by Tommy Campbell
AMAZING (my words) that life on the track is very vibrant! When you sow seeds on good ground, you are usually rewarded with a good return. Twelve months ago two gentlemen who shun publicity at the drop of a hat, started a SPRINT LEAGUE. A year later they have left the nest literally and taken wings to the CHRIS HOY stadium in Glasgow. And, yes they have reaped good vibes. (see story below).It is all happening in the AGM world. Next up is the Munster AGM and word has it that there’ll be a full house. I wouldn’t mind been a fly on the wall at that meeting. Plans are also well in play with the window of transfers open, not only in Ireland. But on the continent there are moves afoot, particularly with the An Post/Chain Reaction team. Word on the street is that everything is going in the right direction and it would be totally wrong of me to throw my tuppence worth into the ring. I am on my way to a Paddy Power to have a wager on the name of the team or teams! Also who will be IN and OUT of the new outfit. Word has it that the launch will be in CALPE in early February. Also I am going to have a punt that the weather they received last year from the man above will not be repeated. For information purposes, it snowed for the first time since 1924! Yes, that that was the last time. Admittedly, there was no one alive to confirm this to me. But paper doesn’t refuse ink. And, yes I am satisfied that the records are TRUE.
This Sunday 8th Oct in Ennis Co Clare.
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Hugh Byrne and Liam Collins, started running a sprint league in Dublin last year. This is the second year of the league and we decided to step up the standard this year. We brought a sprinter across from the Herne Hill league in August to mix things up at our league. Then at the end of the league we decided to take a team across to an indoor meet in the UK. We choose the Glasgow Grand Prix last weekend which took place in the Chris Hoy Arena. The team of six comprised of four women, Autumn Collins, Deirbhle Ivory, Susie Mitchell and Aisling Conlan and two male riders, Tony Mairs and Robert Deegan.
On the Saturday, the men competed in the sprint while the ladies were in the Keirin.
It was Tony Mairs first indoor outing and he stepped up to the plate in some style. Qualifying in a time of 11.2 seconds Mairs a mockery of his qualifying time when he eliminated the number one seed and GB Sprint prospect Alistair Fielding who had qualified fastest in a time of 10.66 seconds. Mairs lack of indoor track craft was exposed in the semi final where he lost out by a narrow margin before going on to win the bronze ride off with considerable ease. Also in the men’s Sprint was Robert Deegan who qualified in a personal best of 12.0 seconds which meant he made into the B competition. An impressive performance saw Rob into quarter finals before he was eliminated.
In the Women’s Keirin, the Irish quartet faced a stellar line up which included Katie Archibald and National Sprint Champion Jessica Crampton.
Autumn Collins and Susie Mitchell came closest to making the final with both finishing 4th in the respective semi finals. In the B final, it was an Irish 1 – 2 with Collins leading home Mitchell with a Scottish rider in 3rd Position.
On day of the event, the women switched their attention to the sprint while the men competed in the Keirin. Autumn Collins and Susie Mitchell both qualified for the A sprint competition with Deirbhle Ivory and Aisling Conlan qualified for the B sprint. In the A sprint Katie Archibald beat Autumn in her 1/4 final while Susie was beaten by Rebecca Dornan. In the ride off for 7th to 10th Autumn and Susie once again completed a 1 – 2 to ensure a nice end to their weekend. In the B sprint, both Ivory and Conlan made it through tricky early rounds with Ivory making the final and Conlan riding off for 3rd / 4th. Attacking at the bell Deirbhle pulled a length clear which she held to the line to ensure a memorable conclusion to her weekend as she finished top of the podium. Aisling in her first competitive indoor outing was pipped at the line after leading out from a long way out. 1st and 4th in B sprint being their respective final positions.
In the men’s Keirin both Mairs and Deegan faced a top class field. Deegan came within half a wheel of making it out of his heat, with Mairs alss missing out on round 1. With both riders now in the round 1 repechages where only the winners would progress. In Deegan’s heat, lack of indoor experience was his downfall as he rapidly closed on the leader on the back straight before mis judging the turn and taking the long route around the banking to finish 2nd. Mairs made quick work of his heat leading from 500m to go to ensure a semi final berth. In the semi final Mairs finished 4th resulting in Tony making the B final. Again Mair’s pure speed showing as he opened up with 500m to go to win by several lengths.
The trip, which will be repeated next year, was funded by the Sprinters league, with additional funding from the Track Commission and Cycling Leinster. The aim of the league is improve the standard of Irish Sprinting and to offer opportunities to Irish Sprinters to compete abroad.
NOTICE: Munster Provincial Executive – 2017 AGM
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Munster Executive will be held at 7:30p.m on Friday the 20th of October in the Charleville Park Hotel
The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be
A. To consider the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
B. Season Reports:
– Board President: Con McAuliffe,
– Commissaries Administrator: Brian Jordan,
– Calendar co-ordinator: Tom Shanahan
– Youth/Track: Dan Curtin
C. To receive and consider the annual accounts.
D. To receive and consider the financial statements of the province for the previous year.
E. To elect members of the Board,
The following three Board positions, having all completed their two-year term: Each of these newly elected positions will also be a two-year term.
