2015 National Championships

Irelands National cycling championships where held in Omagh, June 25th -28th.  Host club Omagh wheelers CC put on a great weekend of racing in both the time trial and road disciplines. Phoenix CC fielded a large squad of riders with participation in every event.

TT – Andrew Nicholson, Karen Hull, Judith Russell, Daniel Stewart, Craig Rea, Mark Brown
M60 -Sean Hargan, Dermot Hughes, Tommy Lamb
M50 – John Bogues, Geoff Garrett, Geoff Hewitt, Gerry Maguire, Alan Roper, Ian Steele, Peter Stewart, Michael Tolan
M40 – Ed Boyle, Jay Gault, Matt McLaughlin, Niall O’Gorman, Fergus Rooney, John Rooney, Maurice Ruddock, Cathal Smyth, John Smyth, Brian Stewart, Paul Toner
Elite Women – Amy Brice, Lisa Dunne, Karen Hull, Claire McIlwaine, Julie Rea, Judith Russell
Elite Men – Alex Donald, Jody Wright(?)
U23 – Craig Rea, Daniel Stewart

Fantastic performances from every member of the squad saw Phoenix come home with 11 medals.

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Silver Medal Andrew Nicholson

Elite Women TT
8th Judith Russell
9th Karen Hull

Elite Mens TT
14th Daniel Steward (5th U23)
25th Mark Brown
30th Craig Rea (11th U23)

Masters 60+ Road Race
4th Sean Hargan
9th Dermot Hughes
12th Tommy Lamb

Masters 50+ Road Race
7th Peter Stewart
8th Gerard Maguire
14th Geoff Hewitt
23rd Geoff Garrett
32nd John Bogues
45th Ian Steele
Team Gold, Peter Stewart, Gerard Maguire, Geoff Hewitt

Masters 40+ Road Race
16th John Smyth
19th Brian Stewart
36th Cathal Smyth
40th Ed Boyle
42rd Niall O’Gorman
63rd Fergus Rooney
Team Gold, John Smyth, Brian Stewart, Cathal Smyth

Elite Womens Road Race
8th Claire McIlwaine
12th Judith Russell
13th Amy Brice
Team Gold, Claire McIlwaine, Judith Russell, Amy Brice

Elite Mens Road Race
9th Daniel Stewart (2nd U23)
39th Craig Rea (12th U23)
U23 Silver Medal Daniel Stewart

2015 Womens team gold

Phoenix Women retain team gold (picture Marian Lamb)

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Peter and Gerry contest M50 finish (picture Marian Lamb)

 

Daniel takes U23 silver

Daniel takes U23 silver (picture David Mc Veigh, Belgian project)

Thanks to all club members who supported the squad driving team cars, handing out water bottles and cheering riders on. Congratulations to Omagh Wheelers on hosting a highly professional weekend of racing.

2015 Crit in the Park

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On the evening of FRIDAY 19th June, Phoenix CC will be running the ever popular ‘CRIT IN THE PARK’ in Ormeau Park, Belfast

The programme on the night will include:-

Youth Racing for U10, U12, U14, U16

Seniors races for:-
Women
A4 & Phoenix club riders
A3

Senior races will be 35 mins; 40 mins & 45mins respectively and will be limited to 35 riders/race

This is a very safe, traffic free environment for young riders. This style of racing is great for both competitors and spectators alike, so either way come along and help make it a fabulous night for all!!

TIMETABLE:-

Sign-on will open at 5.15 on the night and timetable should be:-

Youth racing:- 5.45 – 6.45
Womens race – 6.50 – 7.25
A4 / Phoenix club riders:- 7.30 – 8.10
A3:- 8.10 – 8.55

Entry:-
Youth racing – £2 – just sign-on on the night

Senior racing – £6 – entry via Entry Central

Entry Central registration will open Wednesday 10th June

Please Note – A Cycling Ireland race licence will be required to be able to take part.

Phoenix Ras Team 2015 – Night at the Races – 27.02.15

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Phoenix CC are once again entering a team into Irelands top road racing event, the An Post Ras.

We are holding ‘A Night at the Races’ in the Beechlawn Hotel, Belfast – 27th February 2015

Tickets are £10 including a buffet with all the proceeds going to support the Phoenix Ras Team’15

We are building a selection of exciting race sponsors and race prizes for this event. If last years event is anything to go by, this promises to be a great night with plenty of banter and craic.

There will be 8 – 10 races each with 8 horses – every horse is for sale – so for the price of £10 you can name your horse and if it wins the race, you win a prize. You’ll see the name of your horse in the race programme so choose wisely.
To buy a horse get in touch with us – Alex, Craig, Dan, Fergus, Jody, Karl, Mike, Rory, Aaron or the support staff Cormac or Geoff.

In the meantime our facebook events page is – www.facebook.com/events/378006355704672/ – please like and share the event.

Phoenix present cheques after Charity Boxing day CX race

Following on from our Charity Boxing day CX race, cheques were presented today to our named organisations:-

– The Friends of the Cancer Centre,
– The Belgian Project,
– The Davy McCall Foundation

– so, on behalf of the organisers, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who made it all possible – those who turned up on a very cold and wet day to do all the behind the scenes admin that these events require to make them happen; McConvey Cycles & the McConvey family for their supplies of mince pies & mulled wine (& Santa); Steven Quinn and his staff at Lady Dixon Park and Belfast City Council Parks Dept for the use of their park and finally to all those racers who kept the ‘faith’ :)

– your time and generosity was / is greatly appreciated – thanks!

