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Ulster Cyclo-Cross - 2009/2010 Season

 

Date: Sunday 18 October 2009
Event: UCX Round 1
Location: Lurgan Park
Host club: Apollo CT

Apollo Cycling Team pulled out all the stops to host a superb cyclo-cross event in the beautiful surroundings of Lurgan Park.  The event marked the first round of the Supercross Cup which is based on two events in Northern Ireland and two events in the Republic of Ireland.  The event also marked the start of the newly formed UCX Series which unites the four cyclo-cross events being held in Ulster.  Fred and Allister MacSorley and the rest of the Apollo squad had done a great job converting the public park into a race track.  The course had been shortened from that used for the National CX Championships held in the park back in January this year with the water obstacle removed to allow for faster lap times.  There was little wind in the park with just a slight drizzle before the events started which thankfully stopped for the main races to the pleasure of the many spectators.

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Date: Sunday 25 October 2009
Event: UCX Round 2
Location: Kilroot
Host club: Team Madigan

Team Madigan hosted the second round of the Ulster Cyclo-Cross (UCX) Series at the same venue as last year, opposite Eden Playing fields in Carrickfergus within sight of the Kilroot power station.  The club had faced some fairly wet and windy conditions setting up the course on Saturday and it was perhaps these conditions which lingered into the start of Sunday morning that put off many of the regular participants from coming along.  The club are indebted to the land owner Nigel Dobbs for use of the field which had been well prepared by the farmer just a few weeks before the event to provide a course which was less muddy than last year.  The club also had the added hassle of road works on the main approach road to the site which added to a slight delay in riders arriving to the start line.  Sign on was again in the council changing facilities building which allowed for hot showers and rooms to supply race admin and catering.  

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Date: Sunday 1 November 2009
Event: UCX Round 3
Location: Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn 
Host club: Dromara CC


EVENT CANCELLED - COURSE UNDER WATER

 

Date: Sunday 22 November 2009
Event: UCX Round 4
Location: Ormeau Park, Belfast
Host club: Xmtb


EVENT CANCELLED - COURSE UNDER WATER

 

Date: Sunday 29 November 2009
Event: Ulster Cyclo-cross Championships
Location: Kilbroney, Rostrevor 
Host club: Newry Wheelers

The 2009 Ulster Cyclo-Cross Championships were held today at the excellent Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor.  Local cycling club Newry Wheelers hosted the event which also doubled up as the 3rd round of the 2009 Supercross Cup which attracted a field of riders from the south of Ireland.  The week leading up to the event had been fairly dry which allowed the event to go ahead especially after the previous two cyclo-cross races had to be cancelled due to the recent adverse weather conditions.  The morning of the event was cold with low cloud and drizzle which may have put some people off from coming along especially those bringing youth riders.  Also the race schedule had not included a mountain bike support race which might also have accounted for the main car park being not as full as had been expected.

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