British MTB XC Series

Expression of interest – 2017 Ulster MTB squad

In 2016 Cycling Ulster had sent a cross-country mountain bike team to the British NPS series. The Off-road Commission is now looking for expression of interest from riders who wish to join this team to compete at the British events in 2017.  As per 2016 the team will be made up of a maximum of 4 riders. Age categories are Junior and Under 23 (male or female).

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Island Wheelers host final race of the season

Drumcairne Forest is a hidden gem located just outside the County Tyrone town of Stewartstown.  Local club Island Wheelers have been hard at work preparing a course around this neglected site which was once the extended gardens of a grand house.  The preparation work in the week leading up to the event was going well with the course running dry and hopes of a fast course, however, heavy rain on…

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Ulster XC MTB Championships 2016

Many thanks to Banbridge Cycling Club for hosting the 2016 Ulster Mountain Bike Cross-country championships at Castlewellan Forest Park.  We had dry conditions throughout the day until just after the final rider crossed the line.  It was a wet clean up with riders rushing for their cars.  A great days racing. Results here

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Entries open for Rd 5 of the NPS and Ulster Series at Davagh

Pre-entries have opened for the 5th round of the National Point Series which takes place at Davagh Forest on Sunday 14 August 2016.  This round also doubles up as Round 5 of the Ulster XC series.  There is a great pre-view video which is well worth watching.  Click here for details.

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Team selected for Inter-regional MTB Championships

After receiving expressions of interest from riders, the Off-road Commission held a selection day on Sunday 3 July 2016.  From that, the commission has selected the following riders to represent Ulster at the upcoming Inter-regional MTB Championships which will be held in Glasgow on 29-31 July 2016. Craig McCarthy Drew Armstrong Lee Harvey Thomas Creigthon with non-travelling reserve Dean Harvey. We wish the team every success.

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Youth Camp 2016 – with venues

The Youth Camp returns this year with 6 dates.  These sessions are for Under 8s, 10s and 12s.  Dates are as follows: Monday 18 July, Monday 25 July, Monday 1 August, Monday 15 August, Monday 22 August, Monday 29 August.  Time 7-8:30 pm.  Locations given below.

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National XC Championships announced

The Irish National Cross-country Championships will take place on Sunday 17 July 2016 at Bellurgan Park, Dundalk.  Hosted by Cuchulainn CC, the park has seen some great racing in the past with the NPS series. Riders will need to have a UCI code starting with “IRL” on their licence.  This will be a PRE-ENTRY ONLY event with entries closing a week before the competition.  Online registration will open on the…

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Results from Lady Dixon Race

Round 4 of the Ulster XC Series doubled up as Round 3 of the NPS and took place at Lady Dixon Park in Belfast.  Hosted by Xmtb McConvey Cycles this event has always been a favourite on the calendar.  The day before had very heavy rain showers but race day was dry and sunny.  There was a period in the middle of the day when the wind started blowing strongly…

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Results from Round 3 – Ballykelly

The country woke to a grey, damp morning with the riders and supporters making their way though light rain as they headed to Ballykelly.  The dry forest trails that had been touted all week were now more challenging.  A great turn out of riders.  Well done to Caldwell Cycles on the set up and new course design.  The sun came out in the afternoon and by close of play we…

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