Ulster Cycling News

June Pre Entry Events – Road Race, Mountain TT, MTB Sportive and Leisure

There are a number of upcoming events in the following weeks which require pre-entry. To ensure that you are entered in these events please read the information below.The events include the Enniskillen Criterium, The Emma McMullan Road Races, The David McCall Sportive,  The Sperrin MTB Leisure Tour, The Longest Day Mountain Time Trial and the Tour of the Orchard County Leisure event.

Enniskillen Island Town Criterium June 8th 2012
Friday 8th June will mark the second successful year running for the Lakeland Island Town Centre Criterium run by Lakeland Cycling club in partnership with Fermanagh district Council. It is a fast paced, thrilling, spectator friendly event run around the only island town in Ireland  The event will start at the Town Hall in Enniskillen and will be run over a series of laps run in a clockwise direction around the town on closed roads.

The Lakeland Town Centre Criterium starts at 7.30pm with sign on taking place at Pats Bar, The Diamond, Enniskillen Town Centre between 6-7pm. There will be a ceremonial start at the Townhall followed by one neutralised lap. A very generous prize fund is on offer and this event is open to A1 – A3 category riders.

Ceremonial Start, Neutralised lap and real racing start at 19:30.

Generous Prize fund on offer
3x 50 pound Primes at 10 minute intervals

Race now open on Entrycentral.com - 50 riders max
Entries can  be made through www.entrycentral.com   Further details can be obtained from Lakeland cycling club website; www.lakelandcc.co.uk or follow us on facebook. Entries will also be accepted on the evening of the race.


Saturday 9th June Emma McMullan RR
On Saturday 9th June 2012 Dromara Cycling Club is hosting the  Emma McMullan Trophy & Ronnie Smyth Trophy open road races around the 8 mile Annahilt triangle circuit.  To facilitate the smooth running of the event riders are asked to pre register. Pre-entry for this event is now open. To enter please click the following link - Emma McMullan RR Pre-entry

There will be 4 races on the day:

  • A' race - for A1, A2, and A3 riders
  • B' race - for A4 riders
  • Over 50s race
  • Women's race

The Emma McMullan Trophy will go to the winner of the A' race and the Ronnie Smyth Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the B' race.  There will be cash prizes for the top 3 in the Over 50s race.  The Women's race is part of the Ulster Women's Association League*.

*Those entering the  UWA event ot the Master's event only requires a club competition licence. One day licences are not available for these events.

The trophies have been kindly sponsored by KJM Electrics of Crossgar and RS Contracts Ballynahinch.
There will also be prizes for the first unplaced A2 and A3 riders as well as first unplaced Junior.

Race Headquarters
Race headquarters will be at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club on the junction of the Comber Road / Ballynahinch Road in Hillsborough (map).
Toilets, changing and showering facilities will be available with refreshments and sandwiches for all after the race.  We have been kindly provided with the overflow car park to keep all the cars together.

Race start times and locations
All riders will be rolled out from Hillsborough at 11 am and escorted to Annahilt.
The A' race (A1s, A2s and A3s) will commence at approximately 11:15 on a rolling start.
The B' race (A4s) will commence at approximately 11:20 from the Glebe Road, Annahilt.
The Over 50s race will start at approximately 11:25 from Glebe Road, Annahilt
The Women's race will start at approximately 11:30 from Glebe Road, Annahilt

Sign on will open at 09:45 am.

For more details and to view the map route go to www.dromaracc.co.uk

David McCall Sportive – Sunday 10th June
The David McCall Sportive promoted by Maryland Wheelers takes place on Sunday 10th June and pre-entry is now open. Pre-entry for the David McCall Sportive will close on Sunday 3rd June 2012 at 11.59 pm. Fee for the event is £15. Fee after close of online entry will be £20.

To enter online click the following link – David McCall Sportive entry online

On the day there will be two routes on offer to suit beginners, enthusiasts and experienced cyclists. Both circuits will leave from the start and finish location at the Hillsborough Village Centre, Hillsborough.

The 50 km route is on the quiet roads of the County Down countryside.

The 110 km route rolls along the quiet roads and foothills of the Mournes; however there is an additional 30 km which takes the riders up to one of the most scenic areas within the Mourne Mountains, Spelga Dam. The riders taking up the challenge of the 110 km route descend into Newcastle before heading homewards

Facilities on the day will include:

  • Car Parking
  • Changing and showering
  • Refreshments at Dundrum and Spelga
  • First Aid
  • Broom Wagon

And at the finish
There will be Soup and refreshments at the finish where those cyclists who completed their respective route will receive a certificate of their achievement and a drinks bottle as a memento of the occasion.

