Only one race this weekend and for Ulster riders a very important one to..The Champs this year will be held in Ballyliffin County Donegal and promoted by North Donegal CC and Cycling Ulster. You will be ensured the hospitality of the Donegal people and with an old hand at the wheel called Carl Fullerton (race director-CU committee-CI board member) we know this Champs is in good hands. Carl has been a great supporter of the project and helped us this year with some travel funds which helped us very much during the season.  We will have one of our guest photographers present to take some shots, as I have Belgian friends staying for the week and not be able to attend myself. We wish North Donegal CC and all competitors a safe and successful day ..Info of the race herebelow courtesy of Cycling Ulster and North Donegal CC

One of the key events in the Cycling Ulster road calendar takes place on Sunday 26th August, the Ulster road race championships. This year’s event is hosted by North Donegal CC in Ballyliffin with support from other local clubs and volunteers ensuring a successful day of racing is on the cards. Racing starts at 12 noon and race organiser Carl Fullerton is encouraging riders to pre-enter via the entry portal on the Cycling Ireland website.

Fullerton is also Cycling Ulster Secretary and speaking ahead of the championships said:

“I look forward to welcoming Ulster’s top riders across the various categories to Donegal on Sunday. It promises to be a fantastic day of competition and with Ulster titles and medals up for grabs, I am hoping the event will be well supported from throughout the province. The event comes just a fortnight before the All Ireland senior A3 men and masters road race championships so it will serve as great preparation for that.”

Sign-on will take place at the Ballyliffin Hotel.10.am-11.30am.The sign-on fee is €20 (£18).

The race will be neutralized for 3 km to the edge of Clonmany in order to pass by Sunday Mass in Clonmany Chapel which starts at 11.30am.The race will then start just after the New Graveyard outside Clonmany. The race will go in the direction of Buncrana for 8kms passing the North Pole Bar on the left-hand side and then proceeding northwards over the Carn Mountain Road for 11kms to the edge of Carndonagh. Taking a left turn the race will then proceed for 10kms to Ballyliffin to cross the finish line for the first time. The line is positioned near the top of a category 3 climb with ample parking and room for spectators. Another 3 Kms brings the race back to where it started .At this stage the church at Clonmany will be clear of church attendees but there will be 4 marshals in attendance at the church gates. The 5 races will do between 2 and 4 laps and all will finish in Ballyliffin. 

Races

Race 1 2018 Ulster Seniors Men’s Road Race A1-A2-A3 and A3J.
This race will be a mass start and the distance is 122k, 4 laps of the Round the Block circuit.
It will start before the other races at 12.00pm.

Race 2. 2018 Ulster M40 Road Race Championship.
This race will be a mass start and the distance is 91k, 3 laps of the Round the Block circuit.

Race 3. 2018 Ulster M50 Road Race Championship.
This race will be a mass start and the distance is 91k, 3 laps of the Round the Block circuit.

Race 4. 2018 Ulster M60 Road Race Championships.
This race will be a mass start and the distance is 60k, 2 laps of the Round the Block circuit.

Race 5. 2018 Ulster Women’s Road Race Championships.
This race will be a mass start and the distance is 60k, 2 laps of the Round the Block circuit.

Race Schedule

9. 30 am.   Sign-on at Ballyliffin Hotel.
11.30 am.   Sign-on closes.
11.30 am.   Commissaries will meet race officials
12.00 pm.   Race 1 starts   
12.10 pm.   Race 2 starts
12.20 pm.   Race 3 starts
12.30 pm.   Race 4 starts
12.40 pm.   Race 5 starts
15.30 pm.   Refreshments at Ballyliffin Hotel
16.30 pm.   Presentation of Medals at Ballyliffin Hotel