Ulster Cycling News

Duncan Wins Stage 3 but Gullen Retains Yellow in ToN

3aToday's stage of the Tour of the North saw many attempts at breaks which all came to nothing with riders watching for every move.

In the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane showing his explosive power which saw him take the stage win from Peter Hawkins of the Cycling Ulster Slane Cycles team.

Despite winning two stages of the Tour of the North Fraser Duncan is an agonising 11 seconds in arrears as the race concludes on Easter Monday with a 72 mile road stage taking in Maghera, Limavady, Coleraine and Rasharkin before finishing in Galgorm.… Read more

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Mark Reilly in Yellow in Final Stage of Gorey

aLCRC’s Mark Reilly will be wearing the yellow jersey into the final stage of the Gorey 3-Day.

Reilly finished second in the stage, crossing the line beside Darragh Zaidan (Adamstown CC) having gone clear of the main bunch on the last lap.

The third stage comprised of four laps of the Cranford-Camolin-Gorey circuit.  Robert Seymour (Epic MTB/Expert) started the stage in the yellow jersey, with Peter Kirwan (LCRC) in the KOM jersey & Ciaran Kelly (Team Bikeworx) in the Points jersey, having shown blistering pace in the early morning TT, finishing 30 seconds ahead of nearest rival Seymour.… Read more


Christie Takes Stage 2 TT Win in Tour of the North

Marcus Christie recorded the fastest time on this morning's two mile time trial at Woodgreen. The time trial was the second stage of the Tour of the North. Christie's time of 4m38.45s was enough to deny the Velosure Giordana Team the monopoly on the podium places as they went on to take the next four places. Among these four was James Gullen who had a time of 4m42.58s and third place.  This had  a significant effect on the overall GC as Fraser Duncan of Northern Dave Kane recorded a time of 4m53.62s which meant that he lost the Yellow Jersey to James Gullen of Velosure Giordana by 11 seconds.… Read more


Shaky Start for Gorey Three Day

aaThe 38th Edition of the Gorey 3-Day got off to a shaky start today with the stage finishing early due to a road traffic collision in the final few kilometres.  An official GC was has been released, with 11 riders who were in a break finishing a little over one minute ahead of the bunch.

The day started off with breaks going early, but nothing could stick.  Hackettstown proved to be testing, with the bunch stretching out along the climb, but coming back together with very few casualties.… Read more


Duncan Puts His Stamp on Tour of the North

aThe first stage of the fiftieth edition of the Tour of the North promoted by the NICF took to the roads today in glorious sunshine. The route took the riders the riders along the Antrim coast and up some of the beautiful glens and the scenery was stunning. However the riders did not have time to admire the view as the racing went from the gun.

This was no Saturday run along the coast but good quality international racing which saw riders clock an average speeed of 27 miles per hour at the end of the race.… Read more


Tour of the North Details

1Easter weekend in cycling terms is synonomous with the major stage races around Ireland such as the Gorey and Rás Mumhan and here inUlster we have the Tour of the North.

This year the race will be based in Ballymena and has lost its traditional Friday night hill climb at Stormont. However it still promises to be a hard race and clubs around Ireland and further afield have been vying to get an entry. The full start list can be downloaded HERE.

This year is the 50th Edition of the race and it will be held from Saturday to Monday and will feature 4 stages, 3 road and 1 time trial, all based in
the Ballymena area.… Read more


Info on Upcoming Events

Please read on for information on two upcoming events - The Hugo Loughran GP down for decision on the 25th April willl open for online  entry tomorrow plus information on the Donegal County Championships. With racing limited over the Easter Bank Holiday to the major Stage Races, the Hugo Loughran offers riders a chance to get a weekend race, points and stil enjoy watching the Tour of the North.

Online entry for the Hugo Loughran will open on Entry Central on Wednesday 16th April at 9pm. … Read more


Holian Retains Zach O’Donnell Memorial Trophy

Sunday 13th April 2014 saw the running of the Zach O’Donnell Memorial Race in Convoy, Co. Donegal. This was the fourth running of the event, but was the first year that the host club, Four Masters CC, was running it as an open event. 95 riders signed on at St Mary's GAA Hall for the 3 race event. There was an A Race – A2/A3 and Junior (64km), B Race –A4 (48km) and a late addition Masters/ Ladies Race (32km). The Convoy, Drumkeen, Kilross, Convoy circuit (16km) was mainly flat but strong side-winds and headwinds on the first 10km of the circuit would make any planned attacking very difficult on the day.… Read more


Gribbon and Rea Win At Bann Valley Classic

aaaThere were full fields for the Bann Valley Classic today which took to the roads around Clady and Inishrush in cold and blustery conditions.

First off were the A3's who were given a three minute advantage over the small group of A2 riders. The large A3 bunch used their might to keep the A2's at arms length for much of the six laps of the eight mile lumpy course.

The A3's rode very aggressively determined to keep the A2's away and for the first three laps the A2's had only reduced the deficit by thirty seconds.

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Armstrong Unbeatable in Wallace Caldwell 2014

aAdam Armstrong riding for Northern Dave Kane proved to be unstoppable today when he put down the hammer on the seventy mile race to take a solo win, over two minutes clear of the chasers.

There was a full field of riders today for the event promoted by Ballymena Chain Reaction and the race went from the gun with riders attempting to get away. There was a lot of activity in the bunch from early on. Lawrence Watson of Foyle CC was one of the riders who tried for an early break but was reeled in.… Read more

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