by Tommy Campbell

On a sad note! The first winner, Colm Christle of the Ras Tailteann back in 1953 went to his eternal reward during the week. An all round true gentleman in his chosen profession and equally on the bike. He certainly endeared himself to all who came in contact with him. A number of years ago I had the privilege of interviewing him courtesy of Mel Sutclife of Eurocycles. It was indeed breath taking. His memory of that overall win, was truly magnificent. It was like, as if he was pedalling into history all those years ago. He leaves behind wonderful memories. Ar deis De a anam.

I have a feeling from analysing the AGENDA for Cycling Ulster that it will be a forerunner for next week’s AGM of Cycling Ireland. No doubt we’ll have an early indication of what it will surely be like when we cross into Connacht on Saturday week. No doubt you’ll have heard the saying, “TO HELL OR CONNACHT!”
Of course if you are listening on the wires, at least three members are showing an interest in the CEO’S job. Odds are that a ten year stint are out of the question. Interesting to know? How the paymasters are re-acting to the stepping down of Geoff Liffey?

A little bit if history was celebrated in Co. Kildare yesterday, in Celbridge at the premises of BIKEWORX where the legendary Ollie Kelly was fondly remembered when the family got a surprise?

The Cycling Ulster AGM will take place this Saturday (3rd of November 2018) in the O’Neill Arms Hotel at Toomebridge, Co Antrim at 12 noon. The order of business for the day will be as follows below.

Ollie Kelly:

The owners of Bike Worx bicycle shop in Celbridge commissioned Master Bicycle restorer Brendan Hennessy to renovate a bike owned and ridden by their grandfather Ollie Kelly.

Ollie was a very accomplished time trialist in the mid 1940’s and in 1945 he achieved the ‘hat trick’ by winning 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile National Championships

The restored bike is one of three ‘Rudge Aero’s’ that were built specially for three Irish cyclists. One was presented to the Irish Olympian Bertie Donnelly, one to Alo Donegan the first man to do 25 miles in under an hour and the third one was presented to Ollie Kelly.

The bike has been carefully restored but as with all Brendan’s work he still managed to maintain the character of the original bike.

On Thursday 1st November there will be an ‘reveal’ ceremony in the Bikworxs shop and the Rudge will be returned to the Kelly family. Anyone interested in this unique piece of Irish Cycling history is welcome to come along and join in the celebration.

– OldVelos 


Cycling Ulster AGM Final Notice

The Cycling Ulster AGM will take place this Saturday (3rd of November 2018) in the O’Neill Arms Hotel at Toomebridge, Co Antrim at 12 noon. The order of business for the day will be as follows;

  1. Chairman’s Address
  2. To adopt the standing orders for the orderly conduct of the AGM.
  3. To consider the Minutes of the AGM of Saturday 4th November 2017.
  4. To receive the Financial statement to December 2017 approved by Cycling Ireland and the Income and Expenditure Statement for 9 months ended September 2018
  5. To fix the Cycling Ulster levy for 2018
  6. To Receive the following Reports
  • Secretary’s report
  • Vice Chairman’s Report
  • Safeguarding Officer’s report
  • Road Commission report
  • Off-Road Commission report
  • Youth Academy report
  • BMX Report
  • Track Commission report
  • Women’s Commission report
  • Commonwealth Games Update
  • Mary Peter’s Awards and Leisure
  • Technical Officer’s report

Proposed new Constitution Discussion and Ratification

  1. Marian Lamb will give a brief overview of the main changes to the constitution.
  2. Discussion on points raised
  3. Any amendments proposed from floor
  4. Amendments put to vote
  5. Vote to ratify the constitution
  6. Vote to empower Cycling Ulster Executive to make minor changes in consultation with Cycling Ireland
  7. Vote to make new constitution effective immediately

The Updated Constitution will be on the website on Monday evening for download.

(An overview of the major changes will be given by Marian Lamb)

  1. To fix the Cycling Ulster rider levy on competitive road events to £1.

Proposed by Omagh  CC
Cycling Ulster used this levy up to 2013 as a source of income to support commission budgets. At the AGM in 2013 it was dropped due to a lack of member support as it was deemed that CU did not require this financial support.

We have seen how CU are now actively using their budget to support all commissions fairly and evenly and the current rate of income versus spend is unsustainable. However, we need to build sustainable sources of income to support the development of our competitive road riders. This small contribution per event does make a big contribution over the year. We propose the levy is focused on road competitive events and ring-fenced to support the road commission budget. We would suggest other commissions consider a similar approach for relevant disciplines.


  1. Proposal for members to vote in Non- Executive Roles

Proposed by Banbridge CC

It is proposed that the named non-executive voluntary office bearers’ appointments be voted in by within Cycling Ulster be voted in by the membership in line with other voluntary office bearers.