Important Notes:

  • Cancellations ~ we cannot refund entry fees after the application has been processed, all money goes directly into the David McCall Foundation. (see http://www.marylandwheelers.com/david-mccall-foundation/ )
  • Registration between 9.00am and 9:30am. Please arrive on time
  • Starting at 10:00am helmets must be worn at all times
  • Rules of the road must be adhered to at all times
  • Personal information will not be passed to any third parties

All proceeds go to the David Mc Call Foundation supporting cycling in Ulster

Other News and Up-coming events

Bobby Crilly Classic - Sunday 17th June
This event is promoted by Phoenix CC and is now open for pre-entry. Full details of the route and how to pre-enter can be found in a previous story by clicking the following link - Bobby Crilly Classic

Sperrin MTB Sportive  Promoted By Harps Cycling Club - Sunday 17th June 2012

The race headquarters is Moneymore Recreation Centre, Moneyhaw Road, Moneymore, BT45 7XJ
The event starts at 9am. Sign On From 9am and Go . This is not a massed start event. The entry fee is £20/€25

Route Options   
65km Sperrin MTB Sportive RED Route   see  connect.garmin.com
55km Sperrin MTB Sportive BLUE Route
35km Sperrin MTB Sportive GREEN Route

There are ample shower and changing facilities at event headquarters and refreshments will be provided at control points on the routes. There will also be hot food and sandwiches plus refreshments at finish.

Online Entry Available At:   www.entrycentral.com

Please note all online entries will receive a goodie bag from event sponsors www.cookstowncycles.co.uk

Additional details are available here: www.sperrinmtbsportive.weebly.com

Duffin Tranport Longest Day Mountain Time Trial 21st June

What better way to spend a summer's evening by testing your lungs and legs over the very scenic landscape of Orra mountain in the heart of the Glens of Antrim.

The Time Trial is unique in the local cycling calendar and will provide an opportunity for specialist time trialists to test their abilities against those who consider themselves more adept to the steep climbs. The nature of the course should make the result unpredictable and should attract considerable interest from near and far.

The winner will be Crowned Orra Mountain Time Trialist Champion for 2012 and it is hoped the event will be an annual event with the winner having the opportunity to defend the title.

Sign-on: Magherhoney Parish Hall Carpark,Coolkeeran Road, Loughgiel, and will be open from 7pm will be open from to 7.45 pm with the first rider off at 8.00pm. Road Bikes and TT bikes are both permitted.

Parking facility is available in the carpark beside Parish Hall, please be considerate to the local community when parking. See map

The start is approximately 1/2 a mile from sign on at the bottom of the Altarichard Road. See Map Link

It is an 'out and home' course set over Orra Mountain and is 18 miles. The finishers should expet a time between 45 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes to complete depending upon experience and fitness. Marshalls will be on the course to direct riders at essential turns on the course

Entry fee for this event is £5.00. Cycling Ireland membership is required for this event but one day licences will be available.

Please Note - Due to the fact that this event is a time trial and the Women's National TT takes place on the same day, this event is NOT open to women. The Nationals normally fall on the last weekend in June so hopefully for next year this situation will not arise.

Pre-registration is now open through Entry Central

The Tour of the Orchard County - Sunday 24th June 2012

Linwoods Brings Pedal Power to Orchard County
Armagh food company, Linwoods has been announced as headline sponsor of the province’s newest charity cycling event, The Tour of the Orchard County which takes place in County Armagh on Sunday 24th June 2012.

Organised by the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust,  this non-competitive but highly exciting cycling event already boasts a number of professional participants from the UK and Ireland, including former RAS winner Stephen Gallagher and Cevelo rider, Dan Fleeman.

The inaugural Tour of the Orchard County, sponsored by Linwoods will raise funds for NSPCC and expects to see up  to 1000 participants making their way through the beautiful County Armagh countryside on two separate cycling routes, one 58k and the other 110k, both of which will showcase the historic and scenic delights of region.

Cyclists are reminded that online entries (at just £25 stg for both routes) are strongly recommended at www.touroftheorchardcounty.com

Whilst Armagh has been famous for centuries for its exquisite blossoming apple orchards,  more recently the orchard county has been put on the world map by Linwoods thanks to its healthy-eating Superfoods. Linwoods range of nutrient-rich milled seeds, nuts and berries is now enjoyed all across the world, including the USA, and Linwoods Superfoods products are regularly spotted in the shopping baskets of Hollywood icons.

