Island Wheelers to host CX Race at Windmill Wood

On Sunday 6th January, the Island Wheelers Cycling Club will host a pre-nationals Cyclo-Cross race in Windmill Wood, Dungannon.

The event will incorporate both a Cyclo-Cross ‘A’, and ‘B’ race, as well as a youth, and mountain bike support race.

Pre-registrations for the all the races are now open, and riders can sign up at The pre-registrations will close on Friday 4th January 2013 at 20.00. Race day sign will open at 09.30, with the full program of events as follows : U6-10:30am; U8-10:40am; U10-10:50am; U12-11:05am; U16-11:30am; MTB Support male & female-11:31am; U14-11:32am; Cyclo-cross race -1pm.

The main course will begin with a fire road start uphill for around 200 metres before heading into a wide trail. The course continues through the trail, out onto a fire road, and back into the trail for around 1.5 miles. There is a green area which will hold the youth course, and will be incorporated into the senior course as well. This wood would have been used for MTB races around 10 years ago.

For all, it will be a great way to start the new year after the Christmas indulgence. For the youth riders, this will be the first race of a new season where they will all have moved up an age bracket, some will move up age category while others will be racing for their second year in a particular age category.

After the final race, the prizes will be awarded, as well as food and refreshments.

Directions to Windmill Wood - coming from M1 head towards Dungannon along the A29. Dungannon Park should be on your left, look for Gortmerron Link Road on your right. Turn up Gortmerron Link Road, then take immediate left onto Cunningham Lane. Follow Cunningham Lane to the end which is onto the Killyman Road. Turn left then look for Killymerron Park on your left. The entrance to Windmill Wood is at the end of this street. Please use the designated parking area and do not park on this street.

For more information on the event, please visit the Island Wheelers website or contact James McLaughlin on 07714 696789 or email at

The Island Wheelers will be having a Boxing Day club run to help burn off the Christmas excess. There will also be a New Years Day run, please visit the club website for more information regarding these cycles. Due to the holidays, there will be no turbo training this week, these classes will recommence in the new year. Finally, the club would like to take this oppertunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!