by Tommy Campbell
As we do all, we can to cope with mid-winter blues! It is great to see the evenings lengthening. Now, with thirty days to start of the Irish road season, there is certainly a spring in the air!

Leinsters’ duo of Joe Doolin and Michael Considine will be beside the sea side this Sunday.

NO! Not literally, they will be in the “Garden County of Ireland”, Co. Wicklow. Bray to be precise at the home of the Bray Wheelers Cycling Club. I’m sure the red carpet will be out and the club chairman Mark Murphy and possibly the club president Philip O’Brien will be there to meet and greet the two officials from Leinster along with the underage section plus juniors who’ll be in attendance for training course.


All participants are reminded that a current racing licence is required if they want to participate in the programmes that have laid for the day courtesy of the initiative by the Leinster Cycling organization under the chairmanship of Gerard Campbell.

The road season may not have begun, but already news reaching www.irishcyclingnews.com that the popular Ras Dun na nGall (see PRESS RELEASE normally held over the Whit weekend has become the first official casualty of the season ahead. There are differing reports about its demise, which will eventually surface.

There are no doubts concerning the Easter weekend promotions. The Kerry Group Ras Mumhan, The Tour of the North and the Gorey Three Day all have signalled that they have a clean bill of health when it comes to getting the show on the road come the EASTER WEEKEND.


Ras Dhun na nGall

After many years of running a successful and popular race, the Four Masters Cycling Club has taken the decision not to run the Ras Dhun na nGall this year. There are several reasons for the decision, but it is mainly to do with rising costs and the need for more support personnel than the club can raise. The club realises that people will be disappointed with the decision, but we are not happy to put on an event that is not up to standard and so the decision has been taken to cancel the race.

At this stage we are not sure what the future holds for the race, so we in the club would like to say thanks to everyone who supported us over the last number of years, from our main sponsors at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, the Ardara Town Traders, the people of Ardara, and the many businesses across the North West that helped out. Also included in our thanks are the race officials and support team, the Irish Red Cross, the Gardaí, Donegal County Council, the local and cycling press, and last but not least the riders and teams that took part and gave us such great racing over the years.

 


 

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT

You will no doubt be aware that the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 is currently going through the houses of the Oireachtas. On Wednesday the 7th of February, Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Robert Troy will propose an amendment to this bill which is of crucial importance to cyclists. This amendment, known as the Minimum Passing Distance Law (MPDL), will for the first time define what is a safe distance a driver must maintain when overtaking a cyclist. The proposed bill, if passed with the MPDL amendment, will lead to our roads being safer for cyclists. Last year 15 cyclists were killed on our roads, compared to 10 in 2016. This is a tragic and unwanted statistic, which all Cycling Ireland members will be aware of. It cannot continue!

It is in the interest of everybody who rides a bike that the MPDL amendment is passed and we, in Cyclist.ie with the support of Cycling Ireland, are urging you to write to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD — and to all your local TDs and Senators — on this bill. The bill and amendment need the support of all cyclists countrywide to push for its introduction and to make our roads safer. The letter below is a draft, which you are free to edit, as you feel appropriate, depending on recipient. You can find contact details for your local TDs here: http://www.irishcyclingnews.com/live-td-senator-status-minimum-passing-distance-proposal-mdpl-stayaliveatonepointfive/

In short, thanks to the incredible work of Phil Skelton on the Stayin [email protected] campaign, this MPDL proposal has a real chance of succeeding this year. There is cross-party support but neither FG or SF have yet come out in favour, albeit individual members of FG such as Ciaran Cannon, Regina Doherty and Paudie Coffey are supportive. However, there is opposition from powerful lobby groups such as The Irish Road Haulage Association, the Freight Transport Association and the National Private Hire & Taxi Association, so it is imperative that you urge all your club members to make their voices heard and spend even a few minutes emailing your politicians!

