Ulster Cycling News

Events on this weekend 6/7 September

A host of leisure events on this weekend along with some competitive ones too. On Saturday the Dave McCall Bun Run heads out, on Sunday the leisure rider has the choice of the PIPS run, the Harvest Tour, Spires CC Sportive and the Minnie Clarke Tour. For the off-roaders there is the final round of the Ulster XC series at Craigavon on Sunday.

Dave McCall Bun Run - Saturday 6 September 2014
Maryland's club run on Saturday September 6th will be the David McCall foundations annual fund raising BUN RUN to the BallyGally. Sign-on is from 09:00 at the Lisburn Leisure-plex, leaving sharp at 09:30 with the following agenda:
A steady group ride out the Glenavy road to the White Bike on the Belfast Road at Nutts corner.
After flowers are left we split into 2 groups and follow the road arrows with BR to the BallyGally via Lylehill, Templepatrick, Doagh and Ballyclare.
Return via Ballyeaston, Doagh, Dunadry, 7 mile straight, Budore and Glenavy roads.
Distance approx 78 miles.
Unfortunately the cost of running the event has risen and an entry fee of at least £12 to cover these costs and to maintain our support of Youth Cycling in Ulster would be gratefully appreciated.
Hoping to see plenty of you there,
On behalf of the foundation,
Phil Holland.

PIPS - Sunday 7 September 2014
The annual charity cycle in aid of PIPS, the suicide organisation, takes place this year on 7 September. Around 200 mostly local people took part last year, raising in excess of £3,500. The organisers are hoping for at least those kind of numbers again this year. Starting from the Clann Eireann clubrooms, participants have a choice of two routes. The sixteen mile run is popular with many who are not regular cyclists, and the thirty mile route is for the more energetic, taking in Aghagallon, Gawleys Gate, and Crumlin before returning by Glenavy and Aghalee.

Supported by the Golden Crust Bakery, Classic Minerals, Hannon fruit and vegetables, as well as the Legahorey NISA grocers, everyone will be provided with refreshments after the cycle in Clann Eireann youth club. Marshalling and support vehicles provided by Brownlow Radiators will do their best to make sure everyone gets back safely.


Registration for those taking part starts at 9.30 am at the Clann Eireann club, with the first group leaving at 10.00. Safety helmets are essential. Intending participants can get sponsorship forms from Clann Eireann Social Club bar, or from cycling club members.

Maurice Bann-Lavery

Harvest Tour - Sunday 7 September 2014
Errigal Cycling Club is organising the Harvest Tour cycle on Sunday 7 September starting 10 am from Arnold's Hotel Dunfanaghy. Distance 70km. Sign on from 8:30.
Contact Derek Alcorn at errigalcyclingclub@yahoo.com

Spires CC Sportive - Sunday 7 September 2014
On Sunday 7th September, Spires Cycling Club will host their annual Sportive in aid of Cancer Fund for Children and the North West Mountain Rescue Service. Proving to be highly popular over the past few years there has now been a longer route added to ensure all cycling abilities are catered for. There will be three routes available on the day, 37 mile, 50 mile and 70 mile.
Sign on and go start between 8.30 am and 9.30 am.
All routes will start from the Magherafelt Parish Centre located in King Street BT45 6AR (note new venue from previous years).
There will be on street parking available as well as two large car parks close to the Centre.
Entry fee for the event is £12 which includes refreshments before and on the return to the Parish Centre.
You can also pre-register with a goody bag for the first 100 registered (EntryCentral).
A day licence costing £2 is required by cyclists that do not hold a current Cycling Ireland licence. A licence can be purchased when signing on for the Sportive at Magherafelt Parish Centre.


37 mile route
50 mile route
70 mile route

From Mark Glendinning

Minnie Clarke Tour - Sunday 7 September 2014
Slieve Gullion Wheelers is putting on the Minnie Clarke Tour on Sunday 7 September starting from Crossmaglen GFC. Distance 80 km, entry fee £15. Refreshments afterwards.
For more details contact Danny McSherry (danny.mcsherry@hotmail.co.uk)


Ulster XC MTB Round 5 - Craigavon - Sunday 7 September 2014
Apollo CT will be hosting the 5th and final round of the Ulster Cross-country Mountain Bike Series at Craigavon Lakes. Races for Under 6s up seniors.
For more details see www.ulsterxc.com

Posted by Martin Grimley (martin@ulsterxc.com)

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