Ulster Cycling News

Weekend Road Events

This weekend sees two road races, a youth event and a Reliabiliy Trial take place. The full details are as follows.
Spires GP Saturday 1st March 2014
On Saturday the 1st of March, Spires CC (Magherafelt) will be holding their second annual Grand Prix road race with new race head quarters based in the Ballyronan Marina Centre.

The event will feature two separate races on the Ballyronan/ ‘three road ends’/ Loup circuit.

The event has already attracted a strong field including the top club riders from around the Provence with riders from Carn Wheelers, East Antrim Audi and East Tyrone CC all taking part. Participation of the riders from the Nicolas Roche Performance Team and the Dig Deep/ Inspired Cycling Team will only add to the quality of racing on the day.

RACING STARTS AT 12.00 noon 

Race 1 for A* A1, A2 and A3 – to be 6 laps of race circuit – 50 miles approx (70 rider limit + waiting list)

Race 2 for A4 only and 4 laps of circuit – 40 miles approx (60 rider limit + waiting list)

Unfortunately the planned Women's ad Masters Race has been cancelled.

John Haldane Memorial Sunday 2nd March
On Sunday 2nd March, Newry wheelers will promote the John Haldane Memorial on the Warrenpoint/Newry dual carriageway.

There will be four races on offer. These are an A1/A2 race, and separate races for A3's and A4's. Newry Wheelers are also pleased to be aboe to host an event for women and masters (riders of 50+) For the women this will be the second in the Bike Bling Kit Women's Road Race League. Sign-on the day will be accpeted for this event.

Sign-on will be at Newry Sports Centre from 8.30am .Sign on closes at 9.40am.
Roll out at 9.50am or make own way to Greenbank for startwith the racing due to start from Greenbank Industrial Estate from 10.00am

Newry Wheelers will run 4 races on the day
A1/2 Race:laps tbc but will be run on handicap basis
A3 Race:tbc
A4 Race: 4 laps
Women and over 50's Race : 3 laps

Entry to the A3 and A4 races have now closed as a ful field has been reached. However there are still places available on the day and entry on the day will be accepted for this race.

A1/2 race start at 10 sharp with all other races shortly after.

Prizes for first 6 in each race.
In the women and vets race 1st 3 in each category.
Showers will be available and refreshments will be served in sports centre after the final race

Errigal Youth Event Sunday 2nd March
Errigal CC has decided to run this series in order that their youth cyclists would have a number of races in Ulster to attend races within easy travelling distance and to cut down on the necessity to travel great distance in order to get racing experience.

The club would welcome young riders from other parts of the country to come along and take part.

We would encourage other Ulster clubs to follow Errigal's example and promote youth racing. It is particularly beneficial when clubs promote stand alone youth events. This gives our young riders a day for thenselves rather than an addendum to senior racing.

errigalThe more races that Ulster clubs promote for Ulster youths the greater will be the benefit in years to come. If any othe club would like to follow Errigal's example please contact me at marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com for further information.

The first race in the Errigal Youth Series  will take place on Sunday 2nd March. Details as follows...

Sign On at the Heritage Centre Gartan (10am - 10.45am)
Course: 3.5 mile lap.
First Race Off will be the U12's (2 Laps) at 11am followed by U14's (3 or 4
laps) then U16's (6 laps)

Please Note - There will be a gear check for all competitors.

Strabane Lifford Reliability Trial

Distance: 51 miles.

Route: Lifford -> Rossigear -> Nixons Corner -> Newtowncunningham -> Manor roundabout -> Letterkenny -> Kilross -> Convoy -> Raphoe -> Ballinalaghey -> Lifford.

Sign-on: 9:00am - 9:45am at Niamh Patrick Gaelic grounds.

Start: 10:00am.

Entry Fee: 10 euros/10 stg.

For non-cyclingireland members you can buy a one day licence for just 3 euros/stg

His and Hers: changing rooms and showers

Refreshments afterwards in the Salad Bowl.

Marian Lamb

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