by Tommy Campbell
It maybe the off road! But, plans are been fashioned behind closed doors for the year ahead. At the moment, there is no official announcements coming from South Circular Road. A major problem facing the powers that be! Currently, from my perspective. Three major stage races are without sponsorship and if I was to believe the grassroots, things are looking ominous for all three events. Surely it will take the intervention of the powers that be, to bury the nonsense of an ON/OFF notion that is gathering momentum. Certainly, the people behind the respective promotions need to be given confidence that Cycling Ireland will be in their corner and leading them by example. These particular events have a BIG say when it comes to professional promoters. Bet you, that CI are looking ahead of what is coming their way regards invites from other federations. We owe it to the likes of the Ras/Junior Tour/Ras nas mBan to be giving them leadership and above all sponsorship from within the organisation for the year ahead.
2017 AGM Final Notice
The Cycling Ireland Annual General Meeting will take place on 11ht November, at 11am, at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry Co Down. Delegates are requested to arrive prior to 10:45 in order to facilitate a timely start to the AGM.
Standing orders and the Final Notice for the AGM can be found here
A detailed AGM manual with the various reports, accounts and other information will be made available to delegates on the day and also on the Cycling Ireland website at in advance of the AGM.
Please also note:
· Only clubs registered for at least six months are entitled to vote (clause 25.b.ii);
· Those casting votes must be at least 18 years old as at the date of the AGM (clause 34);
· A member may cast only a signal vote for each Affiliated Club, Provincial Executive or Commission of which they are a delegate for (clause 34);
· There is no voting by proxy (clause 25.b.iii)
Event Applications 2018 – System Now Open
Each Provincial Calendar Coordinator will review and approve, or reject, all events submitted online to be promoted in their province. Similarly, Commissions may review and approve, or reject, within its discipline. The applicant for any event rejected must be advised of the rejection and reasons for such. All approved events will be reviewed by the Events Officer who will be responsible for establishing and publishing the full Cycling Ireland Calendar, by province and discipline. Events submitted after the closing date will have no priority in the allocation of dates.
A new front end process which will make entering an event more straight forward.
The system will remain open for 4 weeks with a closing date of Sunday 19th November.
The link below has the process to follow when entering your event.
The Zwift Experience – Virtual Reality Cycling
The National Finals of the School Games is an annual four day multi-sport event hosted in late August and early September in the UK, and a key focus for many of our top Northern Irish riders.
In 2017 the School Games welcomed a world first, as Zwift’s cycling turbo trainer game was introduced into competitive time trials.
The Irish cyclists fared well too!
GOLD: Clodagh Gallaghe in the girl’s 50m street sprints
SILVER: Virtual Boys Team Time Trial
BRONZE: Shay Donley in the boy’s 50m street sprints
We heard from the riders themselves about their experiences:
I really enjoyed the TTT it was different but it was cool! It was like a video game but instead you were actually in it! I definitely wanted to get zwift at home after the TTT ! I would definitely do it again because it was just so cool and different. There were four screens, one in front of each rider, and you could see all your stats and if the other riders were behind you or not. The setup was very smart if you were behind a rider you would feel less resistance on your turbo! It was just really cool! I would definitely love to see more of it in competitions!
The virtual racing was lots of fun! More like playing an Xbox with extremely sore legs and heart rate sitting at a constant 180BPM…
Personally I wouldn’t mind using the system again for training, but for the likes of racing I’d rather keep it on the roads.
The racing on the virtual set up was a team time trial, where four of the Ulster boys and girls had to push to the absolute max to try beat the other teams, this event was based on time so fastest time wins! It was a slow 11 minutes 11 seconds pretty much 🙂
Did I enjoy the virtual reality TTT? Well that depends, truly this is a yes and no answer because at the end of the day it was a TTTT and they are never things which should be enjoyed (if you enjoy it you’re doing it wrong). But on the other hand I really enjoyed the fact that we came second and that this was a true test of our fitness and cut out any variables between teams such as the wind they were subjected to or even passes by vehicles, I think it left it a fairer test. I would rather not do it again, or at least until they fix the bugs/glitches because I found that some people’s turbo trainers maybe weren’t reading properly and in my case my avatar went the wrong direction at the start of the TT leaving me to have to expend energy to chase onto the back of my teammates.
