posted 16th 2017

by Tommy Campbell

Normal service has certainly been restored this weekend! The action rolls out with the Bray Wheelers organising the Christy McManus event in Roundwood Co. Wicklow tomorrow Saturday. Plus you can feast your eyes on a very exciting day. Also on the same day with a superb track meet at the Sundrive Road venue. For those who want to race against the clock on Sunday morning! Then a trip to Roundwood again for a very early start when the Scott Orwell Wheelers honour two members of the Hammond family with a TIME TRIAL. Not many clubs promote the test against the clock. The Navan Road club also on Sunday has the MEATH GRAND PRIX. There may have been a lull after the AN POST RAS! But clubs north of the capital seem to come into their own with promotions after the RAS. Also the underage will welcome back, events. There has been a serious switch off or the last number of weeks in the Leinster area. Also I can confirm that the Newbridge CC through to their word have made representation to the powers that be for their postponement of an underage programme be run next month. Also the Scott Bicycles Junior Tour has signaled their event which will celebrate 40 YEARS on the road. Of course the coming week is an exciting time with the NATIONALS holding all the aces. The action starts next THURSDAY. With the WEXFORD hurlers in scintillating form!! I have NO doubt the organisation of the championships will be equally live up to all expectations.

BTW Congrats to Mark Shannon of Burren Racing Team who won the Clare County Championship in Barefield Ennis for more Click Here



Please note that the Donamon GP which was due to take place this coming Sunday 18th June has been cancelled.



Munster Road Race Blarney




The Noel and Kieran Hammond Time Trials are on Sunday June 18th from Roundwood. First man is off at 8.30am sign on is from Roundwood GAA club
from 7.30am

Prizes for A1, A2, A3, A4, Lady, U16, U14, U12
The Kieran Hammond memorial Trophy is for the first Junior.
Course is the Usual 35km route starting at the back of the Reservoir out to Moneystown and back.
The Noel Hammond Trophy is the Old Rudge Cup which the club used to run
as a 50mile TT back in the 50’s.



Cycling gender gap - Men more likely to cycle daily in Ireland

Three out of every four people who cycle daily in Ireland are men according to findings of a survey commissioned by The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for National Bike Week.

More than half of the adult population currently owns a bike. However, fewer than one in ten cycle daily and most (74%) say they prefer recreational cycling as opposed to commuting by bike.
Health is the most significant factor that motivates people to cycle. More than six out of ten adults say they cycle for its health benefits and to stay fit. Other reasons given for choosing two wheels include the enjoyment of cycling, the environmental benefits of cycling, as well as its independence and speed over other forms of transport.
The survey also reveals a split between regions with Dublin boasting by far the greatest number of daily cyclists (15%), compared to the rest of Leinster (6%), Munster (5%) and Connacht/Ulster (6%).
The 2011 census showed that over 200, 000 people travelled less than 4km by car on their daily commute to work, school or college. A 4km trip would take 10 to 15 minutes to cycle.
Four out of every ten adults use lights and wear helmets when cycling. Wearing of safety cycling gear (lights, reflective clothing, helmet) on every cycle increases with age.
Hundreds of free cycling events are taking place this week throughout Ireland.The aim of National Bike Week is to raise awareness of cycling and to encourage more people to take up this healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way of making shorter trips. 

Bike Week events are organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups around the country.


Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is delighted to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to add the Madison and BMX Freestyle Park to the Programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Named after legendary races organised at Madison Square Garden in New York (USA), the Madison is a

dynamic, exciting and technically demanding track cycling event, which requires excellent bike handling skills, balance, strategic capability, observation and tactics. The Madison will appear on the Olympic Programme with both men’s and women’s races and two new Olympic gold medals to be won on the track.

The race, which is 50km for men, and 30km for women, involves two riders, a sprinter and a rouleur, working as a team to propel each other forward as they meet between laps. Teams sprint every 10 laps to accumulate points according to the following structure: five points to the first team, three points to the second, two points to the third, and one point to the 4th. Points awarded in the last sprint will be doubled. In addition to the sprints, teams can earn 20 points for lapping the field. The winner is the team with the most points at the end of the race. Famous pairs include many riders who have also been champions on the road such as Juan Esteban Curuchet-Walter Perez (Argentina), Mark Cavendish-Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), Howard Leigh-Cameron Meyer (Australia) and current women World Champions Lotte Kopecky- Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium) crowned in April in Hong-Kong.

BMX Freestyle Park is a spectacular, crowd-pleasing discipline, which takes place on ramps with big transitions and large obstacles. Competitors are judged on tricks performed throughout the course, with points awarded based on difficulty, originality, style and execution. Each rider in both the men’s and women’s events gets two one-minute runs (which both count) to impress the judges, who will reward the rider with a score between 0-100 points, with the ultimate goal being the award of an Olympic gold medal. Famous riders include Logan Martin (Australia), Daniel Dhers (Venezuela), Alex Coleborn (Great Britain) for men, Nikita Ducarroz (Switzerland), Macarena Perez (Chile) and UCI World Cup title holder, 15-year-old Hannah Roberts (USA) for women.

In addition, in line with the UCI’s strategy to promote women’s cycling and the IOC’s Agenda 2020, it was agreed that for Mountain Bike and BMX Racing, several quotas previously allocated to men athletes would be transferred to women, achieving full gender equity in both disciplines.

UCI President Brian Cookson said: “I am thrilled to see four more cycling events joining the Olympic programme. With competitions across very different disciplines, cycling already makes a large and diverse contribution to the Olympic Games, and now becomes the third largest sport in terms of gold medals, with 22 on offer. I am also delighted that we have made another big step towards full gender equity across all of our disciplines.

