Ulster Cycling News

Cycling Fever Returns to Donegal with Ras Dhun na nGall 2017

After all the excitement around Donegal with the visit of the An Post Rás last weekend, cycling fans will be treated to more cycle racing when the showpiece Rás Dhun na nGall takes to the roads around Ardara over the coming weekend. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, this exciting and colourful stage race will see 120 of the country's best young riders take on some of Ireland's most difficult cycling terrain. Riders from the Four Masters CC and local clubs in the northwest will race against some of the top up- and- coming riders hoping to make the Ireland team, as well as established riders competing for the love of the sport.… Read more


Ethan Downey Snatches Dramatic Win at Dunloy

Ethan Downey (Clann Eireann) and Conor Gallagher (Castlebar CC) staged a classic breakaway and sprinted together in the combined A1/2/3 Race today in Dunloy. In sun soaked North Antrim Downey came out tops at the line in a 62 rider talent packed field which took on 4 laps of the tough 18 miles 'Millbrae' Circuit.

Dale Bonnar from Ballymena Road Club took victory in the A4 race with Darren McCann  Dromara CC) and Peadar O'Mochlain (Emyvale CC) taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Lisa Lamont from Team Madigan won the Women's race and Chris McCann from Phoenix CC the M50 Masters event.… Read more


Inglis Lifts Red Hand Trophy

Ian Inglis of Black Rose CC took perhaps the biggest win of his career when he crossed the finish line in first position in the Red Hand Trophy Race promoted by Ballymena CRC. The Red Hand Trophy dates back to 1898 and is possibly one of the oldest and a long standing event in the calendar. This event receives full PSNI support as it winds its way from Broughshane through the Glens of Antrim, an arduous 70 miles. As usual racing was fast and furious with some riders being dropped early on.… Read more


Feast of Racing at Emyvale

Emyvale Grand Prix :
Emyvale CC held their annual Gp on Sunday 21st May. The youth races kicked off at 10.00am with U16s off first with 4 laps of a 10km circuit from Emyvale to Corracrin to Glennan and back to Emyvale. They were followed by the U14s with 2 laps and the U12s with 1 lap. The racing was fast with plenty of attacking but all breakaways were taken back for the hill sprint at the end. Thanks to Emma McKenna, representing Emyvale Credit Union, for helping with prize-giving along with former pro cyclist and Irish Olympian, Mark Scanlon, who was to ride the main event later on.

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Great Racing in the Sun at Coleraine

8Bann Wheelers promoted their Grand Prix today on the roads around Coleraine. The race was run off in warm sunshine. Once again Bann Wheelers pulled out all the stops to ensure that the event was both safe and enjoyable.

Many thanks to all the support crew, Commissaires and those who provided all the refreshments. … Read more


Entries Close Soon For Rás Dhun na nGall

1The 2017 Rás Dhun na nGall takes place on the first weekend in June with a road race on Friday 2nd, A tough time trial on Saturday followed by a  race in the afternoon and a final stage on Sunday with the race finish on the iconic Glengesh Pass. The race headquarters will once again be situated in the historic town of Ardara.

Entry for the event is through Cycling Ireland and you can access the online entry system by clicking HERE. Entries are filling up fast and close on Sunday 28th May.… Read more


Strong Entry for Banbridge Crit

The line-up for the 2017 Banbridge Criterium has now been released and it looks set to be another exciting night of action packed racing in Banbridge town this Friday evening, 12th May. Multiple time winner on the short 1km course, Roger Aiken, returns once again.  In 2016 he was team mate to winner and National Champion Mark Dowling, however he returns now with an independent unattached licence and relieved of team obligations and will have free reign to fight for another win.  Also returning is John Buller – the Banbridge CC teenager who put in a brave display last year to secure a hugely popular team win at the National Championships.… Read more

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North West 3 Day This Weekend

This weekend sees Foyle CC promote the North West 3 Day Cycling Race supported by Derry & Strabane District Council. This event will see 100 riders compete on the challenging roads of Derry and Donegal. The event is the biggest cycling race to come to Derry in many years and only weeks before Ireland's toughest professional race "An Post Ras" will race in many of the same roads.

The race starts on Friday evening 12th May with a Road race, continues on Saturday Morning with a Time Trial and later that afternoon another road race.The final stage road race takes place on Sunday morning.… Read more


Ward and Barnes for Bahamas

Adam Ward of Powerhouse Sport and Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone have been named as the  two riders selected to represent Northern Ireland at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas later this year. They will be accompanied by their coach manger Gary McKeegan. The team at Ulster Cycling News wish both lads the very best of luck in the upcoming Games.

For the full list of athletes attending the Games see press release below.

NI Team Announcement – Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

With just a little over two months before the action begins, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) has announced the team which will be competing in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas between 18th and 23rd of July.… Read more


Potts adds Tour of Mournes to Palmares

1Marc Potts of Neon Velo takes another decisive victory when he ticked off the classic Tour of the Mournes promoted by Newry Wheelers. He was followed in by Breandan Flannaghan of the Powerhouse outfit. His team mate, Lindsay Watson took the final podium position.

Results : Tour of the Mournes - Sun, May 7th: Promoted by Newry Wheelers… Read more

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