Ulster Cycling News

Events this Coming Weekend

There are lots of event on this coming weekend with the Giant's Causeway Sportive on Saturday and some leisure events around the province on Sunday. The Errigal Harvest Tour has been rescheduled for the following Sunday 20th September and the Hills above Drumquin event down for Sunday will now take place in October.

Giant's Causeway Sportive Saturday 12th September
The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive, in association with Chain Reaction Cycles 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 12th September 2015, 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.

For 2015’s event, we are keen to make improvements based on the feedback gathered from 2014’s participants including food at the feed stations and route marshalling.

For more information click HERE

'Tour of Strangford' Charity Cycle Sportive - 125km -Sunday 13 September 2015

Sign on:  Mill Street Car Park, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4JG.  To see a map click on the following link: Mill St Car Park - Newtownards

Time:  Sign on from 09:00hrs.  Riders depart from 10:00hrs in groups according to ability.

Cost:  The pre-entry fee for the event is £12 for those who hold a current Cycling Ireland licence.  Anyone without a Cycling Ireland licence must pay an extra £1 at sign on for a compulsory One Day Licence, which provides third party and personal accident insurance cover for the day.

Pre-entry for the event will close on Friday 11 September 2015 at 23:59hrs.   On the day the entry fee will be £15 for those who hold a current Cycling Ireland licence.


Charities: Ards CC Committee has decided to designate two very worthwhile local charities for the 2015 Tour of Strangford: (1) Alzheimer's Society (http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/index.php); and (2) Danny Mills Heart Foundation (http://dannymillsfoundation.com)

Route:  Click here for route map.

The route starts in Newtownards town and will take riders on a scenic tour of Strangford Lough in an anti-clockwise direction heading for Comber (past Scrabo Tower), Whiterock, Killinchy, Shrigley, Killyleagh, Downpatrick, Saul and on to Strangford.

Across on the ferry to the lunch stop at Deli-licious Cafe Portaferry.  Then its on to Kearney, Cloughey, Portavogie, Glastry, Balligan, Greyabbey, Ballyblack and along a short stretch of the scenic coast road back to Newtownards.

The route will be marked with road markings ‘ToS’ and signage.

** All riders should have the ability to ride approximately 80 miles including approximately 700 metres of climbing.  **

Strangford Lough is the largest sea lough in the British Isles covering an area of 150 square kilometres and is one of only three marine nature reserves in the whole of the UK.  Its name is derived from Norse meaning ‘strong fjord’, referring to the dramatic currents in the Narrows which are some of the fastest in the world. A staggering 350 million cubic metres of water enters the Lough through the Narrows and leaves again with each passing tide. The Lough itself is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  For more information on Strangford Lough visit: http://www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk/.

More information:  If you would like more information about the event please see the club’s website www.ardscc.co.uk and the club’s Facebook page: Ards-cycling-club.  Should you require any further information please feel free to contact the club chairman John Carty by email.

Please note: 

  • Helmets must be worn by all riders.
  • Younger / less experienced riders must be accompanied by an adult / club cyclist and should have the ability to ride approximately 80 miles including approximately 800 metres of climbing.
  • U18 riders must bring with them to the sign-on a fully completed ‘Parental Consent Form’, available for download here.
  • Vehicle Support and Mechanic Support will be available.
  • Come prepared with suitable clothing, spare tubes, a pump, snack bars and / or fruit.
  • All distances are approximate.

Sunday 13th September Ernie Magwood Bike and Hike
On Sunday 13th East Tyrone will once again promote the very popular Ernie Magwood Bike and Hike. Full details can be viewed on the poster below.



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