by Tommy Campbell

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” William Butler Yeats.

There is not a day goes by without some observations about the conduct of cyclists on our highways and byways. There has been too many deaths this year on our roads. Last weekend I encountered a number of cyclists who deliberately went through a junction (on coming traffic from the left) with the traffic lights not in their favour. This group of twelve included what I term as BLACK NIGHTS (dressed in black) and a clearly recognisable club. I intend this coming week making contact with club officials. Personally I feel it will fall on deaf ears. But I’ll bring it to their attention. Be careful out there folks.

Back on the cycling scene Munster have a get together on Sunday. Covey Wheelers are certainly flying the flag by all accounts as they prepare for the 2018 season according to Noel Mulroy. Some man for one man! Also if you check the UCI members listing. An Irish man on one of the top committees.

Lets start off with a tweet from SixDayLondon – Mark Downey & Felix English


Its the last round of the Munster CX league of 2017 so lets Get muddy for one last time

Underage racing begins @930am.

all u8/ u10/ u12 register on the day.

B-Race begins @1130
A-Race begins @1pm.

No sign-on on the day!

location: An-oige hostel. Head west on the N72 for Killorglin.

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Cycling Munster Training Camp – December 3rd

Cycling Munster Training Camp - December 3rd

The Munster Cycling Academy will be holding a training camp on Sunday the 3rd of December.

The camp is open to all Munster rider category’s 12, 14, 16 along with Junior & U23riders.

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.

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

Sign On: Kanturk Rugby Club.

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.

Showers will be available in the Kanturk Rugby Club.

Please email to register for the camp with the following 3 lines of information completed before the 28th of Nov to [email protected]

Name ______________________________________

Club _______________________________________

Category 2018 Season ________________________

Note: All Riders must complete this form

Riders under 18 needs to have the form signed by aParent/Guardian.

This form must be handed in on the day of sign on

Westport Covey Wheelers youth development squad were invited to the new state of the art training centre located at jacks old cottage home of Islandeady cycling club,

The club have recently invested in state of the art virtual road cycling training equipment for their club house in Jacks old cottage islandeady and are using the Wahoo Kickr system to run community based spinning and training sessions for individuals interested in learning more about a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing through cycling.

Back last year when the club got a lot of bad press for securing a HSE grant, when I herd of the grant that they secured I started thinking what our club and other clubs could get if we really looked into things, they really thought outside the box on this one and on that I have to commend the guys for that, this year I think they have justified the way they spent the money, they have created a very safe training environment for there members and are also opening the centre up to other clubs, I know the lads there in the club and they are a hard working committed group, we plan to visit it over the year and use it for some specific youth training sessions,

Joe gave the group a tour of jacks cottage and the we got the full history of the house when we sat down for the tea’s and coffees,

On behalf of myself and the parents I’d like to thank the guys from Islandeady cc for the invite and wish them all the best with the training centre.

Noel Mulroy
Head development coach
Westport Covey Wheelers cc

Membership Now Open for 2018

Cycling Ireland is pleased that the GoMembership system is now open for 2018 renewals.

Competitive Members

The 2018 racing season is almost upon us and there are a number of things you will need to consider for the coming year. Please read carefully below;

  • You must have a physical licence and back numbers to race, so renew early and at least one month before you intend to race
  • Check with your club to make sure they have fully affiliated for 2018 as we can’t issue your physical licence until they do so
  • Make sure that if you are of Masters age and wish to ride Masters Championships you select the correct Rider Category

If your club has yet to affiliate or meet the minimum requirements for an affiliated club (i.e. 6 registered members to include Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer), your licence will be held back from postage until the club meets these regulations. We encourage riders to download the Cycling Ireland mobile app which will show you your licence, renewal and delivery status, and also lets you know whether your club has affiliated fully. The ruling this year is that if you don’t have a licence and back numbers on race day you cannot take part.

We would also encourage club officials to affiliate their clubs as early as possible to ensure licences and back numbers are able to go out to members as early as possible in January.

Leisure Members

Leisure membership runs for 12 months from the date of purchase, your next expiry date will be printed on your licence and you will also receive a reminder email that your licence is due for renewal a month before it is due to expire. There is no need for leisure members to renew their licences before the expiry date. Download our new mobile app today to display your Licence status.

Indoor cycling election draws to an end the renewal of the UCI Athletes’ Commission

All 20 members of the Commission are now known

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that Patrick Schnetzer (cycle – ball) and Flavia Zuber (artistic cycling) have been elected to represent indoor cycling on the UCI Athletes’ Commission. The election was held during the 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championship s, in Dornbirn, Austria. All athletes competing in the event were eligible to vote.

Patrick Schnetzer (Austria) was elected from a list of two candidates as the discipline’s male representative, obtaining 67,5% of the votes.

Of the athletes participating i n Dornbirn, 78,5% took part in the vote.

Flavia Zuber (Switzerland) was elected from a list of two candidates as the discipline’s female representative, obtaining 51,3% of the votes.

Members of the Commission are elected for a four – year mandate running to the UCI Congress in 2021.

The indoor cycling election ends the renewal of the

UCI Athletes’ Commission

as part of the reshuffle of all

UCI Commissions

in 2017.

Patrick Schnetzer and Flavia Zuber willform the UCI Athletes’ Commission alongside Kenny Belaey (Belgium) and Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia) representing trials; Ryan Nyquist (USA) and Nina Buitrago (USA) representing BMX Freestyle; Bernhard Eisel (Austria) and Marianne Vos (Netherlands) representing road; Maja Wloszczowska (Poland), Lukas Flückiger (Switzerland), Myriam Nicole (France) and Greg Minnaar (South Africa) representing mountain bike; Sarah Storey (Great Britain) and Colin Lynch (Ireland) representing para – cycling; Laura Smulders (Netherlands) and Liam Phillips (Great Britain) representing BMX Racing; Kristina Vogel (Germany) and Kenny De Ketele (Belgium) representing track cycling; and Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) and Simon Zahner (Switzerland) representing cyclo – cross.

