by Tommy Campbell

It’s all systems go this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) evening in the Crown Plaza, Santry is the place to be! It is the AWARDS NIGHT. Unfortunately, I can’t even guess who are in pole position for honours! It is a wait and see situation. The following day, Cyclo Cross will be order of the day. Bray Wheelers CC are staging their event in the grounds of Kilruddery House on the outskirts of Bray, Co. Wicklow. The club is also staging the Leinster Championships. For those participating, they are aware that dry spell, ground a bit dusty. Unfortunately the heavens opened in the last few days. I have a feeling that course is now a very soggy! It will take skill to participate, but this will not deter a huge turnout on this beautiful estate in the heart of Co. Wicklow. You can bet your life that there will be no sore heads from the night before! After all it will blow away the cobwebs! FOR Directions-
Killruddery House & Gardens is situated 20kms south of Dublin, just
beyond Bray in Co. Wicklow. Take the M50 southbound onto the N11
then take the Bray/Greystones exit and follow signs to Greystones. We
are on the right near the end of the Southern Cross road leading from
the N11 to the Greystones Road.

Kilruddery Cyclocross to double up as Leinster Cyclocross Championship

Bray Wheelers have stepped in to promote the Leinster Cyclocross Championships along the Killruddery Cyclocross.

The event  takes place this Sunday 26th November in Kilruddery House, Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow with racing from 10.30am.


In Munster there is another Cyclo Cross event in Drombane (see poster)

To Enter Click Here 



The Cycling Ireland Awards Night is THE annual celebration of Irish cycling. This year it takes place tomorrow evening (Saturday) in the Crowne Plaza, Santry Dublin at 8pm. 

The Awards Night is a visual celebration of cycling, with top racing performances recognised, as well as some of the top cycling moments, including a celebration of the National Champions and outstanding achievement awards.

One of the main attraction of the Awards Night is the Members Awards – which are a series of categories nominated by Cycling Ireland Commissions and voted to by the members.


National Volunteer of the Year
Female (Domestic) Rider of the Year
Male (Domestic) Rider of the Year
Club of the Year
Leisure Event of the Year
Competitive Event of the Year
Club Coach of the Year


Bike Shop of the Year
Connacht Volunteer of the Year
Leinster Volunteer of the Year
Munster Volunteer of the Year
Ulster Volunteer of the Year


International cycling performance of the year.


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


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.



Presentation of cheque from the cycle which was inaugurated for twofold reasons! One raise money for senior citizens committee to fund Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish also to bring cycling back into the public eye in this area. A lot of people in this area grew up with Alo Donegan being the owner of local bicycle shop, also Emo had an annual sports day and grass track cycling featured with some of the top cyclists participating, the likes of  Mick Kinsella, the Flanagans, Doyle’s etc. Then in latter years our own children participated until our son Alan was killed also Ann Kinsella was unique in being the First Lady commissionaire. Cycling has been on a revival with clubs starting up locally in Portarlington and Portlaoise. So it offered an opportunity to organise the event, this was the fourth year. Originally  Fisherstown was the location, but moving to Emo this year. MARK THE DATE FOR 2018????????  Sunday September 23rd, the weather is scheduled to be hot and sunny! Now that’s forecasting in a big way-end-



Race Around Ireland Registration Open!

Eiríkur Ingi Jóhannsson of Iceland in the 2017 Race Around Ireland.
Some of the toughest sportsmen and women in world sport are making plans and gathering crew members ahead of the 10th edition of Race Around Ireland, Europe’s most demanding ultracycling race.

Registration opens today for Race Around Ireland 2018 and its companion event, the Irish Ultra Challenge ahead of the non-stop bike races next August.

Solo riders and teams of two, four and eight riders are training hard for the non-stop race which ranks among the toughest endurance athletic challenges in world sport.

Only a handful of solo riders typically last the course which tests not just their cycling ability on perhaps the most rugged course presented in ultracycling, but also their talent for sleep deprivation.

Riders race for up to five days to complete a circumnavigation of the island which begins in Trim and ends back in Moynalty at the conclusion of more than 2150km of cycling.

Competitors make their own choice about when to rest and the winning riders will often make do with a ration of less than an hour of sleep per day.

The solo riders are participating in one of the qualifying events for the world famous Race Across America or RAAM, the event which began the ultra cycling craze in the 1980s.

Race Around Ireland is acknowledged as one of the few races which can stand alongside the US event as among the most demanding of its kind.

For the teams and support crews which take part, Race Around Ireland will inevitably become a defining moment in their sporting lives and the event helps forge lifelong bonds among team members.

Race Around Ireland ventures into the most challenging topography on the island as it winds its way anticlockwise through Northern Ireland to Donegal, down the Wild Atlantic Way to Kerry and Cork before heading north once again for the final tests in the Wicklow Mountains.

This year’s solo event was won by Nicole Reist of Switzerland while the 1100km Irish Ultra Challenge event which is primarily a first introduction to ultracycling was won by Jason Black.

An early bird discount price is available for fully paid entries while entrants can also register and secure their place in either of the races by paying a deposit.

Entries are limited in all categories for both events which were over subscribed in 2017.

For full details on Race Around Ireland and Irish Ultra Challenge see

For registration see

About Race Around Ireland

Race Around Ireland is regarded as one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world and will take the racers on a 2,151km journey past some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland.  The route takes in Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath and ALL within a week.

The Irish Ultra Challenge is a 1,100km race and is seen as being the perfect stepping-stone into the world of ultra-cycling.  Solo riders have 68 hours to finish. There is no team devision in the Irish Ultra Challenge.



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