Christie pedals to success at Ulster Road Race Cycling Championships

Derry rider Marcus Christie continued his winning streak when he leads home a strong field at yesterday’s Ulster Road Race Cycling Championship held in Eglinton, County Derry. Over 200 riders competed across all categories on what was a tough and challenging course, riding three circuits from Eglinton out to Claudy, and then along the Baranailt Road dropping into Ballykelly, before climbing back into Eglinton on the deceptively challenging Killylane Road. Although challenged for much of the ride by Lindsay Watson (North Down) and James Curry (PLUSH Cycling), Christie showed his strength and experience by pulling away on the final lap. At the finish, he had over one minute to spare on the chasing peloton.

Simon Gill, Foyle Cycling Club chairman, was delighted with the day’s racing: ‘this was a fantastic day for the club and one of the biggest racing events staged in Derry over the last three years. The strength of the field today shows great promise for cycling in Ireland in the coming years.’ He continued: ‘the circuit from Eglinton is a great route and the event was only made possible with the support our club volunteers and that of the local community centre and the people of Eglinton, who came out to encourage the riders on the day.’


The next major event in the calendar is the Ladies Only Sportive which will be held on Sunday 11 September. Commencing in the Foyle Hospice in Derry, entry fees will be donated to the Hospice. For more information go to


Cycling Ulster RR Championships

Placing Name Team
1 Marcus Christie Team ASEA
2 Lindsay Watson Plush MTB
3 James Curry Banbridge CC
4 Johnny Taylor Carn Wh
5 David Hamilton North Down CC
6 James Buller Banbridge CC
7 Cameron McIntyre NRPT
8 Christopher Birney Sportactive
9 Conor McCann Team ASEA
10 Darnell Moore Caldwell Cycles
11 Ryan Reilly Foyle CC
12 Gareth McKee Banbridge CC
13 Jody Wright Phoenix
14 Kevin McKinney Armagh City Wh
15 Nathan Weir Harps CC
16 Aaron Parks East Tyrone CC
17 Ethan Fleville Clann Eireann
18 George Peden B/money CC
19 Derek Finnegan Keevan CC
20 Darragh McCarter Donegal Bay CC
21 Mike Millar Twickenham CC
22 Gary Donaldson MolenSpurtens
23 Ryan Bankhead Ballymoney CC
24 Mark Johnston Bann Wh
25 Andrew McCullough Killinchy CC
26 Ryan Jamieson Causeway CC
27 Ivor Hession Phoenix
28 Nigel Bradley NorthWest CC
29 Dean Lockhart Carn Wh
30 Richard Maybin Team Madigan
31 Ben McComb Team Madigan
32 Ronan Kernan Castlereagh CC
33 Aaron McQuaid Emyvale CC
34 Mitchell McLaughlin Errigal CC
35 Patrick Withers FCC/West Tyrone Velo
36 Andrew Chivers North Down CC
37 Mark Scott Maryland Wh
38 Mark McGinley Errigal CC
39 Sean Mullan Clogher Valley Wh
40 James Kelly U/A
41 Stephen Geary Phoenix
42 Kenny Bagenal Newry Wh
43 John Fitzpatrick CKR CC


Team Prize;

1 Banbridge CC Curry (3), Buller (6), McKee (12)
2 Phoenix CC Wright (13), Hession (27), Geary (41)


Women’s RR Championships

Placing Name Team
1 Claire McIlwaine Phoenix
2 Eileen Burns B/mena RC
3 Katherine Smith Team Madigan
4 Jane Millar Bann Wh
5 Joanne Regan Termoneeny Wh
6 Lorraine Mullarkey Emyvale CC
7 Mairead McCrory Carn Wh


Master 40’s RR Championships

Placing Name Team
1 Shaun Carey North Down CC
2 Jason Henry U/A
3 Colm Watson VC Glendale
4 Damein Langan Innishowen Wh
5 Barry Convery Newry Wh
6 Michael Doherty Innishowen Wh
7 Barry McKenna Foyle CC
8 Gary McCullough Team Madigan
9 James Wilson Apollo RT
10 Cathal Smyth Phoenix


Master 50’s RR Championships

Placing Name Team
1 Sam Craig Curran Racing
2 John Madden DigDeep/Inspired Coaching
3 Benny O’Kane Sq Wheels CC
4 Liam Curran Curran Racing
5 Geoff Garrett Phoenix
6 Finbarr Dooey Dunloy CC
7 Eamon mcConvey McConvey Cycles
8 Roger McAuley Donegal Bay CC
9 Seamus Walsh Phoenix
10 John Shaw B/mena RC


Master 60’s RR Championships

Placing Name Team
1 Brian Hannon Banbridge CC
2 Sean Hargan Phoenix
3 Tom Henry North Down CC
4 Gerard Hughes Emyvale CC


A4 Support Race

Placing Name Team
1 Dan Northrop Phoenix
2 Tony O’Docherty Carn Wh
3 Glen McDaid Innishowen Wh
4 Shea Gribbon Carn Wh
5 David Heaney Maryland Wh
6 Francis Cassidy Donegal Bay CC
7 John Hughes Clogher Valley Wh
8 Paul Campbell Keevan CC
9 Roger Brown Roe Valley CC
10 Declan O’Neill Square Wh




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