Irish Cycling Diary 6th July 2018 #Irishcycling

    by Tommy Campbell

    Thought of the day! Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

    The dust has settled with the road championships, done and dusted for yet another year. Congratulations to all the winners and a special mention to the organization. The competition this weekend is very much in evidence this with all four provinces involved.

    The road has a full programme with the Banbridge CC, pointing the way this evening with a criterium in the centre of the town. The recent championships in Mullingar a couple of weeks ago promoted by Lakeside Wheelers with the co-operation of the local authorities was an outstanding success with the crowds enthralled by the skill and speed of the competitors.

    The Dublin Track International at the Eamonn Ceannt Stadium in Crumlin tomorrow Saturday looks like the place to be this weekend for thrills and spills
    Also on Saturday we have a treble header with Ulster staging the JG. Memorial (Cranford) through the good offices of Four Masters CC who have taken charge of the event from North Donegal CC. Passing of the baton from Carl Fullerton to John Curran he of Ras Dhun na nGall fame!
    Noel Clarke, he’s never far from the action when the “Ras” has been put to bed! On Saturday he is fronting up the Ballivor Grand Prix which goes to the post. Whilst over in Connacht JJ Flaherty promotes the ever popular Bog Man 2-Day, Saturday and Sunday.

    On the bigger stage it would be hard to ignore the question that was on most lips of the cycling world! Would Chris Froome be on the start line for the Tour de France? Yes he will.
    We can all look forward to yet another interesting ‘tour.’

    Did you know?
    On the 19th of July 1903, 21 of the 60 competitors who began the inaugural Tour de France crossed the finishing line in front of 20,000 spectators at Paris’s Parc de Princes velodrome. The race leader Mairice Garin, riding the red, white and blue tricolour bike his sponsor, La Francaise, won the final stage and with it overall victory. Garin was nicknamed the “The Chimney-Sweep” after his occupation before he became a professional cyclist. Amazingly, the final finisher came in more than two days later. According to The Tour de France Miscellany

    Make sure you keep in touch with all the action from the EUROCYCLES/EURO BABY Junior Tour which goes on the road next TUESDAY. Preview on Monday at mid-day!


    Banbridge CC are pleased to once again promote the Banbridge Criterium for 2018 today (Friday 6th July). Following the success of the event in previous years, including 2016 when it hosted the Irish National Championships, the club have confirmed that the event will use the same popular 1km circuit, starting and finishing on Banbridge town’s main high street – Newry St – to bring the fast paced action of crit racing to the town centre where it belongs.

    Also confirmed are the inclusion of two support youth races catering for the Under 16 and Under 14 categories. The youth races will be supported by the David McCall Foundation, Maneely Mc Cann Accountants and Rodgers Stoves Rathfriland who are kindly providing prizes for these events.

    The main feature senior race will cater for A1, A2 & A3 categories.

    Pre entry to the event will open on Wednesday 27th June via the Cycling Ireland website. The senior race will be limited to 60 riders with pre-entry closing on Wednesday 4th July, or once all places have been bought. Entries to the youth races will be accepted on the night. Entry to the senior race will be £15 with youth entries priced at £5.

    Always a very popular event, early entry is advised for all senior riders. A budget has been reserved to accommodate prizes for the first 6 riders overall with hot spot prime laps and unplaced rider prizes also available for A2’s & Juniors.

    While at first glance the circuit may look flat and relatively straight forward, a sharp descent, fast and tight corners, and a drag onto the start/finishing straight that will sap the legs has proven to provide both competitors and spectators some exciting racing over the years.

    Racing for the youth will kick off at 18:45 with the under 14’s facing a 20 minute race, and the under 16’s will follow at 19:15 and will race for approx. 30 minutes. The main senior feature race will start at 20:00, with the race being started officially by Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty. The feature race will last for approx. 50 minutes, featuring 2 x prime laps.

    Sign on for all races will open at 17:45 in the Downshire Arms Hotel, closing 15 mins sharp before each race.

    This Sunday


    Bogman 2 day Tullycross Connemara July 7&8th 2018

    Bogman 2 Day Cycle Race in association with Renvyle house hotel 

    Pre & Post Race information

    Saturday 7th July

    Stage 1:

    • Sign on 2pm Marian Hall, Tully cross
    • Sign on closes 3.40pm
    • Race Starts 4pm

    Sunday 8th July

    Stage 2a:

    • Starts Kylemore Pass Junction
    • 1st Racer off 9am in numerical order.
    • Numbers worn on left side

    Stage 2b:

    • Starts at Marian Hall Tully cross
    • Sign on 12pm
    • Stage starts 1pm

    NB: Race Nos must be worn on the right hand side of jersey for both road stages

    Prize giving

    Roughly 1hr after finish of stage in Marian Hall.

