Ulster Cycling News

Weekend Fixtures- Road, Leisure, Track

With two stage races on this weekend both the men and women cylists in Ulster will be kept busy. The Zeal Optics Danny Boy 2 Day International gets underway on Saturday with teams from Ireland, Europe and Britain taking part.
Danny Boy Zeal Optics " Day International
Sign on is at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Lamavady at 8.30 am with Stage 1, a 3.2 km TT beginning at 10.30 in Roe Valley Country Park. At 2.30 a 72km RR is on offer while on Sunday the event kicks off at 10 with a 95 km race. Cycling Ulster would like to wish out team of Heather Wilson, Wendy Houvenhaghel, Edel Savge, Julie Mulligan, Sarah Wilson and Elaine Herte (Team Manager) the very best of luck.

Good luck also to the promting club team of Rachel and Clara Cole-Hawthorne, Marie Young, Debs Gordon, Joan Flanaghan and Aideen Collard.
Full Schedule of racing
Race Format Saturday 1st July

Stage 1 - First Trust Time Trial

The race format on the 1st July starts with the First Trust 3.2km time trial in the Roe Valley Country Park commencing at 10.30

Stage 2 - Precision Industrial Road Race

At 2.30 pm the entire field will roll out of Roe Valley Leisure Centre to start Stage 2, the Precision Industrial 75 km massed start road race. This will take in two and a half laps of a Dungiven, Grey Gables, Drumsurn, Limavady triangle with the finish scheduled for 4.20 pm at the Grey Gables.

Race Format Sunday 2nd July

Stage 3 - Huco Lightronic Road Race

The final stage starts from Roe Valley Leisure Centre at 10.00. This is a 95km road race over very challenging terrain using three laps of a circuit travelling from Limavady through Drumsurn, Ringsend, Cam Forest route.

Newry 3 Day

On Friday the Newry 3 Day is on offer for S2's, 3's Juniors and Vets. See below for all race information.

Contact George Boyd 028 777 63514 or mailto:mg.boyd@tiscali.co.uk for details.

Newry Wheelers 3-Day Information

Friday 30th June,
40-mile road race
Sign on from 5.00pm to 6.30pm- At Warreenpoint soccer club, upper dromore road, Warrenpoint.
Race to assemble at 6.45 at above address.
Riders must present current licence to race commissaries and race numbers should be fitted as per cycling Ireland Regulations.
A £10 deposit will be required from all riders for their race numbers which will be returned on Sunday when the full set of numbers is returned.

Sat 1st July Stage 2
Hilltown - Race sign on 8.30-9.30-Clonduff GAA Club, Castlewellan Road, Hilltown.
Race starts 10.00am at above address.

Sat 1st July Stage 3 - 5-mile time trial
Narrow water Castle, Warrenpoint, First rider off 4.01pm
Note riders start in race number order at 1-minute intervals

Sunday 2nd July Stage 4 - 70-mile road Race Warrenpoint, Banbridge ,Castlewellan,Spelga, Warrenpoint.
Sign on 9.30 to 10.30am at Warrenpoint soccer club
Riders to assemble at above address at 10.45am.

Leisure Events

Omagh Wheelers are organising their Western Hills Leisure event on Sunday 2nd July. This 100 miler wends its way through some of the most scenic areas of the Sperrins and will be challenging in places. A flatter 70 mile course is on offer as well which should most cyclists but the very obliging Omagh club will organise a shorter 40 mile course for those not feeling up to either of the others. There will a support vehicle in attendance and a welcome break at the halfway stage in Castlederg will see cyclists receiving soups and sandwiches.

Sign on for this event is at the Omagh Leisure Centre before 9am and costs £10, with riders taking to the roads shortly after nine o'clcok.
Contact Enda Haper on 12882 251960 for further details.

All Youth riders remember that the Track Championships take place at Sundrive on Saturday. With Ulster youth dominating and winning the inter-provincial track league last season, a large turnout of our youth are expected to make the trip to Dublin and bring home the medals.

The championships will be used to help select the youth squads for the upcoming inter provincial league and Manchester track trips throughout the remainder of the season.

With Sean Downey winning Ulster its first ever track event in Manchester earlier this year he must be considered among the favourites for the U16 titles.
Racing consists of a Time Trial, Sprint and Scratch race for U12,U14 and U16.
Sign on begins at 11am with racing scheduled for 12.30pm finishing around 3.30pm.
For details contact: Brian Nugent, brnugent@yahoo.co.uk, 07881872001.

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