Irish Cycling Diary 8th June 2018 #Irishcycling

    by Tommy Campbell

    Thought of the day ……… “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual”

    Another Bank Holiday done and dusted! Back to the grindstone this weekend. Heading the bill on Saturday is the Noel and Kieron Hammond Memorial and on Sunday the Strata3 Velo Revolution Grand Prix, which originally was scheduled for the Bank Holiday Sunday.
    In the mix, on Sunday, though it is not a race! Is a Leisure Cycle by Errigal Wheelers (well known for the promotion of the Youth Tour) which according to the organisation is one not to be missed?
    The Velo Revolution Midleton Grand Prix, is the first road race that MCTC has held since 2012.
    This year is unique as it marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the club. The club (you would be the first), has gone through lean times but at the moment we are fortunate to be in strong position with over 100 active members. Members are competing on all fronts, road racing, cyclocross, triathlon, duathlon and sportive cycles.

    The occasion of the 50th anniversary of the club and the number of club members who are racing created an impetus to run a road race this year. Planning began as far back as October last year. The Race Committee met regularly and began the task of staging a MCTC road race.
    At the race on Sunday we will be holding a minutes silence at the start of the racing for Pat Roche and Donie Buckley both of whom passed away recently. They were both founding members of Midleton Cycling Club in 1968. Pat had been on the Safety Officer on the Race Committee. We are very grateful to Aidan Crowley and Velo Revolution for his generous sponsorship of the race.
    The race takes place over a 13.7km circuit. Everything is in place for the big day and we are expecting a big crowd and a great turnout.

    The poster said it all with racing for ALL categories INCLUDING under age.

    Naturally, a STRATA3 VELO REVOLUTION winner would be the icing on the cake.

    But the main item on the agenda is that everyone comes home safe and sound and hopefully the euros will go to worthy winners irrespective of what clubs they represent.


    This Eve (Friday) Please note online Reg only and Race is FULL
    Shannon Co Clare
    The M&M Memorial Classic Hosted by Club Rothaíochta na Sionainne and GoTri in Honour and memory of past members Michael, Melanie and Malachi

    50km race for A1 to A4 riders & Ladies are included 🙂

    UPDATE: Sign on is from 6 to 7 at GoTri Gym. Start line is at the Wells Church in Clonmoney at 7.30.

    Cash prizes and memorial cups

    A big thank you to JJ Kenneally’s of Limerick who helped us a lot with the memorial cups last year and also to Melanie’s family and friends who sponsored them.


    Noel & Kieran Hammond Time Trial

    Saturday (9th June) Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.
    Sign on at Roundwood GAA Hall from 8am.

    First rider off at 9.30am
    Time trial distance 32.5km, road mans course Prizes for A1/A2/A3/A4/Junior/Lady and an overall Team prize.
    There is a shorter Youths Time trial.

    An opportunity for anybody to sample a race against the clock on a very friendly course on the outskirts of the HIGHEST VILLAGE in Ireland.


    Sunday 10th June 



    Banbridge CC once again host the Noel Teggart Memorial road races for 2018, taking place on Sunday 17th June.   Always a busy day for the promoting club, there will be a total of 6 races promoted including 3 races for the youth categories and 3 senior races.  Racing will take place on the traditional circuit, starting in Banbridge and making its way out to the village of Gilford and through Scarva before the long drag back to Banbridge for a finish on the Scarva Rd .

    Earning a reputation in recent years as one of the highest paying events in the country this trend is set to continue with the promoters setting aside a generous prize pot of £1,800, which includes a winner’s cash prize of £300 for the A1/A2 race.

    Last year’s winner of this race, Marc Heaney riding for Belgian outfit Asfra Racing, has gone on to become one of the most promising under 23 riders in the country and recently secured his first UCI categorised victory overseas in Albania.  Other recent winners include multiple Irish National Champion Mark Dowling and 2018 Rás Tailteann stage winner Sean McKenna who both added their name to the winner’s trophy alongside numerous famous Irish cycling names; Tommy Evans, David McCann & Phillip Cassidy among them.

    Contenders for this year’s event are likely to include local riders Lindsay Watson of Powerhouse Sport and John Buller of Banbridge CC who have both shown fantastic form against high quality international competition in recent weeks, and will want to impress on home roads.  Darnell Moore and the Caldwell Cycles Team have also impressed most weekends and if the Viner Caremark Pactimo team send their usual contingent led by the in-form Matteo Cigala & Ronan McLaughlin they will likely be at the top of the bookies favourites list.

