Phoenix Reliability Sun 9th Feb

The Phoenix Reliability Trial will take place on Sunday 9th February. The format will be an “A” run aiming for an average speed of 20-21mph, and a “B” run aiming at 17-18mph average speed.

Sign-on – please note – the venue will be the same as last year – at the Queen’s “Sport at Malone” clubhouse where there are toilet and changing facilities. The entrance is situated approximately 100 metres past the House of Sport on the Upper Malone Rd. Sign-on is open from 9:15 with the A run leaving at 10:00 and the B run leaving shortly after. The sign-on fee is £5
Riders, who are intending to take part, should have already applied for their 2014 Cycling Ireland membership. Those who haven’t received their membership card are requested to login to their own page on the Cycling Ireland database and print off the licence status.

The route is the usual Phoenix RT route, a map of which can be found at:

The route is; to Lisburn via the Upper Malone Rd, through Moria to Magheralin where we turn left on to the B9, left at the T junction on to the B2 to Dromore. Through Dromore to Ballynahinch where we turn towards Downpatrick. Through Annacloy then at the T junction we turn left on to the A7 towards Belfast going through Saintfield and Carryduff. We return to the House of Sport from the Saintfield Rd by passing Belvoir Park Hospital and going over Shaw’s Bridge.

Both runs follow the same route which is approximately 60 miles.

In the interests of safety all riders must wear a helmet.
There will be a lead vehicle for each group and for safety reasons it is important that riders do not overtake the lead vehicle. This is particularly important in towns and at junctions and at any “pit stop”. Any marshalls are only there to show directions and not to stop traffic.

As these are leisure events run on public roads and all riders must respect the “rules of the road” and ask for the cooperation of all riders in ensuring the event runs safely and the minimum of inconvenience is caused to other road users and members of the public.

Many thanks and I hope you enjoy the day.

Phoenix has two National CX Champions

Well its been a little over a week since the National Cyclocross championships hosted by Phoenix at Lady Dixon’s park, Belfast.  Enough time to reflect on a remarkably successful event for the club, coming off the back of an Ulster CX series which broke participation records.

The championship races saw great racing and some really worth winners.   In the Elite Men’s race, Roger Aiken (Banbridge CC) dominated from the off retained his national title holding off the challenge of 17-times holder Robin Seymour (WORC), and a group of up and coming riders led by Glenn Kinning (East Antim CC).  In the Elite Women’s race, Fran Meehan retained her title from Mel Spath and Maeve O’Grady.

But all Phoenix eyes where on our two stars, John Bogues aiming to recapture his Veterans title, and Rory Maguire going for Junior title in his first season of cross racing.  Neither disappointed.

The start of the Veterans race saw a crash and then a fall by last years winner Peter McConville (Newry Wheelers). The racing was hard with lead changing hands many times right up until last lap when a coming together between Jason Henry (unattached Ulster) and Aiden McDonald (Cuchulainn CC) led to an opportunity for John Bogues to break clear to claim his second veterans title.

John Bogues Irish National Veteran champion 2014 (photo courtesy of Sean Rowe)

John Bogues Irish National Veteran champion 2014 (photo courtesy of Sean Rowe)

The junior riders started behind the veterans, but that was no deterrent as the top three flew past every one of the veteran men to finish a full minute ahead.  Rory Maguire won from James Curry (Banbridge) and Darnell Moure (Caldwell Cycles).  Rory’s emphatic win was all the more impressive as he had been victim of mechanical trouble in morning before the race which resulted in a last minute bike change.

Rory Maguire Irish National Junior Cyclocross Champion 2014 (photo courtesy of David McVeigh)

Rory Maguire Irish National Junior Champion 2014 (photo courtesy of David McVeigh)

Phoenix CC would like to thank all those who made this possible.  In particular,  Belfast City Council and park manager Stephen Quinn for use of excellent facilities at Lady Dixon’s Park, principa sponsor McConvey cycles, plus club sponsor Lease Options.  In addition all the club members who helped with preparation and on the day, plus all the individuals from the local cycling community who lended their support.

Full report and pictures available here