Women’s Ulster Team Retain Best Irish Team at Ras na mBan 2017!



Last Wednesday Ireland’s premier cycling event, The Ras na mBan kicked off in Kilkenny. A total of 114 riders from 24 teams representing 13 different nations took to the start in Kilkenny for an event that has become established as one of the toughest and friendliest autumn stage races on the calendar. This included a strong team from Women’s Cycling Ulster including Lisa Lamont (Team Madigan), Katharine Smyth (Team Madigan), Sharon Bird (Team Madigan), Claire McIlwaine (Phoenix CC) and Eileen Burns (Ballymena Road Club).


The Ulster Team battled hard and made their presence known throughout the 6 stage race. Katharine Smyth produced a consistent and strong performance throughout as she chased the green jersey prize for the best country rider until the finish line of the final stage. On the completion of stage 6 the green jersey was awarded to Eve McCrystal of Garda CC. Women’s Cycling Ulster and Commission congratulates Eve on obtaining this jersey and the hard work and determination she displayed! Katharine finished 11th overall in the GC and second county rider.


Not to be forgotten Claire McIlwaine, the former Green Jersey winner from 2016 produced another fantastic performance placing her also in the top 20 GC as she placed 16th. After this Eileen Burns of Ballymena Road Club improved on her performance from her previous performances at the Ras placing 34th, improving nearly 20 places from her finish in the GC of 2016. Eileen, like many riders this year, was the victim of a number of crashes that unfortunately impact on overall GC standings, however this is a risk and misfortune that all riders face the risk of incurring.

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Lisa and Sharon showed fantastic determination and drive on this their debut at the Ras na mBan. Lisa and Sharon, again were involved in a nasty crash, which nearly brought Lisa’s race to a premature end in Stage 2 when a large number of riders crashed. This resulted in Lisa having bruising to her ribs, however she finished the stage and the entire race carrying this injury!! Sharon showed her strength as an endurance rider and skills in climbing as she had no problem climbing with the leading bunches across many of the stages!

Throughout the 2017 season Women’s Cycling both in Ulster and Ireland has been growing and with that the quality and quantity of talented riders. Now the 2017 road season has come to an end, its time to reflect on your performances and set your goals for 2018, once you have taken a well earned break first!!

Could you be in the Green Jersey at the Ras na mBan 2018?

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Photos courtesy of Sean Rowe.

Burns and Wilkinson take top prizes in Ulster 10TT



On Sunday 20th August Island Wheelers CC hosted the Ulster 10mile TT Championships on the Woodgreen Course. Eileen Burns from Ballymena Road Club maintained her title as Elite Female Champion for the 4th consecutive year with a time of 21:18. Eileen was followed in second by Lisa Lamont of Team Madigan in second place with 23:34.


The competition was high in the Women’s Masters category with a number of competitors whose time have been close all year! Jane Wilkinson of Bann Wheelers took a clear victory on the day with a time of 23:14, nearly a minute in front of her next rival.


Overall Results:

1st Eileen Burns Ballymena Road Club 21.18, 2nd Jane Wilkinson 23:14, 3rd Lisa Lamont Team Madigan C.C. 23.34, 4th Karen Hull Phoenix CC 24.18, 5th Joanne Regan The Bike House CC 24.25, 6th Meta Johnston 24:27, 7th Gillian Orr North Down 25:06

Ciara Kinch of Orwell Wheelers competed and set a time of 23:24, Ciara was not eligible for prize but what a great performance!!

Ciara Kinch Clinches TVR Win

Last night show round 11 of the WCU TT league kick off in Warrenpoint, with a 10TT hosted by TVR. With favourable conditions 6 women signed on to compete over the deceivingly flat, but draggy 10 mile circuit towards Newry and back to Warrenpoint.

Ciara Kinch from Orwell Wheelers put out a great performance to take first women on the night by over a minute to second placed rider Karen Hull of Phoenix CC. With this being the Ulster League, and only Ulster riders eligible for point, Karen is awarded top points as the fastest Ulster rider!


1. Ciara Kinch Orwell Wheelers 25:05
2. Karen Hull Phoenix CC 26:08
3. Gillian Orr North Dowc CC 26:11
4. Ciara Havern 26:40
5. Sheena O’Neill Island Wheelers 28:58
6. Bernie Monaghan TVR 29:28

Round 12 is this Sunday, a 25TT hosted by Ards CC.

Lisa Powers at Phoenix 25TT


Last night Phoenix CC hosted a 25 mile TT on the Woodgreen Course. With dry, but windy conditions with riders were truly put to this test.

Although only 3 women signed on, on what is a busy week on the Cycling Ulster Calender, the tension and competivtivness was high as 2 of the leaders on the leader board were there to contest for the points as the season slowly comes to an end over the next month.

The winner was Lisa Lamont of Team Madigan set a blistering time of 59:31 to take first Women, followed by Joanne Regan (Bike House) with 63:28 and Joanne Lennox (Madigan) 65:21.