If you receive a response from a TD or Senator by Twitter, do please re-Tweet it (or send it by direct message) to @IBIKEDublin. Otherwise forward on the email from your TD or Senator to [email protected] and I BIKE DUBLIN will update this complete list of politicians’ positions on the bill: http://www.irishcyclingnews.com/live-td-senator-status-minimum-passing-distance-proposal-mdpl-stayaliveatonepointfive/ 


 

CYCLING LEINSTER TRAINING DAY, THIS SUNDAY (4th FEBRUARY)

CYCLING LEINSTER TRAINING DAY, SUNDAY 4th FEBRUARY

The first of the Cycling Leinster Training days for the 2018 season will be held this  Sunday (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. We are particularly interested in meeting Leinster Junior riders who intend to ride the Junior Tour so that we can discuss plans for the year with them.

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. We in Leinster have been asked to select up to ten riders from each age group, i.e. under 12’s, under 14’s and under 16’s.

More information will be furnished about this camp as soon as it comes to hand. 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.

As always, we are looking for leaders to accompany the cyclists and if you are interested in doing this please contact either of the under-signed.

The new Leinster reps for 2018 are Joe Doolan of Acorn Road Club and Mick Considine of Orwell Whs whose details are below.

We hope to hold at least four training days from now onwards into mid-2018, covering various aspects of road racing, track racing and mountain-biking, etc.

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]

 


 

The 28 Day February Cycling Challenge – will you be taking part?
Wintry months can be bleak, and drain you of your motivation. Sometimes new year’s resolutions don’t go quite to plan, and the January blues take over, parking your “new year, new you” goals….

That’s where #2828 comes in, our 28 Day February Cycling Challenge. This is a personal challenge where you aim for a minimum of 28 minutes of cycling every day for the 28 days of February. If you can’t cycle every day, why not throw in a bit of cross training: running, walking, swimming, weights, circuits, rowing… whatever it is that gets you out and about getting some fresh air. Turbos and spinning bikes are allowed also!

This is a facebook challenge so head on over and just click on the “interested” button on our FACEBOOK EVENT to join us for the month. Share your photos, your videos and your messages along the way, and we will share some tips along the way.

Looking for more information including the rules?

 

 


 

New Wicklow 200 Clothing Range Launched

Organisers unveil slick new 2018 Wicklow 200 Cycling Kit

2018 Wicklow 200 jersey.
As riders prepare for Ireland’s toughest one-day bike ride, the organisers of Wicklow 200, in association with Primal Europe, have produced a new clothing range to support the event.

The 37th edition of the popular sportive bike ride centred on Ireland’s picturesque ‘Garden County’ takes place on June 10th when 4,000 riders will face the 200km route including 2700m of climbing in what has become a ‘must do’ event for serious and casual bike riders alike.

The new clothing range from world renowned cycling apparel firm Primal Europe includes a jersey, cap and gilet featuring the distinctive W200 logo and signature lines illustrating the arduous profile of Ireland’s longest-running annual mass participation bike ride.

“In creating this collection we’ve taken our cues from the unique heritage of the event and its iconic status in Irish cycling and sporting culture, while adding a smart modern twist” says James Smith, Company Director of Primal Europe. “The design the team have created for the range is aimed at reflecting what a difficult challenge the event is and we hope that every wearer of the Wicklow 200 clothing collection will carry the colours with pride on June 10th.”

Orders of the three items will be taken from now until 29th March for collection at the event on June 10th.

A special discount of 15% for event entrants will apply to all orders received before the cut off date of March 29th.

For full details about ordering the new collection, see:-
https://www.primaleurope.com/collections/teams-events-wicklow200

The full retail price of the iconic new jersey is €45 while the cap costs €15 and the gilet is €65.

About Wicklow 200
Beginning in 1982, the Wicklow 200 has been organised annually by the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association (I.V.C.A.) and serves as a major fundraising event for cycling in Ireland.

Approximately 200 volunteers will provide first aid, mechanical breakdown, route marshalling, car parking, changing rooms, showers, and refreshment stops.

The 37th annual event takes place on June 10th, 2018.

