Sean McKenna first man to round the corner in Bergen - World Road Race Champs 2017 - Photo © Bsutton
Sean McKenna first man to round the corner in Bergen - World Road Race Champs 2017 - Photo © Bsutton

by Tommy Campbell

No sooner than we have had the winter break, it is back to the grindstone for the 2018 season. Thankfully wisdom reigned supreme at the recent AGM of Cycling Ireland. The start of the road season has been put back to March. Whereas last season, the drawbridge went up for a February the 18th take off and racing went at it full throttle. Those promoters, fortunate enough to make the cut for the early season events were well rewarded with excellent turnouts. Another problem solved at the AGM was the news that trickled through from that gathering that ONE DAY LICENCES has been parked.

It was interesting to note that HQ left no stone unturned. In recent weeks they have been busy advising the rank and file membership to make application EARLY for a licence. It will certainly aid the officials to concentrate on the promotion of their respective events.

Cyclo-Cross events have been the bread and butter during the winter months. They come to a crescendo with the national championship penciled in for next weekend (14th).

The Common Wealth Games selection was announced in the recent days. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE Surprisingly, Matthew Taggart’s name was not included in the nominations. Obviously Matthew who would have been a certainty in many eyes as a shoe-in was not in the frame. This comes on the back of the An Post Sean Kelly team losing the valuable sponsorship from An Post. They have also opted out of sponsorship of cycling full stop. But, Matthew has secured a place with the Bradley Wiggins outfit for the season ahead.

There has been murmuring on the hustings that as regards sponsorship of what I regard as vital to the likes of An Ras, Junior Tour and the Ladies event that nothing has been set in stone as regards these promotions. My experience would suggest that the majority of the racers would love the experience of sampling of a stage race irrespective of where they come in the pecking order of the normal organised promotions.
Correct if I’m wrong! But I had heard from various circles that Cycling Ireland would something in the kitty to at least help keep these promotions above the water level.
Another way at looking at it would be that ‘tourism’ would take a hit. Need I add to this?

It was of no surprise that Jack Watson was honoured eventually by her Majesty the Queen of England. Congrats.

In the weeks ahead, I will be featuring certain topics in relation to the promotion of cycling in the months ahead. You may not agree with my sentiments, but that is entirely your choice. But, it may create awareness. But, first 30 items hopefully will surface throughout the year. HAPPY CYCLING EVERYBODY and as they say STAY BETWEEN THE HEDGES.

Now I am going to do a bit of fortune telling for the year ahead.

1 They’ll be increase in membership.

2 That the number of injuries serious or otherwise will rise alarmingly but hopefully not.

3 That the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan will break all records this year with four days of continuous sunshine?

4 That Barry Sutton of STRATA3/VeloRevolution RT will be a first category rider come the end of the season!

5 That the Sean Kelly Team will be back in action for 2019.

6 That Eddie Dunbar will win a major by June!

7 That Cycling Ireland will seek the services of Pat McQuaid in some capacity?

8 STRATA3/VeloRevolution RT will be the top outfit, come the end of the season!

9 That Marcus Christie will win a medal at the Common Wealth Games.

10 That Matthew Taggart will be a big hit in the coming year.

11 That sponsorship of Cycling Ireland will become a reality when they move premises.

12 That the proposed VELODROME will gather dust, yet again.

13 That is not to say that that the Eamonn Ceannt Velodrome will lose its appeal thanks to the Trojan work by its many supporters. (A gem hidden away).

14 Cycling all over the world will suffer as a consequence of misdemeanours by a minority.

15  An offer by a company to stage a city centre event (Dublin/Cork/Galway) will be on offer come late April.

16 That the DUBLIN BIKE RIDE will be replicated in other major cities, i.e. Cork/Galway/Belfast.

17 That the CLIFFS of MOHER will again witness the JUNIOR TOUR stage (at least 1,000 plus applause its passage).

18 That yet another gem will come off the conveyor belt in Munster.

19 That Paudi O’Brien will surface this season representing a Leinster club and into the bargain will win a stage or two in the Kerry Group Mumhan.

20 Paul Kennedy will return to Athea to back his win last April in the colours of Newcastlewest. Home of ????????????

21 That Peter Sagan will win the World Cycling Championships again and we will be there to capture the moment.

22 Brendan Quigley will play a key role in cycling this year! Watch this space?

23 Sam Bennett will third time lucky,  be the Irish sports person of the year in Irish Cycling?

24 Patsy Crowley will emerge from the shadows this season with a new outfit!

25 Calpe will not be the same this coming February with NO An Post promotion and the absence of two ladies who played a key role in the promotion, Aileen and Aisling and of course DAVID. Ladies come first as we are all aware!

26 That I’ll get information throughout the year on the promotions in all spheres for

27 That if you want a good read, ASCENT by Barry Ryan is a must. It is a page turner. Could have ignored the number of bleeps etc.

28 That Bray Wheelers will honour the memory of the late Ken Duff, publican extradonnaire. An event annually to be run in his memory. His name and fame went far beyond the boundaries of our Island. (Sleep well my friend). We will not see the likes of you again!

29 That cyclists in the capital and surrounding area where the LUAS serves that they give space to the rail tracks.

30 That Pat Dowd and John Breen get international appointments ASAP and possibly follow in the footsteps of Gary McIlroy who was chief when Eddie Dunbar had his biggest win to date. Gary bought the luck of the IRISH into play.



Youth Academy AGM – January 7th

The Youth Academy AGM has been rescheduled for this weekend, Sunday the 7th of January. The meeting is being held in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel beginning at 11:30am. The agenda for the meeting is outlined below.

Youth Academy AGM Agenda

1. Adoption of Cycling Ireland Standing Orders
2. Chairman’s Opening Address
3. Minutes of 2016 AGM and matters arising there from.
4. Secretaries Report
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Address from a Cycling Ireland Representative.
7. Cycling Ireland proposal for the introduction of a Youth Commission.
8. Finances for 2018.
9. Plans and direction of the Youth Academy for 2018
10. Relationship with HPS in 2018.
11. Election of 2017/2018 Committee
Elections will take place for the following position.
Chairperson , Secretary and Treasurer.
Nominations Received. Dan Curtin for Chairperson. Noel Mulroy Secretary. Michael Mc Kenna Treasurer.
Motions received. Cycling Ireland proposal for the introduction of a Youth Commission .
12. AOB


Irish CX National Champs 14th Jan 2018

Entry is now open for the 2018 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships which are being held at Glencullen Adventure Park (The GAP) on Sunday 14 January 2018 hosted by Team WORC.

Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships Main Event Entry CLICK HERE

2018 licences required and entry is via the Cycling Ireland Azolve portal.  Registration closes on Sunday 7 January 2018.  No other entries are allowed after that date.  If you have any issues with registration please contact [email protected]

Kids Support Race. The kids support race will run from 10am on Saturday 13th Jan morning with races for U6, U8, U10 and U12.
You can preregister at this link: Kids Support Race Entry CLICK HERE

You can register for the non championship support race on Saturday 13th of Jan.  Race Entry CLICK HERE

Team Parking. You can book your team parking spot here:


Entries as at 2nd Jan



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