Ulster Cyclo-Cross


Ulster XC Series


All Ireland CX 2017



Date: Sunday 15 October 2017
Event: Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series - Round 3
Venue: Palace Demesne, Armagh
Host club: Square Wheels

Course Description:

The Palace Stables will be familiar to Parkrunners in the area and is regarded as one of the toughest in the UK/Ireland because of its steep gradients and undulating landscape. The course is split into 3 sections. The centre of the course is flat, the top of the course is steep and muddy and the bottom wooded. Description: Hilly. Length: Approx 3.0km. Direction: Anticlockwise

A double pit is situated at approx. 0.3km & 1.7km in the centre of the park. See map below.  Spares should be left in the pits during practice and between races. NO SPECTATORS OR PETS IN PITS. NO UNDER 10s. MAX 2 PIT CREW.
The grid is located at the entrance to the course from the registration area. Riders must move into the gridding area 15 minutes before the start of their race.Gridding will be based on current league standings and will be published on UlsterCyclocross.com in advance of the race.

A separate junior course, adjacent to the registration area, will be used for the junior races. 

Race Partner - CYCLEOLOGY
The club would like to thank Cycleology, Armagh for generously supporting the race.


The course give spectators great opportunities to get up close to the action. Around 80% of the course is visible from the centre of the park and there’s easy access to throughout the park. For your safety please obey marshals’ instructions, keep all dogs on a leash.

There is parking for approx 130 cars within the grounds and there is ample car parking available at Scotch St., opposite the City Hotel & Dobbin St. beside St. Malachy’s Chapel. Registration will be signposted from the entrance of the Palace Stables. Be careful when making your way to registration as the park will be open to other users including young children.  Parking info here.

Sign on / Pre-registration:

Pre-registration for the race will open on Sunday 8 October 2017 at 8 pm.
Riders are asked to pre-register to help speed up the administration on the day.
If there are spaces in your race category then you can sign up on the day as well.

(Note: Pre-registration will close on Friday 13 October 2017 at 8 pm)

To see a list of who has entered so far click here Password ("Palace")

Sign on will open at 9:00 am on the morning of the race.

Follow the signs from the car parks to the registration area located at the rear of the Palace at the old Greenhouse.

Use the bike parking facilities around the course to keep bike clutter to a minimum

The senior course will officially open for practice from 11.00am

A Bike Wash is available at the registration area.

Race fees, race categories and prize list:
See details of fees, categories and prizes (here)

Start times / Prize giving:
See Race information (here)

Will be provided after all races

Toilets are available in the courtyard at the palace stables. Please park your bike at the registration area before walking to the courtyard.

The Palace Stables, a 70 acre estate and former home of the Archbishop of Armagh, is situated on the Friary Road in the centre of Armagh City (next to Armagh Rugby club and Armagh City Hotel). It is now the administration HQ of ABC (Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon) Council and is approximately 60 minutes from Belfast and 1.30 minutes from Dublin. The club would like to thank Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council for making the venue available and supporting the event.

Co-ordinates: N54.340273, W6.650930

Car parking 120 spaces - additional spaces in Dobbin & Scotch St. car parks.
Toilets On site in the courtyard
Changing rooms No
Showers No
Bike wash Yes

Race organiser: Stephen McNally (email
Telephone: 07411 508391