Irish Cycling Diary 12th Oct 2018 #Irishcycling

Sam Bennett : Photo by BettiniPhoto

by Tommy Campbell

It’s that time of year when the action dry’s up and you go in search of material in every nook and cranny. Thankfully, one Sam Bennett appears all over the sports pages (and deservedly so) and on websites in the last number of days. He is certainly brightening up the scene today and in a magical way. Clocking up another stage win in the Tour of Turkey in a town yesterday that he also claimed victory a year ago. But, this was different he was defending his leader’s jersey.  The former JUNIOR TOUR winner all of ten years ago. (Remember the day he took over the leaders jersey in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo). The following day I lauded his win in the Irish Independent. There seems to be something magic about the JUNIOR TOUR! Fifty years on it is still turning bike riders into ambassadors of the sport. The current organiser of the JT (Alice Sherratt) must be tremendously proud to be associated with an event that she has brought forward with aplomb. She certainly leaves no STONE unturned.

As indicated in the last number of weeks, it is in my opinion ShowTime when it comes to AGM’s. Oddly enough I discovered in my mails a STRATEGY DOCUMENT of recent years which I have included this week! It was introduced by a former president for of a five year period, but now rests with the present incumbent  and it has a year to run. Opinions would be welcome for inclusion in next week’s DIARY. Today I’ll take solace in the achievements of Sam! In my opinion he is the ‘Quite Man; not the film!

Strategy 2015-19

Strategy 2015-19

Cycling Ireland’s Strategic Plan for the next five years has been launched. The Strategy was developed by W2 Consulting following an initial membership survey, where 2,500 people participated. From the findings in the survey consultation groups were set up nationwide, to include members, Cycling Ireland Commission officials, and other key stakeholders. The result is an ambitious and exciting plan which will see Cycling Ireland further their advocacy campaign and commercial presence, while continuing the growth in sport development and high performance.

Kieran Mulvey, chairman of the Irish Sports Council,  speaking positively about the growth of the sport and the plans that were presented. Mulvey promised the support of the Irish Sports Council in the implementation of the Strategy, and also highlighted his belief that the provision of an indoor Velodrome is an essential requirement.

Former, President, Denis Toomey, this is a “Dynamic and ambitious” strategy and “If adequately resourced will place Cycling Ireland at the very top with regards to Sporting Excellence.”  Cycling Ireland’s vision for the next five years will be based on four values; Leadership, Advocacy, Performance and Support, where communication will be important in providing a strong voice for the sport. The Strategy also outlines very clear ambitions. Cycling Ireland aims to become the most popular recreational activity in Ireland, along with being the most successful sport at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is also hoped that by 2019 60% of Cycling Ireland’s income will be earned from non-government sources, and it will be the recognised and respected voice promoting cycling in a safe and supportive environment.

Cycling Ireland’s CEO Geoff Liffey has seen the membership of Cycling Ireland grow from 6,000 members to 23,000 over the past five years, and is excited about the next phase of development in the strategy saying “Over the last five years we have seen considerable progress in cycling in terms of growth and popularity, the next five years will see a cycling culture embedded into the Irish community. The Strategy will see us continue to provide engagement opportunities across the vast spectrum of cycling, from the school runs and coffee spins, to world class performances.”

The key strategic pillars that will be focused on are Sports Development, High Performance, Governance, Leisure, Advocacy and Commercial. These pillars have been further broken down in the Strategy, with the strategic objectives for each outlined, along with the delivery goals. In order for many of these goals to be achieved further resourcing will be required, including regional development officers, part time coaching resources a leisure cycling resource, and for the PR and Communications Executive to become a full time role. Over the next five years the Strategy also recognises the need for a volunteer programme aimed at recognising the efforts of volunteers and ensuring continuous support for their involvement in the on-going development of cycling in Ireland.

While this is an ambitious five year strategy, given the growing popularity of the sport, and the increased focus on cycling as a lifelong activity, it outlines an exciting few years ahead which will see significant change in cycling in Ireland.


Further breaking down the strategic pillars we can see that the aim for Sports Development is to strengthen the existing structures for the development of all cycling disciplines through the implementation of the Cycling Ireland Long Term Athlete Development model, supported by enhanced club coaching systems and facility development. A further focus on High Performance will see a creation of a world class High Performance environment for athletes enabling cycling to become Ireland’s most successful World, Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Leisure cycling will see the re-establishment of the Leisure Commission, and a strategic focus on promoting cycling as a lifelong activity through the continued development of leisure membership of Cycling Ireland. Commercially it is hoped that a well-funded model will be developed to underwrite the costs of developing the sport of cycling, and securing international competitive success. Efficient and effective governance structures will be created to deliver the new ambition for all cycling disciplines in Ireland. Finally it is aimed that by 2019 Cycling Ireland will be recognised for its role in the promotion of cycling as a safe and enjoyable recreational and transport activity. This is a timely aim, considering the recent appointment of a Cycle Standard Project Development Officer, in conjunction with the Department of Transport and the RSA, who will oversee the development of a National Cycling Standard in Ireland, and develop a training programme for cycle safety in Ireland.

