New race series to celebrate Irish unification

Cycling Ulster have just announced a high profile Ulster Classic League to celebrate last December's unification of Cycling Ulster and the Northern Ireland Cycling Federation after almost 50 years. West Belfast cycle shop owner Paul Slane has stepped in as the main sponsor and the series will be known as the Slane Cycles-Ulster Classic League.

Slane is no stranger to the cycling world. At just 18 years of age he became the youngest ever winner of the Irish National Road Race Championship and went on to race professionally in Spain. He also represented Ireland at the Olympic Games and still turns up at the odd race to give some of the younger competitors a 'run for their money'.

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