Last Road Race of the season this weekend (Saturday 29th September) in Katesbridge with the West Down Wheelers GP who was in danger of been cancelled due to low entries but since that has been improved, the promoters WDW decided to keep it going ( More A4’s needed and A1 Vets allowed in the main race) ..so get your entries in for that and support the club based in the Banbridge area. The men in blue have supported the Belgian Project for many years now and is a co sponsor and bursary sponsor. This race also have significance for myself as in 2014 it changed my life dramatically when collapsing at the start on duty as commissaire, very much noted the support after the club have given me, it would be a sin to miss that race personally. Info on link. https://www.racepass.co.uk/Registration/Show/1149
On Sunday 30th September we have the 3rd round of the Ulster CX league at Delamont Country Park near Downpatrick and promoted by Killinchy CC. The “Get County Down and Dirty CX” an appropriate name chosen after the mud fest last year..I will be there for the live commentary the second year in a row, and off course plenty of photos to come from us. Here to enter https://fs27.formsite.com/CUORC/form23/index.htmlOn Saturday 29 September we have the Ulster Hill Climb Championships as first part of the weekends combined Hill Climb Championships held in County Derry and promoted by Foyle CC. Here some info courtesy of the promoters Foyle CC . The Ulster hill climb champs will now take place Saturday 29th September. This is a traditional hill climb type event – Very short and VERY VERY STEEP!!! Check out the strava segment for this climb – https://www.strava.com/segments/7489496
Online entry through Cycling Ireland azolve https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=0DC83B8E787E76E45E4406692AB91B5E47C2D88A
On Sunday 30 September the Irish National Hill Climb Championships take place as part 2 of the weekend. This event is set to be an almighty spectacle. Riders will tackle the legendary climb of “Scalp Mountain” (the Donegal Scalp) and the famous PRIVATE road up to the two masts at the top. With gradients in excess of 25% and sections as long as 300m with averages of 21% this once in a generation opportunity to challenge yourself on this closed private road is not to be missed. Strava segment for Scalp – https://www.strava.com/segments/18835534?filter=overall
NOTE – This is a private road and riders have only been grated permission to ride this during the championships only. No pre race recon rides are permitted. Online entry – https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=712D85C07F0197A4EB0BE2D7CAC778783EFC1B4E The winners of these events will be crowned Ulster and Irish hill climb champions. 2nd and 3rd in each event will also have the honour of standing on the podium. As an added bonus to ensure everyone has a prize to fight for, Foyle CC are awarding prizes for whoever finishes 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th in these events. We will also have a G.C. prize for riders who tackle both events, any non Ulster riders taking part in the Ulster Champs will not qualify for medals but are welcome to take part.
Presentation of awards will be at the Abercorn Bar Derry where there will be a “worlds party” and Foyle CC social event, celebration of the Hillclimb winners and the UCI Elite Mens road race finale on a big screen.