    Top 6 on in each stage and the top 6 overall

    The leader overall and the person with the highest points in the mountains competition must wear their respective jerseys not covered up. Jerseys sponsored by Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe

    Gogarty cup for the overall winner.

    Bogman Shield for A 4 riders

    Pre & Post Race information

    Saturday 7th July

    Shield event:

    • Sign on 2pm Marian Hall, Tully cross
    • Sign on closes 3.40pm
    • Race Starts 4.05pm
    • 2 laps of route – See map here
    • Prize giving 1 hour after the event finishes in Marian Hall
    • Showers & refreshments available after the event

    Prizes for first 6 over the line & ladies prize.

    NB: Race Nos must be worn on the right hand side of jersey

    Prize giving roughly 1hr after finish of stage in Marian Hall.

    North Donegal CC have been joint hosts with Four Masters CC in recent years.

    With the changing of the guard,   Four Masters CC and the capable hands of John Curran and his team have taken charge
    The event is of long standing, is run as part of a local festival and the success of the event depends on a reasonable entry list across all categories. According to former organiser, Carl fullerton who believes that the move will enhance the entry list by quite a bit.
    John Curran can be contacted at [email protected] or check the Cycling Ireland yearbook.


    Ballivor Grand Prix

    Race starts at 7.15 pm at Ballivor.

    Sign on is usually from 5pm.or there abouts.

    Location of sign on is also in the village itself.

    McLoughlin pub on the main street.

    It’s a handicapped race.

    Circuit is flat and usually a fast one. Strava for the circuit.

    Cycling Ireland have named a strong panel selection for the Elite European Cycling Championships which take place in Glasgow from the 2-12 August. History will be made this August when Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships, and exciting multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports, including the existing UEC cycling championships.

    The following riders have met the published selection criteria for the 2018 UEC Road and Track Elite European Championships. Confirmation of final teams and events will be released closer to the event.

    Track Events

    Madison Panel

    Mark Downey, Felix English and Marc Potts

    Lydia Boylan, Lydia Gurley and Shannon McCurley


    Robyn Stewart

    Team Pursuit

    Imogen Cotter, Mia Griffin, Hillary Hughes, Kelly Murphy, Alice Sharpe, and Orla Walsh

    * Note that some riders from this named panel will be competing in other track cycling events, with those names and events to be confirmed closer to competition.

    Road Events

    Time Trial – two slots have been qualified for both Men & Women’s Events

    Ryan Mullen, Marcus Christie and Eddie Dunbar

    Eileen Burns & Kelly Murphy

    Men’s Road Race – Six Slots qualified

    Conor Dunne, Philip Deignan, Eddie Dunbar, Mark Downey, Dan Martin, Robert John McCarthy, Sean McKenna, Ryan Mullen, Matthew Teggart & Damien Shaw

    Women’s Road Race – one slot qualified

    No rider meets the specific road criteria; however, one rider may be entered from the already qualified riders above as per the criteria. This will be determined closer to the event.

    RTÉ will have live coverage from all events throughout the European Championships. Glasgow 2018 runs from the 2ndAugust – 12th August.

    Dublin Track Cycling International 7-8 July

    Premier Irish Track Cyclists Set to Compete in Dublin Track Cycling International

    This weekend many of Ireland’s top track cyclists will be in action at the Dublin Track Cycling International, with the goal of amassing points to qualify for the World Cups series for the 2018 – 2019 season. The Sundrive Velodrome will play host to World Champions and World and European Medallists from the 7-8 July, and attendance is free for spectators.

    Over the course of the two days fourteen events will be contested, with the UCI event once again attracting a high calibre of riders. Reigning World Champion in the women’s Madison, Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) will be present, as will her teammate Moreno de Pauw and Dutchman Dion Beukeboom, both of whom are regulars on the international podium.

    All eyes will be on the Irish, with track stars Mark Downey, Shannon McCurley and European silver medallists in the madison Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan flying the flag on home turf.

    The Dublin Track Cycling International is a key event on the cycling calendar, as it plays a role in the qualification process for the World Cup season for riders. With the qualification period for the Tokyo Olympic Games already in progress, it is crucial that as many Irish riders as possible qualify for the World Cups to maximise the possibility of gaining Olympic qualification points.


