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Ulster Cyclo-Cross - 2010/2011 Season

 

Date: Sunday 3 October 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 1
Location: Lurgan Park
Host club: Apollo CT

On Sunday 3 October 2010 the first round of the 2010 Ulster Cyclo-cross series took place at the picturesque Lurgan Park in County Armagh. The host club was Apollo CT who have run many cycling events in this park due to the continued support of Craigavon Borough Council who even had staff on hand from early in the morning helping to prepare the course. The morning was very busy for the small team of enthusiasts who had to set up over 2 miles of course in time for both the practice laps and racing programme. Sign on took place in the Cush Pavilion beside the tennis courts with the start/finish area situated just outside the building.

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Date: Sunday 24 October 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 2
Location: Seacourt, Larne 
Host club: Team Madigan

Round 2 of the Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series took place today around the Seacourt Community Centre in Larne. The venue had been used two years ago by East Antrim Cycling Club but this time around it was Team Madigan who were hosting the event. The site has seen quite a bit of development in the two years including extensions to the old community building, new football pitches, changing rooms, extended car park, greenhouses etc. which made it obligatory to amend the original course. The venue was excellent in terms of facilities with the club getting use of the changing rooms, showers etc as well as the excellent hall with kitchenette which was used for sign on and prize giving. The organisers had been able to set up most of the course the previous night which cut down the work on the day itself.

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Date: Sunday 7 November 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 3
Location: Aberdelghy, Lisburn 
Host club: Dromara CC

Dromara Cycling Club played host to the third round of the 2010 Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series at Aberdelghy Golf Course in Lisburn on Sunday 7 November 2010. This was a new venue for the club and the club are indebted to Lisburn City Council for their support in allowing access to this picturesque site as well as the use of the club house which had excellent shower facilities, kitchen and club room. The golf club has sufficient car parking facilities, with overflow capacity at Bell's Lane Park, and is easily accessed from all routes into Lisburn. The weather in the lead up to the event was very wet which made for very 'soft' going along the grass sections in the main course but the area near the club house was in good condition for the youth races. On the day itself the weather was superb for November, clear skies and bright sunshine which put riders and spectators in good humour even before racing began. This was in sharp contrast to the previous year when the club's event had to be cancelled at the last minute due to extreme downpours.

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Date: Sunday 14 November 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 4
Location: Barnetts Park, Belfast
Host club: Phoenix CC

The picturesque Barnett's Park near the river Lagan in Belfast was the venue for round 4 of the 6 round Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series. This round was hosted by Phoenix Cycling Club who haven't held an event like this for a number of years but John Bogues and his team stepped up to the challenge with enthusiasm and determination. Car parking was behind the Georgian mansion, Malone House, with changing facilities proved a short distance away at the Queen's University Dub Pavillion. The Under 8s, 10s and 12s course was laid out near the car park among the mature trees with the main course in the park itself making use of the wide open grass fields with a few tricky climbs thrown in. The event had been sponsored by Belfast cycle shop, Bike it, who had erected their feather flags, gazebo and work stands and had brought along some nice shiny bikes to tempt the racers and spectators. Sign on had been set up in a large gazebo overlooking the park and chip timing had been provided by ChampionchipIreland. The riders were greeted to a cold but bright morning with little wind which thankfully remained throughout the day.

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Date: Sunday 21 November 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 5
Location: Ormeau Park, Belfast
Host club: XMTB McConvey Cycles

Ormeau Park in Belfast was the venue for Round 5 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross Series which took place on Sunday 21 November 2010. A bright and dry morning greeted the riders and organisers to the venue that was last used back in the spring when the host club, XMTB McConvey Cycles, held their excellent 3 round mountain bike series. Belfast City Council again showed their support for developing all forms of sport in allowing access to the park. The club had used a lot of the course design from the spring series which remained in one section of trees near the main entrance to the park. For the main cyclo-cross event the organisers had set out a large part of their course on the grassy banks around the football pitches and along the park's boundary fence. The event had attracted 96 competitors, and, as in the other rounds, this included some more first time racers especially in the youth categories.

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Date: Sunday 28 November 2010
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Round 6 / Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships
Location: Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Host club: Newry Wheelers

Newry Wheelers hosted this years Ulster Cyclo-Cross Championships at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor on 28 November 2010. This event was also the sixth and final round of the 2010 Ulster Cyclo-Cross Series which has seen a great increase in numbers in all racing categories. Unfortunately for the host club the previous few days of heavy snowfalls and icy roads made for some slippery driving conditions which put some off from attending the popular venue. The park itself had had a fine blanket of snow from the day before but the morning of the event was bright, dry but bitterly cold. Sign on took place in the tennis pavilion with the racing starting further down the slope. Layers of clothing were the order of the day for both riders and spectators but the snow upon the mountains and forests surrounding the park was magical and set the tone of a great days racing.

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