“I want to thank President Bach and the IOC Executive Board for their confidence and reiterate the UCI’s full commitment to make Tokyo 2020 a great success for cycling. I also want to thank our partner FISE for the role they have played in the development of BMX Freestyle over the past 20 years.

“The Madison will bring its long-established history and exciting format to the Games, while BMX Freestyle Park has great potential to open the event up to a whole new generation of athletes and fans. In an increasingly competitive landscape for Olympic sport, it is important not only to see our overall quota remain unchanged, but to also welcome the award of four additional opportunities for medals in Olympic cycling disciplines.

“I am proud of the effort made over the past few years by all of our National Federations, event organisers, teams and riders, which has helped us improve cycling’s strong position within the Olympic Movement. I am fully committed to continue this work and I am convinced that after extremely successful Games in Rio in 2016, Tokyo will take our sport to another exciting level.”


National Road Championships

Exciting Weekend of Racing on the 22-25 June in Wexford

The Irish Senior National Cycling Championships 2017 in association with the Talbot Collection will take place this year in the small and beautiful county of Wexford.

The weekend is set to be an exciting one with Nicolas Roche, the current champion, coming home to defend his title. Other big names will be there to contest him such as Ryan Mullen, Sam Bennett , Matt Brammeier, Eddie Dunbar and Michael O’Loughlin.

With the Time Trial starting Thursday the 22nd of June, followed by the road races on Saturday and Sunday.

The TT will take place on Thursday at 5:00 PM. The route will go from Johnstown to Kilmore (34km) offering the racers a unique and beautiful backdrop.

David Maguire, Associate Race Director said; “The TT route is one of the nicest routes in the county taking the riders on some of the most beautiful roads in Wexford. There are challenging bends mixed with long straights which will test all of the riders’ skills.”

The Road Races will take place with the M40s, M50s and M60 racing the Saturday June 24th starting from 11:00 AM. This route will take the riders around an 18.95km loop of Wexford town, encompassing short climbs and fast flats.

Sunday will be host to the Under 23s and Elite Men’s race at 11:00 AM. The Elite Women’s race will also take place on the Sunday at the same time.

Race director Derek Webb said: “It great to have the Nationals in Wexford this year. There is already a very strong cycling community and we can’t wait to welcome Ireland’s best riders to our roads. It will be one of the best weekends of racing in the southeast.”

At the launch earlier this month, the main sponsor, ‘The Talbot Collection’ was announced. This is where a lot of the riders will be staying for the duration of the event. They will be housed in the Talbot on Wexford’s beautiful quay front.

“We have been working hard for the past number of months to ensure this is one of the most memorable championships for a long time. We would like to thank Cycling Ireland for entrusting us with this prestigious event and we hope we do it justice.

We would also like to say a big thank you our Sponsors, the Council, the Gardai, Irish Rail and all other Government agencies who worked to help put on this event,” Mr Webb said.


VIDEO – 2017 Wicklow 200

The sights and sounds of the 2017 Wicklow 200

The biggest ever edition of Ireland’s longest running annual challenge bike ride, the Wicklow 200 took place last Sunday (11th June) on the roads of the Garden County.
More than 3000 riders enjoyed the beautiful sights and many of the legendary climbs in Irish cycling. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland’s favourite sportive bike event here.
Riders taking part in the 2017 Wicklow 200 organised by the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association. Photo Kevin McFeely
About Wicklow 200The Wicklow 200 is a non-competitive one-day cycle ride that takes place every June and attracts over 3000 cyclists from many different countries. Established in 1982 the Wicklow 200, as the name suggests, covers over 200 kilometres around Co. Wicklow, taking in most of the famous hills that have made Wicklow a major international cycling destination over the years.

The shorter Wicklow 100 Challenge takes place on the same day, and shares most of its route with the Wicklow 200.

Beginning in 1982, the Wicklow 200 has been organised annually by the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association (I.V.C.A.) and serves as a major fundraising event for cycling in Ireland.

Approximately 250 volunteers provide first aid, mechanical breakdown, route marshalling, car parking, changing rooms, showers, and refreshment stops.



National Omnium Championships – Sundrive Velodrome 17 June

The Senior Omnium Championships are taking place this weekend at the Sundrive Velodrome in Eamonn Ceannt Stadium Dublin. Racing takes place on tomorrow (17th) with competitors from right around the country attending.

Over the course of the day the riders will be competing across 4 events per category. With National titles and medals up for grabs, everything is to play for throughout the day in the Scratch, Elimination, Tempo and Points races.

Speaking ahead of the Championships, Track Chair Jen Sheridan said “This will be a great day of racing, we are delighted to see riders from the High Performance Team coming along like Lydia Boylan, Felix English and defending champion Fintan Ryan.”



Staying Alive at 1.5 Ride – Bunclody 18th June

Come and join us in Bunclody this Sunday (June 18th) for this year’s Wexford Bus 1point5 ride

We have 3 routes to choose from this year:

The 1point5 Century Ride (100kms with 1380metres of climbing) €25

The 1point5 Half Century Ride (50kms with 614metres of climbing) €20

The 1point5 30km Rural Ramble (250metres of climbing) €15

*Non Cycling Ireland licence holders €5 extra for insurance*

We have 2 highly sought after golden ticket prizes exclusive to those who register online.

A fly6 rear facing combo taillight/camera valued at €145

A See.Sense Icon+ intelligent light set valued at € 141

This is the annual fundraiser ride for the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign and is run with the assistance of Slaney Cycling Club.

This year we will be teaming up with the Niall Mellon Foundation for fund share.

Further info can be found on our event page