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by Tommy Campbell
The third in the series of the National Road Series goes to post on Sunday with the promotion by the Bray Wheelers CC who is adding the Ken Duff Memorial to the proceedings. But, tomorrow (Saturday), Drogheda Wheelers are pushing out the boundaries with the Dunsany GP which goes to post. Dunsany GAA Grounds. Sign-on 9am. Green Shed circuit (17km). A3 event FOUR laps, 10.30am. A3 THREE laps, 10.33 am. A3 Race 10.30 am
Whereas if you fancy a trip to Limerick Racecourse, out in Patrickswell. “The Shanahans Family Food Criteriums” comes under starters orders for all categories This particular event was scheduled for the 28th of April, but evidently the powers that had a change of direction for tomorrow (Saturday).
Also please ignore An Caisleann Nua Classic listed in the YEARBOOK, that event was held back in April. Still it still might worth a visit to Newcastlewest where you might taste, CAHILL’S CHEESE.
A leisure event which is still taking entries is the Sue Ryder Foundation spin which leaves Dalkey on Saturday week the 19th of May. (see advert in the Diary this week).
Now for the big one of the weekend, the Shay Elliott Memorial and an addition this year is the Ken Duff Memorial
As sure as darkness follows light! The Shay Elliott has set the scene for the upcoming of the Ras Tailteann now in its 65th year. Both have certainly stayed on course to promote cycling. Both are currently without anchor sponsors but this has not detracted from keeping the show on the road.
I certainly have happy memories of Joe Loughman who introduced me to the Bray Wheelers. It was known then as the Route de Chill Mhantáin at the time but later changed its name to celebrate the memory of Elliott.
Bray Wheelers Cycling Club host 61st edition of Shay Elliott Memorial race and the inaugural edition of the late Ken Duff Memorial who died last July. Whilst Shay was well known as a professional cyclist, Ken was always willing and able to support the ‘Wheelers’ in the promotion of local and overseas promotions. It was only right and fitting that his name will live on in the annals of the Bray Wheelers with an event to honour his memory.
What to know:
No pre-registration. Sign-on on the morning at the Clubhouse on Schools Road, Bray from 8.30am – 10.30am sharp, Sunday 13th May 2018.
Shay Elliott Memorial – A1/A2 · 156km · Start 11am
Ken Duff Memorial – A3/J/L · 92km · Start 11.05am
The one-day race is the toughest and one of the longest running events on the domestic calendar and Bray Wheelers have been working hard in recent years to cement its status as the race that everyone wants to win. A field of 200 plus riders are expected to compete in the prestigious events on Sunday (13th May 2018) with a 156km route for A1/A2 riders, and a 92km route for the Ken Duff Memorial for A3/Junior/Women riders, with both routes including the decisive climb over Glenmalure. Over 100 volunteers from Bray Wheelers are involved in organising the two races.
The Shay Elliott was first organised by Bray Wheelers in 1958 having been devised by Joe Loughman. It was known as the Route de Chill Mhantáin at the time but later changed its name to celebrate the memory of Elliott, a prolific one-day rider, renowned for becoming the first Irishman to wear the Tour de France race leader’s yellow jersey. While Sean Kelly remains the only rider to have won the race as a junior, we expect a fiercely fought battle between the top in-form riders of 2018 season, riders like James Davenport, Philip Lavery both of Strata 3 VeloRevolution, Sean Lacey of Viner.
. With the race boasting an illustrious list of previous winners including Peter Crinnion, Peter Doyle, Pat McQuaid, Sean Kelly, Martin Early, Philip Cassidy, David McCann, Ciaran Power, Malcom Elliott, Michael O’Donnell, Dan Craven, Tim Barry, Philip Lavery, Damien Shaw and Martyn Irvine, it is clear that it takes an exceptionally talented rider to secure victory.
The Shay Elliott Memorial for A1/A2 riders starts from the race HQ at Bray Wheelers clubhouse at 11am on Sunday 13th May, with the 92km race for the Ken Duff Memorial for A3/Junior riders starting five minutes later. The clubhouse will be open from 8.30am on the day.
The route for both races leaves the clubhouse neutralised, and merges onto the N11, where the racing begins in Kilmacanogue, and proceeds to Kilpeddar – where the prime for the green jersey in both races will be contested after 12.8km – the race then proceeds to Ashford and Rathdrum. The A1/A2 riders will continue to Ballinaclash where they will complete a new 21km loop three times before tackling the climb of Glenmalure after 116km of racing, while the A3 and Junior riders will turn in Rathdrum for Greenane, meeting the climb of Glenmalure after 53km of racing.
Spectators planning on watching the race unfold at Glenmalure will need to allow time to take a viewing spot by 12.25 for the A3/Junior/Women’s race, with the riders in the A1 and A2 race scheduled to follow later at 13.38. Following the climb, both races will make their way to the race finish at Djouce via Boleynass, Roundwood and Ballinastoe with the riders expected to finish between 14.48 and 13.30 respectively.
Shay Elliott 2017 Results
1. Darnell Moore (Caldwell Omagh);
2. Angus Fyffe (Omagh Wheelers);
3. Mark Dowling (Strata 3 VeloRevolution);
Unplaced A2 Brian McArdle (Scott Cycles/ Orwell)
SHA3 Winner Liam Curley (NRPT Titan Containers)
1. Michelle Geoghegan (Jaden Weldtite);
2. Sinnead Oakes (De Ronde Van Cork);
3. Beth McCluskey (Jaden Weldtite)
1st Unplaced Junior: JB Murphy (Murphy Surveys Kilcullen)
Date Sunday 13th May 2018
Location Bray Wheelers Club House
Eligible categories A1, A2, and separate A3/Junior/Ladies
Distance Shay Elliott: 156km
Inaugural Ken Duff Memorial 92km
Sign-on 8.30am – 10.30am
Start time 11.00am for Shay Elliott and 11.05am for Ken Duff Memorial
Contact John Spain 086 606 2100
Race Routes Shay Elliott: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27251066
Ken Duff : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27263313
Prize List Shay Elliott top twelve, 3 unplaced A2, two primes
Ken Duff top six, unplaced lady, two primes
The Sue Ryder Charity Cycle 2018
Save The Date: Saturday 26th May
Departs from The Sue Ryder House, Coliemore Road, Dalkey
Sign on from: 09.00am Event leaves at 09.30am
Online Registration via Eventbrite – www.eventbrite.ie
We are delighted to announce the date for the 6th Annual Sue Ryder Charity Cycle – 2018
E25.00 including Sue Ryder Jersey, Refreshments and Foodstops & BBQ
Sign on from 09.00 and departing 09.30 from The Sue Ryder House,
Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Two Routes on the day both departing at 09.30
Dalkey – Bray – Blacklion – Kilcoole – Return
Dalkey – Bray – Blacklion – Kilcoole – Rathnew – Wicklow -Brittas – Return
Complimentary BBQ on return to Dalkey
The Sue Ryder Foundation is a Not-for-Profit Organisation providing
independent and supported living for the elderly with six residential
homes within Ireland and 31 charity shops helping to fund our housing
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