by Tommy Campbell

It certainly is a big weekend for the cyclo-cross aficionados. The national championships are being staged in Glencullen, Co. Dublin on Sunday. But, the promoting club has gone that step further with an event on Saturday for those not involved with the main attraction. Team WORC are behind the gig and somewhere in the mix with the event is none other than Robin Seymour who certainly has carved a name for himself in that particular discipline of the sport  alongside mountain biking. I have no doubt from start to finish this event both on Saturday and Sunday will go off like a well oiled and maintained engine.  Just to give you a brief understanding of cyclo-cross!

It is basically a winter sport that involves laps of a cross country track, with events lasting approximately one hour. The sport differs from mountain-biking in that it has to cross obstacles that require in some instances dismounting and carrying the bikes on their shoulders. The percentage of time varies approximately in or about 4/5% of the event. Aerobic endurance can certainly be a bonus. The sport is believed to have gathered momentum in France and Belgium in the early 1900’s the participants were regarded as coureurs de steeple (STEEPLECHASERS) because often it or not it was a church steeple they would be aiming for.

Defending champion is Roger Aiken who is now an absentee, but Glen Kinning of Kinning Cycles could be the mystery man!  is no stranger to .  No question that Phoenix will retain the Elite Team men, whilst the elite ladies looks a very challenging prospect of naming one’s colors to the mast. I’ll park that. In the junior section, Archie Ryan who have far to travel to the event. He literaslly lives within miles of the location. No doubt knowing the Ryans’ they’ll have  done several reckkies looks a likely one to be me the frame winner. In the Masters section (M40) you want to be off to your trolley to leave out the name of Robin Seymour irrespective of the man hours that he has put in to make this a championship  to to remember. The odds of him winning would be out of reach. As they would say I betting parlance. “He’s off the board.” In the M50 it is going to be a ding dong battle between the two Newry Wheelers CC duos of Des Woods and Peter McConville, but as an aside don’t rule out Peter Buggle.

In the days ahead Sam Bennett a former Junior Tour Winner back in the time when Lough Lannagh Village in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was the hub for that event before it moved on to Tracey’s West County in Co. Clare. He now lines up alongside the world champion Peter Sagan. Who would have dared all those years ago to suggest that Sam would be on the lips of many!

It is with sadness and deep regret that this column has learnt of the death of Nora Moriarty.  The good lady passed on to her eternal reward in the last number of days. The Moriarty family have for a many a long year been associated with cycling at many levels. Her husband Tadhg has been very much to the forefront of the sport in many facets. His daughter Sinead and sons Eugene have represented Ireland on many occasions down the years. Along with his son Conor, daughters-in-law, Iris and Sarah, son-in-law Steven, grandchildren, Cíaran, Brendan, Fionn, and Emmet. We cannot fathom their sad loss. May she rest in peace.

Winter weather can get you down!  Your tires, if you’re not careful! Will cause problems in particular on your brakes, and cables. Care can help protect your bike components. Need I say more?

Irish CX National Champs 14th Jan 2018



Synergy Baku with 11 riders for 2018

The Synergy Baku Cycling Project is heading into the 2018 season with one new foreign rider and three new young Azeri riders, giving the Azerbaijan team 11 riders.

Seven riders are returning from last year: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Kanan Gahramanli, Samir Jabrayilov, Musa Mikayilzade, and Kirill Pozdnyakov. It was announced earlier that Ukrainian Oleksandr Polivoda has joined the team for 2018.

Continuing its mission of developing young Azeri talent, three new U-23 riders will join the team: Karim Shiraliyev, Telman Veliyev and Mikayil Safarli.

“One of the main goals of the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation is to find the talented cyclists and to promote their chances as professionals. The ‘Azerbaijani Talent Programme’ was launched in 2012 and it has been fostering this aim,” said Farhad Aliyev, General Secretary of the Federation. “In particular, I would like to note that our expectations are big for the Synergy Baku team as they have taken part in a number of top races throughout the past season, which gave them opportunity to gain a lot of experience.

“Our strategy is to let Elchin Asadov, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Samir Jabrayilov, and Oleksandr Polivoda, who has joined us this year, to share their knowledge and experience with the young riders. Our main target is to represent Azerbaijan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the strongest athletes.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for 2018: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Kanan Gahramanli, Samir Jabrayilov, Musa Mikayilzade, Oleksandr Polivoda, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Mikayil Safarli, Karim Shiraliyev, and Telman Veliyev.


Minimum Passing Distance Legislation - What does it all mean?

You may have heard a lot about the MPDL (Minimum Passing Distance Legislation) and are not quite sure what it relates to. This is a bill that we want to see passed that makes a minimum passing distance enforceable by law, for when motorists are overtaking cyclists.

What is Stayin’ Alive at 1.5?
Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 is a campaign to pursue the adoption of a law that requires motorists to give cyclists 1.5 metres clearance when passing from the rear.
It is a 2 pronged campaign concentrating on (a) a safety campaign through the Facebook page and sale of a dedicated safety jersey and (b) lobbying of politicians in an effort to have the current ambiguous overtaking law amended.

Using the brilliant Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 Campaign Phil Skelton, from Wexford, has done an enormous amount of work in getting this to the brink of being a reality.

When MPDL is implemented correctly, riders report safer interactions and a growing sense of legitimacy; others report decreases in injuries and fatalities…but you only get this when implemented correctly..
Popping this into legislation and thinking, job done, butters few parsnips..

You may have heard a lot of noise about MPDL this week – and that’s because the Minister of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Minister Shane Ross, was vocal in stating that he does not feel that this is enforceable.

See details here 


The Munster Cycling Academy will be holding a training camp on Sunday the 14th of January.

The camp is open to all Munster rider category’s 12, 14, 16 along with Junior & U23 riders.
This camp is part of the program for riders looking to get selected for Provincial squads & also riders looking to get selected for Irish squads in 2018.

Sunday 14th January

Open to all Munster youth riders U12, U14, U16, Jnr & U23 (Girls are also included)

Sign On: Edel Quinn Hall.

Sign on Time: 10.00am to 10.45am
Roll out at 11.00pm sharp (A talk will be given to the group before rolling out)
The day will involve a road session for each of the age groups.
A meeting will be held after all riders return on the plans for the academy in 2018

Sign on fee is €10 including Lunch

Please email to register for the camp if you did not attend the December camp to Sean Moriarty —-[email protected]

Link to Application Form HERE

Any riders that have not already completed the “Munster Cycling Academy Application Form” must now do so.
Riders under 18 need to have the form signed by a parent/guardian.
This form must be handed in on the day of sign on. 


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