Ulster Report: AGM 2019

Cycling Ulster Women’s Commission 

It’s been a busy and very productive year with plenty of success at many different levels.

On the Road Racing front the year kicked off with a training day, over thirty women joined high performance coach Brian Mc Kinney for a talk and then a training run. Three groups took to the road, a beginner group, a junior/U23 group and an experienced racing group. A fantastic morning set the scene for a good years racing.

Our development league was well supported with an average of 25 women competing each week. We also included two TTs and we were very grateful to the Ernie Magwood organisers who accepted us as part of their event. Teresa Parr from Newry Wheelers was the overall winner

This year was our best ever in term of representative cycling with three cycling ulster women’s team attending events. Early in the year with the help of the Ulster Road Commission three Ulster ladies (Catherine Smyth, Laura Campbell and Eileen Burns) lined up at the Lincoln Grand Prix, each rode brilliantly. Later in the year we picked a development team to ride the Omagh Three Day, again we saw some excellent performances (Lauren Garvey, Laura Wylie, Ciara Kelly, Kathy Kerr and Jennifer Bates) – Laura was to take a stage win and Ciara was awarded the most combatative rider. The road season closed with a team in Ras na Mban (Sharon Bird, Laura Campbell, Ciara havern, Teresa Parr and Eileen Burns) finishing as top Irish Team. 

The Ulster Commission have also held a number of training and demonstration days in different disciplines including Track, Mountain Biking and CX to promote these disciplines and encourage participation. These have been successful and are sure to feature again on our 2020 program 

This year we also launched a very successful Women on Wheel’s program which saw over 150 women at 14 Clubs take to the roads on a sic week program, finishing with the Kevan women’s sportive. This has been very successful and included the training of “ride leaders” within each of the participation club. We hope to see many of these ladies joining our clubs next year and beyond. 

A huge word of thanks must go to the Cycling Ulster Executive who have been so supportive of our efforts in 2019 and made additional funding and resources available whenever necessary 

Yours in Cycling 

Shaun Mc Bride