The road race season starts in Ulster this weekend with the Annaclone GP taking place on Saturday followed by the Phoenix GP on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the opening races of the season, Cycling Ulster Chairperson Tommy McCague said:

“The first races of the season are always an exciting time for cyclists who have spent the winter months preparing to be competitive.

“I am delighted to see the Annaclone GP and Phoenix GP back on the racing calendar. Banbridge CC and Phoenix CC have been promoting races for many years and I want to wish them well with their events this weekend and thank all the volunteers for their continued promotion of our sport.”

As clubs will be aware, Cycling Ulster have race radios available for hire and have decided to waive the £50 fee that has been applied in previous years to help clubs with the increase expenses with organising events.

Radios can be booked for events by contacting Cycling Ulster Membership Development Officer, Gary Lavery ( and collected from his office (Loughgall Country Park, 11-14 Main Street, Loughgall, County Armagh, BT61 8HZ).