Ulster Cycling News

Caroline Ryan Is New Women’s TT Champion

The National Women's and Paracycling Time trial Championships took place last night in Emyvale. The 40km course, which is being used for the Men's Championship tonight, took the riders from Emyvale through Caledon to Aughnacloy and crosses the border on route. The road was fairly busy but was well marshalled by Emyvale CC.

Caroline Ryan of Garda CC recorded the fastest time of 57.31 to take the gold medal while Ulster's own Heather Wilson of Maryland Wheelers added another Champonshiop medal to her collection when she took silver with a time of 59.06.… Read more


Gill & Brice Take Win in the Sportactive League

On Saturday 11th June Dromara Cycling Club hosted the Emma McMullan Trophy & Ronnie Smyth Trophy open road races around the 15-mile Magheraknock circuit. They also held a round of the Sportactive UWA road race league on the same testing course. In previous years the race was held over a shorter 8-mile course that really could be described as flat. However due to the poor road condition along apart of the previous course, Dromara CC decided to change things in thei nterest of rider safety. As a result this year’s longer course had plenty of rolls to test all riders and surprised many who thought it was going to be flat.… Read more


Rás Dhun na nGall – A Woman’s Perspective

I found it hard to believe when driving the roads towards Ardara on Friday lunchtime a whole year had passed since my first experience of Rás Dhun na nGall in 2010. Once again hosted by Four Masters Cycling Club, the seamless plans had been put in place for the 2011 version of one of the hardest stage races in Ireland.

This year 9 girls lined up for the challenge, Heather Wilson (Maryland Wheelers), Tonya Moran (Phoenix CC), Melanie Spath (Cycleways CC ), Cait Elliott (Thinkbike.ie), Therese O’Neill (Phoenix CC), Amy Brice (Phoenix CC), Val O’Neill (Phoenix CC), Sandra Devine (Errigal CC)...and me, Mandy Collie (Team Basso-Today’s Cyclist).… Read more


Two In A Row for Fullerton in the Bikeworks UWA TT League

Despite the warm temperatures, it wasn't an easy 25 miles on Woodgreen by any means due to the recent ever present winds. There didn't appear to be any respite regardless of which direction the time trialists were heading. Louise Fullerton (Ballymena Road Club) took her second win in a row, with a time of 1.07.43, followed by Mary Hunter (Dromara CC) a further 26 seconds after with a time of 1.08.09.

Kay Hack (Bann Wheelers) returning from her recent racing in Jersey took third with a time of 1.10.23.… Read more


National Championships Info – Please Note Date Change for Women

The full details and entry forms for the 2011 National Championships are now available for download. All events are pre entry only. Please note that the Women's and Paracycling Time Trials now take place on Thursday evening and not Friday as per the handbook. Also the women's elite championships is open to A4 riders and will take place on Saturday and not Sunday. Entry forms, full details and information on accommodation can be downloaded by clicking the link below.


Marian Lamb Club Development Officer… Read more


UWA Bikeworks TT League Returns to Woodgreen

The Ulster Women's Association time trial series sponsored by Bikeworks returns to Woodgreen tomorrow (Wednesday) evening for a 25 mile race against the clock. All competitors are reminded that they must have a working rear light fitted to their bikes in order to take part. Sign-on is at Grahams Kitchens with the first rider off at 7pm.

The third round of the series was won by Louise Fullerton (Ballymena RC) on Sunday at Toome as East Tyrone and Island Wheelers hosted a round in conjunction with their Super Six series.… Read more


Ulster Women Do McCall Foundation Proud

The women's elite International Crit in St Helier yesterday saw the Ulster squad of Mary Boyd, Kay Hack, Julie Mulligan, Hannah Francis and Tonya Moran thrown into the deep end. As they signed on at the Town Hall the start list was very impressive with some very clear favourites in the line up. Last year's winner, Claire Galloway of Team Zappi was there along with a full team while the Motorpoint squad were impressive to say the least. Hannah Barnes, the current Women's British National Crit Champion would be hard to beat and with a full Motorpoint squad around her which included her partner, madison champion Hannah Walker and Olympic Development squad rider Lucy Garner they would certainly be going all out.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles Squad Prepare for Rubis Jersey Crit

The Cycling Uster slane Cycles Team of Julie Mulligan, Kay Hack, Mary Boyd, Tonya Moran and Hannah Francis, arrived safely in Jersey yesterday just after lunch time. The team supported by the David McCall Foundation then began the tricky process of putting bikes back together and making sure everything was safe prior to heading out on a training run.

Once all was set, it was off with the organisers and some of the other teams to ride around the crit circuit in St Heleier which they have to do today.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles Women for Rubis Jersey Town Crit

A team of five women will represent Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles at the 2011 Rubis Town Crit in St Helier, Jersey at the end of this week. This prestigious event is by invitation only and last year made for great television on Eurosport.

The women’s team has been selected to reflect the experience required for crit racing at this level, but it will still be a steep learning curve for our women competing with quality teams from the UK.

The cycling festival provides two events for the team with the Rubis Criterium being the main event on Sunday 29th May followed by a road race on Monday 30th May.… Read more


Women’s Track Night Resounding Success

On Friday night a special women's only track training night was held at Orangefield and it proved to be a huge success. With many new faces not only to to the track but to cycling, the scene was set for a great night. With coaches and track regulars, Anthony Mitchell, Brian Cardy, Nicola Oldham, Rachel Mitchell and Terry Mackin on hand there was plenty of expert advice for the newcomers.

Some began by using their road bikes to get a feel of the track while others learned how to ride a fixed wheel on the infield but it was not long before all had the confidence to begin training on the track itself.… Read more

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