With less than four weeks to go, organisers of this year's Tour of Ulster say entries are flooding in for the four-day stage race over the final weekend of April and the May bank Holiday. Amongst the early entrants so far is 1999 winner Ciaran Power (Navigators), as is 2001 and 2003 winner Timmy Barry (Dan Morrissey/Carrick). No riders from Ireland's Commonwealth Games team have entered so far, but they are only just arrived back from the Games in Australia.
Irish News will sponsor the Under 23 competition-for the rising stars of Irish cycling. Last year's winner was Commonwealth Games rider Ryan Connor from Ballymena.
For entry forms and details see www.tourofulster.com
Stage 1 - April 29: Newry - Omagh, 140 km
Stage 2 - March 30: Omagh - Cookstown, 100 km
Stage 3 - April 30: Cookstown ITT, 5 km
Stage 4 - May 1: Cookstown - Newry, 110 km