The Commission will meet for the first time on 12 – 13 December at the UCI Headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

This year, the UCI has decided to increase the representation of its various disciplines on the UCI Athletes’ Commission by modifying its e lectoral system.

This new voting system sees the UCI Athletes’ Commission grow from 13 to 20 members, with a perfect Men/Women balance for all disciplines.

In line with the election method of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which elects its members at each Olympic Games, elections of the representatives from each discipline will take place every four years at the UCI World Championships of the relevant discipline.

The mission of the UCI Athletes’ Commission is to: – pr esent the UCI Management Committee with a wide – range of considerations in order to improve the role of athletes in all disciplines; – promote/improve the respect and rights of athletes across all forms of cycling and in all disciplines; – promote ethics an d all fair play rules inherent to the practice of cycling at all levels; – provide a direct link with the UCI Management Committee for major events;

– inform athletes of the range of professional training available to them during and after their sporting c areers; – act as ambassadors and role models for all disciplines and at all levels.

According to the Commission’s terms of reference, the President of the UCI Athletes’ Commission is elected by his/her peers; the election will take place during the Commission’s inaugural meeting in December. The President shall be co – opted onto the UCI Management Committee, the executive body of the Federation which operates under the authority of the Congress, at its next meeting, which will take place in February 2018 in Valkenburg (the Netherlands). In addition, one representative of each discipline on the UCI Athletes’ Commission becomes a member of the commission of his/her discipline, and therefore represents the athletes on that commission. Results of the ind oor cycling election

Cycle – ball Men

Number of votes


Patrick Schnetzer (AUT)



Niels Dirikx (BEL)



Artistic cycling Women

Number of votes


Flavia Zuber (SUI)



Corinna Biethan (GER)



Composition of the UCI Athletes’ Commission

Discipline s

Male representative s

Female representative s

BMX Freestyle

Ryan Nyquist (USA)

Nina Buitrago (USA)

BMX Racing

Liam Phillips (Great Britain)

Laura Smulders (Netherlands)

Cyclo – cross

Simon Zahner (Switzerland)

Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)

Indoor Cycling

Patrick Schnetzer (Austria)

Flavia Zuber (



Mountain Bike

Lukas Flückiger (Switzerland – XCO)

Greg Minnaar (South Africa – DHI)

Maja Wloszczowska (Poland – XCO)

Myriam Nicole (France – DHI)

Para – cycling

Colin Lynch (Ireland)

Sarah Storey (Great Britain)


Bernhard Eisel (Austria)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Track Cycling

Kenny De Ketele (Belgium)

Kristina Vogel (Germany)


Kenny Belaey (Belgium)

Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia)

Results Leinster CX Champs held in Kilruddery.

Senior A:
1. Niall Davis
2. Tim O Regan
3. Paul O Reilly

1. Laura Gillespie
2. Maeve Murragh
3. Claudia Beyolek
4. Breda Horan

Junior Men:
1. Adam Megar
2. Sean Nolan
3. Harry Byrne

Junior Women:
1. Caoimhe May
2. Stephanie Roche
3. Anne Roche
4. Aoife O Brien

1. Robin Seymore
2. Sean O Thuaithail
3. Anthony “zippy” Doyle

1. Mick Jordan
2. Mark Murphy
3. Dominic Hegarty

1. Terry O Neill
2. Justin May
3. Tom Clougher

1. James Willet

1. Con Skully
2. Brendan Conroy
3. Aidan Bray

Senior B:
1. Diarmuid Kavanagh
3. Jim Haide
4. Emmet Callaghan
5. Darren O Toole
6. Eoin Stephens
7. Colm O Brien
8. Marcin Wrohel

UCI Cyclocross Training/Coaching Camp, Aigle, Switzerland.

In October JB Murphy and Will Ryan attended a cyclocross camp in Aigle where they experienced some top class coaching. Below is an account of how that camp unfolded, by Andy Layhe.

As part of Cycling Ireland’s development of cyclocross, riders JB Murphy (U23) and Will Ryan (Junior) accompanied Cyclocross Coordinator Andy Layhe to a week long camp at the UCI Headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

The trio were under the watchful eye of experienced Belgian National Coach Rudy de Bie and former Swiss professional Arnaud Grand. A total of 20 riders from all corners of the world were selected for the event aimed at developing rider skills and cyclocross specific advice and experience.

Morning sessions included cyclocross skills and drills based around the UCI Centre and in particular made use of the cx specific skills section in place there.

Afternoon sessions included road rides ranging from 90mins to 2hr30 in duration, taking in some wonderful training roads that surround the area.

The week culminated with the EKZCrossTour UCI C1 race based within the UCI campus itself. Unseasonal weather greeted the riders as temperatures hit 27 degrees on a very dry and fast course. JB Murphy decided to skip the race to recover in time for his trip to the forthcoming UCI Track event in Berlin. Junior Will Ryan, taking part in his first overseas cyclocross race finished a credible 16th in the junior, 4mins13sec down on winner Loris Rouiller.

CX Coordinator Andy Layhe oversaw all the training rides and undertook classroom sessions with the experienced UCI coaches who were there to study under the UCI’s coaching Diploma Scheme.

The experience gained by both the riders and staff at the camp will be filtered through to the squad of development riders over the course of the season and the forthcoming national squad camps.

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