by Tommy Campbell
Well, the countdown is well and truly on for next weekend’s get together for the Annual Congress which will be based in Newry, Co. Down. It is quiet on the Western front here at the moment! But, I’m sure the fireworks will begin in earnest next week. No holes barred! If the road season was good. The track people both at home (three locations, Dublin/Kanturk/Belfast) who laid the groundwork for the future. Those ladies and gents who have flown the flag abroad are certainly getting their just reward with medals in gold silver and bronze. Further afield in Mexico, Greg Swinand formerly of the Aqua Blue Academy. Good luck to the EUROPEAN venture and in particular Martyn Irvine who has opted for the seat in the car in preference to the saddle! Nice title Director Sportife that looked well on the CV in years to come?
Now entering its 30 plus years on the road, THE WICKLOW 200 is now accepting entries. Evidently, this year’s event caused quiet a stir! If you are not in, hard luck. It might be an ideal present for those nearest and dearest to you?
Now there is cyclist that has been around the block. And, I say that with sincerity. He has a record second to none in cycling circles. Not a year has gone bye that he has hasn’t tasted success. Since joining the MASTERS CLASS he has gone up another few notches. Now, he has spread his wings and has gone for a biggie. The location is Mexico and it is all about sea level. For those of us who took the time to watch the Formula One Grand Prix? It was sheer magic and you would have to be touched with the amount of spectators. At least a half million punters! Well, when Greg goes for the world masters 50-54 hour world record attempt at Augas Calientes in Mexico (hope that the current President of the United States has begun to build the wall?????????????????????? Thankfully he’ll have a good man in his corner. Yes, Mr. Cigala a team mate from the now disbanded Aqua Blue Academy. Still. the show goes on. Pencil in NOVEMBER 16th for the attempt. The current record stands at 49.392km. I’LL HAVE A LITTLE WAGER with Paddy Power that he sneaks inside the previous standing.
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)
Ulster: Cycling Ireland Regional Information Sessions
Throughout October and November Cycling Ireland will be holding a series of Regional Information Sessions for all Clubs in Ulster.
The dates, times and venues of the sessions are all listed below.
Each Regional Information Session will be supported by the local authority sports development officer/s or local sports partnership officers, along with staff from Cycling Ireland and the Cycling Ulster Executive Committee members.
The regional information sessions will cover key club topics including; Coach Education, Participation Programmes, Safeguarding, Funding, Club Development plus an overview of the local authority/local sports partnership support for cycling clubs.
|Date||Venue||Time||County||Local Authority /|
Local Sports Partnership Area
|24/10/2017 Thursday||Brownlow Community Hub,|
7 Brownlow Road,
Craigavon, BT65 5DL
|7pm – 8pm||Armagh||Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council|
|02/11/2017 Thursday||Olympia LC,|
Belfast, BT12 6HR
|7pm – 8pm||Belfast||The Ozone,|
Indoor Tennis Facility,
Belfast, BT6 LT.
|07/11/2017 Tuesday||Mossley Mill, (Linen Suite),|
Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA.
|7pm – 8pm||Antrim||Antrim & Newtownabbey Council|
Mid & East Antrim Council
Causeway Coast & Glens Council
|09/11/2017 Thursday||The Lurach Centre,|
15 Church Street,
Maghera, BT46 5EA
|7pm – 8pm||Derry||Derry and Strabane Council|
Causeway Coast & Glens Council
|14/11/2017 Tuesday||Castleblayney Enterprise Centre,|
Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
|7pm – 8pm||Monaghan||Monaghan Local Sports Partnership|
|16/11/2017 Thursday||Downshire Arms,|
24 Main St,
Hilltown, Newry BT34 5UH
|7pm – 8pm||Down||Newry, Mourne & Down Council|
North Down & Ards Council
Lisburn & Castlereagh Council
|21/11/2017 Tuesday||Donegal Sports Partnership|
River Front House,
Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, F92 T68V
|7pm – 8pm||Donegal||Donegal Local Sports Partnership|
|23/11/2017 Thursday||Lakeland Forum (Erne Room),|
Enniskillen, BT74 7EF
|7pm – 8pm||Fermanagh||Fermanagh & Omagh Council|
Mid Ulster Council
|28/11/2017 Tuesday||Community & Enterprise Department|
Cavan County Council
Farnham Street, Co Cavan
|7pm – 8pm||Cavan||Cavan Local Sports Partnership|
|30/11/2017 Thursday||Cookstown Leisure Centre,|
78 Fountain Rd
|7pm – 8pm||Tyrone||Mid Ulster Council|
Fermanagh and Omagh Council
How Can I Register for a Regional Information Session?
The information sessions are open to all Cycling Clubs Committee / Officers and you can register a place/s at any of the above sessions by contacting:
Cycling Ireland Membership Development Officer – Ulster
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.
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP I 2017
2nd November 2017 Seven Irish riders will be competing in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Pruszkow, Poland this weekend. This is the first World Cup of the track cycling 2017/2018 season, and will take place from the 3rd – 5th November. Racing kicks off tomorrow at 11am Irish time, with Mark Downey, Marc Potts and Lydia Gurley competing.
Gurley, who won silver at the European Championships in the Madison two weeks ago, will be competing in both the Points Race and the Scratch Race, looking to go one better than her fourth place in the Scratch Race at the Europeans in Berlin.
Relative newcomer to the Irish Team, Marc Potts, will also be keen to better his Berlin performance, where he came agonisingly close to a medal in the Scratch Race, finishing fourth.
Having performed outstandingly on both the track and road this year, Mark Downey will be competing in the Points Race, an event in which he won gold at three World Cups last season, and a bronze in the European U23 Championships.
Friday 3rd November
Men’s Points Race
Men’s Scratch Qualifiers
Women’s Points Race
Saturday 4th November
Men’s Scratch Final
Sunday 5th Novembe
Registered Office: Kelly Roche House, 619 North Circular Road, Dublin 1
CRO registration number: 134567
Directors: Anthony Mitchell, Carl Fullerton, Ciaran McKenna, Eugene Moriarty, Jack Watson, John Horgan, Liam Twomey, Michael Mannix
The Irish Cycling Federation trading as Cycling Ireland, an Irish registered company limited by guarantee.
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.