Ulster Cycling News

Can Your Club Win the Ulster Team Time Trial Championship?

On Tuesday, 7th May, Phoenix CC will again host the Ulster Team Time Trial Championships which will be held over the 25 mile course at Woodgreen. This event is growing in popularity every year and a large entry is expected.

The first team will start at 7pm, entry is £5 per rider on the night, teams of 4, third rider over the line will stop the clock. Entries will be taken on the night with sign-on open from 6.00pm

Any four rider team will be allowed to compete on the night but, in order to qualify as a potential championship winning team; the team must consist of riders from the same Cycling Ulster club, with temporary releases from other clubs not allowed. Each club can enter as many teams as they like. Riders must wear a club skinsuit or a plain skinsuit if club kit is not available.

Usual TT rules apply, as do the usual Woodgreen rules and every rider must have a decent rear light fitted.

There will be Cycling Ulster gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three teams in both male and female categories.

There are also Phoenix club league points available - usual rules apply - 20 or more team entries it's 50, 45, 40, 39, 38....23, 20 to all others, fewer than 20 entries it's 40, 38, 36, 34, 32 ...20. The points are awarded to all finishers in the team and are according to overall placing ie. 5th place in the overall gets 5th place points.

Last year Phoenix men gave up their Ulster crown to CRC Vitus, with University College Dublin setting the fastest time on the night. The Phoenix women were also pipped to the Ulster crown on the night by a mere 9 seconds with Bann Wheelers trio Kay Hack, Anne Paul  and Alison Rankin lifting Gold.

Riders must hold a Restricted TT or full Open Licence to take part in this competition. Phoenix CC members holding a club competition licence may compete under the new rule passed by Cycling Ireland at the 2012 AGM.

Members of a Cycling Ireland affiliated club holding a club competition licence may participate in open races promoted by the club of which they are a member.

One day licences may be taken out for this competition at a cost of £9 for existing members and £18 for non members.

Marian Lamb


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