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by Tommy Campbell

When I see a person on a bicycle, it gives me hope for the human race.-H.G. Wells

The cancellations (yes plural and the season is not out of the stalls-horse racing parlance) for the coming season are mounting up! Surprisingly to say the least as of now a race listed as a Classic in the official handbook for Nenagh, Co. Tipperary has gone walk about. Plus the Suir Valley has followed in hot pursuit. So, not alone have we lost events in a matter of years. Also in the same league, and gone also from the calendar is the Newbridge GP and Ras Donegal.
BUT, over the weekend of the Paddy’s day BANK HOLIDAY which will surely be a bonus for those who have aspirations of participating in stage events over the Easter period. The Newcastlewest CC have because of unseen circumstances brought forward An Caisleann Nua Classic from their original date of 13th of May to the 18th of March. (More details next week).

Just in case it slipped your notice, entry forms for the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan International four-day event/Gorey Three-Day appeared in last week’s DIARY, I put them up again this week.  T. Campbell.
Both events are scheduled for the EASTER PERIOD.

MPDL – official handover of submission to the Dáil
The handing over of the MPDL submission yesterday to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport – Shane Ross – held much significance for the cycling community. The document outlining the recommendations, enforcement processes, and rationale behind the importance of introducing an minimum passing distance legislation for cyclists was developed and supported by a range of cycling groups – including Cycling Ireland.



Six Irish riders will be competing across nine events at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which take place in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from the 28th February – 4th March. Following a strong track world cup season Cycling Ireland achieved qualification spots in all targeted events, including the Madison, which is a new event on the 2020 Olympic Programme.

Speaking after receiving news about the qualification spots, Cycling Ireland Technical Director Brian Nugent said “We have qualified a really strong team of riders and I’m really looking forward to getting started. This is one of the strongest teams we have had at the worlds.”

The busy schedule at the Track Worlds will see riders competing on each day, with the Madison events taking place at the weekend. While new on the Olympic programme, Ireland has already enjoyed considerable success in this event, with the duo of Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley winning a silver medal in this event at the European Championships last October, to add to the gold and silver Track World Cup medals won by Mark Downey and Felix English last year.

Belfast native Robyn Stewart will be in action on Thursday following a solid showing in her first Track World Cup season. The former British National League hockey player has become the first Irish woman to qualify in the Sprint at the World Championships, and will also be competing in the event at the Commonwealth Games in April.

In addition to the Madison with English, Downey will be competing in the points race, an event in which the Team Wiggins rider excels. They won European Track Championship medals in this event at Junior and U23 level, as well as World Cup gold medals in the elite ranks.

The multi-discipline Omnium has been on the Olympic Programme since 2012, and Ireland will be fielding a rider in both the male and female events – Boylan competes on Friday 2nd March, with English in action the following day.

Ireland has always enjoyed success in the Scratch Race – with Martyn Irvine sensationally becoming the World Champion in this event in 2013. Marc Potts will be making his World Championship debut in the Scratch Race in Apeldoorn, and could be one to watch – having scored top five finishes in the event at World Cups this season.

Lydia Gurley is the first rider in action for Ireland, competing in the Scratch Race on Wednesday, 28th February. Gurley has also enjoyed success in this event, winning a bronze in the Cali World Cup last year, and finishing fourth in the event at the European Track Championships this season.

The 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships take place in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from the 28th February – 4th March.


Wednesday 28th February
Women’s Scratch
Lydia Gurley

Thursday 1st March
Women’s Sprint
Robyn Stewart

Men’s Scratch
Marc Potts

Friday 2nd March
Women’s Omnium
Lydia Boylan

Men’s Points
Mark Downey

Saturday 3rd March
Men’s Omnium
Felix English

Women’s Madison
Lydia Boylan
Lydia Gurley

Sunday 4th March
Women’s Points
Lydia Gurley

Men’s Madison
Mark Downey
Felix English


Emyvale CC annual Reliability Run 25th February sign on from 9.00am first group away at 10.00.

Location is 2 mile north of Emyvale on the N2

H18 V008
Ride with gps route

Full shower facilities are present
Hot food and refreshments will be served afterwards
Entry 10 Euro /10 stg


Gorey 3 Day 2018 Entry Form






Travers Engineering Annaclone GP promoted by Banbridge CC 

Travers Eng Annaclone GP – Event Pre-entry Notice & race details

Once again opening the Irish road racing season, the Banbridge CC promoted Travers Engineering Annaclone GP will take place on Saturday 3rd March with pre-entry opening on Monday 19th February at 7pm.

Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 support race.

The ‘A’ race for A1, 2 & 3’s will be 6 laps of the traditional circuit for a total race distance of approx. 50 miles / 80 km, with the winner being awarded the Eddie Sands Memorial Cup. The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 5 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx. 40 miles / 65 km. Please note ‘A3’ women have the choice to enter either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ race. Both races will be restricted to a maximum of 80 riders.

