VCI Racing Round-Up (March 2022)

The Cycling Ireland Open Racing Calendar got under way on Saturday 05 March, with local club Banbridge CC hosting the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP. Traditionally a gruelling test of winter fitness, we had 4 riders representing the club – Gareth and Stevie in the A2 peloton and James and Pete in the A3s. With this…

VCI Awards Night 2021

With no awards night last year, thanks to Covid restrictions, it was great to get a night out together as a club to reflect on the last two years. For a change of scenery this year, the venue was the Belmont House Hotel in Banbridge. We would like to thank the Belmont for hosting us…

VCI @ Lakelander Gravel Grinder (2021)

With the bike industry still booming and the gravel sector continuing to see a huge increase in uptake, we are seeing this reflected at club level, with 300% more gravel bikes in the club than this time last year! Fair enough, this might only mean we’ve gone from 1 to 3, but it’s an increase…

VCI @ Fermanagh 200 (2021)

On Saturday past (11th September) a band of merry men set off for the lakelands of Fermanagh, for the Audax Ireland Fermanagh 200. With 2021 being the centenary year for the Audax Club Parisien, this was also the Ulster Centenary event. Arriving at Ferney Park (home of Ballinamallard United FC) for a start time of…

VCI @ Hugo Loughran GP

The Hugo Loughran GP, hosted by Island Wheelers, on the Ballycrummy circuit (outside Armagh) was held on Friday 23rd July. Always a popular race on the calendar, with a slightly different atmosphere given it’s held on a Friday evening. Two races were held on the evening – an A3/Junior race and an A4 race. We…

VCI @ Hilltown GP

On Saturday past, Armagh Down Cycling Club hosted the Hilltown GP. Over the past few years, this has become a race that many (particularly A4 racers) target, with the hilltop finish often providing a different outcome than the bunch sprint often seen in other races. However, owing to current Covid restrictions, the organisers opted for…