    Of the 6 races being promoted on the day, the A1/A2 race will be the first to roll out from the Banbridge Academy School at midday to face 7 laps of the circuit to give them a total race distance of 130km. Prizes will be on offer for the first 8 riders across the line and the first 3  A2 category riders.

    A dedicated A3 race always provides fierce competition with local man Simon Curry delighted to be get the upper hand on the Powerhouse Sport  junior riders in a hard fought bunch sprint at last year’s event. This year they will once again cover 6 laps of the circuit, giving them a race distance of 110km.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 riders in this race.

    The A4 race will face 5 laps to give a total race distance of 92km, and will also accommodate A3 & A4 women, many of who have been showing their male counterparts that they are more than up to providing healthy competition, and with the National Championships only weeks away will be keen to cause the A4 men an upset. Prizes will be awarded to the top 6 riders and the highest placed women.

    A full suite of youth races will also be on offer, accommodating our under 16, 14 & 12 riders.  The under 16 event will complete 3 laps for a total race distance of 55km. The under 14’s will complete 1 lap covering 17km, while the under 12’s will be neutralised to their official race start at the Banville House Hotel roundabout where they will race to Scarva village, a total race distance of 9.5km.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boys and top 3 girls in each youth race.

    In a slight change from previous years the Event HQ will be based at Banbridge Rugby Club, just off the Newry Rd.  Full changing and shower facilities will be available.

    Event pre-entry will be available for all races via Cycling Ireland from 7pm on Monday 4th June until 11pm on Thursday 14th June at a cost of £15 for senior riders, £10 for juniors & £5 for youth riders.  Riders are still required to sign-on on the day at the event HQ where they should have their race licences available for presentation – this facility will be open from 10am until 11:30am before all races roll out together at 11:45am.

    You can access the event pre-registration on the Cycling Ireland Azolve system, here:

    The roll out will be neutralised, through Banbridge town, to the race start area at the Banbridge Academy School where riders will be held and released in their respective races for the official race starts commencing at 12 noon.



    Hills of Donegal Tour 2018

    Errigal Cycling club’s annual Hill’s of Donegal Tour will take place again on Sunday  (June 10th), starting from ‘The Lagoon’ Termon. The Hills Tour has become well known for its breathtaking scenery and challenging climbs. We at Errigal Cycling Club want this tour to be as inclusive and do-able as possible for all levels and capabilities.

    There are multiple distances available to suit everyone’s individual cycling ability, ( the 100mile tour proving the most popular!! ). With multiple water and food stops along the way, there is no excuse valid for not being able to complete it!

    But in the unlikely event that you may need assistance, there are plenty of friendly faces along the route to lend you a helping hand!!

    The feedback we have received over the past few years has been nothing but positive and we strive ourselves on running a safe and thoroughly enjoyable tour for all you cyclists that will take on the challenge! After all, it is a tour, not a race, which makes the course all the more enjoyable whilst gifting you the opportunity to take in some of Irelands most beautiful scenery along the route.



    Bike Hub Development Officer            

    Job Description
    Job Title: Bike Hub Development Officer

    Responsible to: Cycling Ireland Coach Education and Programmes Manager

    Contract Duration: 3 Year Contract

    Responsible for: Developing a network of Community Bike Hubs, across designated locations, on the island of Ireland.

    Hours of work: 39 hours per week
    Salary: €35,000 per annum

    Flexible with a minimum of 1 day a week required at Cycling Ireland Dublin office.

    Background Cycling Ireland (CI) has an opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual to work within its sports development Unit. CI is looking to employ a Bike Hub Development Officer to work on the development and implementation of a network of community bike hubs, across designated locations, on the island of Ireland. This role is on a fixed 3-year term contract, subject to continued funding, the role will be reviewed and renewed on an annual basis.

    Bike Hub Development Officer:The Bike Hub Development Officer will be principally responsible for the development and rollout of new community bike hubs in conjunction with other key stakeholders. This role will require duties to extend to flexible working arrangements. Including weekend and possible evening time commitments.

