Roger Aiken was there to be enjoyed, as he won the CX ‘A’ Race in a time of 53:31 against stiffcompetition from Barry Kellett of Dromara Cycling Club (Co. Down) and Graham Boyd of Xmtb McConvey Cycles (Belfast). Foyle Cycling Club’s Ronan McLaughlin came in 11th in the ‘A’ race in a time of 58:03.

Foyle Cycling Club, which coordinated the event, was delighted with how the day panned out.… Read more

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