Event Applications 2019 – System Now Open

The Events Application System has now been updated and is currently open.Each Provincial Calendar Coordinator will review and approve, or reject, all events submitted online to be promoted in their province. Similarly, Commissions may review and approve, or reject, within its discipline. The applicant for any event rejected must be advised of the rejection and reasons for such. All approved events will be reviewed by the Events Officer who will be responsible for establishing and publishing the full Cycling Ireland Calendar, by province and discipline. Events submitted after the closing date will have no priority in the allocation of dates.

We now have a new front end process which will make entering an event more straight forward.

The system will remain open for 6 weeks with a closing date of Friday 9th November.

The link below has the process to follow when entering your event.

Event Application System 2019


Tokyo 2020 – Olympic Individual Time Trial and Paralympic Cycling courses complete Olympic cycling road routes

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced the routes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycling Individual Time Trial event and the Paralympic cycling road race, Individual Time Trial and Team Relay events. With this announcement, courses for all Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic road cycling events are now confirmed, following the unveiling of the Olympic Road Race routes on 9 August.

The courses approved today will all start and end at the historic Fuji Speedway motor racing circuit, routing in between around the surrounding area against the scenic backdrop of Mount Fuji. The course features many gradients and downhill sections and is likely to provide some interesting races.

Olympic Cycling

1. Individual Time Trial (men/women)

  • Start and finish: Fuji Speedway
  • Distance: men’s course approximately 44.2km (two laps of 22.1km); women’s course approximately22.1km (one lap of 22.1km)
  • Elevation gain: men’s course approximately 846m; women’s course approximately 423mParalympic Cycling2. Road Race (men/women) classes B, H1 to 5, T1 and 2, C1 to 5
  • Start and finish: Fuji Speedway
  • Distance: approximately 13.2km per lap3. Individual Time Trial (men/women) classes B, H1 to 5, T1 and 2, C1 to 5
  • Start and finish: Fuji Speedway
  • Distance: approximately 8.0km per lap4. Team Relay (mixed) classes H1 to 5
  • Start and finish: Fuji Speedway
  • Distance: approximately 2.7km per lapToshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 CEO, commented: “Following the approval of the cycling road courses for theOlympic Games this August, I am delighted that all cycling road courses at Tokyo 2020 have now been finalised. The Olympic and Paralympic cycling courses will be quite challenging, traversing rugged up-and- down terrain near Mount Fuji. The spectacle of the world’s top athletes battling it out on these courses isbound to excite audiences. We will continue to work closely with Shizuoka prefecture and related parties onpreparations for the road cycling events.”David Lappartient, President of the UCI, stated: “The UCI has been working in close collaboration with theTokyo 2020 Organising Committee to design the courses of the Olympic Individual Time Trial and the Paralympic Road Race, Individual Time Trial and Team Relay events. With the Olympic Road Race routes already revealed, all road cycling events have now been unveiled. The combination of the stunning scenery of the Mount Fuji region and the stern challenge that the Olympic and Paralympic courses will provide will deliver a fantastic spectacle for cycling fans in Japan and across the world, and we’re looking forward with anticipation and excitement to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

“I am excited to see the road race courses released for the Tokyo Paralympic Games with just under twoyears to go, said 14-time Paralympic champion Sarah Storey from Great Britain. It’s the first time Para- cyclists have had a notice period of this length and it will assist everyone greatly with their preparations. Just like the Olympic Games, the courses use the Fuji Speedway which is another first in providing parallel opportunity and exposure at the Paralympic Games. I’m delighted to see the course model being used atYorkshire 2019 is already being adopted again and it will provide continuity of experience for riders, staff and spectators which is fantastic. The courses themselves will provide an all-round challenge to riders and will suit a tough all-round rider, meaning races are likely to be wide open and preparations will be key.”

Thomas Rohregger, former Olympic road cyclist and UCI Technical Advisor, added: “Athletes wishing toperform well in the Olympic time trial will need to pull out all the stops. The course along the Fuji Speedway area is a challenging one combining long straights and undulating terrain. It will also offer a unique setting with its fan-packed motor racing circuit and the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop.”

You may access to and download the following material on

  • Men Olympic Individual Time Trial (see)
  • Women Olympic Individual Time Trial (see)
  • Paralympic Road Race – B, H1-5, T1-2, C1-5 (see)
  • Paralympic Time Trial – B, H1-5, T1-2, C1-5 (see)
  • Paralympic Team Relay – H1-5 (see)


Cycling Ulster 2018 AGM

The Cycling Ulster Executive have confirmed the details for the 2018 AGM and the notice can be seen below, this has also been emailed to club secretaries. You can also find the CU Executive Nomination Form, AGM Motions Form, 2018 Club of the Year Nomination Form and 2018 Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form in links below.

The 2018 Cycling Ulster AGM will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 3rd November at the O’Neill Arms Hotel, Toome, Co. Antrim, BT41 3TQ. Any Cycling Ulster member who wishes to attend will be most welcome, however only club delegates have the authority to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. We would encourage all clubs to send along their full quota of delegates to the AGM.