    Responsibilities will include:

    Specific Duties:

    • Develop Bike Hub locations by engaging a broad range of communities, established groups within communities or by forming new community groups.
    • Identify and facilitate opportunities for community engagement, to help more people to cycle more often in a supportive and social environment.
    • Promote and support Bike Hub locations.
    • Establish a network of Bike Hub ride leaders and volunteers.
    • Provide access to training and practical support for ride leaders and volunteers, to enable them to run Bike Hub activities in their communities.
    • Build sustainability through volunteer recruitment, development and training.
    • Engage with key stakeholders, local authorities and partners to promote and stimulate the interest and take up of cycling within each Bike Hub location.
    • Develop an online presence and a range of practical resources to support the network of the Bike Hubs across designated locations.
    • Assess the impact of Bike Hub on range of outcomes such as, health, social and economic benefits.
    • Write interim reports and provide monitoring data as required by project manager and key stakeholders.
    • Ability to prepare, monitor and manage budgets.
    • Manage own workload and report on outputs.
    • Manage project under the Project Manager’s guidance.


    • Act as an ambassador for Cycling Ireland and represent the organisation on appropriate occasions.
    • Develop relationships with stakeholders, local partners and other interest groups.
    • Assist in managing all budgetary aspects of the role.
    • Produce reports, deal with correspondence and attend relevant meetings.

    Candidates should note that this list does not represent an exhaustive list and is subject to change as the job requires.

    This position will require, at times, an amount of weekend availability with working hours spread across the week with time-in lieu.

    Person specification:

    Qualification & Attainments Computer literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel. Relevant third level qualification to degree level or equivalent in sports and recreation, health promotion or other relevant disciplines.
    Relevant Experience Relevant experience of at least 2 years in health, physical activity, recreational and/or sports development.

    Experience of working with volunteers.

    An understanding of legislation relevant to sports organisations to include child protection, health and safety, data protection, equity etc.

    Experience and knowledge of sports development, community development work or of working in the community sector in a developmental and supportive capacity either in paid or voluntary role.

    Competence in budgeting and financial management.

    Special Aptitudes Excellent literary and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports.

    Proven record of working to a deadline.

    Excellent organisational skills.

    Competent in use of Microsoft XP or above; and in particular Word, Excel, and Power Point, email and website.

    Experience of working under pressure and to strict deadlines.

    General Aptitudes Must be able to act on personal initiative and take decisions within scope of the project.
    Disposition Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel.

    Ability to be self-motivated, resourceful, work on own initiative in a flexible and co-operative manner.

    An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities and sports equity issues.

    Good communication skills.

    Influencing skills and ability to work with others.
    Circumstances Ability to work out of normal office hours.

    Be prepared to undertake training in any relevant job-related area.


    General information:

    Application closing date: 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of June.

    Interested persons are invited to submit their CV (by email) along with a covering letter outlining why they believe they are suitable for the post to [email protected] by email only.

    Short listing will apply as do Garda/Access NI vetting procedures. Interviews for the position will take place Monday the 25th of June.

    The on-going funding for this post is subject to negotiation and to confirmation of funding from Cycling Ireland’s funding partners.

    Cycling Ireland is an equal opportunities employer





    Purple House Coast 2 Coast Bray to Galway Cycle Challenge 2018

    Have you ever cycled the width of Ireland? Well now is your chance!  Cancer charity Purple House Cancer Support are looking for cyclists of all abilities to join them and help to support families affected by Cancer in Ireland.

    The Purple House Coast 2 Coast Cycle Challenge is a Cycle over two days from the East Coast to the West Coast of Ireland.

    Starting from Bray beach on Saturday 14th July and finishing in Salthill strand in Galway on Sunday 15th July 2018.

    Day 1: 127km
    Day 2: 115km

    Overnight stay in Athlone on the Saturday night.

    All participants will receive:
    A Purple House cycling jersey
    A Purple House bandana
    Sponsorship pack
    Dedicated support service along the route.

    Cost Per person €128.99 (two nights B&B plus train back to Dublin)

    Deposit for confirm your place €60

    Sign up here:

    For more information email [email protected] or phone 012866966

    About Purple House Cancer Support Centre:

    Purple House Cancer Support is to the forefront in providing a range of professional support services to people of all ages affected by Cancer in Ireland.

    Our aim is to help rebuild the lives of families affected by Cancer. Purple House is at the heart of the community.

    Founded in 1990, Purple House was the first Community based Cancer Support Centre in Ireland and today operates a busy range of support services from Purple House at Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow as well as Cancer Support Groups in dlr LexIcon Library Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

    The professional services on offer include counselling, complimentary therapies, bereavement counselling, services for children & young adults including creative arts and one to one support, CLIMB programme for children, camps & workshops for children, health awareness programmes, citizen information advice, Flood Cloud meal distribution, Purple House Choir, classes in Yoga and Mindfulness, health awareness campaigns aimed at 18-30 year olds and more.

    For a full list of services please visit

    Purple House is at the heart of the community & is funded almost entirely by voluntary donations


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