Ulster CX round 4 – Castle Park, Bangor

It was a bright and breezy morning which greeted racers in Bangor for round 4 of the Ulster Cyclocross series.  North Down CC had secured use of Castle park, location of many ‘cross and Mtb races in years gone by.  The development of new Aurora Aquatic centre meant great facilities for both organizers and racers.

First up where the kids races and as usual there was fierce competition in all age categories.  In the U8 Moya O’Kane had a good race and finished 5th.  In the U10, Shea O’Kane just missed out podium but had coming in 4th.  In the U12, Eoin O’Gorman had some good battles and came in strongly. Congratulations to all our young riders.

There was no representation in the MTB race or women’s races this week, but most of the Phoenix ‘cross team was racing.  It was a technical course with some tight single track, exposed sections and grassy banks to tackle.  After dry conditions for the kids races the rain started just in time for the senior races.

In the B-race, Olan Byrne had his best result of the series todate finishing 12th.   Well done Olan. Good riders from David’s Maitland and Steward who continue to improve as series progresses.

Olan on the up at Bangor (photo courtesy of pbennettphotography.com)

Olan on the up at Bangor (photo courtesy of pbennettphotography.com)

The A-race saw shuffling in the order of top Phoenix men after round 3.  The technical nature of the course suited John Bogues was first Phoenix rider in 6th place, also the first un-placed super-vet.  Rory Maguire again was first place junior in 10th just ahead of Alex Donald who was first of the Phoenix senior riders.  Further down the field, racing was just as hard.  Phoenix veteran Stephen Moffit held off seniors Karl Morgan and Joe Henry with Ed Boyle a few places further back.

Congratulations to all the racers, and thanks to NDCC for a great days racing.

Ulster CX round 3 – Windmill park, Dungannon

What a difference a week makes.  Heavy rain for a number of days prior to round 3 of the 2013 Ulster cyclocross series meant one thing.  Mud.  The racing was hosted by Island Wheelers who had laid out a challenging course around Windmill Park Dungannon.

Luckily the kids races ran in relative dryness and Phoenix’s Shea O’Kane demonstrated his consistency with his 3rd podium in 3 races.  Moya O’Kane just missed out on 3rd place.  Well done to both O’Kanes.

The MTB support race saw biggest field of the day and Jim Hergarty put in a fine ride to finish halfway down field.  In the B-race, Olan Byrne, David Maitland and David Steward weren’t going to be put off by conditions and all raced good hard races.

Phoenix result of the day went to Gill Smith who took the win in the women’s race.  Well done Gill – you made it look easy !

Mud, you say?

Mud, you say? (photo courtesy of David McVeigh)

And finally to the A-race. With the course nicely cut up, the rain started up just in time for start.  It was a war of attrition as many riders took falls, the exception being the imperious Roger Aiken who took a fine win with rising junior star David Montgomery second and Glen Kinning making up the podium.  Jason Henry again was first unplaced vet, home in fourth place.  For second week running Rory Maguire was seventh, first Phoenix man and took the the unplaced junior prize.  Alex Donald  finished a wheel behind, with John Bogues in 9th, first supervet.

Mud at the first (photo courtesy of Paul Anderson)

Mud at the first (photo courtesy of Paul Anderson)

Thanks to Island Wheelers for putting on a great days racing.   Full results and more pictures can be found here.

Ulster CX round 2- Lady Dixon’s park

Sunday 13th Oct, saw round 2 of the Ulster cyclocross series in Lady Dixon’s park, Belfast.  Phoenix CC played host to the race, sponsored by McConvey cycles and supported by Belfast city council parks.  Over 300 racers of all ages signed on for a full program of races. The dry and sunny autumnal conditions where perfect for spectators who turned out in big numbers to support the racing.

