Ulster Cycling News

National Youth Cyclo Cross Championships Sunday 19th Feb 2017

1aDespite the recent tragedy to hit Orwell Wheelers when club member Tonya McEvoy was tragically killed when on a training spin, the club are proud to host the National Youth Cyclo Cross Championships this Sunday. The webteam at Ulster Cycling News would like to offer its sincere condolences to the club on the death of Tonya McAvoy. We also send our deepest condolences to her family - her parents Pat and Brian, her brothers Brian and Keith and sister Ciara. We remember also her friends and close clubmates, and we are thinking of  those who were with her at the time of the accident.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission – Youth Coaching Sessions

The Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission plan to run a series of coaching sessions aimed at the U12/U14/U16 age groups. These intermediate level sessions are aimed at existing racers who would  like to improve their technical riding skills with the aim of improving their race results. The first of the sessions is planned for Saturday 11th February at Barnetts Demesne trail centre at 12:30 pm at the Mary Peters car park at the trail head. The session will be lead by Mark Harvey, a Level 2 Mountainbike Instructors Association coach (MIAS).… Read more

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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


Anti Bullying Week 14th – 18th November – Get Involved

14th -18th November 2016 is Anti-Bullying Week. Schools and youth groups across Ulster are being encouraged to get involved with Anti-Bullying Week 2016.

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum defines bullying as the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights or needs of another or others.

The focus of the Anti-Bullying campaign will be on the theme of ‘Together We Are Stronger’ and will seek to encompass the following:

  • What does it mean to have strength of character?
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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

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