Ulster Cycling News

Events on weekend 16/17 August

This weekend there is a mixture of events happening in Ulster. On Saturday there is the Billy Kerr sportive. On Sunday the Killinchy 150 run takes place as well as BCC Camlough's The Hog Run and the Tyrone Road Race Championships.

Billy Kerr Sportive - Saturday 16 August
In memory of the legendary Billy Kerr Ballymena Road Club road racer, a sportive with 3 distances 67km, 115km, 150km has been organised.
Sean Kelly famous Irish professional road bicycle racer will be attending this event. Sean will be riding the course as well as being available at the start / finish location. Starting location and sign-on will be at the Ballymena Showgrounds Car Park - entrance via Ecos centre and each route will take in the spectacular and stunning scenery around the North Antrim Coast. Chain Reaction Cycles is the main sponsor and they will be supplying goodie bags
Price is £30 which includes donation to our charity partner NI Children's Hospice and each cyclist who enters will receive:
- Free entry into a prize draw for a Vitus Razor road bike (for pre-registered entrants only)
- Free goodie bag with nutrition, buff, multi-tool, bottle and tube
- Free attendance to pre-sign on event on the Friday evening 15 Aug with Sean Kelly
- A chance to cycle with the famous professional cyclist and commentator Sean Kelly
- Food and refreshments will be provided along the route and finish
More details can be found here


BCC Camlough's - The Hog Run - Sunday 17 August
This year The Hog Run  will help raise funds for Camlough Cycling Club’s chosen charity Rathore School Newry.

The Hog Run has been established as one of the most prestigious  leisure events in the Cycling Ireland Calendar and as anyone that has previously taken part in The Hog Run will testify it is a very spacial day out. Last year the event attracted 400 cyclists from all over Ireland both north and south.

Camlough Cycling Club tell us that they hope to build on that and increase the numbers this year and turn The Hog Run into 'The' premier cycling event in Ulster.

There will be two distances to choose from 67k/41 miles and 88k/54 miles. The event will start at Carrickcruppen Clubhouse at 10.00am sharp.

The Hog Run is not a race but a Cycle Sportive and as such the event is open to cyclists of all abilities from novice to advanced.

Each finisher will be treated to a warm welcome at the finish line plus a finishers medal and a hot hog roast.

Entry will be £15.

For further information visit Camlough Cycling Club Facebook page or call Joe on 07713084593


Killinchy 150 - Sunday 17 August
Killinchy Cycling Club is proud to announce its first Leisure Cycle event, consisting of three distances (150K, 100K and 25K) to suit all fitness levels and abilities. The event is on the 17th August 2014 and the routes take in some of the most scenic areas of the County Down countryside. All proceeds from the Entry Fee will go to our nominated charity for the event which is the Down Syndrome Association. The event starts and finishes at Killinchy Community Centre and will be fully supported with a team of Marshals, motorcycle outriders, and medical backup. Routes are available on the club website: www.killinchycc.co.uk
Chain Reaction Cycles are the main event sponsor, providing the following:
- Mechanical support at the Community Hall and lunch stop
- Goody Bag worth £20 for each entrant
- A Vitus road bike worth £600 to be raffled on the day (tickets £5 per strip…..please bring correct change on the day!)


Tyrone Road Race Championships - Sunday 17 August
The Tyrone Road Race Championships will take place this Sunday 17th August 2014. The event is promoted by Cycling Ireland’s Club of the Year, Omagh Wheelers. The venue for this year’s event is Omagh Rugby Club, just of the Derry Road in Omagh and will take place over an all-new 18.5 mile circuit which will take the riders through Drumlegagh, Baronscourt, Drumquin and back to Omagh.

There will be two races on the day: A Race for A1, A2 and A3s, and B Race for A4s. The A Race will cover 3 laps of the circuit and the B Race will cover 2 laps. Sign-On is from 10.30 to 11.30 am at the Rugby Club, with the A Race starting at 12.00pm sharp and the B Race 12.10pm. Entries will be on-the-day only and is £10 per person. Food and refreshments will be served afterwards.

This event is open to all Tyrone born cyclists or members of any Tyrone based CI club.

The circuit can be viewed at: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/499590712

Further details at http://www.omaghwheelers.co.uk or on Omagh Wheelers CC Facebook page.

Posted by Martin Grimley (martin@ulsterxc.com)

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