Part of the County Armagh community for over 30 years, Linwood bakery, dairy and health foods business is also renowned for offering support to local community and charity initiatives.

Brenda Beattie, Sales and Marketing Manager for Linwoods said;

“Linwoods is proud and excited to be headline sponsor of the first ever Tour of the Orchard County and we will be right behind the organisers, helping to fuel the event from start to finish. We strongly believe in giving something back into the community that has supported us for past 30 years and we are particularly keen to encourage local sporting events, as well as healthy and active lifestyles. This sponsorship is a perfect fit and we hope to help establish this fantastic event as a key highlight in the province’s sporting calendar.

“Cyclists are athletes that need stamina and a healthy diet to help maintain peak performance, particularly over long distances. Linwoods Superfoods can help prepare cyclists during their training with a wealth of nutrients and vitamins and indeed add nutrition to anyone’s diet, regardless of their fitness level,  to improve their health and vitality.”

Kieran McAnallen, Armagh Tigers said

“The Tour of The Orchard County sponsored by Linwoods is a fresh and exciting, non-competitive cycling event - and a very worthy one too with proceeds going to the NSPCC. We are immensely proud to have Linwoods on board as headline sponsor and their support, and indeed the support of all our sponsors, is key to the success of the event. We are calling on all cycling enthusiasts - whether young or old, professional or amateur -  to join in this great occasion on Sunday 24th June. The entry fee for the event is £25 and cyclists have the choice of two routes, 58km and 110km which all start and finish in the luxury setting of the Armagh City Hotel. Event numbers will be capped at 1000 so if you don’t want to miss out on being part of history in the first running of the Tour of the Orchard County, book your place now!”

NSPCC community fundraising manager, Clare Galbraith added:

"I would like to thank the Armagh Tigers for organising this fantastic event and for nominating the NSPCC as the benefiting charity.  The NSPCC’s direct services, provided to children and families across Northern Ireland, aim to show the best way to protect children and help them get over the effects of abuse. We really couldn’t continue helping local vulnerable children and young people without the support of groups like this.  This is the second time that the Armagh Tigers have supported the NSPCC.  After a fantastic 'Take me Out' event in Armagh in 2011, we have no doubt that the Tour of the Orchard County event sponsored by Linwoods is also going to be a huge success.”

Please send all enquiries regarding entries to the Event Organisers email: info@armaghtigers.com

  • Route One – 58km
    The Tour of the Orchard County leaves the historic ecclesiastical Capital City of Armagh and heads towards the village to Caledon passing the Ancient Navan Fort, home of the Red Knights. The route then heads to Middletown passing the old Caledon Mill and the entrance to the Tynan Abbey Estate, following through Middletown to LongNancies and on towards Keady. From Keady the route meanders through the hamlet of Tassagh towards Markethill with spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains on the way. From Markethill home of the famous cattle markets and Gosford Castle Demesne, the route then splits, with the shorter route heading home towards Armagh with magnificent views of Armagh’s two Cathedrals and a backdrop of Lough Neagh and the Sperrin Mountains.
  • Route Two – 110km
    The longer route continues on from Markethill passing their famous landmarks Cow and Calf and heads towards the village of Poyntzpass and onto Tandragee, passing the White’s Flour Mill home to the famous porridge oats and Tandragee Castle the birth place of Tayto Crisps. The route then loops back towards Stonebridge and the village of Kilmore, you are now entering the heart of the Orchard County famous for the ” Bramley Apple”. Whilst workings its way through acres of Orchards the route passes “Dan Winters Cottage” built in 1795 and birth place of the Orange Order. From here you pass Ardress House, home to the founder of Brook Bond Tea and opposite McNeice’s apple cider factory. We then head for Loughgall and visit the Loughgall Country Park, department of Agriculture and experimental laboratories and home to Armagh’s second Golf Course. The final part of the route takes you past Tullygoonigan Creamery and right towards Blackwatertown before heading back to the Armagh City Hotel for more views of the Cathedrals and a well earned rest and BBQ with music!
  • After Event BBQ
    There will be an opportunity to get together with fellow participants after the event for a BBQ at the Armagh City Hotel, participants will have use of the facilities here for showering and refreshing themselves.
  • The Tour of The Orchard County is sponsored by Linwoods in association with Armagh City and District Council, Armagh City Hotel, Donnelly Group, ADL Group, Forme Coaching and Westwind IT Solutions.

Marian Lamb

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