In the August edition of the Cycling Ireland newsletter, we’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on the epic National Road & Time Trial Championships, expertly hosted by Island Wheelers on the 22nd, 24th, and 25th of June 2023. 

This sensational event proved to be an absolute haven for every passionate road racing aficionado hailing from all corners of Ireland, in a celebration of pure cycling excellence. 

Revving up the excitement, the three-day extravaganza kicked off with the highly-anticipated National Time Trial Championship. A grueling 31.2km route, boasting 337m of elevation, put the competitors’ mettle to the ultimate test. Picture this: an arduous uphill grind followed by breathtakingly swift, undulating roads, culminating in a nail-biting 5km technical section and a brutal 1km drag to the glorious finish line. 

But wait, there’s more! The main race circuit commenced with a captivating 35.4km opening loop, where the road stretched wide and free, giving the riders a chance to find their rhythm before venturing into the exhilarating 21.8km of technical racing. 

Also, the race distances covered were nothing short of awe-inspiring: 

– Senior Men: A jaw-dropping 166.2 km of pure road warrior action. 

– Senior Women: A fierce 122.6 km (including a 3km neutral start) of power and determination. 

– Junior Men: A thrilling 122.6 km, showcasing the future of cycling talent. 

– Junior Women: A lightning-fast 65.4km, proving that young cyclists are forces to be reckoned with. 

Feast your eyes on the race results below, brought to you by Pop Up Races. 

With this being a UCI event, the club extended heartfelt gratitude to the Commissaire President, Paul Watson, whose invaluable advice and unwavering support paved the way for this incredible spectacle. And not to forget Aaron Wallace, whose dedication in inspecting the circuit and organising the Commissaire Panel was nothing short of commendable. 

What truly set this event apart was the exemplary spirit of collaboration among cycling clubs. Numerous clubs eagerly volunteered to oversee marshal points throughout the action-packed 3 days, proving that camaraderie thrives in the cycling community. 

Cycling Ulster have worked hard to build relations with policing, through the work of Operation Close pass. This event couldn’t have happened without the support and assistance from the Coalisland Neighbourhood crew and Roads Policing. 

A great event enjoyed by all. See you at the next event. 

Photo Credit: Toby Watson