Irish Cycling Diary 3rd Nov 2017 #Irishcycling


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    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,

    Boucher Rd,

    Belfast, BT12 6HR

    7pm – 8pm Belfast The Ozone,

    Indoor Tennis Facility,

    Ormeau Embankment,

    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,

    Dublin Road,

    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 Centre,

    Farnham Street, Co Cavan

    7pm – 8pm Cavan Cavan Local Sports Partnership
    30/11/2017 Thursday Cookstown Leisure Centre,

    78 Fountain Rd
    Cookstown, Co Tyrone, BT80 8QF

    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:

    Gary Lavery

    Cycling Ireland Membership Development Officer – Ulster

    Mobile: 07927561720

    Office: 02838891122

    eMail:[email protected]



    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.

    Event Application System 2018




    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

    Mark Downey

    Men’s Scratch Qualifiers

    Marc Potts

    Women’s Points Race

    Lydia Gurley

    Women’s Scratch

    Lydia Gurley

    Saturday 4th November

    Women’s Sprint

    Robyn Stewart

    Women’s Omnium

    Lydia Boylan

    Men’s Scratch Final

    Marc Potts

    Men’s Madison

    Mark Downey

    Felix English


    Sunday 5th Novembe

    Men’s Omnium

    Felix English

    Women’s Keirin

    Shannon McCurley

    Women’s Madison

    Lydia Boylan

    Lydia Gurley




    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.


    Date of 2018 Wicklow 200 Announced

    The 37th Wicklow 200 to be held on June 10th.

    Competitors take part in the 2017 Wicklow 200. Photo: Kevin McFeely
    As 2017 heads to a conclusion, riders are already making plans for the up-coming season with confirmation of the date of the next edition of the Wicklow 200.

    Event organisers have confirmed that Wicklow 200 and Wicklow 100 will take place on Sunday June 10th 2018.

    Entering it’s 37th year, the IVCA run event is a firmly established and much-loved feature on the cycling calendar and serves as the training focus for serious cyclists.

    The 200km challenge ride around the Garden County of Ireland and its 100km sibling Wicklow 100 are among Ireland’s most popular annual sports events with more than 3000 people taking part in the fully-subscribed event this year.

    Registration opens Wednesday, November 1st when entrants will be able to benefit from an ‘early bird’ discount price.

    “Last year’s event was over subscribed so we recommend that riders get their entries in early to avoid disappointment,” says event organiser Alan Heary. “There’s an extra incentive in the form of the early bird discount, not to mention the knowledge that your goal has been set and you can focus fully on getting the winter base miles in with a clear objective in mind.”

    The 2018 event will be on Sunday June 10.




    SAVE THE DATE: Cycling Ireland Awards Night 2017


    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!

    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.



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