McKenna & Dunne Up the Road - Bergen - World Road Race Champs 2017- Photo © Bsutton
McKenna & Dunne Up the Road - Bergen - World Road Race Champs 2017 - Photo © Bsutton

by Tommy Campbell

EASTER WEEKEND is beginning to focus on the radar screen, particularly when it comes to stage racing. The Gorey Three-Day will stage the 61st first edition of the event. Originally it catered for all categories, but wisdom prevailed with the Senior ones and Category Four’s parked. It certainly has proved to be one of the outstanding events down the years. See entry form!
Talk about concerts selling out in hours, “GOREY’ will not be far behind. Down south the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan International Cycling Four Day continues to break all records. The organisation are never far behind the door when it comes to tweaking the event. Entry forms will be available next week.
It was an excellent turnout last weekend for the underage and juniors who converged on the Bray Wheelers Clubhouse, thanks to the work of both Joe Doolin and Michel Considine. Unfortunately conditions were not what you would expect in the “GARDEN COUNTY”. A real bonus for the youth was the presence of Sean McKenna of An Post/Sean Kelly fame who literally lit our TV screens like a CHRISTMAS TREE with his performance in the World Elite Road Championships in Bergen, Norway back in September.. I grabbed a few words with him before master of ceremonies Joe Doolin introduced Sean to the cyclists.
With a Q&A session. “Yes. I am looking forward to the new season in the HOLDSWORTH colours. It was sad, with the end (for the moment) of Sean’s team. It was a stepping stone for me and I grabbed it with both hands. At the moment my programme with the new team is being worked out. I have the option of staying in Britain, but more than likely I’ll be commuting,” said Sean.


 

Gorey 3 Day 2018 Entry Form

GOREY ENTRY 2018_new

 


 

The Route for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan has been announced today. The first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season will take place over the 4 days of Easter weekend,  March 30th to April 2nd.

This year’s race will see Stages 1 and 4 remain the same as in  recent years while Stage 2 on Saturday in North Kerry / West Limerick and Sunday’s Stage 3 on Valentia Island in South Kerry have been retained.

The format of the race will remain the same with 4 road stages.  The 500 km route, which is again long and hard, will start on Good Friday, April 14th  and finish four days later on Easter Monday Morning  April 17th.

Stage 1. Good Friday. 100km. Starting and finishing in Killorglin, this stage  takes in Killarney,  Kilcummin,  Scartaglin, Castleisland, Currans, Ballyfinnane, Firies, Castlemaine, Milltown and on to the finish. The  Category 2 Climb at Knocknaboul  at the half way point on narrow winding roads is the feature of the stage.

Stage 2.  Easter Saturday. 130KM.  Listowel, in North Kerry, is the starting point again for this tough hard stage, which will finish in the village of Athea in West Limerick after 130km of undulating roads. The stage is built for the real strong men, with a number of category 2 and 3 climbs.  There are slight changes to the  route from last year. The route will take the riders from Listowel to Ballylongford, Tarbert, Glin, up the hill out of Athea for the first of three times, through Carrigkerry and turn left at Ardagh. The race will again turn left before Shanagolden, through Ballyhahill to Glin. From there it is on to Athea, then a 40km finishing circuit through Carrigkerry , Ballyhahill and Glin for the third  time before finishing up the hill out of Athea.

Stage 3. Easter Sunday. 155km.  This is our annual day in South Kerry, with a series of loops once described by Irish Cycling Legend Phillip Cassidy as “the finest road racing stage in Ireland”. The fact that it includes the Category 1 Climb at Coom An Easpaig only adds to the intrigue. This will come at the 130km point of  a 155 km route that also includes 6 other climbs, including the climb on Valentia Island. This will surely see the strong men come forward for  final destination of the overall title. However, it is far enough from the finish to allow non-climbers to make up some of the time lost on the ascent. The stage starts and finishes in Waterville. The route is Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Valentia, Cahirsiveen, Dromid, New Chapel Cross, Portmagee, Coom An Easpaigh, The Glen, and on to the Finish in Waterville.

Stage 4. Easter Monday. 115km  The final day is mostly a flat stage, starting and finishing in Killorglin. with the usual sting in the tail. The 25km loop through Beaufort is covered 3 times and then it is on to the final 10 laps of the town circuit  and up the hill each time to add a further 40 km, a total of 115km. The crowd that turned up last year to witness this stage was huge and brought a great atmosphere to Killorglin. There will again be a major change to arrangements for the laps of the Donal McKenna finishing circuit on Easter Monday morning. Riders that are 3:30 down on the leaders will be withdrawn from the circuit. They will be credited with a finishing time appropriate to the lap they were removed at. This amendment will greatly facilitate the ease of movement of motor traffic in Killorglin and contribute significantly to race safety.

Teams.

The Team structure is the same as last year.  Teams will consist of 5 riders. Priority for engagement to the start list will be given to teams with the highest number of A1 riders. Teams may not contain more than two A3 riders.