Lisa was one of the 16 riders, put of 37 signed on who broke the hour on a night with difficult conditions. Watch this space!

Lisa now leads the league the her top 8 results.

Next round is this Wednesdaym hosted by TVR in Warrenpoint! Tomorrow!

Remember it is your best 8 results.

WCU TT Round up!!

Round 7 WCU TT League (5th July), Warren point 10TT
1st Karen Hull 25:21
2nd Ciara Havern 26:25
3rd Sheena O’Neill 28:02

Round 8 WCU TT League (15th July), Woodgreen 10TT
1st Eileen Burns Ballymena Road Club 22.01
2nd Lisa Lamont Team Madigan C.C. 24.27
3rd Joanne Regan The Bike House CC 24.38
4th Meta Johnston Team Madigan C.C. 25.34
5th Louise Fullerton Ballymena Road Club 28.03

Round 9 WCU TT League (27th July), Woodgreen 10TT
1. Eileen Burns 21:15
2. Joanne Regan 24:34
3. Gillian Orr 25:20
4. Karen Hull 25:33
5. Meta Johnston 25:34
6. Emily-Ann Doyle 25:42
7. Deirdre McAuley 28:12

Round 10 Takes place tomorrow evening on Woodgreen course. This is a 25TT, hosted by Phoenix CC.


WCU TT Round up!

Apologises for the delay in results of the Women’s Cycling Ulster TT results and league standings.

Round 4 took place on Sunday 4th June on Woodgreen Course, Claire McIIwaine of Pheonix GP set a brillrant time of 22.41 to take first lady and 14th overall out of 49 testers!

1. Claire McIlwaine Phoenix CC 22.41
2. Lisa Lamont Team Madigan 24.28
3. Joanne Regan Bike House 25.18 4.Karen Hull Phoenix CC 25.54
5. Meta Johnston Team Madigan 26.34 6.Gillian Orr North Down 26.49 7.Christine Byers Road Bike 29.03
8.Louise Fullerton Ballymena RC 29.05

Round 5 show riders compete in the first 25TT of the league. The TT was hosted by Ballymoney Cycling Club on Father’s Day, the 18th June. Results:
1. Eileen Burns BRC 56.01
2. Lisa Lamont Madigan 60.53
3. Joanne Regan Bike House 63.43
4. Gillian Orr North Down 64.13
5. Karen Hull Phoenix CC 64.47
6. Meta Johnston Madigan 65.25

Round 6, again a 25TT took place on Wednesday 28th June hosted by Ballymena Road Club on Woodgreen. Results:

1. Eileen Burns BRC 56.12
2. Lisa Lamont Madigan 1.01.00
3. Laura Blair BRC 1.04.53
4. Joanne Regan The Bike House 1.05.34
5. Karen Hull Phoenix CC 1.05.48
6. Meta Johnson Madigan 1.06.17
7. Janine Gordon BRC 1.10.48
8. Claire Gillespie BRC 1.13.01
9. Deirdre McAuley Bann Valley 1.13.47

League standings following 6 out of the 13 rounds:

1. Lisa Lamont Team Madigan
2. Joanne Regan The Bike House
3. Eileen Burns Ballymena Road Club
4. Karen Hull Phoenix CC
5. Gillian Orr North Down

Remember, it is your best 8 results over the 13 rounds that count, one of which is required to be a 25TT to qualify for overall league standings.

Round 7 is Wednesday 5th July, hosted by TVR in Warrenpoint. Please follow link for more details!!


Round 3 WCU League

Due to a change of date, round 3 of the Women’s Cycling Ulster League took place on Thursday 25th May on the Toome course. The conditions were less favorible with windu conditions and gusty side winds to contest with, which were exacerbated by the recent removed of the trees that used to line the majority of the course.

6 women signed up to compete. With the Toome course not being used frequently a number of riders new to the course, both male and female took the wrong turn at various roundabouts.

Eileen Burns of Ballymena Road Club, continues to lead of the TT league setting the fastest time on Thursday night of 22:25. Joanne Regan of Power House came in second with a time of 24:43.

Eileen Burns (Ballymena Road Club) 22.25
Joanne Regan (Power House) 24:43
Lisa Lamont (Team Madigan) 25:05
Roberta Henry (Kings Moss CC) 29:03
Joann Lowry (Ballymena Road Club) 30:10
Jane Willinson (Bann Wheelers) DNF

With 13 rounds over the 2017 season, and your best 8 rounds counting towards the overall standings there is still all to play for!! Remember that you must complete one 25TT to be considered for overall league.

Round 4 of the WCU TT League takes place this Sunday 4th June on Woodgreen Course. This is a pre-entry event. Please follow link for same.


Round 2 WCU TT League

The sun was shining on Woodgreen on Tuesday 2nd May, with a slight side wind on the returning 5 miles from the Dunsilly Roundabout.

8 women signed on to compete in the annual Jimmy Devlin 10 mile TT hosted by Phoenix Cycling Club, and round 2 of the WCU TT League.


