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by Tommy Campbell
Just when you thought everything was okay in the garden! Out of the blue came the news from the SUNNY EAST that the Wexford Two-Day joins the list of non runners in the calendar! The options were stark for Wexford Wheelers. Run the event and lose your shirt or cut your losses and save for a rainy day. You or I out there would have acted in a professional manner and said, “all will come right in the future”. Certainly anybody I spoke to at last weekends’ Errigal Youth Tour was sorry to see such a prestigious event go by the wayside.
Let us face facts times are a changing and cancellations will gain momentum into the future.
But back to the present, Friday (today) sets the tone with the Galway Road Race Championships. Forward to Saturday and you have the reliable the John Beggs Memorial which is fifth in the National Road Series. Also in the listing for that day is the Munster Criteium Championships 2018, plus the Beechmount Cup. Sunday the Collins Christle Memorial and the Champion of Champions Time Trial. Fast forward to next Thursday and the Leinster and Louth Hill Climb Championships. Included in the course is the infamous Jenkinstown Hill. Would you believe the hill was once used in the An Post Ras which took the majority by surprise?
So, maybe the column started off on a doom and gloom but this weekend it is a feast of racing, as was it in Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal over the August weekend. The local club promoted the Errigal CC promoted the Youth Tour. A record turnout of youngsters, rose to the occasion with superb racing.
Entries are now open for the National Masters TT and RR, and A3 Nationals. You can enter via your Cycling Ireland log in page or click on the links below.
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Irish Team for Tour de l’Avenir is announced
The Irish Team for the Tour de l’Avenir has been announced. The 9 stage ‘mini Tour de France’ occurs from the 17 – 26 August 2018.
Best of Luck
Dromore will once again be the setting for one of the North’s biggest one day cycle races when Banbridge CC host the John Beggs Memorial this Saturday, 11th August. Having been part of the Irish National Road series for the last 3 years for both men and women it continues to attract the strongest of domestic fields.
The women’s race will see last year’s defending Champion Eve McCrystal return, and having just defended her double World Championship win in both the tandem time trial and road race along with her partner Katy George Dunlevy looks to be in super shape and will start as a firm favourite. With upcoming juniors including Lara Gillespie coming through the ranks, McCrystal is likely to face tough competition.
In the men’s race defending champion Adam Stenson will be missing from the start sheet this year, now basing himself from Switzerland with Elite National Team Speeder Cycling Team. Those likely to succeed him on the John Beggs Memorial trophy include Banbridge local man Lindsay Watson who is having the season of his career and showing fantastic consistency which has led him be the 2nd ranked Elite rider in Ireland. National Crterium Champion Dillon Corkery from the Gerard DHL Team has also been having a fantastic season, collecting numerous wins and showing a real hunger for racing – all eyes are likely to be on his back wheel this weekend. Another former winner, Ronan McLaughlin, who has just enjoyed overall victory in the Foyle International 3-day will be backed by a strong Pactimo Viner Caremark Team and would love a repeat win. Darnell Moore of Caldwell Cycles is unlikely to be too far from the front, again another prolific winner this year claiming the National under 23 road title as well as runner up in the Elite’s against the country’s top World Tour riders shows exactly what he is capable of, and should he turn up with that form there likely few who will be able to match him. Given the hilly parcour of the race Mark Dowling will also fancy his chances of Victory. The Leinster man struggled with injury and illness over the winter months but his class is once again showing and he is back to winning ways. He’s enjoyed victory in all other Banbridge CC promoted road events including the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP, The Noel Teggart Memorial and the Banbridge Crit – a win this weekend would complete his set.
All races will face the same 30km circuit taking the riders out of Dromore, winding and rolling through the villages of Kinallen and Dromara with the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop, making their way toward Hillsborough before they turn back once again in the direction of Dromore. With the climbs of Ballykeel Hill, Kinallen and Ballykeel scattered around the circuit, mass bunch finishes are an unlikely outcome for most races. All races will exit the circuit for the final run into Dromore town before the final climb to the finish line atop Mount St.
The men & women’s National Road Series races will be supported by an A3 and A4 race which will include a large number of competitors from the local clubs including hosts Banbridge CC, Dromore CC, Dromara CC, VC Iveagh, TVR & West Down Wheelers, all of who will want to perform in front of the crowds which are likely to gather around the circuit.
Racing will commence at 12 noon, with the first of the races likely to finish shortly after 2pm on Mount St. Estimated finish times for the Women’s race is 3-3:15pm and the Elite Men are likely to conclude their racing 3:10-3:30pm. Traffic diversions will be in place to facilitate the event so some short delays are expected in the area during the early to mid-afternoon.
Cuchulainn CC will once again promote the Leinster & Louth Time Trial Championships. The event will take place on Thursday August 24th 2017 with the first rider off at 7.00pm (Sign on will close at 6.45pm)
Champion of Champions Time Trial – Sunday 12th August
Gareth Murray August 6, 2018 Comments Off on Champion of Champions Time Trial – Sunday 12th August
The Champion of Champions Time Trial promoted by Ards CC takes place on Sunday 12th August. In the past this event has attracted and Olympic Champion and World Hour record holders Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree. Chris Boardman holds the course and event record with a time of 49:36, set in 1993. Craig McAuley of Caldwell Cycles was last year’s winner with a time of 52:56 mins.
Sign on opens at 8:30am in the Londonderry Park car park in Newtownards, closes at 9:20am with the first rider off at 9:30am sharp. A Limited Competition Licence is required as a minimum. The entry fee is £10.
The 25 mile course is our traditional out and back course with a dead turn outside Kircubbin / Saltwater Brig
There are cash prizes for the first three riders and first unplaced lady and junior.
We are also holding a separate club 25 event immediately after the start of the open event. Entry fee will be the usual £2 / £3 but riders will not be classified in the open Champion of Champions event results and will not be eligible for trophy / prizes.
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