Phoenix launch the Irish cyclocross championships 2014


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

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.

Ulster CX round 6 – Ormeau Park, Belfast

The 6th round of Ulster Cyclocross series was run in Ormeau park, hosted by Xmtb McConvey cycles.   What a difference a little rain can make. Reports from Sat where of a firm, fast flowing course.  By the time the A-race started, it was a combination of deep thick mud, exposed roots and what can only be described as mud soup.  Nevertheless, this did not deter a large number of Phoenix riders to get out there and enjoy the day.

It was a cool morning for kids and youth races and there was persistent rain and drizzle. The course was probably most challenging of the series so far as it took in first few sections of the adult course. Like the senior races there were mechanical’s,  spills and plenty of mud.

The riders where U6 – Daire O’Gorman, Olivia Orr; U10 – Shea O’Kane, Ryan Stewart, Fionnuala O’Gorman; U12 – Anna Mae Samuel, Calum Stewart, Eoin O’Gorman.  The top results where Daire who was first in the U6, Shea third in the always competitive U10 boys, and Anna Mae who placed 4th in U10 girls.   But every single one of our kids should be very proud of their performances. Everyone raced hard battling for every position. Grit and determination shown by all, very impressive.

A big turnout in both CX races, most of the usual faces and a few riding first ‘cross race of the season. This was tough racing for all    and unfortunately the conditions led to quite a few DNF’s and broken rear mech’s.   Gil Smith came 3rd in women’s race.  In B-race Olan Byrne came in 31st, David Maitland 35th, David Steward 37th, Gareth Osborne 38th.

John Bogues was top Phoenix rider in A race, 7th overall and first unplaced super vet. Luke Ireland showed his form is returning coming in 11th. Other results – Cathal smith 16th, Phil O’Neil 19th, Joe Henry 20th, Ali McAuley 21st and Ed Boyle 23rd.

Full race results and report here.  Thanks to Xmtb, it was a hard day for running the race but still very enjoyable for all.

Ulster CX round 5 – Moira Demesne, Moira

Great morning yesterday for the round 5 up at Moira.  Dromara did a great job with the course, but after Sat rain it was bound to cut up as day went on.

For kids races in morning it was perfect conditions.  Phoenix represented in U6/U8/U10/U12 categories.  A few spills around the hammer section but everyone raced really hard with battling for positions all the way to finish.  Well done to all the kids.  Congratulations to Shea O’Kane who took 3rd in U10.

Report on how our senior  riders fared later, but well done John Bogues who bagged the un-placed super-vet prize.

For full report and results see Ulster cyclocross site here.

After 5 weeks in a row, the series will be back in two weeks time for XMTB promoted race in Ormeau park.

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

Olan on the up at Bangor (photo courtesy of

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

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.


The race will be held in:-


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:-

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


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