Ulster Cycling News
16Mar/030

McCann Cup – Omagh Wheelers – 16/3/03

Blayney Pips Ward at Omagh

The inaugural McCann Cup organised superbly by Omagh Wheelers attracted a field of 70 2nd Cat, 3rd Cat, Juniors, Vets and Ladies. The three minute handicap proved fruitless for the limit bunch with the rolling Tyrone hillside taking it's toll and the highly motivated 2nd Cats had pulled the limit group in on the second lap.

Prior to this Matthew Ward (Phoenix) and Ross Blayney (Ards) jumped clear of the scratch group and picked up Juniors Frazer Duncan (Northern-Dave Kane) and Peter Hawkins (Castlereagh).… Read more

16Mar/030

Brady Out For Success

The large turn-out at Moneymore for the Cicli Sport Grand Prix attracted juniors hoping for success and such was the case for young Paul Brady, a second year Junior. Paul of Emyvale CC, came in with the bunch taking the prize as First Junior. In only his second ride this season, young Brady is out to make his mark. Last week in Drogheda he finished well up in the rankings in a hard fought race. The Mc Cann Cup in Omagh is his next challenge. Cycling Ulster wishes him every success.… Read more

15Mar/030

Cicli Sport Grand Prix 15/3/03

Jim McConnell's attempt to repeat his epic ride of last weekend
when he stayed away for 60 miles with Micky Gallen came to naught at Momeymore
today.

Despite the six minute handicap from limit to scratch group, the combination of
a tough rolling circuit and an on-form 1st Cat bunch saw the gap come down at
every lap.

It was Gary Crory (Total Cycling - Lindsay Ford) who got the verdict
in the Cicli Sport Grand Prix which attracted an entry of almost 80 riders.
Crory crossed the line on his own 33 seconds ahead of Audi - East Antrim pair
Jim McConnell and Jim Dill.… Read more

15Mar/030

Cicli Sport GP Moneymore 15/3/03

See Open Races for full report
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12Mar/030

Ulster Club Websites Revamped

Two Cycling Ulster clubs have relaunched their websites. Ards CC and Northern-Dave Kane Cycles both went online this week with their new look sites carrying reports from the early season races.
The reports are from a club perspective but should provide interesting reading for all Ulster cyclists.
The new website addresses will be updated on our links section.… Read more

9Mar/030

Cycling Ulster Rider’s Show Well at Drogheda


Cycling Ulster riders Brendan Doherty (Total Cycling) and Stephen Gallagher (Orchard Wheelers) were placed 2nd and 3rd in the Coomes/Connor Memorial race in Drogheda with Emyvale CC's Conor Murphy coming in 6th. The event was won by Andrew Donnellan of Dublin Wheelers.
In the combined 3rd Cat/Vets/Juniors and Ladies race Peter Hawkins of Castlereagh CC finished 4th with Northern Dave Kane Cycles Frazer Duncan in 6th place.
Gerard Heverin (Castlereagh CC) was first 2nd Cat with Norman Campbell (Unattached) winning the first unplaced vets prize.
James Kane of Emyvale was runner up in the under 14 event.… Read more

9Mar/030

Gallen and McConnell Triumph at Newry

The annual John Haldane Memorial Handicap Road race attracted a large field of 80 plus riders. The large bunch of juniors,vets and 3rd cats started 5 minutes ahead of the 2nd cats with the small 1st cat group a further minute behind.
Veterans Jim McConnell (Audi-East Antrim) and Micky Gallen (Omagh Wheelers) decided to make the most of the advantage and attacked from the start. It seemed a big gamble with a strong headwind on the 5 mile journey along the dual carriageway to Warrenpoint with a 40 mph return to Newry but the duo managed to pull it off over the six laps and came in with a minute to spare on the large chasing bunch.… Read more

8Mar/030

Armstrong Shortlisted for Paris

Fifteen year old Adam Petrie-Armstrong (Northern/Dave Kane Cycles) proved his worth when, despite riding with restricted gears, he still finished in the bunch in the Tour of the Peninsula.

Adam, who has been shortlisted for the Irish team to compete in the European Youth Olympics has been given special permission to ride senior events to facilitate his training.


The European Youth Olympics are due to take place in Paris at the end of July. Riders will compete in three events - a Time Trial., Criterium and a Road Race.… Read more
8Mar/030

Aiken Triumphs at Bangor – 8th March 2003

The Tour Of The Peninsula, the opening race of the new
inter-federation series of events ended up a circuit event
due to road works.
The 54 riders completed 6 laps of the Bangor Donaghadee
Course, an overall distance of 57 miles. A strong breakaway
group of 15 riders emerged early in the race and established
a 5 minute gap by the half way stage. The attacks came thick
and fast in the last lap with 7 riders going clear.
Banbridge's Roger Aiken won the sprint from Denis Easton
(Total Cycling) and Brian Stewart (Northern-Dave Kane).… Read more

7Mar/030

No Race Clashes for 2003

There will be no race clashes happening in Ulster this season thanks to an agreement just announced by Cycling Ulster and the N.I.C.F.
Along with the no-clash agreement a joint league of 9 major events will also take place. The races are Tour of the Peninsula (8th March), Tour of the Ards (22 March), Wallace Caldwell Memorial (26th April), Tour of the Mournes (11th May), Tommy Givan Cup (7th June), Red Hand Trophy 928th June), Madigan Grand Prix (9th August) and the Tour of Armagh (10th August).… Read more

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