Phoenix launch the Irish cyclocross championships 2014

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Phoenix Cycling club is proud to announce the launch of the Irish cyclocross championships to be held in Lady Dixons Park Belfast, Sun 12th Jan 2014

Phoenix CC (Belfast) will be hosting the event for the first time in association with McConvey cycles. Belfast City council parks department have kindly granted access to a fantastic setting and the club aims to put on a great days racing for competitors and spectators alike.

Like all forms of cycling, cyclocross is experiencing a big increase in popularity in past few years.  The recent Ulster series has seen record numbers participate in the senior cyclocross races plus support races for younger riders.

For those new to the sport, Cyclo-cross racing racing is run on a course which has multiple surfaces – tarmac, single track, grass, mud, sand.  Riders have steep banks, steps and obstacles to overcome and often have to run or carry the bike.
Races last up to 1 hour and due to the compact nature of the courses, spectators get the chance to be right up close to the action.

Phoenix CC look forward to welcoming as many spectators as possible – the racing is great to watch so come along and support the riders.
(And if you do, please note that the use of cowbells, horns and whistles etc. will be actively encouraged!!!!! – the more noise the better)

For further information is available
http://www.phoenixcc.net/irish-cyclocross-championship-2014/

Ulster CX rd 8 / Ulster Championships – Cookstown

Round 8 of the Ulster series was in Drum manor forest, Cookstown.  For second year the raced doubled as Ulster championship. It was a cool and breezy morning for the riders, not bad for the time of year.

Roger Aiken continued his dominance to retain his Ulster title.  Congratulations Roger. Glenn Kinning came in second with David Montgomery finishing third ahead of Ronan McLaughlin. Well done guys.

A stunning ride from Phoenix rider Rory Maguire saw him place 6th on the day and take silver medal in the Junior category.  It been a great series for Rory and this was a fitting result.

Phoenix took the team prize – Rory, John Bogues and Alex Donald.  John was first in the super-vets category.

2013 Ulster CX winning team

2013 Ulster CX winning team

Full report, results and photos available here

The 2013 Ulster Cyclocross season has been a huge success this year, with the numbers taking part in the cyclocross races witnessing a massive increase on previous years.

Irish National CX Championships, to be hosted by Phoenix on January 12th, will finish off the 2013 season – it’s a great honour for the Phoenix CC, as well as being the club’s first National off-road event.

 

Ulster CX round 7 – Larne

After very wet and muddy conditions in round 6, and similar at last years race in Larne, the riders could have been forgiven for expecting round 7 of the 2013 series to be another mudfest.  But as it turned out, the weather was fine and and course was in great condition.

In the main race of the day, Rory Maguire underlined the potential he has shown throughout the entire series with an excellent 3rd place, behind current national champion Roger Aiken, and Ronan McLaughlin recently retired from Sean Kelly-An Post team. A fantastic result and great bounce back from the disappointment of mechanical failure in round 6. Well done Rory.

Podium place for rising star

Podium place for rising star

Cathal Smyth had a fine race finishing in 5th and taking the first unplaced veteran prize. Alex Donald was not far behind in 6th.  Gill Smith held off strong challenge to place 2nd in womens race.   In the B-race, Davd Maitland had his best result of series coming in 12th.

Shea O’Kane continued his fine run of form with 3rd place in the U10.  While Moya O’Kane just missed out on podium after another clean sweep by VC Glendale girls in the U8.

Thanks to Madigan for a great days racing.

Well done to all the riders.  Next up is the Ulster Championships with plenty of medal possibilities for Phoenix.