It is hoped that this will allow any potential candidates for the positions to have a formal, democratic process to follow without having to prematurely out any existing office bearers or wait for the Role to become vacant.

  1. We propose that there is a fixed term for these office bearers

Proposed by Banbridge CC

Results co-ordinator – 2 years
Technical Officer – 3 years
Road Commissaire Co-ordinator – 1 Year

Item 9 Election of Officers
Chairperson – one nominee – Tommy McCague proposed by Emyvale CC
Treasurer – one nominee – Oliver Hunter proposed by Bann Valley RC
Safeguarding Officer – on nominee – Marian Lamb Proposed by Phoenix CC
Executive Officers – there are four positions available and four nominations were received.
Tommy Lamb proposed by Phoenix CC
Mark Moroney proposed by Foyle C
Maurice McAllister proposed by Ballymoney CC
Julie Rea proposed by Phoenix CC

Close of business


Voting is now open for the 2018 Cycling Ireland Membership Awards and will close on the 9th of November.

Information on the various award categories, nominees and how to vote can be found here.

The Cycling Ireland Team


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English narrowly misses medal – as Ireland continues Tokyo 2020 qualification in Canada Irish international Felix English narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at the Tissot UCI Track World Cup in Canada this weekend, as Team Ireland left their latest Tokyo 2020 Qualification mission with that 4th and two top 10s.

In the second round of the Track World Cup, coming from the Mattamy Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, English powered to fourth in Friday’s Scratch Race – moving up to bronze medal position briefly, as Greece’s Christos Volikakis was disqualified from third, then later reinstated.

Despite the double disappointment, English was up-beat. He said: “I was really happy there. I’ve been ill for the past week. I was really, really struggling to breathe after the World Cup in France. It’s never nice to miss out on a medal like that, but it was nice
to get over that and race well there. I was feeling myself again.”

English was also part of Ireland’s Madison team with Marc Potts, which finished 11th on Sunday night. The Madison is an Olympic event, and all World Cup races this season act as qualification opportunities.

Cycling Ireland Technical Director Brian Nugent: “The team’s performance was much better than last week in Paris. We were focussing mainly on the Madison for the men and women, and the Women’s Sprint and Keirin. They are the Olympic events at Tokyo 2020, so our main
focus was to get Olympic points for them, which we did – and importantly, we got them outside Europe.”

He added: “The Madison is a new event in the Olympics for the women’s team, and that is starting to take a bit of shape now. We’re where we need to be, and it’s good to see. There is a bit of work to be done in the Men’s Madison, but we know what we have to do.”

Ireland’s Women’s Madison team, Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley, took 10th on Saturday night, Gurley also finishing 19th in Friday’s Scratch Race, and Boylan suffering a frustrating Omnium on Sunday.

In the second of the four Omnium events, she won the Tempo Race with a gutsy late lap gain. That moved her up to fifth in the overall standings, but she was the second rider knocked out in the Elimination Race, and could not repeat her Tempo Race heroics in the
final Points Race.

It gave her 10th overall, and while satisfied given her Elimination Race performance, Boylan feels that’s not her true level. She said: “Traditionally, the Tempo is always my best event, so it was nice to pull a win out of the bag there, but it was short-lived,
as I was straight into my worst event – and it went even worse than normal.

“I feel like I’m close to cracking it. I tried something a little different, but it didn’t work out. In the Points, I tried to go for a lap, but it wasn’t to be their either. That’s my first Omnium of this World Cup, and it’s a good start, I just need to get
it together – then I can be challenging for the medals.”

Shannon McCurley, in action at the London Six Day this weekend, became Ireland’s first female track cyclist at the Olympic Games in Rio two years ago. She competed in the Keirin, which is again on Ireland’s Olympic Qualification wishlist.

It fell to Robyn Stewart to tackle the discipline on Sunday, and she stormed into the Second Round with a never-say-die ride that truly wiped memories of Saturday’s Sprint disappointments.

“It feels like a blur now,” she said. “I attacked early and one girl came round me in the end, and then I managed to hold off the Japanese girl literally by a hair on the line, so I was pretty happy to go through without having to through the repechages.”

She added: “I guess I’m getting faster with each race, and that means I can compete a bit more in the Keirin than I can in the Sprint. The girls I just raced in the minor final were all 2-3 10ths of a second quicker than me in the Sprint yesterday, so I was the
slower rider, but in the Keirin that doesn’t always matter as much.

“I went a bit early and used up all my energy, but it was good. I’ve only been hiding the bike for about three and a half years, so I’m trying to catch up, but I can see myself getting there.”

The next round of the Tissot UCI Track World Cup is in Berlin, Germany from November 30 – December 2. That will be round three of six in the series this season, with the last round coming in Hong Kong in January.