by Tommy Campbell
Cycling accidents/deaths. I make no apology for highlighting this. It may or not touch a nerve! Terrible to see it happening and every time you hear the news its just so sad to think someone out doing what they enjoy doesn’t make it home or ends up in hospital. Personally I do think however cyclists need to do more in terms of lighting, route choice (as some roads are so bad unfortunately they cant be really used). Keeping out of harms way on the road, ride safe whilst in groups. It’s one thing being right in an accident but much better be safe. Ideally we would live in a more bike friendly culture but you have to be realistic and have to adapt.
Cycling Ireland do run a good campaign to advise cyclists as well as educating motorists and need to keep up this good work. Lets keep cycling safe in 2018 and I do believe the more cyclists that join clubs the better in terms of safety and regulation which also gives our sport a great image amongst the public. As indicated it is a CHILLING effect and I have no doubt that irrespective of preaching the good sermon!
On a better note, Cycling Leinsters’ duo of Joe Doolin and Michael Considine will be in Bray home of the Bray Wheelers next Saturday week. So, all in the underage and junior category will be very welcome to come and participate. Congratulations to both Ryan Mullen and Sam Bennett getting into the winners’ enclosure. More so, for Ryan braking through the barrier as a winner. Sam has an advantage of breaking numeros barriers a while ago.
With 39 days and counting for the start of the road season, I used the word CHILLING and I have a feeling we will use that word in a more sense in the days and months ahead. Watch this space for an announcement and remember the word!
Cycling Leinster Training days for the 2018 season will be held on Sunday week (the 4th February in Bray). The session will start at 10 am at the Bray Wheelers clubhouse, which is just off the Boghall Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
This training day is open to all Leinster youth and junior riders.
Youth Riders (boys and girls) will be selected at the training day for the National Youth Academy Camp in Castlebar on the 17th/18th February. To be to be eligible for consideration for the National Youth Academy Camp, riders must attend this training day.
The training day will start with some short talks, including talk on plans for 2018 and will be followed by a road spin, which will be broken down into age categories etc .
If you are interested in attending, please let either of the under-signed, either by text or email know as soon as possible and at the latest by Monday, 29th January at the latest as we need to know numbers.
Please note that all participants must hold a 2018 licence
Joe Doolan; Contact details are; 087 240 0961 : [email protected]
Mick Considine; contact details; 087-9866992 : [email protected]
Ballinrobe to get business boost from Spring Duathlon
The duathlon season has got off to a brilliant start in 2018 with the first 3 duathlons all selling out, the 9 event Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series has really caught the attention of runners and cyclist from near and far.
Ballinrobe is round 4 of the series and this year Mc Hale’s are the main sponsors, the reputable engineering company have set high standards for themselves globally so we are expecting a great show on February 10th with over 400 athletes expected to participate.
Event organiser Padraig Marrey of Raceface events said ” Outdoor training and events have really taken off the past 2 years, our course offers participants a flat fast 5k run, a super-fast bike course and scenic last run on the beautiful Bowers riverside walk these been the main attractions”.
Paul Mc Hale said “ Its great to sponsor such a landmark event like the Ballinrobe Duathlon, any event that helps promote fitness and show off the delights of what the town has to offer as a destination is great for the whole community”
The company even have their own corporate team in the 9 event IWDS series and will want to impress on home turf. Western Lakes CC and Hollymount Wheelers are sure to be out in force to show case there strengths.
The event is also supported by Vaughan Shoes with shops in Claremorris, Castlebar and Ballinrobe.
Ballinrobe physiotherapy is making sure that the body is fit for purpose with their range physiotherapy services.
Each sponsor all promote healthy living and outdoor activity.
The event is supported by Mayo County Council, Ballinrobe Tidy towns, Western Lakes CC, The Lakeside sports and fitness club, Ballinrobe Town Management and town traders, the RSA, Core timing, Order of Malta and www.raceface.ie
Road Commission Disc Brakes Statement
Due to the UCI disc brakes trial set to continue for another year at professional level only with UCI, the road commission recommend that Cycling Ireland continue to prohibit road bikes fitted with disc brakes in Cycling Ireland domestic sanctioned competitive road events.” The only exception to this rule will be UCI professional riders competition in A+ Cycling Ireland events.
The Road Commission principal safety concern regarding the trial is mixed braking performance in the domestic peloton, with a distinct difference in stopping power between disc brakes and traditional callipers, until these safety concerns are addressed by the UCI the exclusion will continue. Cycling Ireland Road Commission will evaluate the status again at the end of the 2018 season.
Cycling Ireland welcomes four new Elite National Commissaires
Cycling Ireland College of Commissaires are delighted to announce the successful completion of the UCI Elite National Commissaires course (Road) by all four of its nominated candidates over the Winter.
Aaron Wallace (Banbridge CC), Aidan Higgins (Carn Wheelers), John Breen (Currow CC) and Pat Dowd (Garda CC) attended the course delivered by one of the UCI’s most experienced International Commissaires, Mr Martijn Swinkels of the Netherlands. The courses took place in Germany, Poland and the UK and we like to thank the German Cycling Federation, Polish Cycling Federation and British Cycling for giving our candidates the opportunity to participate.
The four-day course covers all aspects of Road Racing from the technical regulations to the controlling of the race convoy during various road race scenarios. The candidates are then examined by means of three different examinations testing their knowledge of regulations, race and results management and communication skills.
Achieving the endorsement of Elite National Commissaire now allows the candidates to be considered for selection for the next step which is UCI International Commissaire of which Ireland has a total of five.
Cycling Ireland wish to congratulate the candidates and are thrilled to see that our candidates who volunteer so much of their time to Commissairing and many other aspects of the sport nationally can also meet the tough standards established by the UCI.
Para-cycling Tandem Pilot Recruitment
Paracycling is one of Irelands most decorated and successful High Performance Sports Programmes, achieving considerable success in both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
The Tandem element of the programme has produced some amazing pairings and impressive results in the last 8yrs. In order to maintain the dynamism and standard of the sport into the future, Cycling Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from both Male & Female experienced cyclists to trial for Tandem Piloting.
In order to be considered for testing and trials, please forward your (Sporting) CV to Neill Delahaye and include THIS FORM COMPLETED with your application. Minimum age 18yrs (1st year Senior)