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Sunday 23 September 2012

Lurgan Park was bathed in glorious autumn sunshine and full of walkers on Sunday 23 September when a group of 21 cyclists gathered at the tennis pavilion to learn more about the winter sport of cyclo-cross. The training, which followed on from a similar session in 2011, was organised by the Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission to encourage greater uptake in this excellent strand of the sport. The cyclists had come from a wide selection of clubs with some travelling up from Dublin.

The day started with lunch with a chance to relax and chat with fellow riders. Up first was a Powerpoint presentation about all aspects of cyclo-cross conducted by Fred MacSorley. The talk covered the history of the sport, structure of the races, equipment, nutrition and training.

The riders then donned their cycling gear and headed out to the grass area behind the pavilion. Roger Aiken, the current Ulster cyclo-cross champion, lead the group on a warm up lap around the course that is organised in the park by local club Apollo CT. The group was then split in two with Roger taking a master class with a small group of seasoned racers while Fred looked after the large novice group.

The skills of cyclo-cross were broken down into bite size chunks and the riders had plenty of opportunity to practice as well as to ask questions. Emphasis was placed on the ability to dismount the bicycle at speed, lift it over the obstacles and then remount, all in one fluid motion. The rider's increase in confidence was clearly visible as they kept practicing the fundamental moves required. The only aspect missing was riding in mud as the park was nice and dry for the training. However, there will be plenty of mud in the races to come. For more details about the upcoming cyclo-cross season see UlsterCycloCross.com. The rounds will also have a full schedule of youth races and a mountain bike support race. Even if you are not planning on racing, these are great events for spectators as the course are short in distance and short in length (around one hour).

More photos here

Posted by Martin Grimley



With the upcoming Cyclo-cross season about to start in October, the Cycling Ulster Off-road commission have organised a Cyclo-cross training day on Sunday 23 September 2012 at Lurgan Park.  Start time 12 pm with lunch to begin.  Finish 4 pm.

There will be a mix of classroom style talks on training, nutrition etc before the practical work outside.  There are a unique set of skills for cyclo-cross racing which will include dismounts, remounts, cornering and tackling barriers and steps.

This years training will be geared towards both the "novice/beginner" and those who want to improve their skills through a master class from the Ulster champion Roger Aiken.

The training is aimed at those aged 16 or over who will be taking part in cyclo-cross races this year and the cost will be £5 per person payable on the day.
  • All riders must have a current Cycling Ireland licence.  
    (If you need to get one then please contact Martin for advice using the email address below.)
  • All riders to bring along their cyclo-cross bike for the practical sessions
  • A helmet must be worn
In order to help organise numbers for catering purposes, all those wishing to attend the training must contact Martin Grimley either by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by text message to 07899 913865.
Map of Lurgan Park here

Click here to view a report from the training day held on 17 September 2011