The dash to first corner

The dash to first corner

First up was the kids races.  Highlights for Phoenix where Shea O’Kane who took a fine 3nd place in U10 and Daire O’Gorman who placed 2nd in his first ever race  at U6 level.  Well done to both and all the Phoenix kids who took part.
In the MTB and B-races, Phoenix had strong presence. In the Womens race, Claire Oakley took first with Gill Smith (Phoenix) second and Lisa Millar third. Congratulations to Gill.

Top of the bill was the A-race and while current national champion Roger Aiken was not able to ride due to work commitments, a strong field lined up. Robin Seymour, 18-time CX champion, took the win from team mate Evan Ryan with Tim O’Regan taking 3rd.   XMTB’s Matt Adair missed out on podium after mechanical in last lap. Disappointing for Matt, who had a fine race demonstrating his off-road skill to leap the steps going uphill!

Jason Henry and Johnny McCabe where first unplaced vet and super-vet respectively.  Rory Maguire was first Phoenix rider home and first unplaced junior.  An impressive result against a quality field in only his 2nd race.

Joe and Chris in the A-race

Joe and Chris in the A-race (photo courtesy of theveloman.com)

Many thanks to all who turned out to support the racing, special thanks to Belfast Parks for letting club put on the event.

See race report and photo’s on the Ulster Cyclocross site here

Ulster CX round 1 – Lurgan

The 2013 Ulster cyclocross series kicked off on sunday 6th Oct in fine bright conditions. Apollo CC had laid out a fast flowing course around Lurgan park, aided by recent dry conditions. Over 200 riders took part in races for all age categories.
In the kids races, Phoenix had representation in U8, U10 and U12. Moya O’Kane put placed 5th in the U8 girls race – a good start to season. Shea O’Kane was involved in tight race for U10 and made podium with 2nd place. Well done Shea. Eoin O’Gorman raced hard in the U12 and finished strongly. In women’s race, Gill Smith took 1st place with Val O’Neil 3rd. In B race, Karl Dolan took an impressive win in his first CX race. The main even of the day was A race won by current national champion Roger Aiken.  John Bogues was top Phoenix rider in 6th place overall and first in supervet category. Congratulations to all riders who made for such an enjoyable day.
Race report and photos here
Many thanks to Apollo for a fantastic opening to CX season. Next up is round 2 in Lady Dixon’s park on sunday 13th hosted by Phoenix CC.

PHOENIX CYCLOCROSS RACE in LADY DIXON PARK – 13.10.13

The race will be held in:-

SIR THOMAS AND LADY DIXON PARK, UPPER MALONE RD., BELFAST.

on SUNDAY 13th OCTOBER 2013

All races are for male & female riders & the race programme will be:-

U8, U10, U12s – 1st race starts 10.30am

U14, U16s – starts 11.32am

Senior MTB race – starts 11.30am

Cyclocross A-race – (for the more experienced cyclocross racers – over 16s upwards) – starts 1.50 pm

Cyclocross B-race – (for cyclocross beginners / novices & for over 16s upwards) – starts 12.50 pm

Full details of entry fees and prize details can be found at:- www.ulstercyclocross.com

Pre-registration for all races will open on Monday 7th Oct and remain open until Friday 11 Oct at 8pm, so if you’re thinking of attending please use this facility as it helps us enormously with logistics of numbers / food etc

BUT entry will also be open on the day for:- UNDERAGE RACES – up to 10am
MTB race – up to 11am
CYCLOCROSS race – up to 12.30pm

NOTE:-

Any local bike shops who would like to provide a ‘trade show’ style area with samples of CX bikes & MTBs & maybe some kit – a space will be provided between the carpark & the race course. At the minute we have McConvey Cycles & VeloCafe Magasin showing. If anyone else is interested, please let us know.

Once again this race wouldn’t take place place without the help & co-operation from:-

Belfast City Council Parks Dept and, in particular, Stephen Quinn, Park Manager

Lease Options – club sponsors & providers of this years number plates

McConvey Cycles – club sponsors & providers of course tape, music & PA