Cyclo-Cross

2013 Cyclo Cross Season

2012 saw Lakelands first participation in the Ulster Cyclo Cross Series. Cyclo-Cross is a bicycle race that usually consists of laps of a short 1.5 – 2  mile course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.

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Irish National Cyclocross Championship – 12th January 2014

Sunday past seen the curtain fall on this years Cyclocross season with the Irish National Championships  in a very muddy Lady Dixon Park in Belfast. The guys having raced the B league in the series decided to step up to race at the higher level. Though both lakeland riders as a result were on the back of the gridding. Raymond Kerr was first out racing in the Veterans race and fought his way through the field to finish in 19th place a great first season for Raymond that also saw him top the B league in the over all standings. Brian Kellett took to the start line for the last race of the day in the elite race and after a chaotic start found himself sitting among the A riders just outside the top 20 when he suffered a puncture that ended his race prematurely. Both riders are already planning to race the series again next year. The off road scene will now shift focus to mountain biking beginning this weekend with lakeland’s own mountain bike race in Colebrook we hope to see you all there.

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Ulster Cyclocross Series Round 8 / Ulster Cyclocross Championship – 15th December 2013

Sunday 15th December seen the final round of the Ulster Cyclocross series for 2013. The race took place in Drumm Manor in cookstown hosted by carn wheelers. The A race doubled up as the Ulster Championships so there were big numbers. The lakeland team were in attendance again despite the cold and rain and were rewarded with Raymond Kerr making another podium claiming second place in a hard fought race. Brian Kellett came in in 9th place so a good day all round. Next up is the National Championships on 12th January.

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Ulster Cyclocross Series Round 7 – 1st December 2013

Ulster Cyclocross series 7 took place in larne on Sunday 1st December at seacourt. Conditions were good on the day and the 3 lakeland club riders took to the start line at 12:50 in what was to prove to be an extremely fast days racing. Well done to raymond Kerr who managed to get on the podium in thrid place and he only narrowly missed a higher finish. Also well done to Peter Jones and Brian Kellett full results are not out yet but both had strong races. Great to to see the club going from strength to strength.

1st ever lakeland podium in cyclocross

1st ever lakeland podium in cyclocross

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Round 6 of the Ulster Cyclocross – The guys were out on Sunday 17th November for round 6 of the ulster cyclocross series in a very wet and muddy Ormeau Park in belfast a real test for man and bike – raymond kerr just missed out on a podium finishing 6th and brian kellett suffered a rear mech mechanical ending his race early.

Moira Park was looking picturesque bathed in autumn sunshine on the first Sunday in November for Round 5 of the Ulster Cyclo-cross series. Only one lakeland rider made this round but it was an impressive 5th place for Raymond Kerr – i brilliant first season in cross for Raymond so far.

Round 4 of the Ulster Cyclocross series in as many months saw the riders take to a very windy course in Bangors castle park another technical course with multiple obstacles and very slippery conditions. Lakeland were again in attendance and Raymond Kerr finished an impressive 4th place with Brian Kellett finishing 16th

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Round 3 in as many weeks seen the Cyclo cross riders travel to a very wet and muddy Windmill Park in Dungannon. Lakeland rider Kieran McGrory unfortunately suffered a puncture that ended his race early but Raymond Kerr and Brian Kellett both managed top 20 finishes.

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Round 2 of the Ulster Cyclocross Series took place on the 13th October in Lady Dixon Park in Belfast on a great cyclocross course. – well done to Raymond Kerr 9th place and Brian Kellett 19th.

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Sunday 6th October saw the first round of this years Ulster Cyclo-Cross series in Lurgan.
Fermanaghs Lakeland Cycle Club was strongly represented with a team of 4 racing, Raymond Kerr, Kieran McGrory, Peter Jones and Brian Kellett. The main races took place at 1pm after all the youth events and the mountain bike support races had completed. Conditions were good with the ground not cutting up too much. The start for the lakeland riders was a sprint to the first corner for a good position among the 43 starters in their race and the heart rates quickly rose to the riders limits. Constant effort for over an hour was required with numerous steep hills, 180 degree corners, off camber sections and planks to dismount and jump over. Raymond Kerr got off to a very strong start and finished in 11th place with Kieran McGrory recovering well after a couple of spills early on to finish 14th great result for both riders in what was their first ever cross race. Brian Kellett came in in 18th place with Peter Jones in 29th. Great result for all of the Guys and no doubt they will be looking to the next round in Lady Dixon Park in Belfast on Sunday the 19th October. More details can be found at http://ulstercyclocross.com/

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