Ulster Cycling News

Ulster XC Series Round 6 Sunday 4th September

On Sunday next Island Wheelers will host the sixth and final round of the Ulster XC series at Drumcairne Forest, Stewardstown, County Tyrone. All races will be starting from near the car park.  Riders will go up the grass and turn left onto a fire road for 50 m.  They will then turn right into the trails which are fast and rooty in places, continue into the pine section and through the potato drills.  After the potato drills the riders will go through another tight, rooty section until they come onto a fire road for plenty of overtaking opportunity.  … Read more

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Errigal Internatioanl Youth Tour This Weekend

The Errigal International Youth Tour is taking place this weekend 30/31 July and 1st August. The 3-day, 4-stage event for under 12,14 and 16 riders includes 2 road races, a time trial and a criterium. Over 240 boys and girls have entered across the three age groups , coming from all across the British Isles, Malta, France, Belgium, Isle of Man and South Africa as well as from all parts of Ireland. With such big numbers Errigal CC will working hard to ensure that there are plenty of volunteers on hand to help out.… Read more


Sherlock is Monaghan Co’s RR Champion

Glaslough village was once again the setting for this year's Monaghan county championship race. Thirty riders from clubs all over the county and further afield gathered at Main Street Glaslough for a gruelling 7 lap race. Emyvale CC had a good representation as had Carrickmacross CC, Navan CC, Keevan CC, Killylough and South Dublin CC. The race was spilt into 2 groups with scratch having a 3 minute gap on the main group to make up in the chase.

At 7.00pm off they went. On the second lap there was a prime for the first 3 riders across the line. Read more


Douglas Wins Lurgan Criterium

aLast night Clann Eireann CC promoted a very successful criterium around the streets of Lurgan for Youth and A4 riders. The senior race for A4's provided an opportunity for many newcomers as well as experienced riders to have a go at this form of racing. Crit racing requires good bike handling skills and the ability to negotiate corners.

Brandon Douglas of West Down Wheelers certainly showed that he had skills aplenty when he won the event from Gavin Moore of North Down CC and Paul Smith of the recently formed Portadown Cycling Club. … Read more

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Expression of Interest in Riding for Ulster in Youth Inter-regional MTB Championships

Expressions of interest are sought from Youth riders (Boys & Girls) interested in being considered for selection for the Inter-Regional Mountain Bike Competitions which will take place on 29-31 July 2016 at Cathkin Braes, Glasgow, Scotland.

This event is for Ulster riders in the Under 14's or Under 16's age categories.  Ulster will be up against 13 other regions from across Great Britain.  Riders must be able to travel over to the games on that weekend.

The team can be made up of 4 boys and 4 girls with 1 non-travelling reserve.

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Upcoming Events This Week

There are a few events coming up this week starting with the Clann Eireann promoted Lurgan Criterium on Friday night and a couple of leisure cycles at the weekend. With the National Road and TT Championships taking place from Thursday through to Sunday there are no road race events this weekend. Details of events can be see below. Further events may be added when we have full details. Please note Gran Fondo Causeway Cancelled.

Lurgan Criterium Friday 24/06/16

The Lurgan Criterium Cycle Race promoted by Clann Eireann Cycling Club will take place on Friday 24th June and is now open for pre-entry.… Read more

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Evans Back on Form and Sherlock Wins Noel Teggart

aThe Noel Teggart Memorial promoted by Banbridge CC 2016 took place today in very wet conditions but that did not stop the riders giving it their all from the start. Banbridge CC promoted a full programme of events for Youth riders prior to the senior races. First off were the Uder 12's and on this occasion it was Shea O'Kane form Phoenix CC to had the legs to take the win ahead of  Adam Rafferty of Island Wheelers. Maria McAllister of Island Wheelers was third overall and first girl with Scott Roberts f Xmtb McConvey Cycles third in the boys competition.… Read more


Watson Shows Form in Kinning Cycles Hill Climb

aLindsay Watson (Plushmtb) showed great form, ahead of this weekend's Beaumont Cup by taking the Kinning Cycles Hill climb. He was 10 seconds clear of runner up Glenn Kinning. Craig Rea (Phoenix CC) was just another 1 second back in 3rd place. Watson will take part in the prestigious Beaumont Cup as part of a strong Ulster Team. Other notable rides came from top Ulster MTB rider Graham Boyd (Xmtb McConvey Cycles) and Rónán Kernan (Castlereagh CC).

First junior on the night was Matthew Armstrong (Dromara CC) while first Under 16 was Jake Rushby (North Down CC) and first Under 14 was Dean Harvey (XMTB McConvey Cycles).… Read more

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Fyffe Takes Ards Crit

aLast night Ards CC promoted their well organised Town Centre Races beginning with a full programme of events for youth riders. There was a large crowd of over thirty riders aged between 3 and 10 for the novice class which was won by Aliyah Rafferty of Island Wheelers.

Shea O’Kane (Phoenix)  emerged as winner of the U12 event which had nine competitors., Adam Rafferty (Island Wheelers CC) and Rachel White (North Down CC) took second and third while Avie Doherty (VC Glendale) was first unplaced girl.… Read more

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McGlinchey in Top Form at Antrim Crit

aLast night Old Bleach Cycling Club promoted the Antrim Town Centre Criterium in conjunction with the Antrim Festival. They had a number of races on offer and the club had gone all out to minimise risks with straw bales in abundance around the short, technical circuit. The local PSNI were also on hand to assist the many marshalls around the course. Old Bleach are to be congratulated on promoting such a well organised event.

Unfortunately, despite the good weather the turn-out for the race was lower than anticipated.… Read more

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