Wheelers host Ulster Cyclo tie

The iconic old Tower to be a key feature of the Cyclo Cross Race at Windmill Wood next weekend
The iconic old Tower to be a key feature of the Cyclo Cross Race at Windmill Wood next weekend

The Island Wheelers Cycling Club will be hosting third round of Cycling Ulster Cyclocross league on Sunday at Windmill Wood, Dungannon sponsored by Nugent Trailers.

This event would not be possible without the support of Dungannon council, who have provided Windmill Wood as a venue, prepared the site and placed their facilities at the disposal of Island wheelers.

Hosting is a great privilege for Wheelers, sponsors, council and the local community, as over 200 riders will attend the race from all over Ulster and Indeed Ireland to participate.

It will incorporate a Cyclo-Cross ‘A’, and ‘B’ race, as well as a youth, and mountain bike support race. Parking, toilets, bike wash, and showers (at Dungannon Park) are available. Refreshments will be served on site, so visit Windmill Wood and enjoy great Cyclo-Cross and Mountain biking in a spectacular location.

Pre-registrations for the all the races will be opening closer to the date, keep an eye on the Ulster Cyclo Cross site for more details. Race day sign will open at 09.30, with the full program of events as follows

9:30am: Sign on opens

10:30: U6 fun race

10:40am: U8 race

10:50am: U10 race

11:5am: U12 race

11:30am: MTB support race, U16, U4

12:45pm: Prizegiving

1pm: Cyclo-cross A race

1:2pm Cyclo-cross B race - males only

1:2pm: Cyclo-cross - females only

2:30pm: Prizegiving

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. Further information and directions to the course can be found at www.islandwheelers.com.

The first round of Ulster Cyclo-cross series was on Sunday week at Lurgan Park. The weather was overcast with a strong breeze but it was warm and the park, magnificent in autumn colours, was busy with walkers as well as cyclists. If that wasn’t enough, 20 Island Wheelers turned up to paint the park red, black, and yellow! It was fantastic to see so many Wheelers, both from the youth and senior ranks, taking part.

Furthermore, it was great seeing a number of riders try Cyclo Cross for the first time too, no doubt they’ll have the bug now. It seems the club is expanding into all genres of cycling which is great to see!

Once again, it was the youth riders who were filling the podiums. Darren Rafferty won the U10 race, with his younger brother Adam finishing 3rd in the U8 race just behind Shane Scullion in second, with Oisin Ferrity coming home sixth. In the U6 fun race the Wheelers had five finishing in the top eleven, including a first place; well done to Calum Hepburn, Aliyah Rafferty, Rhy Hepburn, Ciaran Scullion, and Odhran Ferrity! The Wheelers also had Conor Boyle, and James McCourt feature in U16 race with both lads doing well; however, results for this race have yet to be released.

The seniors riders also put in some great performances, notably Raymond Rocks who, in his first ever cyclo-cross race, finished 4th in the B race. Thomas Hepburn finished 10th, with Sean Scullion, Cathal McGuigan, Aidan Lafferty, and Gary Rafferty all finishing well in the race. In the mountain bike support race, Janice Hepburn also came home a fantastic 4th place in the ladies race, with Paul Daly and Damien Lavery both having good races in the men’s race.