by Tommy Campbell
The Juniors’ in the Scott Cycles Junior Tour are certainly putting on a magnificent performance to the date in the Scott Cycles Junior which is based In Ennis, Co. Clare. After three days, Ben Walsh heads up the leaderboard, But, it is not all about the JT, cycling for seniors continues with a full programme. Lakeland Wheelers step up to the mark for the Mullingar Grand Prix which is part of a series of classic events. On Saturday, Danny O’Shea will be remembered when a time trial is held in his honour. It may be a couple of weeks away but the The organisers feel this is a good opportunity to establish an event as an annual one and are using this year’s two days of racing for A4 as an experimental effort to gauge the support from the A4 riders.
ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 ROAD RACE.
SUNDAY 23rd JULY 2017
Race promoter is NORTH DONEGAL CYCLING CLUB.
Phone 00353868119966 [email protected]
Race HQ is Logues Bar,Cranford,Co. Donegal.
Car-parking at the Cranford Community Centre.
Refreshments after the races at Logues Bar.
Sign-on from 8.30am-9.30am and 10.am-12.30pm.
Entry fee is £16.00 via Entry Central for all races.
LATE Entry fee is £20 on the day.
There will be 7 Championship Races;
Morning Races….Sign-on from 8.30-9.30am.
—M40……….2 laps x 25 miles
—Ladies……….2 laps x 25 miles
—M50…………2 laps x 25 miles
—M60………..2 laps x 25 miles
There will also be a Non-Championship Race for A4 riders………1 laps x 25 miles
Afternoon Races….Sign-on from10am-12.30pm.
—A*,A1.A2………3 laps x 25 miles
—A3 Senior………3 laps x 25 miles
—A3 Junior………3 laps x 25 miles
Great racing in the Mullingar GP this Sunday. The A1/2 and Ladies races are scheduled as part of the national league so they expect all the top riders and big numbers in the beautiful village of Multyfarnham thiunday (July 16th).
List of previous winners
2012 Colm Cassidy 20:23
2013 Martyn Irvine 19.47
2014 Colm Cassidy 19.22
2015 Colm Cassidy 19.54
2016 Ian Richardson 20.13
CYCLING IRELAND’S Elite National Road Series travels to Multyfarnham in Mullingar for the third-last round this Sunday, as both leaders bid to overturn significant defeats in Round 4..
Having won three of the first four rounds, Paralympic Gold Medallist Eve McCrystal was beaten for the first time in the Brian McNamara GP, Team Madigan CC’s Katharine Smyth taking the race to reduce McCrystal’s lead to 25 points.
The men’s race told an identical story, second-placed Matteo Cigala beating Nenagh Classic winner Mark Dowling, to snip his lead to a skinnier 12 points.
With double points on offer in the finale at the Friends First Laragh Classic in Wicklow on September 2, it remains all to play for in the Elite National Road Series and what better venue to host this crucial round than the home of the 2014 Irish National Cycling Championships.
Run by Lakeside Wheelers, the 2017 Grange Motors Mullingar GP races on its familiar hilly 34km circuit, the Elite National Road Series Men’s race tackling four laps for 136km, and the Women’s racing two for 68km.
Last year Strata 3 Velo Revolution’s Dowling was beaten a tyre-width by UCD CC’s Ian Richardson, Dermot Turlock (Lucan CRC) taking a close third, while Sinnead Oakes (De Ronde Van Cork) beat subsequent National Road Series champion Claire McIlwaine, and Fiona Guihen, now riding for Black Rose Racing.
Oakes could be a real danger to the big two if turning up on Sunday; having finishing fourth in the Nenagh Classic and second in the Deenside Cup, she’s shown strong climbing form this term and comes into Mullingar with 60 points from just two races. Guihen is a threat too, bouncing back from illness to be third in the Brian McNamara.
The Grand Motors Mullingar GP starts and finishes in Multyfarnham, with sign on at the Community Centre from 8am and all races starting at 11am.
National Road Series Standings Overview
While the top two places in the Men’s and Women’s National Road Series tables appear decided, Cigala 32 points clear of third-placed Conn McDunphy and Smyth 55 points clear of injured Orla Walsh, the figures are much tighter below, with points down to 20th position making every effort count.
Dungarvan CC’s Niamh O’Donovan, last year’s champion Claire McIlwaine and Sinnead Oakes round out the women’s top six, all within 70 points of Smyth – 80 points going to the winner of the final race.
It’s first-round winner Darragh O’Mahony in fourth on the men’s circuit, Angus Fyffe, Craig Rea, round three winner Darnell Moore, Chris McGlinchey, Sean Lacey, and Mark Callaghan all accumulating 49 points or more – putting them within 58 points of second, and just 69 points off the top spot.
Giro de Baile Ballycastle Aug the 6th
The North Mayo Sportive
Registration from 8:00am
Cycle starts at 10:00am
Early bird registration is now closed
The entry online is €40
€45 on the Day
€5 for the Family Route which takes place on Sat the 5th @6pm
60km 120km 146km
Free Camping Information
The Giro de Baile temporary campsite’s and parking facilities are located at Tom Langan memorial Park and the Mill B&B
The Local GAA pitch and the Mill B&B are situated just a km from the village this will give you a chance to warm up the legs before registration just ask any marshal on your approach road to Ballycastle
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary Donnelly and Ballycastle GAA for accommodating us
A to Z by Ger Campbell
A is for Alice as in Sherratt, who puts this great event together.
B is for balance!.A healthy balance of training and studies is what it is all about for these young riders
C is for Castlebar where the race spent many happy editions.
D is for Dunbar the only rider to win the event twice.
E is for education which is also important at this stage to the young riders.
F is for forty which is the landmark, this event has now reached.
G is for grub who have supplied riders to the race since year.
H is for the high hills which have to be crested.
I is for international which the field truly is.
J is for JJ Mc Cormack whose brainwave led to this event back in 1978.
K is for koh points that are being chased with vigour.
L is for little people in this race who went on to become very big stars.
M is for more of the same,.long may it continue.
N is for nothing to lose type of approach racing that makes it all so exciting
O is for one! The position they all long for.
P is for the points green jersey
Q is for queens and all the mams who give the race their sons.
R is for ratio.the gears must be kept in check.
S is for Shannon,.the airport that brings in lots of the riders.
T is for tommy campbell.commissaire since the first Year (1978)
U is for unity which was achieved in irish cycling the year after all the feds competed in first jun tour
V is for van loads of supporters keeping the young lads going
W is for xanadu which was a bit hit for olivia newton john back in the year when it all started.
Y is for yellow jersey.they all want this one.
Z is for sleep which we all have to catch up on next week.