1. President; currently held by Mr. Con McAuliffe
2. Board member (Youth Academy Responsibility); currently held by Dan Curtin
3. Board member; currently held by George Lynch
Nominations are invited for the above posts on the attached nomination form HERE, to reach the Secretary no later than Friday the 13th of October.
Nominations will be accepted by email or post to:
Secretary, Cycling Munster
F. To approve the principles of the following year’s budget.
G. To transact & discuss any Special Business of the Executive.
H. To discuss & vote on motions put forward for the AGM.
Notice, motions for discussion must be received in writing to the Secretary no later than Friday the 13th October 2017.
By order of the Board.
The Aqua Blue Sport team will add dashes of pink to their bikes and racing kit in October as they look to raise the profile of International Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The Irish Pro Continental team made the announcement in a press release issued last week. The team owner Rick Delaney said that his wife Lisa Delaney, who is also a director of the team, was a survivor and added that the team would be helping to take charity donations via their team website.
“This cause is very close to my family’s heart,” Rick Delaney wrote in the press release.
“Every family has been touched by cancer – we are no different. Lisa has won her battle against breast cancer but other people, from all corners of the world, have not been so lucky. We hope that, through our simple gesture, and with the help of our sponsors, that we can again bring the fight against breast cancer into the public consciousness. If this helps one person get an early diagnosis then that is a success.”
For the month of October the team will wear specifically designed pink helmets from their supplies Catlike. They will race with Fizik pink bar tape and matching socks from Rapha. The team will also collect donations on their site for charity
Challenging courses unveiled for 2018 UCI Road World Championships
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Organising Committee of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol (Austria), are delighted to reveal the various courses agreed for the event that will take place from September 22 to 30.
All 12 races will set off from one of four start locations in the Austrian Tirol – Ötztal / AREA 47, Hall- Wattens, Rattenberg / Alpbachtal Seenland and Kufstein – and finish in the regional capital, Innsbruck.
Both the Men’s and Women’s UCI Team time trials will start next to the AREA 47 outdoor adventure centre at the entrance to the Ötztal Valley. Taking place on September 23, the two races (53.8km for women and 62.1km for men) will mark the start of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. The first 40km of both courses are identical, taking riders via Haiming, Telfs and Zirl to the village of Kematen to the west of Innsbruck. While the Elite Men will turn off into the Mittelgebirge (relatively low mountain range) – passing the villages of Axams and Götzens with their impressive panoramic views and steep ramps of up to 10% – before descending back down to Völs, the Elite Women will head from Kematen straight to Völs and on to Innsbruck.
The individual time trials for Junior Men, Junior Women, Under 23 Men and Elite Women will start 20km east of Innsbruck in the Hall-Wattens region. After an initial climb from Hall to Absam, the courses will take in five charming settlements in the northern Mittelgebirge known as the MARTHA villages (Mühlau, Arzl, Rum, Thaur, Absam) before heading to the finish in Innsbruck. The route for the Juniors will comprise 20.2km and 192 vertical metres of climbing, while the Under 23 Men and the Elite Women will tackle 28.5km and 262 vertical metres.
Georg Spazier, Head of the Organising Committee, said: “The challenging climbs and technical sections offered by in Innsbruck-Tirol combined with the traditional UCI Road World Championships distance promise to be a huge challenge for the riders. Only the most complete ones will have a chance on such a demanding terrain.”
Rattenberg, officially the smallest town in Austria, will host the start of the Elite Men individual time trial and the Junior Women road race. Before reaching the finish, the Junior Women will complete what is known as the Olympic Circuit: a 24km lap, including 460 metres of climbing, that passes through the villages of Aldrans, Lans and Igls before crossing the finish line in front of the theatre in Innsbruck. On their way from Rattenberg to Innsbruck, the Elite Men time trial will lead riders up a demanding 4.4km climb between the villages of Fritzens and Gnadenwald, ascending more than 330 vertical metres and featuring a maximum gradient of 14%.
The course for the Elite Men road race certainly lives up to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships motto “Riding the Heart of the Alps”: 265km with nearly 5,000 metres of climbing give an indication of just how tough and spectacular this event is set to be. Like the Junior Men road race, the Under 23 Men road race and the Elite Women road race, it will start in the town of Kufstein to the east of Innsbruck and include the Olympic Circuit to the south. This circuit is covered in all the road races between one and seven times depending on the category. The Men Elite, will tackle the Olympic Circuit seven times before heading through the city and up to the Hungerburg settlement in the north of the regional capital for a final decisive climb with sections of up to 25%. As with all other races at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships, the Men Elite Road Race will finish in the centre of Innsbruck between the theatre building and the Imperial Palace.