19 February 2008

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Cycling Ulster Seminar.

The response to the recent Cycling Ulster Seminar, held in Craigavon, has been very positive.  North Down was represented by Terry Nicolletti, Noel Boyce, Flo and Keith Millar.  In addition one of the chief speakers was our own Ian Blayney, a Chief Inspector in the PSNI, who highlighted the positive aspects of the co-operation between Cycling Ulster and the PSNI.  However, Ian had a no nonsense approach to what the PSNI would expect over the coming season. 

There were a whole range of speakers covering many issues.  For example, Cycling Ireland’s Treasurer, Rory Wyley came under the spotlight as he and Stephen Malone, the Insurance consultant patiently answered dozens of queries regarding the mine field of insurance. Guest speakers Emma and Andrew Fitzgerald provided those present with food for thought as they explained the standard which was required to reach Paralympic standards.

Paul Watson form the College of Commissaires out lined the role of Commissaires and how they can provide race organisations with helpful feedback and guidance.
Brian Cardy sang the praises of the current crop of Youth and Junior riders in Ulster.  All-in-all everyone agreed that the seminar was a valuable experience and one which  should be repeated in the future.

Racing Season Beckons

With the racing season only a couple of weeks away riders are reminded that many races this season will require pre-entry.   Races such as the Wallace Caldwell memorial will have a limited number of riders and will be taken on a first come first served bases. 

Club Clothing

As reported last week Mark Coyle is currently constructing an order of club clothing for racing members, recreational cyclists and supporters.  Those wishing to order clothing should get in touch with Mark immediately as the order must be processed with all haste.

Mountain Biking

It was great to see Glen Armstrong featuring in last week’s mountain bike race in Castle Park.  Glen was an accomplished youth and junior rider, who clearly has not lost any of his old flair and aggression – proving once again the old adage that fitness is temporary but class is permanent.

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