A  maximum of 40 teams will make up the field.  Entry will open on Monday 12th February and close on Monday 12th March, or earlier if the entry list is full.

 


 

The UCI Management Committee sets out its initial plans for 2018-2022

Today, at its first ordinary meeting since David Lappartient was elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the UCI Management Committee met in Valkenburg (Netherlands), alongside the 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, and took some important decisions concerning the years ahead.

With regards to road cycling, the UCI Management Committee has approved, from 2018, a new “Support/TV” Commissaire at each of the three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Ciclista a España) and the five Monuments (Milano-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour des Flandres, Paris- Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia) on the UCI WorldTour, as well as at the UCI Road World Championships.

The role of this extra Commissaire will be to follow the race live via the different TV images available, thus supporting the members of the Commissaires’ Panel who are out on the course.

It was also agreed that the time gap protocol for stages expected to finish in bunch sprints, as trialled at the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France last year, will from 2018 be extended to all races on the UCI International Calendar.

This protocol increases the time gap required for a split from one second to three seconds. This revision is in response to the increased levels of stress and danger brought about by bunch sprints, whilst still protecting the sporting integrity of the sprint and the stage. The decision on whether to activate this protocol will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the race organiser and the President of the Commissaires’ Panel, after studying the profile of the stage, as well as the level of the teams and the number of riders involved.

Speaking about these initial decisions, UCI President David Lappartient said: “I am very happy to have met with my Management Committee members again. The central part they play in the decision-making process is extremely precious, and as far as I am concerned, it is essential. I would like to publicly thank them for their commitment.

“Rider safety and consistency between events on our International Calendar are two of the UCI’s main priorities. These two measures will reinforce both of those aims. The extra Commissaire will provide vital support to the other Commissaires in carrying out their roles, and the protocol was successfully trialled last year.

“Supporting organisers is another of the UCI’s priorities. With this in mind, I am delighted that the Management Committee has agreed to my post-election pledge to keep the fees levied on road race organisers for registering their event on the UCI International Calendar at the same level as last year, rather than increasing them.”

With regards to the fight against technological fraud, the UCI Management Committee has approved the proposals explored over the past few weeks that aim to strengthen the effectiveness of race checks. A detailed plan of action will be unveiled at a press conference on 21st March.

The decision to integrate e-mountain bike into the UCI has also been approved by the Management Committee, in response to growing public interest in this new form of cycling. Discussions will be held over the coming year with National Federations and representatives of the cycling industry, with a view to creating an initial set of regulations for this discipline from 2019. However, it is already the intention that electric starting systems will only be triggered once leg movement has begun, and will cut out when leg movement stops. This electric assistance must also cease when the bike reaches 25 km/h, and the engine must not exceed 250 watts.

The Czech rider Katerina Nash – recently elected President of the UCI Athletes’ Commission – was co-opted onto the Management Committee, and will remain there until the UCI Congress in 2021. It was also decided that the concept of making the President of the Athletes’ Commission a full member of the Management Committee, thus offering the athletes’ representatives the same rights as all other members, be put to a vote at the UCI Congress in Innsbruck-Tyrol (Austria).

The UCI Management Committee also allocated the following World Championships:

• 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Milton (Canada)
This event will take place at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, near Toronto. The Milton veledrome, which is also the training centre for the Canadian national track team, was built for the Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2015. It recently hosted the third round of the 2017/2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup: a first for Canada, a country that is playing a major role in developing and promoting para-cycling.

• 2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships: Ostend (Belgium)
The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will return to Belgium – the discipline’s flagship nation – after a five-year absence. Situated on the North Sea coast, in the Flanders region of the country, Ostend hosted the Belgian National Cyclo-cross Championships in 2017. The route for the 2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will, in part, use the city’s famous beach that is always popular with tourists.

• 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships: Manizales (Colombia)
Manizales is located in central Colombia, at an altitude of around 2,000 metres. Athletes will tackle demanding mountainous routes along the tracks used in the Leyenda del Dorado, a famous Class 2 (S2) event on the UCI International Calendar. These will be the first mountain bike World Championships held in South America, and the third UCI World Championships to be held in Colombia.

• 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships: Haderslev (Denmark)
Twelve months after visiting the Colombian hills, the event will take place against an entirely different backdrop in Haderslev, in the Southern Denmark region, not far from the German border. This time the riders will face a route that combines forest paths, country lanes and city-centre forays.

The following Calendars have also been approved and published on www.uci.org:

  • 2018/2019 UCI Cyclo-cross International Calendar, including the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar
  • 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Calendar powered by citymountainbike.com
  • 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle International Calendar
  • 2018 UCI Trials World Cup Calendar
  • 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track International CalendarFinally, the Management Committee ratified the appointment of Ms Amina Lanaya as UCI Director General.

By taking this decision, the Management Committee confirms its desire to ensure stability within the UCI administration by appointing an individual who is known for her experience in the Federation, her expertise and knowledge of cycling, which are already recognised both within the UCI and more widely among the cycling family.

