by Tommy Campbell
You couldn’t have written the script for last week’s start of the 2018 cycling season!
Race orgnisers, were very diligent when it came to the safety of all concerned with cycling and the sport in general.
But, one event took to the stage on their own. Tralee West Manor iBike promotion of the Lacey Cup. What an event and promotion, it turned out to be with the newly formed team VINER-CAREMARK-Pactimo Cycling Team grabbing all the headlines with Matteo Cigala landing the top prize ahead of Newcastlewest CC/Cahills Cheese Paul Kennedy who won the opener (Dublin Wheelers CC promotion) 12 months ago in Summerhill, Co. Meath with Tom Shanahan of Limerick CC in third place.
Ras Mhaigh EO Youth Tour Two-Day headlines the proceedings for Saturday and Sunday. Noel Mulroy the organiser is thankful to Velo Revolution acting as the main sponsor for the youth.
Also on Saturday we have three events which will lay the groundwork for the upcoming season. Spires CC GP, Markievicz Cup and Ras Naomh Finian (NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE of venue plus there will be no ladies event).
On Sunday, with the exception of Connacht, Leinster (Boyne GP), Munster (Ras Luimini) and Uster (John Haldane) are to the fore. PLUS separate write ups).
Those that fell by the wayside in their preparation for Easter will have some comfort in the knowledge that their respective events will not be lost as a result of a number of events falling by the wayside, prior to the off.
One man, has allayed the fears of those in Leinster, according to Ger Campbell. “Yes, there were a number of cancellations before the off! I am confident when the dust settles we will accommodate those looking for alternative dates, said Ger who literally has his hands full as he prepares for his promotion this Sunday of the Boyne Grand Prix.
The problem that may cause concern for those with aspirations of competing in the respective stage events over the Easter period such as the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan, The Gorey Three Day and the Tour of the North. See the various posters for information.
The training miles will be their legs, but the completive edge will be lacking. Thankfully there is a window of opportunity of the Bank Holiday weekend which falls suitably for the would-be competitors to get back-to-back competition over that period. For instance Munster has the Bobby Power on Paddy’s Day and Newcastlewest CC’s An Caislean Nua Classic has slotted in on the 18th of March (see poster in TC’s DIARY). Whilst Leinster are organising the Kilmessan GP on a very testing course and Ulster have the McCann Cup in Omagh.
Whilst the week end of the 24th there will be no hiding in the Tour of the Ards and the first National Classic of the year, The Des Hanlon Memorial
Drogheda Wheelers CC are ready to ROCK N’ ROLL this Sunday under the baton of Ger Campbell and his team of helpers. We have been in touch with Met Office and they have been assured that the weather wil be our favour. PLEASE NOTE THE below message. Stagg Cycles/Lucan CC winner from last year, has gone on to a higher stage. We wish him all the best for the coming season with HOLSWORTH who have also got the services of Bryan McCrystal ex Velo Revolution and the two ex An Post/Chain Reaction outfit, Sean McKenna and the man from MULLINGAR.
Boyne GP this SUNDAY 11th of MARCH
Venue Ryans Pub Gormanlough [5km from Slane on R163.
We are currently trying to get an off road car park 1km from Sign on venue.We will advise.
Sign on opens 9am
1 No one day licences available.
2 Riders must have their full licence and numbers[pdf version on phone not accepted].
3 110 max rider rule will apply in A4 race.
If numbers exceed this we will split it and run 2 x separate races [Split prize fund with prizes in both,but that is a worst case scenario.
4 X Separate races as follows.
Please read the start times carefully as the start times are staggered
10.30 A2 race 7 x laps 84k
10.33 A4 race 5 x laps 60k
1.00pm A1 race 8 x laps 96k
1.03pm A3 race 6 x laps 72k
Further info Contact Ger on 086 8192205
Wheelers first event of 2018
This Sunday 11th March sees the cycling road season get into full swing when Newry wheelers promote the popular John Haldane Memorial sponsored by Haldane Fisher on the warrenpoint/newry dual carriageway. There has been a slight change to the finish which after completing several laps of the carriageway the riders will tackle the Greenan road which will see the riders battle it out for the prizes. The uphill finish is the first time it will be used in the race and will add another dimension to the race. Its definitely a tough one.
While the carriageway is flat it is always a hard race due to its speed and if its windy the bunch usually splits into pieces.
Newry wheelers are promoting 4 races on the day and have riders who can win in each category. Defending champion from the club Jude Sands is unable to defend his title as he is studying in England but riders like Mark Mc Kinley,Gareth O neill and Alan Bingham will be in the hunt while in the A3 category Andrew Hicks,Micheal Havern and Kenny Bagnall will be in the action. It should be a great days racing. Please be advised there will be minor delays on the dual carriageway between 10am and 1pm with minor delays also on the greenan road.
Racing starts at 10am from greenbank and the first races are expected to finish from 11.30am onwards.
Interesting names on the start line, include Angus Fyffe of Caldwell Cycles, Marc PottS Unattachedd , and Bryan McCrystal, now of HOLDSWORTH.
|Alan (M)||Bingham||Cuchulainn CC|
|Ali (M)||Gribbon||Carn Wheelers|
|Andrew (M)||Chivers||North Down CC|
|Angus (M)||Fyffe||Caldwell Cycles Omagh|
|Conor (M)||McCann||Inspired Cycling|
|Craig (M)||Rea||**UNATTACHED Ulster**|
|David (M)||McFall||Team Caldwell Cycles|
|Gary (M)||Donaldson||Caldwell Cycles Omagh|
|John (M)||Morton||Harps CC|
|Lindsay (M)||Watson||Powerhouse Sport|
|Marc (M)||Potts||**UNATTACHED Ulster**|
|Mark (M)||McClure||Caldwell Cycles Omagh|
|Mark (M)||McKinley||Newry Wheelers CC|
|Nathan (M)||Mullan||Dromara Cycling Club|
|Paul (M)||Wilkinson||Westdown Wheelers|
|Richard (M)||Maybin||Team Madigan|