Ciaran wins at the Haldane Memorial in Newry, Amy wins in Navan

Ciaran McVeigh won the B race for A4 riders at the Newry Wheelers promoted John Haldane Memorial race on the Newry to Warrenpoint carriageway on Sunday 3rd of March. Ciaran was in a breakaway group which stayed clear of the bunch and at the end Ciaran rode strongly to sprint clear of his breakaway companions. In the A race for A1,A2 and A3 riders Karl Morgan took a very good 4th place in a very fast race. In the Masters race for over 50s riders Tommy Lamb finished 5th. On the same day in the Cycleways Cup races at Navan Amy Brice won the womens race, Ali McAuley was 9th in the A race where he was also the first A2 rider.

Ciaran McVeigh winning the A4 race at the John Haldane Memorial

Ciaran Wins

Unfortunately on Saturday at the Spires CC promoted races at the Loup there was a crash in the Masters race that resulted in the A and B race being cancelled and some riders getting injured. Ted McKibben of Dromara was taken to hospital after the race and on behalf of Phoenix CC we wish him the very best.

You can read race reports at the Cycling Ulster web site and view some great photos. Thanks to Marian Lamb for the photo shown here.

Philip wins at the Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP

Over 250 riders took part in 5 races at the Hewitt and Gilpin Phoenix GP, on a cold but sunny day. A great success for the club with Race Secretary Geoff Hewitt, Race Committee members Judith Russell, Jim Hegarty, Colin Hughes and John Smyth, Treasurer Seamus Doyle and Committee member Eamon Burns doing a huge amount of work to make sure the race, administration and catering were all taken care of. They were backed up by a large group of club volunteers who helped out with the marshaling, driving and catering.

Congratulations to the race winners Gary Jeffers (East Tyrone) A1/A2 race, J.P. Connelly (Strabane-Lifford) A3 race, Philip O’Neill (Phoenix CC) A4 race, Kevin McCrossan (Four Masters) Masters race and Janine McNally (North Down) womens race.

For Phoenix in addition to Philips win in the A4 race, Ali McAuley was 4th in the A1/A2 race, John Smyth 3rd in the A3 race, Stan Stewart 2nd and Michael Tolan 3rd in the Masters race and Judith Russell 4th in the womens race. A great start to the racing season for the club, lots of other club riders had good races and you can see photos and race reports at the Cycling Ulster web site. There are also plenty of good posts, photos and links on the club message board.

Pictured here is Philip O’Neill crossing the line to win the A4 race.

Philip O'Neill wins the A4 Race

Phoenix GP Sunday 24th Feb

Phoenix CC are pleased to announce a generous sponsorship deal with Hewitt & Gilpin solicitors ensuring a spectacular £1,000 prize fund for the opening weekend of the 2013 racing calendar.

Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP

Hewitt & Gilpin Phoenix GP

This year the Phoenix GP will be held on Sunday 24th Feb. Pre-entry for this event is via Entrycentral http://www.entrycentral.com/index.php?festivalID=284

As entry is on a first come, first served basis with a limit on the entries for each race, you are urged to submit your entry as soon as possible. Sign-on will be in the Crumlin Community Centre (BT29 4UP) from 9:30. The sign-on fee is £12 for everyone except juniors who pay £6.
The course will be the usual Nutt’s Corner > Seven Mile Straight > Long Rig Rd course finishing at the top lay-by.
There will be five races: Women & over 50’s starting at 11am and A1-A4 starting at 12.30.
A race. For A1, A2. This race will be handicapped and will be 6 laps in distance, approximately 50 miles overall.
A3 race. There will be a separate A3 race over 5 laps, 42 miles.
A4 race. For A4 riders. This race will be a scratch race and will be 4 laps in distance, approximately 34 miles overall.
Women’s race. Phoenix CC is again proud to host the first round of the Ulster Woman’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 offering a race to A4 and club licence riders over the age of 50. A4 riders over the age of 50 can choose to ride this race or the A4 race. These races were very hotly contested in 2012 and Phoenix CC wish to build on that success. The race will be 3 laps in distance, approximately 25 miles overall.

Phoenix Reliability Trial Sunday 10th Feb

Sunday 10th Feb sees the annual Phoenix reliability trial.
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 9:30 with the A run leaving at 10:00 and the B run leaving shortly after. The sign-on fee is £5

The route and profile is the usual Phoenix RT route. See message board for more details