    Session One

    9.45 Junior Men Scratch Race 10km ENTRIES

    10.05 Men’s Scratch Race 15km ENTRIES

    10.25 Women’s Madison 21.9km ENTRIES

    11.05 Men’s Keirin 1st Round ENTRIES

    11.15 Women’s Keirin 1st Round ENTRIES

    11.25 Men’s Madison 27.4km ENTRIES

    12.05 Junior Women’s Scratch Race 10km ENTRIES

    12.25 Men’s Keirin 7-12 Final

    12.30 Women’s Keirin 7-12 Final

    12.35 Women’s Points 25km ENTRIES

    13.15 Ceremony – U23 M Scratch/M Scratch/ JM Scratch/ W Points


    Session Two

    14.19 Men’s Points 30km ENTRIES

    14.59 Men’s Keirin 1-6 Final

    15.04 Ceremony M Points

    15.12 Women’s Keirin 1-6 Final

    15.17 Women’s Scratch Race 10km ENTRIES

    15.37 Ceremony Men and Women Keirin

    15.45 Ceremony Women’s Scratch


    Session One

    8.30 Warm Up

    9.30 Men’s Sprint ENTRIES

    9.54 Women’s Sprint ENTRIES

    10.05 Men’s Omnium 1 Scratch Race 10km ENTRIES

    10.36 Women’s Omnium 1 Scratch Race 7.5km ENTRIES

    10.56 Men’s Sprint ¼ Finals

    11.11 Women’s Sprint ¼ Finals

    11.11 Men’s Omnium II Tempo 10km

    11.41 Women’s Omnium II Tempo 7.5km

    12.01 Men’s Sprint ¼ Finals 2

    12.16 Women’s Sprint ¼ Finals 2

    12.16 Men’s Sprint ¼ Finals 3

    12.16 Women’s Sprint ¼ Finals 3



    Session Two

    13.30 Men’s Omnium III Elimination

    13.50 Men’s Sprint ½ Finals 1

    13.57 Women’s Sprint ½ Finals 1

    14.05 Women’s Omnium III Elimination

    14.25 Men’s Sprint ½ Finals 2

    14.32 Women’s Sprint ½ Finals 2

    14.40 Men’s Sprint ½ Finals 3

    14.47 Women’s Sprint ½ Finals 3

    14.55 Men’s Sprint 5-8 Final

    14.58 Women’s Sprint 5-8 Final

    15.02 Men’s Sprint 3 – 4 Finals 1

    15.06 Men’s Sprint 1- 2 Finals 1

    15.10 Women’s Sprint 3 – 4 Finals 1

    15.13 Women’s Sprint 1 – 2 Finals 1

    15.17 Men’s Omnium IV Points 25km

    15.57 Men’s Sprint 3 – 4 Finals 2

    16.01 Men’s Sprint 1 – 2 Finals 2

    16.05 Women’s Sprint 3 – 4 Finals 2

    16.08 Women’s Sprint 1 – 2 Finals 2

    16.12 Women’s Omnium IV Points 20km

    16.42 Men’s Sprint 3 – 4 Final 3

    16.46 Men’s Sprint 1 – 2 Final 3

    16.50 Women’s Sprint 3 – 4 Final 3

    16.53 Women’s Sprint 1 – 2 Final 3

    16.55 Medal Ceremonies

    Great Dublin Bike Ride 2018

    On the 23rd September 2018, 7,000 riders will set out from Dublin City Centre to take part in the 4th annual Great Dublin Bike Ride

    Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 08:00 (Eire)

    Contact person: Great Dublin Bike Ride phone: Email Contact Only
    email: [email protected]

    Cycling Ireland and Bikmo Partner to Offer Members Discounted Bike Insurance

    Cycling Ireland launched a new partnership with Bikmo today, with an insurance offering for their members covering their bikes and kit from theft and accidental damage.

    Cycling Ireland members already benefit from the personal insurance included in the membership including public liability and personal accident. From today, members now have the option to take out cover for their bikes and kit.

    Award winning cycle insurer Bikmo, underwritten by UK General, protects bikes and kit against theft or accidental damage. They also include extra benefits as standard such as event cover, zero depreciation of bikes and worldwide protection.


    The announcement comes after figures released by the gardaí reported a 15% rise in cycle theft in Dublin with an average of 12 bikes stolen every day and less than one in ten being recovered.

    Speaking of the partnership announcement, Geoff Liffey commented:

    “Our aim in Cycling Ireland is to promote and develop cycling, and to support people in their enjoyment of the sport. We are delighted to partner with Bikmo, and to offer our members discounted insurance on their bikes and kit, with a proven insurance provider like Bikmo.

    “We particularly like the more innovative features such as ‘event fee’ and ‘returning home’ covers.”

    Bikmo CEO David George commented:

    “Governing bodies play a huge part in the development of our sport. We’re excited to be able to support the success of Cycling Ireland, with an insurance product and claims service that has helped thousands of cyclists to keep on cycling.”
    Cycling Ireland members save 10% on their policy

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