Details of the circuit can be found here;

Entry will be via the Cycling Ireland online pre-entry system at a cost of £15 per adult rider & £10 for junior riders. A link to the pre-entry will be made available both on the Banbridge CC website and Cycling Ireland on Monday 19th.

For the ‘A’ race we will be reserving 35 places for A1 & A2 category riders for a limited time until 6pm on Friday 23rd February, after which all places will be open to all category riders (A1, A2 & A3). The ‘B’ race will be open to A4 category riders only. Entry for both races will close at midnight on Wednesday 28th February. A reserve list will be operated for both events in the scenario of all places being filled.

Both races will start at mid-day, with a roll out from the Event HQ in Annaclone GAA Club at 11:40am.

A valid racing licence is required for all entrants – no exceptions. As per a change at the recent Cycling Ireland AGM, One-day/ Event licences are no longer available. Further details of the event will be released in due course via



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What is included:

  • 5 Nights in beautiful self-catering apartments overlooking the lake
  • All ground transportation to afternoon and evening activities and dinners
  • All luggage and bikes transfers
  • Transportation from Bergamo (BGY) airport to the hotel and vice-versa
  • Every day guided cycling routes
  • 1 Full Pro Experience ride during the loop of the lake (car will be following for mechanical support and refreshment)

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • ​Dinners (organised at €20 pp with a 3 course meal+wine)
  • Single room limited availability at €50 extra


You can give us your bike measurement and special requests and we will give you the wide selections of bikes available.
Bikes will be delivered to the apartments on our arrival, without charge, with puncture kit and helmet on request.
You will just need to bring your own shoes, pedals and your own helmet (if you want).

​Also possible to organise massages from professional masseuse€35 /1hr and for bike fitting from top Italian bike fitter €90



The UCI unveils International Track Cycling Calendar for 2018-2019 season

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to unveil today the UCI International Track Cycling Calendar for the 2018-2019 season. The calendar includes the six rounds of the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, which have been awarded to the following cities:
• Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FRA), 19‐21 October 2018
• Milton (CAN), 26‐28 October 2018
• Berlin (GER), 30 November‐2 December 2018
• London (GBR), 14‐16 December 2018
• Cambridge (NZL), 18‐20 January 2019
• Hong Kong (HKG), 25‐27 January 2019
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, will host the opening round of the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup. The velodrome houses headquarters of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme and national training centre for both track cycling, and BMX with its nearby track. Located in the western outskirts of Paris, near Versailles, the arena welcomed the UCI Track Cycling World Championships the same year as its inauguration, in 2015. The “SQY” venue is part of the World Cup series for the first time.
One week after the opening round in France, the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup continues in Milton, on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. The Mattamy National Cycling Centre in the province of Ontario is the Canadian Cycling Association’s training centre. Built to welcome the 2015 Pan American Games, the velodrome in Milton hosts the World Cup series for the second year in a row, as part of a series of other events planned for the coming years.
After a one-month hiatus, the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup lands in the Velodrom arena of Berlin, Germany. Built by France’s acclaimed architect Dominique Perrault, the multipurpose arena
World Cup will serve as a rehearsal of the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot, to be held at Berlin’s

2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
For the first round of 2019, the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumes in January in Oceania. It is the second time, after 2015, that the international series stops at the Avantidrome of Cambridge, a New Zealand town some 150km south of the North island’s largest city, Auckland. Built in 2014, the Avantidrome velodrome is linked to nearby BMX, road and mountain biking facilities, making Cambridge New Zealand’s official home of cycling and centre of excellence.
is famous
for its roof construction: with a diameter of 142 metres, it is Europe’s largest steel roof. The velodrome
hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 1999. The third round of the
Less than two weeks after Berlin, the
will move to London,
Great Britain. Since its inauguration in 2012, the velodrome of the London 2012 Olympic Games has welcomed the series three times, as well as the UCI World Championships for the discipline in 2016. Known
Lee Valley VeloPark, the venue provided the stage for Bradley Wiggins’ successful UCI Hour Record attempt
on 7 June 2015. The British rider set a new world mark of
54.526 km.

2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup concludes at the end of January in
Hong Kong. It will be
the second World Cup event to be held in the velodrome since it was built in 2013. The city’s velodrome also welcomed the UCI World Championships in 2017, the second time Asia organised the discipline’s leading
annual event after Maebashi, Japan, in 1990.
The 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be part of the qualification campaign towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The 2018-2019 UCI International Track Cycling Calendar also includes the 2018 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships which will take place from August 15 to 19 in Aigle (Switzerland), at the UCI World Cycling Centre, which also houses the UCI headquarters. The 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot will be held in Pruszkow (Poland) from February 27 to March 3.
The full 2018-2019 UCI International Track Cycling Calendar can be found here.

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