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On-road urban cycle training

In the run up to the new Belfast Bike Share Scheme, sustrans are offering free, on-road cycle training to anyone 14 years and older. All skill levels are welcome, as long as you know how to ride a bike you can take part. The accredited training will be offered seven days a week at various times in February and March 2015.

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If anyone is interested, register you attendance on the sustrans webite: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/northern-ireland/what-we-do/cycle-training-adults

Boxing day cyclocross

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Phoenix CC plan on running a ‘cross race on Boxing Day in Lady Dixon Park all in aid of several local charities

The race itself will be 12.30-1.30 – mass start for both male & female riders

– riders must be over 16 to enter and all entrants must have a CI race licence (exception will be for Phoenix club members who may race as long as they have a club race licence)

As ALL the proceeds are going to the named charities, ‘prize’ for the 1st male & 1st female will be a bottle of champagne & a mystery prize from one of the bike shops below, and we also intend to have a draw for some spot prizes donated by local bike shops (McConvey Cycles, Dave Kane Cycles, Velo Cafe Magasin, & Kinning Cycles) post race

The course will be set up as a full-on ‘cyclocross’ course – fully taped, with our ‘McConvey’ steps in place & Carnage Corner making a welcome return in all it’s slippy glory & we will have laptop timing – so you can race as hard as you want or just come along for the craic! – we will be allowing riders to compete on mountain bikes….and fancy dress will be optional :)

Our named charities are:-

The Friends of Cancer Centre – www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheCancerCentre

The Belgian Project – www.facebook.com/thebelgianproject

The Davy McCall Foundation – www.facebook.com/DavidMccallFoundation

More details to follow ……….

Phoenix take team prize at Womens National Championships

The Phoenix trio of Judith, Julie and Therese won the team prize in the National Championships Womans Road Race at Multyfarnham, Mullingar Sat 20th Oct. This is the second year in a row that Phoenix has won the title in the woman’s road race, last year the winners were Judith, Karen and Therese. The race was won by Fiona Meade, Blarney CC.

Phoenix take team prize at womens national RR

Phoenix take team prize at womens national RR

Race report

Great results for Phoenix

On the 14th of June Phoenix hosted the Bobby Crilly Classic, a race that finishes on top of Divis Mountain.  The A1/A2 race was won jointly by Ali McAuley and Mike Millar.  The A3 race was won by Rory Maguire who finished on his own over a minute and a half ahead of anyone else.  Luke Ireland finished third in the A4 race.  You can read reports  on the Cycling Ulster site.

Ali and Mike near the finish of the Bobby Crilly Classic

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Rory Maguire well ahead in the Bobby Crilly A3 Race

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On the 15th it was the Ulster Championships in Ballyliffen, Ali and Rory both got medals, Ali was second in the Senior race and Rory 3rd in the Junior race.  To add to this Judith Russell was 3rd in the womens race and Sean Hargan won the masters race, a great weekend for the club.

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A week later at the Groucho GP in Richhill, Mark Short won the A4 race and Rory Maguire was 3rd in the A2/A3 race.  Rory followed this the next day at the Noel Teggart Memorial in Banbridge by coming 4th.  In the main race Alex Donald came 3rd completing a great couple of weekends for the club.  Ali McAuley and Mike Millar missed the race as they were competing for the Cycling Ulster team in the prestigious Beaumont Trophy race in England.

Mark Short winning the A4 race at Richhill

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Ali McAuley in the Beaumont Trophy race riding for Cycling Ulster

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Phoenix at the Rás

After 8 tough stages our team finished 3rd in the County competition.  A group from the club cycled from Belfast to Skerries to see the finish and cheer on our riders.  Lots of other club members made their way down by car to join in the celebrations. Our first team in the Rás nobody anticipated they would do so well.  Congratulations to the riders, Mike Millar, Brian Stewart, Ali MacAuley, Daniel Stewart and Alex Donald, the manager Cormac McCann and the backup team, Joe Henry, Geoff Hewitt, and Anne Helion.  Here are the team on the podium at the end of the race.

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Phoenix at the Rás: Stage 4

Wednesdays stage four, on paper at least, is the most difficult stage in this years edition. 183.6km long, with ten categorised climbs, including two category two ascents and one category one mountain – it will push every rider to the limit. Luckily the sun came out for most of the day to make it slightly more bearable (and safe) than earlier in the week.

The Phoenix guys put in a great ride to catapult themselves to 4th in the county team ranking. Just over a minute off third position! Quite an achievement when you consider the strength of the Aquablue and DID teams, both containing ex-professional and international riders.

PL Name Time
1 CORK City Aquablue 44h26’06″
2 MEATH Dunboyne DID @ 16’22″
3 TIPPERARY North Visit Nenagh.ie @ 25’19″
4 ANTRIM Phoenix McConvey Cycles @ 26’30″
5 DONEGAL Inishowen Gateway McCafe @ 34’55″

Unfortunately Alex crashed on what looked like a stage well suited to his abilities, but still finished well. Mike fared best of the Antrim team, finishing in the second group home, with Ali and Daniel just behind. Brian rolled in with the grupetto to secure a strong result for the team.

PL No. Nat Name Time @
58 87 IRL Millar,Michael 4h22’19″ @03’17″
74 90 IRL Stewart,Daniel 4h22’28″ @03’26″
78 88 IRL Macaulay,Alastair 4h22’28″ @03’26″
120 86 IRL Donald,Alex 4h48’57″ @29’55″
126 89 IRL Stewart,Brian 4h51’20″ @32’18″

The scenery around todays stage was stunning at times, but I’m not sure the riders got much chance to enjoy it. At least the team mechanic Joe did. Thursday is another hilly route, hopefully the guys can keep up their great form!