Ulster Cycling News

Road Race, Leisure and Off Road Race Events this Weekend

Saturday 2nd April 2016 : Ciclisport GP
The Ciclisport Grand Prix for 2016 will take place on Saturday 02nd April. This is a pre-entry event which is now filled. The Race HQ is the Loup GAA and sign on is from 9.00 to 9.30am. There are races for U14, U16, A1/A2, A3 , A4 and Women. There is no Master's race due to time constraints. Racing starts at 10.0am for U16, U14 and Women.  The Women's race Race is part of the Ulster Women's League. Youth Races are part of the Ulster Youth League.Racing starts at 12.30pm for: A1/A2, A3 and A4

Sunday 3rd April 2016 : PJ Logan Cup
Sign on from 11.30am and will close sharp at 12.45pm at Gortgonis Sports Centre, Coalisland. Please note pre-registered riders who have not signed by 12.45pm will risk losing their place to a reserve rider  Riders will be neutralised to race start at 1.15pm – the first race will start at 1.30pm.  Island Wheelers have produced an excellent full rider information pack which is available for download HERE.

In order to speed up sign on please use the relative desk when you arrive at Gortgonis according to which race you have entered. Sign on sheets will have most of your details preprinted so please provide the necessary information when registering on entry central.

Race 1 Handicapped for A* A1 & A2 –10 laps – 66.6 miles approx.
Race 2 for A3 – 9 laps – 59.4 miles approx.
Race 3 for A4 – 5 laps – 33 miles approx..
Race 4 for Women and Masters Race combined – Round 6 2016 WCU Road Race League – 4 laps – 26.4 miles approx. –£10.00. Sign on the day for this race
Parking, showers, toilets and changing facilities will be provided here. Food and refreshments will be served after the both the youth and Senior races.

Please Note: Island Wheelers will be promoting Youth racing in the morning prior to the senior events in the afternoon. For more information on the Youth events and sign-on times click HERE.

Sunday 3rd April 2016 : Poison Glen Tour (Leisure Event)
Four Masters Cycling Club will be promoting the Poison Glen Tour slightly earlier this year on Sunday 3rd April 2016. This event will follow some of the most scenic areas of North West Donegal, including climbs over Muckish Gap and the Poison Glen. The minimum of a Cycling Ireland leisure licence is required to take part in this event. There are two distances on offer. The 69 mile and 58 mile courses will take the same routes as last year with a feed station at An Chuirt Hotel in Dunlewy.

Cycling through Glenveagh National Park and the Poison Glen, this is a must do tour for all cyclists who appreicate the scenic beauty that Donegal has to offer or those who just enjoy a challenging cycle. This year the event HQ will be based from Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. This is a fun day for everyone and not a race.

Sign on will open from 8.00am and the tour will start at  9.30am. Showers and refreshments will be available afterwards in Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.

Sunday 3rd April 2016 : Tour of Carlingford
This is an 80km cycle promoted by Slieve Gullion CC. This leisure event starts at Silverbridge GFC and heads for Fords Cross, travelling towards Dundalk and then heading down to the beautiful costal area of Carlingford. Tea Coffee and snacks will be available here at the half way stage and then the return route will travel through Newry and back out towards Camlough. Soup sandwiches and refreshments will be provided at the finish.

Sign on from 9.00am leaving at 10.00am. Motor bike marshals and backup vans are provided as always. The entry fee is £15 wil all proceeds going to named charities.

This event was pre-entry which is now closed. The event is promoted by Chain Reaction CC and takes place in Calstelwellan Forest Park. Castlewellan Mountainbike trails are set in a beautiful Forest Park with the Mourne mountains as a back drop. Good mix of natural trails with the best parts of the trail centre thrown in.

Main race - 6 x 2-5min stages, 22km lap, fitness  6/10, skill 7/10

Sport  - 4 x 2-5min stages, 15km lap, fitness, 5/10, skill 6/10

The Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup is a Mountain bikers dream!  It will test your skill, fitness and metal on some of the finest trails in Northern Ireland. Our goal is to create a friendly atmosphere – so you can relax, ride with your friends and get down to the serious business of ‘bragging rights!’

There are 5 rounds in the series and each venue has its own unique set of challenges.Riders will visit some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic mountain biking destinations along the way. It is aimed at intermediate – advanced riders that will race individually against the clock on the best terrain available at each venue.We also have a Sports category that will complete a shorter lap with less stages. Zero pressure racing with no podiums or points to chase, just take part and you can still compare your times if you want.

Each round consists of up to 6 timed stages consisting of natural single track/ trail centre and are mostly gravity orientated. The lap including transitions and stages are approximately 16-28km. Stage times will be added together for a total time that will decide positions in each category. Transitions are mainly on fire road or single track and are NOT timed. Riders can chill with friends and make their way to the next stage at their own pace. Keep in mind there will be a time limit and cut offs in place for rider safety although this is set at a relaxed pace. The important bits are the descents! We are using the most reliable, non contact timing system available so riders can focus on the fun part. Specific information for each round will become available to competitors via email, social media and a briefing on the run up and at each event.

Riders must hold a current Cycling Ireland race licence (or equivalent) or purchase a one day licence that will be available at the event at a price of approx. £18

-See more at HERE

Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

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