Ulster Cycling News

Report on Commonwealth Games Training Camp

aA strong Northern Ireland Cycling team headed off to Glasgow on the 9th February as part of a recce for the Commonwealth Games.

The team, headed by Ryan Connor,

was keen to get as much out of the trip as possible.

The first day saw us arrive in Glasgow at the Beardmore hotel and straight out onto the bikes to take in the road course aided by Neil McLeod of Scottish Cycling. Gordon Goldie gave the team a talk that evening with tips on training roads and the best routes to go which was well received by the team.

Day two saw mountain bikers Roger Aiken, Gareth McKee and Claire Oakley with coach Lance McCarthy being shown around the mountain bike course for the games by Harry Johnston a British Cycling squad member and his dad Des. With some excellent views of Glasgow and a superb course, spectators at the games will be in for a treat.


Our road riders that day consisting of Sean Downey, Phil Lavery, Peter Hawkins, Marcus Christie, Jack Wilson and Lydia Boylan went in search of training roads to use during the games and were also treated to some nice scenery up and around Loch Lomond. To top off a very productive training day, Wendy Houvenaghel got some very useful training done on the time trial course for the games.


The day finished with a talk on what is expected at the games and what they can expect from me as their coach/manager . I endeavoured to answer any queries they had.


With Gary Mckeegan taking care of coaching needs the riders set off on day three in search of more training roads for during the games and gathering all the data on these courses along the way. Once returned, the riders were well looked after with Niamh Maguire of SINI providing massage and physio services and David Dougan taking care of the bikes. After lunch everyone then attended a very informative anti-doping talk which was provided by Wendy Henderson and Winnie Orr from Sport NI.


Day four then gave us the opportunity to sample the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with Sean Downey and Lydia Boylan taking to the boards supported by the rest of the team. This was a very beneficial and purposeful visit as it allowed us to see the games velodrome in a competitive event.


The final day saw the riders take in a final training session before we all headed home with some excellent photographs provided by Darren Crawford.


The whole trip proved to be highly beneficial as we left Glasgow with video footage of all the courses, the riders got to ride all the courses, an anti-doping talk was provided and various contacts were made in relation to the games. The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games cycling squad are certainly well prepared for Glasgow 2014 and ready to make an assault on the medal table.


A special thanks goes to Gary McKeegan, David Dougan, Lance McCarthy, Niamh Maguire and Darren Crawford for all their help this week as well as our friends from Scottish Cycling Gordon Goldie, Neil McLeod, Des and Harry Johnston.



Ryan Connor CWG Manager.

Pics Darren Crawford




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