Ulster Cycling News

14/07/12 Ernie Magwood Super Six Results

When John Heverin informed me mid week that he intended to make an attempt on the Irish Vets 10 mile record, I was certain he was off his rocker. It is widely accepted that mornings are usually slower than balmy evenings, and the Target he was aiming for, John Maddens previous record of 19:55 wasn’t exactly an easy one. On the morning itself, the usual, cool, with a tailwind out, headwind home, only confirmed the suspicions that a record time couldn’t be set. However as all was in place, with a turn Steward, Official Commasaire etc he went for it.… Read more


Seminar for Donegal

Cycling Ulster is rolling out a series of regional seminars in 2012. As Donegal has been one of the most active areas in recent years regarding the growth of cycling, the first of these will be held in Donegal. The seminar will take place on Saturday 4th February in the Silver Tassie Hotel outside Letterkenny. Tommy Lamb will chair the meeting  and Geoff Liffey the CEO of Cycling Ireland and Jack Watson (Secretary Cycling Ireland) will be in attendance.

Donegal clubs are asked to send at least one representative to the seminar but more are welcome as there is a lot to discuss.… 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


Who Knows What an ‘M’ Check’ is?

Who knows what an 'M Check' is? Well the 44 young people who turned up at Sperrin Integrated College in Magherafelt on Saturday certainly do. They were attending the first of the Spires CC Sprocket Rocket Sessions and due to circumstances beyond the club's control the planned outdoor session was changed to an indoor one.

However this did not deter the intrepid volunteers who planned alternative activities nor did it take away from the participants' enjoyment who enthusiastically raced from one activity to another.

Coach Sean showed the children how to check their bikes by following the 'M Check' namely starting at the front wheel, up to the handlebars, down to the pedals, up to the saddle and down to the rear hub.That makes an "M" and is probably the most important check bike check you will ever do.… Read more


Carn Wheelers Young Riders Celebrate Success

On Saturday, Carn Wheelers celebrated both the participation and success of their young riders by hosting a fantastic Christmas party in the Shepherd's Rest in Draperstown. Carn Wheelers has only been on the go for three years but have already demonstrated a real committment to developing their club, a big part of which is in growing their youth section. A spokesman for the club commented, "We are delighted to have so many young riders in our club and their enjoyment of the bike is evident. We hold regular off road sessions for the riders in a safe and fun environment and many have progressed to open off road events.… Read more


2012 Membership Fees and AccessNI Information

The Cycling Ulster Membership fees are now available for download to facilitate clubs holding registration evenings. Club affiliation to Cycling Ireland is also now due and it is cheaper for clubs to affiliate before the end of December. Following the Cycling Ireland AGM last month an increase of €5 was applied to the 2011 fees for all Senior members.

For members joining clubs the 2012 feees are as follows.

2012 Subscriptions For Riders joining Clubs

Introductory (leisure) £13.00
Non-competition (leisure) €35.00 / £30.00
Club competition €70.00 / £60.00
Restricted competition €100 / £87.00
Full competition senior and veteran €135 / £118.00
Youth U10 (born 2002-now) £5.00
Youth U12, U14 £5.00
Full competition Youth U16 €35.00 / £30
Full competition Junior €50.00 / £44
Overseas Authorisation €20.00 / £18

For those in full time education there is a 50% reduction on all licences except the Introductory offer.… Read more


Cycling Ulster Awards Night Dinner Information

The Cycling Ulster Awards Dinner and Prize Presentation will take place on Saturday 14th January in the Moyola Golf Club in Castledawson. Dress Code applies. Everyone is welcome to attend and prizes will be awarded for Championships, CX and XC Leagues, Track and Time Trial. The cost of the tickets is £15 per adult to include a three course meal with tea/coffee. There will be a special children's menu which will be chicken nuggets and chips as a main. This is only for U12's and the cost of this is only £5.… Read more


Rd 2 Dromara’s TrailQuest Sunday 11th December

Dromara Cycling Club are proud to present their 2011/2012 winter series of Trail Quests to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. Round 2 takes palce this Sunday 11th December from Dromara Football Club, Rathfriland Road, Dromara. These off-road adventures are great for all levels of cyclists who want to discover the lanes, bridle ways and trails around the country in a hunt for markers. The events have time limits which means you have to find the most markers possible and return to base within the time limit.… 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


Kids Line up for Sprocket Rocket in Magherafelt

Last night Spires CC held a very successful Sprocket Rocket Registration night in the lovely foyer of Sperrin Integrated College in Magherafelt. The principal of the school, Alistair Rowan, has given Spires CC permission to use the school grounds as a training venue for the programme and last night he went all out to ensure a warm welcome to the club members and visitors who arrived to register with refreshments laid on. Spires Secretary, Dr Martin Tohill, said, "We are very grateful to Mr Rowan for all the help he has provided in enabling us to get ths exciting scheme off the ground."

Following visits to several schools in the area to promote Sprocket Rocket almost forty young peple turned out to register last night with many wishing they could have started immediately.… Read more

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