I really enjoyed this weekend, i gained a lot of experience in all the events and learned a lot more. I thought the Team Time Trial on Zwift was really quite cool and felt the effect of drafting and hitting hills would slow down Cadence. The road race was also very fun with a steep hill every lap splitting up the group. I feel like i did alright this weekend, it was just unlucky i was held up behind a crash in the road race because i would of really liked to be in the break. I was happy with my room and food we got and the Loughbrough University. The School Games gave me a lot of motivation coming into my winter training.
I enjoyed the zwift virtual TTT because it was a new and different way to compete and because we were along side each other working together and also able to see our powers on the screen.
I would use the software again as it was a more enjoyable way to suffer inside but not to compete at the moment because of all the technical issues
With no previous experience of Zwift, I was looking forward to the experience, although I was a little unsure how to approach the event. To begin with, the pedalling sensation was unusual for me as I normally train on rollers, but I soon got used to the different feeling. I lost some distance early on, however when our team was reduced to 3 x riders I knew I had to dig deep to get back on the wheel of my teammates and the welcome encouragement (loud encouragement….. lol) from Nicola and Paul was enough motivation for me to close the gap and help the team achieve a respectable time.
I’m not sure if the system was working perfectly although do I think this was an interesting race and I would look forward to competing in this type of event again, especially as I now know what to expect.
The thing I enjoyed most about this event was that it was different and new to me and it didn’t matter whether it poured with rain! I would do it again because it was fun riding in a virtual reality.
I really enjoyed the zwift experience, I had heard great things about it and was dying to try it out as I have never tried virtual racing. I was really impressed by how realistic it was and it was great to try it out with the Ulster team.
It was a lot more fun and the coaches were able to give us guidance along the way, which wouldn’t have happened in a normal TTT. I hope it appears more in the racing scene in the near future.
Philip Deignan from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal has put pen to paper and will wear distinctive colours Team Sky for the 2018 season. The youngster who first tasted and got the bug for cycling on a spin to SLIGO many years ago has come along way since that day. He joined up in 2014 after a two-year-spell at Pro Continental level with the UnitedHealthcare squad.
“It was a very easy decision. I’ve been part of the team now for four years, I’ve settled in nicely and I’ve made so many good friends on the team. I feel almost part of the family now, so it was an easy decision to stay,” Deignan said in a press release issued by the team.
“The season in general I was really happy with. But it’s so easy on this team when you enter a squad with a big leader like a [Chris] Froomey, Sergio Henao or G [Geraint Thomas] and any of these guys. It makes the job so much easier when you’ve got a guy who you know can win. Then you’re able to give 100 percent and you’ve got full confidence. We’re a bit spoiled on Team Sky that we’ve got so many great leaders, but for me as one of the domestiques it makes my job a little bit easier.”
A capable all-rounder with a Grand Tour top 10 at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana on his career palmares, Deignan has spent most of his time with Sky as a support rider for stage races, with occasional opportunities of his own. He has ridden the Giro d’Italia in three of the past four seasons and will continue to focus on that race moving forward.
“I think my aims will be similar to this year, and just trying to be consistently good from February onwards,” Deignan said. “Being able to do the job I’m asked to do, and hopefully have a solid Giro and work towards that race again as a big objective. But mainly consistency and being able to do my job.”
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The AGM and Awards’ Night will be held on separate dates as shown below:
· AGM – on the 11th November in the Newry Canal Park Hotel, Newry;
· Awards’ Night – on the 25st November at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin.
SAVE THE DATE: Cycling Ireland Awards Night 2017
The Cycling Ireland Awards Night is an annual celebration of Irish cycling. This year it takes place on Saturday the 25th November 2017 in the Crowne Plaza, Santry Dublin at 7.30pm.
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.
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.
Tickets are available to purchase HERE
Nominated by Cycling Ireland Provinces and Commissions, and voted by Cycling Ireland Members – have a look at the below categories to discover more about each nominee!
OPEN VOTE FOR CYCLING IRELAND MEMBERS:
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
VOTED BY SPORTS MEDIA:
International cycling performance of the year.
Trying to get through the office of Cycling Ireland.
Question I can’t get through on the phone
Answer The months October – June are our busiest in the office, as it is licence processing time. There are restricted phone hours (10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm). While you have the option to leave a voice message, the most guaranteed method of getting a reply is via email. This will be replied to as soon as possible. If you are a member of a club, you should approach your club secretary first, as they usually have the answer to your query, and access to your online profile.