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Notices and reports on Open racing events
On Tuesday 30th May Phoenix CC will host Ulster Team Time Trial competition on the Woodgreen (A26) course.
The two titles up for grabs are
-Men’s Ulster team time trial champions
-Women’s Ulster team time trial champions
To qualify for the champ title the team can be 3 or 4 and must be from the same club, no transfers. The team must also be all male or female. But any other 3 or 4 person team can enter for a time)
Any four rider team will be allowed to compete on the night but, in order to qualify as a potential championship winning team; the team must consist of four riders from the same Cycling Ulster club, with temporary releases from other clubs not allowed. Each club can enter as many teams as they like.
Pre Entry via EntryCentral is £20 per team plus £1 admin fee, and will open at 8pm on Friday 19th May and close on Friday 26th May.
Starting times will be allocated at 1 minute intervals in the order they are received by EntryCentral. Teams entering on the night will be subject to a £25 entry fee and will start after the pre entered riders.
Riders must hold a Limited Competition or full Open Licence to take part in this competition.
Sign-on will open at 6pm and close at 6.50pm (sharp) with the first rider starting at 7pm, In order to facilitate an efficient sign-on, riders are encouraged to pre enter.
• Please note that sign on for this TT will now take place at Ballee ‘Park and Ride’ car park (in front of Donnelly & Taggart) on the Antrim Rd.
• Riders must then cycle out to the normal starting point at the Woodgreen layby.
• Participants will not be permitted to park cars on the course or in ANY of the laybys on the course.
• The Woodgreen layby will be reserved for race officials and riders waiting for their starting slot only.
• Please note that this has been agreed with the PSNI & Cycling Ulster Executive Committee and will be strictly enforced.
• Cycling Ireland TT rules apply and every rider must have a working rear light fitted.
• Starting order will be as per Entry Central sign up which will be posted in advance of the race.
Any inquiries please contact
Sign on at the Lisburn Racquets Club from 9.00 am. Entry Fee £15.00 online Entry Central Click Here or £20.00 on the day
Long Route 70 miles, Shorter Route 55 miles
Refreshments at Castlewellan and at the Finish
SIR THOMAS AND LADY DIXON PARK, UPPER MALONE RD., BELFAST.
on SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER 2016
All races are for male & female riders & the initial race programme will be as listed here at the Ulster Cyclocross website:-
a. Each Cyclocross race will have a 95 rider limit.
b. the Cyclocross B-race is aimed at beginners / novices & is for over 16s upwards)
Full details of entry fees and prize details can be found at:-
Pre-registration for all races will open on MONDAY 10th Oct and remain open until Friday 14th Oct at 8pm, so if you’re thinking of attending please use this facility as:-
a. it’s cheaper for senior racers (additional cost for sign-on on the day)
b. you won’t be gridded if you don’t
c. it helps us enormously with logistics of numbers / food etc
NOTE – Entry MAY also be open on the day (SUBJECT TO PRE-REG ENTRIES NOT EXCEEDING RIDER LIMIT / RACE) BUT the entry fee will be higher:-
CYCLOCROSS B; & U16 & U14 boys – up to 11am
CYCLOCROSS & MTB Women; U16 girls & U14 girls – up to 12am
CYCLOCROSS A race – up to 12.45pm;
Once again this race wouldn’t take place place without the help & co-operation from:-
McCONVEY CYCLES – our race sponsors
BELFAST CITY PARKS DEPT and, in particular, STEPHEN QUINN, Park Manager
TRACTION – club sponsors
GERARD MAGUIRE SOLICITORS – club sponsors
and for ASDA (Simon Walsh) for supplying us with treats for the kids
The start of the road racing season is just round the corner and before it comes the pre-entry race for places in the early season events.
The George Rooney Phoenix Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 21st February this year and will be kindly sponsored by Portview Fit-Out Ltd who specialise in high quality interior fit-outs for private and retail clients. www.portview.co.uk
As usual we will have a pre-entry on entrycentral.com which will open at 7pm on Tuesday 9th Feb and close on the 17th February on entry central. As entry is on a first come, first served basis with a limit on the entries for each race, riders are urged to submit their entry as soon as possible.
This year sign-on will be in the Crumlin Community Centre (BT29 4UP) from 9:30. As the Community Centre is now also a Leisure Centre there will be full changing and showering facilities available as well as refreshments before and after. The sign-on fee is £12 for everyone except juniors who pay £6. Juniors please note that, due to a glitch on entrycentral, you will have to pay £12 for pre-entry, please make yourself known at sign-on on the day and we will reimburse you the £6 difference; sorry for the inconvenience.
All riders must have the appropriate CI license card or print out from the CI website. One day licenses will be available on the day at a cost of €20 / £15 non CI members, €10 / £8 CI members without appropriate race licence.
No refunds for riders withdrawing will be issued.
Course details: The course will be the usual Nutt’s Corner > Seven Mile Straight > Long Rig Rd course finishing at the top lay-by. For a circuit map click here MAP
There will be five races:
• Women, over 50’s and A4’s starting at 10:45
• A1/A2 combined race and an A3 race starting at 12.30.
This race will be handicapped and will be 6 laps in distance, approximately 50 miles overall.
There will be a separate A3 race over 5 laps, approximately 42 miles overall.
This race will be a scratch race and will be 4 laps in distance, approximately 34 miles overall. Please note this race will start at 10:45 in a change to previous years.
Phoenix CC is again proud to host the first round of the Ulster Women’s Road Race League. This race will be handicapped and will be 3 laps in distance, approximately 25 miles overall.
50+ Master Race.
Phoenix is also proud to be promoting the first round of the Ulster Master’s League for A3, A4 and club license riders who will be 50 or older this calendar year. These riders can choose to ride this race or the A4 or A3 race. The masters’ league was hotly contested last year and the first round is always a real battle. The race will be 3 laps in distance, approximately 25 miles overall.
For any queries please contact Colin Hughes or post below.
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.
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
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.
The programme on the night will include:-
Youth Racing for U10, U12, U14, U16
Seniors races for:-
A4 & Phoenix club riders
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!!
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
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.
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.
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!