Ulster Cycling News

Weekend Events 20/21st September

There are a number of road events on this coming weekend. for riders of all abilities. There is also a day just for Youth riders starting in Crumlin on Saturday. Please see previous post.

Sunday 21st September _ Mixed Two-Up Time Trial - Toome
For those who want a bit of competition Church Island Cycling will be promoting a mixed two-up time trial on the Toome time trial course. Sign-on will be at  the Park n Ride Toomebridge from 9.00am with the first rider off at 1000 am. Hopefully there will be a chance for a bite of breakfast after the event to round off the proceedings so get out there and get yourself a good man or woman to partner and give it a go. A minimum of a Limited Competition Licence is required to enter but for Leisure members  or non-members who wish to take part there will be the facility to take one day event licence. For members this is 10 euro/£8 and 20 euro/£16 for non members.

For the Leisure enthusiasts there are a number of different events spread throughout Ulster so you should not have to travel too far to get a good event.

Saturday 20th September - An Post Cavan Branch Charity Cycle
Promoted by Sheelin Flyers
Sign-on 9.00 am at Post Office, Cavan
Cycle Starts at 10.00am

Sunday 21st September - Iveagh 50 Sportive
Promoted by VC Iveagh. The event will take riders through the Iveagh district in support of the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The route will consist of almost 50 miles of scenic rolling terrain going through places such as Scarva, Katesbridge and Dromore with Main Street, Rathfriland and "Cattle Hill" to Balella thrown in to test your climbing legs.

Entry is £10 for members or £12 if a one day licence is required.
Sign-on Banbridge Rugby Club at 9.00am. Cycle Starts 10.00am
Distance 80km
All Welcome

Sunday 21st September - John Lindsay Memorial- Torr Head Challenge

On Sunday 21st September 2014 Team Madigan promote their ever popular Torr Head Challenge. Starting at 10.30am from Ballygalley on the Antrim Coast. This is an approved Cycling Ireland event promoted by one of Ulster's long standing clubs. At a cost of £15 per adult and £5 for those under 18 this is really good value. Under 18's can pay on the day.

Sign On at Ballygalley Public Car Park is from 9.30 am. Come along and have a go for the fun that will help others less fortunate!

You can Pre-Enter Here

What do you get for your money:
1. A choice of three routes - 20 mile flat, 50 miles mostly flat with one good climb, and 70 miles hilly which takes in the infamous Torr Head.
2. Refreshments at Cushendun and at the finish.
3. Back up services enroute.
4. Clearly marked routes.
5. Insurance cover.
6. The peace of mind knowing that all the above services are provided free of charge by hard working volunteers and that all the money donated goes to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Click HERE for more details and route maps.

Sunday 21st September - Bike the Blackwater
The Blackwater Regional Partnership would like to invite you come along and join us for a beautiful cycle tour along the valley of the River Blackwater on the 21 September 2014.  The event starts and ends at the historic Navan Centre in Armagh.  Participants have the choice of a 120km route or a 60km route. The event is run by Emyvale CC.

Mayor of Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council Roger Burton and Mayor of Armagh & City District Council launched the event at the Navan Centre on Monday the 8 September and urged everyone of all abilities to come and take part.  “It is a chance to take time and appreciate the beautiful scenery of this cross border region” said Mayor Roger Burton.

“There was great excitement in Armagh earlier in the year when Armagh City hosted the professional cyclists participating in the Giro d’Italia,” said Mayor Cathy Rafferty, “We would like to encourage more young people to take up cycling.  It is a great way to keep active and healthy”

Registration is open from 8am at the Navan Centre.  There is plenty of carparking available at the centre which is available all day.  The entry fee on the morning of the event is £20 or €20 but you get a discount if you register at www.entrycentral.com.

Cyclists on the 120km route will travel the scenic back roads from Armagh through Eglish and Aughnacloy to the first refreshment stop at Augher.  We will travel on up the Clogher Valley and climb Murley Mountain before descending into Fivemiletown and climbing the slopes of Sliabh Beagh.  Soon after we cross the border we will stop to enjoy lunch at the Slaibh Beagh Hotel before the descent down into Monaghan and the cruise back through Glaslough to the Navan Centre again.

The cyclists completing the 60km route will turn in Aughnacloy, travel through Emyvale and stop for refreshments in Glaslough before returning to the Navan Centre.  All participants will receive a voucher for a two course meal in the Navan Centre on your return.

Sunday 21st September - 5 County Challenge
Promoted by Virginia Triathlon and Cycling Club this is a one day leisure event starting and finishing in Virginia. The distances are 50km, 100km and 160km. See Poster below for more details.

5 counties

The Roe Valley Knobbly Challenge and the Lakeland Autumn Sportive have been cancelled in the interests of health and safety.

Marian Lamb

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