Photo: Nick Bradshaw

 


 

The UCI has published the full list of WorldTour and Professional Continental teams that will participate in the top two tiers of professional cycling in 2018. There will be 18 teams competing at the highest level and 27 teams in the second division of the sport, which includes six new additions. IN bold, Irish members.

2018 WorldTour

AG2R La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
Bahrain-Merida
BMC Racing Team
Bora-Hansgrohe

FDJ
Lotto Soudal
Mitchelton – Scott
Movistar Team
Quick-Step Floors
Dimension Data
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
Katusha Alpecin
LottoNL-Jumbo
Team Sky
Team Sunweb
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates

2018 Professional Continental
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
Aqua Blue Sport
Bardiani CSF
Burgos-BH
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
Direct Energie
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
Gazprom-Rusvelo
Hagens Berman Axeon
Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
Israel Cycling Academy
Manzana Postobon Team
Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
Pro Cycling Breizh (Fortuneo-Oscaro)
Rally Cycling
Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
Team Novo Nordisk
UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
Veranda’s Willems-Crelan
Vital Concept Cycling Club
Wanty-Groupe Gobert
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia


Galway Baybes Win Outsider Magazine Audience Choice Award

Eleven people won the top prizes at the Outsider Awards 2017 in the Sugar Club on Leeson Street in Dublin last night. The awards presented by Anton Savage celebrate people who are doing amazing things outside mainstream sport on the Irish outdoor and adventure scene.

The thirty-eight nominees across 12 categories represented a mix of awesome adventurers and incredible people who are inspiring others, pushing boundaries and breaking barriers through their chosen sport. Amongst those recognised and awarded on the night were the Galway Baybes all female cycling team.

The team of four cyclists; Marie Boyle, Karen Cassidy, Bríd Ní Neachtain and Joanne Murphy, who were nominated in the Woman of the Year category took home the overall Audience Choice Award for their record-breaking performance in the Race Around Ireland last August. The four Galway athletes in their first ever ultra-endurance marathon cycling event covered 2,212km in 81 hours and 13 minutes setting a new Irish record by an incredible 10 hours and 17 minutes.

In accepting the award, Joanne Murphy co-founder of the Galway Baybes said, ‘We are four ordinary women who wanted to show that with passion, dedication and commitment you can achieve anything. We want to inspire more women to take up the sports of cycling and triathlon. We felt quite inadequate listening to the achievements of some of the other nominees tonight and are very grateful for the nomination and support we as a team have received, we couldn’t have done this with without our crew, sponsors, families and friends. We are truly shocked and delighted to bring a National award home to Galway in recognition of our sporting achievement last year


 

Tech Team Cycle Challenge

After much anticipation, SQS Digital Labs is proud to announce the 2018 “SQS Tech Team Cycle Challenge” in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland. This event follows on from the highly successful cycle challenges held in 2016 and 2017, which saw over 20 mighty teams from the thriving software and technology sector in Northern Ireland taking on a gruelling 80km cycle and raising over £50K to date for local children who are supported by NSPCC in Northern Ireland.

The unique event will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018, supported by our Event Ambassador John Madden and Event Champion Philip Corr. We are also fortunate to have the advice and support of Gordon Parker. So be sure to Save the Date!

We are delighted and privileged to welcome The Titanic Quarter Cycling Club as our Event Partner. The event is open to small and large corporates alike and we encourage team participation from Cycling Clubs. Growing bigger and better with the option of taking on either the 80kmor a new 40km route, both event routes starts in Ballygally, where riders can fly up the scenic coastal stretch, passing through the villages of Glenarm and Broughshane – while incorporating a testing team “time trial” section and the introduction of a gruelling hill climb challenge, appealing to those with a competitive streak. Chips supplied!

The funds raised will help support the NSPCC’s vital services across Northern Ireland which includes the NSPCC Childline helpline operations in Belfast & Foyle, the therapeutic work for those who have experienced abuse, and the NSPCC ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme which is aiming to reach every local primary school.

Registration will follow soon, watch this space!