A qualified legal practitioner, Ms Lanaya first worked for international law firms in Paris, then Switzerland, before joining the UCI more than 12 years ago. After working in the Legal Service, she was appointed deputy Director General of the UCI in 2013.

Before the meeting of the UCI Management Committee, several UCI bodies met in Valkenburg. The Cycling Economy and Marketing Commission; the members appointed by the Management Committee to the Professional Cycling Council (PCC) as well as the Presidents of the PCC and the UCI; the UCI Women’s WorldTour working group; the Finances Commission – Audit Committee; the Equipment and fight against technological fraud Commission.

The next UCI Management Committee meeting will be held on 18th-21st June 2018 in Arzon (France). It will seek to approve the UCI’s Agenda 2022. Designed to be a roadmap for the next four years, this Agenda will contain concrete recommendations concerning the UCI’s objectives in the five main areas of the ‘Our Passion’ manifesto proposed by David Lappartient during his presidential campaign.

UCI President David Lappartient has these closing remarks: “I would like to acknowledge the work undertaken over the past few months by the members of the Management Committee, who were convened following my election. The meeting in Valkenburg allowed us to take decisions that move cycling in the right direction, and that provide a solid base to develop a roadmap for the years ahead. I am delighted that several important elements of my election manifesto are soon to be fulfilled, particularly concerning the fight against technological fraud.

“I would also like to say that I am very pleased to welcome Katerina Nash – the first female President of the UCI Athletes’ Commission – and I am very proud that she has joined the Management Committee. I hope that the next Congress will see her accepted as a full member. Speaking of the growing influence of women in the management of our sport, I would also like to acknowledge the deserved appointment of Amina Lanaya to the position of Director General.

“Finally, on a sporting note, I wish the very best of luck to all the riders taking part in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Valkenburg this weekend.”


 

Female Cyclist Residential Camp – 15-17 February

Forming Part of National Youth Commission Strategy

Next weekend there will be a residential camp in Avon Rí Adventure Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, from the 15th to 17th February. This camp is open to female cyclists aged between 13 and 23 years of age, and will have a multi-discipline focus. The track session on Saturday will be open to U12 riders also.

Paralympic Champion and Double World Champion Eve McCrystal will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s session, giving an insight to her cycling journey.

Crucially, this cycling training camp forms part of the National Youth Commission Strategy; riders who are targeting national selection should attend. For those who cannot attend and wish to be considered for selection, contact Orla Hendron.

To register for this camp please COMPLETE THIS FORM – Email [email protected] with any questions – more details available on womenscycling.ie

This is one of three camps scheduled for 2018; full details below:


VENUE:
Avon Rí Adventure Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

WHEN: 15-17 February

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 13 February

AGES: 13 years to 23 years

COST: €150 (if renting mountain bikes an additional €15)

STANDARD REQUIRED: Participants must have a road bike in good order, a helmet, and a Cycling Ireland licence. Under 14s should be able to ride 40km, under 16s should be able to ride 70km and under 23s should be able to ride 90km. These requirements are for the purpose of safety.


SCHEDULE:


Thursday

9-10am: Arrival

10.45am: Skills and spins

Pm: Activities TBC


Friday

Am: Mountain biking at the Gap Mountain Bike Park

Pm: Activities TBC


Saturday

Am: Track training at Sundrive Velodrome, Dublin, including talk from Paralympic and Double World Champion Eve McCrystal.

3 Pm: Camp finishes at Sundrive Velodrome.

 NOTE:

Spaces are strictly limited. The camp represents excellent value and places are likely to fill up fast. For youth riders interested in progressing to national teams this is the training camp you need to attend. Please also note you can pay on the day


 

NEW INITIATIVE by Cycling Ireland

Monthly Awards Announced by Cycling Ireland

Cycling Ireland are excited to announce the introduction of monthly awards in three categories.

The Membership Awards have played an important role in Cycling Ireland since their introduction in 2008, recognising the annual achievements of the cycling community. A new structure will see the introduction of monthly awards in the following categories; Domestic Male Rider, Domestic Female Rider and Volunteer.

On the 1st of every month Cycling Ireland members will be invited to nominate the person who they believe are worthy recipients of each of these awards, and asked to offer a rationale behind their nomination; voting will be open for one week. A selection panel will assess the nominations, and the monthly winner will be announced towards the end of that month.

There are several reasons behind the introduction of these monthly awards:
· Recognise the achievements of riders and volunteers throughout the year

· Ensure performances across all the disciplines and strands of cycling are recognised

· Involve the cycling community in the recognition of cycling throughout the year

Annual Awards
In recent years the nominees in most of the categories of the annual awards have been put forward by our various commissions. This will remain the case for the other main categories in our awards; Leisure Event, Competitive Event, Club and Club Coach of the Year.
In 2017 Bike Shop of the Year and Regional Volunteer of the Year were not nominations from commissions, but directly voted on by Cycling Ireland members. The International Performance of the Year is a category voted on by cycling journalists.In 2018 the overall winner of Domestic Male and Female Riders of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year will be voted on by Cycling Ireland members based on a shortlist of the monthly winners.