Claire McIlwaine of Pheonix CC made her debut in the 2017 league setting a brilliant time of 21:46, and was the second women to break into the 21s on the night. McIlwaine was to take second on the night to Eileen Burns (Ballymena Road Club) who set a time of 21:23.


Joanne Regan’s (The Bike House) form continues to improve as she came in in 3rd place setting a time of 23:35.




1 Eileen Burns Ballymena RC 21:23
2 Claire McIlwaine Phoenix CC 21:46
3 Joanne Regan The Bike House 23:35
4 Lisa Lamont Madigan 24:09
5 Karen Hull Phoenix CC 24:09
6 Laura Blair Ballymena CC 24:32
7 Gillian Orr NDCC 25:06
8 Roberta Henry Kings Moss 28:29

Photographs by Alicja Cernak, many thanks.

Round 3 will be held on Saturday 27th May, hosted by the Ernie Magwood Super Six. Sign on and location to be arrange. Updates will be posted on social media.

Women’s Cycling Ulster TT League kicks off on Woodgreen



Saturday the 1st April saw the first round of the Women’s Cycling Ulster Time Trial League take place on Woodgreen, hosted by The Ernie Magwood Supersix League. Conditions were unsettled and as the morning progressed the wind picked up slightly, giving the testers a head wind on the way to the finish in the first 10 mile TT of the season.

14 women signed on to compete, and it was great to see new faces taking on the challenge, and some well-known faces to keep the level of competition high.


On the day Eileen Burns of Ballymena Road Club kicked off her first run on Woodgreen with a time of 21:21, placing her as first women and also placing her 10th overall of a field of 74 riders. Second place was Joanne Regan (The Bike House) setting a time of 24:11, and Lisa Lamont of Team Madigan in third place with a time of 24:16.


Round 1 results:

          Eileen Burns     21:21
Joanne Regan   24:11
Lisa Lamont      24:16
Karen Hull        24:47

Laura Blair        24:48
Gillian Orr        25:06
Mabel Higgins  26:26
Nicola McKay   26:42
Christine Byers 26:59
Roberta Henry  27:07
Sheena O’Neill  27:40
Brenda Ferrity   27:48
Joann Lowry      28:46
Janice Hepburn  33:24

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Round 2 of WCU TT league will take place again on Woodgreen on Tuesday 2nd May, hosted by Phoenix CC. Details regarding sign on will be posted in due course.

Photographs courtesy of Alicja Černák. Thank you Alicja for your continued support

Women’s Cycling Ulster 2017 Time Trial League





Women’s Cycling Ulster is proud to announce the 2017 Time Trial League, and continues to thank the organisers of the events for their continued support to allow them to be included in the league.

As of previous years the league will consist of 13 rounds made up of both 10 and 25 mile TTs. Riders will be required to take part in 8 out of the 13 time trials to qualify for a prize, with at least one of those being a 25mile TT. Points will be awarded as follows 1st = 20 points, 2nd = 19 points, 3rd = 18 points and so on with a rider’s best 8 finishes counting towards her overall points score.



WCU would like to encourage more women to participate in the league this year and newcomers will be made very welcome. You will need a Limited Competition License to enter (for more information see Cycling Ireland – Types of Membership) however there are no special requirements to have a TT bike with many participants just competing on road bikes or with fitted aero bars. For safety reasons it is also compulsory that you are required to have a working rear light fitted.


If anyone is apprehensive about competing for the first time or has any questions about any aspect of women’s cycling then take a look at our TT page or you can contact us through the Women’s Cycling Ulster Facebook page.

We hope to see you on the start line, just remember to bring the good weather!

R1 Saturday 1st April Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Toome. First rider off at 10am.
R2 Tuesday 2nd May Phoenix Jimmy Devlin 10 10 miles Woodgreen. First rider off at 7pm.
R3 Saturday 27th May Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Toome. First rider off at 10am. Pre-entry and full details available http://www.racepass.co.uk/Registration/DisplayRiders?EventId=1058
R4 Thursday 8th June Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 7pm. Pre-entry and full details available http://www.racepass.co.uk/Registration/DisplayRiders?EventId=1059
R5 Sunday 18th June Ballymoney Father’s Day 25 (Ballymoney CC) 25 miles First rider off 10am. More information available http://www.ulstercyclingnews.com/?p=24174
R6 Wednesday 28th June Ernie Mark Cup (Ballymena RC) 25 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 7pm.
R7 Wednesday 5th July TVR Series 10 miles Warrenpoint. First rider off 7pm.
R8 Saturday 15th July Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 10am
R9 Thursday 27th July Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 7pm.


R10 Tuesday 8th August Phoenix 25 25 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 7pm.
R11 Wednesday 9th August TVR Series 10 miles Warrenpoint. First rider off 7pm.
R12 Sunday 13th August Ards Champion of Champions 25 miles Portaferry Road, Newtownards. First rider off 10am.
R13 Sunday 20th August Ernie Magwood Super Six 10 miles Woodgreen. First rider off 10am.

Also Ulster 10TT

Any changes or cancellations to the outlined events above will be notified on our website and Facebook page.