Ulster Cycling News

Plethora of Events this Weekend

There is a huge range of events on this cominng weekend. I have posted any details below which I have received. On Saturday the Giant's Causeway Sportive kicks off and is sure to get a lot of support. On Sunday Testers will face the epic 100 mile Ulster TT Championships, off roaders will take to Kilbroney Forest Park for the National Maraton Championships while there are at least six leisure events to chose from for those who want to get put and about.

Sunday 14th September Ulster 100 Mile TT Championships
This tough event is once again promoted by Ballymoney CC. Sign on is from 8.00am at Woodgreen and the first rider is off at 9am. The event organiser, Maurice McAllister , is thinking of running the event bi-annually at Woodgreen to satisfy pure testers but alternating with a more endurance based course to suit endurance based cyclists wanting a more varied challenge.

Sunday 14th September National MTB Marathon Championships

For the first time the Irish National MTB Marathon Championships will be held in Northern Ireland at Rostrevor, Co Down on the 14th September 2014 organised by Summit Mountain Biking and Cycling Ireland Off Road Commission.

The race will be based at the popular MTB trails at Rostrevor and will consist of a mixture of trail centre trails, natural forest singletrack and open mountain trails and will cover two laps of a figure of 8 course over a distance of 70km with a total of 1600m of elevation.

There will be a main race for all the Championship categories plus Expert and Super Vet categories consisting of the full race distance, a shorter 27km support  race (Junior/fun) will also be run over the trail centre red trail.

Details of the race course, registration and programme can be found here, use the drop-down above to navigate the site.  For the most up to date info follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Sunday 14th September Annual Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge
The Annual Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge 2014 will take place on Sunday 14th September promoted by Tir Chonnaill GAP

There will be 3 routes: 30k 75k & 120k (ish)

30km Route

75km (Taking in Glengesh Pass)


It will be a great event for all levels of cyclists and will take in some of the excellent scenery around Gkenties and Ardara

There will be full support on all routes. with food and water stops included.
On the 120k route there is a Food Stop option at The Blue Haven for anyone that wants to stop. Showers will be available afterwards at the Comp School and Refreshments will be provided in the Highlands Hotel.

REGISTRATION From 9am at Glenties Comprehensive School.
Entry Fee: €15 for Cycling Ireland Members
€20 for Non CI Members
U-18's: €5

Sunday 14th September Tour of Strangford
Charity sportive organised by Ards CC in aid of Meningitis Research and Diabetes UK ..all entry money to this great causes..sponsored by Official Jarrah of Ards


Sunday 14th September - Breffni Wheelers Big Day Out
Start Cavan Rugby Club
100 km/60 Miles
Sign-on from 8.00am – Start time 9.00am

Sunday 14th September 4 County Cycle Challenge


Saturday 13th September Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive  – Entries Close on 11th

The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive, in association with Chain Reaction Flagship Store Belfast, is a unique event based on the iconic North Coast of Ireland offering an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland.

The entry fee for the event is £35 and it will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014, cyclists have the choice of 3 routes (57km; 126km; 182km) which all start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

In 2013, the event’s third year, 1100 riders entered and we expect 2014’s event to be even bigger and better with some exciting changes and improvements being made based on participant feedback. Event numbers will be capped at 1400 so if you don’t want to miss one of the most talked about events on the Irish sportive calendar then make sure you book your place!

The countdown to the weekend has officially begun! The latest weather forecast predicts a dry day with temperatures of up to 18 degrees on one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Europe. So why not experience it on two wheels this Saturday at the Giant's Causeway Coast

If you haven’t entered yet and still want a place please make sure to enter online within the next 3 days as online entries close at 12 MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER!

Go to http://www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com/ to enter and find out more information.

Marian Lamb


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