All club secretaries have been notified by email of the AGM and have received the appropriate forms (if a club secretary has not received this e-mail they may need to update their club contact details with Cycling Ireland).

We are also seeking nominations for Club of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. If you have any queries do not hesitate to ask. Contact Carl Fullerton by email or Patrick Withers at

2018 CU AGM Official Notice

CU AGM Nomination Form 2018

CU AGM Motions Form 2018

Club of the Year Form 2018

Volunteer of the Year Form 2018


Munster 2018 AGM

NOTICE: Munster Provincial Executive – 2018 AGM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Munster Executive will be held at 7:30p.m on Monday the 22nd 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

– Cyclocross: Munster Rep. John Dempsey

– Leisure: Munster Rep. Donie Kelleher

– MTB: Munster Rep. Chris O’Callaghan

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,

Four of the below Board positions, having all completed their two-year term: Each of these newly elected positions will run as a two-year term except for the President. This will only be a one-year post as Con McAuliffe was co-opted into this role earlier this year,

President; currently held by Mr. Con McAuliffe (One-year role)

Secretary; currently held by Mr. Kevin Hayes

Treasurer; currently held by Mr. John Breen
Board member; (Calendar co-ordinator; currently held by Mr. Tom Shanahan

Board member; (Commissaire co-ordinator); currently held by Mr. Brian Jordan

Nominations are invited for the above posts on the nomination form found HERE, to reach the Secretary no later than Wednesday the 17th of October.

Nominations will be accepted by email or post to:

Kevin Hayes,
Secretary, Cycling Munster
Co Cork.

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 by the Secretary no later than the Wednesday the 17th of October. Please remember if you put an item forward then you must be present to discuss the item.

By order of the Board.
Kevin Hayes
Provincial Secretary


Reminder – Cycling Ireland 2018 AGM


Registered Office: Kelly Roche House, 619 North Circular Road, Dublin 1

CRO registration number: 134567


Directors: Anthony Mitchell, Brendan Tallon, Carl Fullerton, Ciaran McKenna, David Smyth, Eugene Moriarty, Gillian Mc Darby, Jack Watson, Michael Mannix, Ronan McLaughlin

The Irish Cycling Federation trading as Cycling Ireland, an Irish registered company limited by guarantee.

Dear Club Secretary / Commission Chairperson / Provincial Secretary,

The AGM and Awards’ Night will be held on separate dates as shown below:

AGM – on the 10th of November at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Awards’ Night – on the 24th of November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Motions and Board Nominations to be returned no later than 1700 hours on the 21st of September 2018 to Cycling Ireland preferable by email to with the subject line “2018 CI AGM”. All submissions will be acknowledged. It is recommended that any motions of a sporting or technical nature should be discussed with the relevant Commission(s). See attached forms to be included with motion or nomination submissions.

Motions should be submitted using the motions form included with this notice. National Commissions and Provinces AGMs ideally should be held in advance of the deadline for motions and nominations to the Cycling Ireland AGM in order to facilitate submission of motions arising from National Commissions/Provinces AGMs. National Commissions and Provincial Executives are reminded that the standard requirement for final notification of Commission and Provinces AGMs is 21 days. This would require Commissions/Provinces to issue preliminary notice of their AGM and invite motions and nominations for vacant posts in sufficient time so as to be included on the final notice of their AGM.

Download the AGM first notice here.

Download the board nomination form here.

Download the technical regulation motion proposal form here.

Download the non technical regulation motion proposal form here.

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Liffey,

Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary,

Cycling Ireland


What makes for a great bike city in America? Is it the miles of protected bike lanes? The number of coffee shops? An abundance of stunning places to ride?

Yes to all of that, but as we sifted through thousands of data points and chatted with bike advocates and transportation officials around the country, we determined that the best cities are the ones that don’t cater to one specific type of rider—be it the daily commuter or competitive roadie. The ones that top our list have built systems and a riding culture that benefits everyone—from the kid who rides to school to the retiree who takes a weekend trip to the grocery store.


Our ranking system is out of 100 points divided into four categories, each weighted based on their importance. Safety tops the list and is ranked out of 40 points. Eight to 80 friendliness (how accessible the city is to riders of all ages) came next out of 30 points. Then energy—a measure of the political climate in regards to bikes—out of 20 points. Finally, culture—the shops, routes, and attributes that make each city a great place to ride—was ranked out of 10 points. For a more detailed look on how we ranked each city, go here.

One takeaway we can’t stop thinking about is that there is no perfect American city for cycling. Our networks are still fragmented. Some cities have nothing besides paint-on-pavement lanes. Many socioeconomically disadvantaged communities lack any bike infrastructure at all. And we don’t have any one organization that collects comprehensive data on cycling injuries. America has a lot of work to do. But a few cities are leading the way, and seeing the work they’re putting in makes us hopeful that other areas will soon follow suit.


SURVEIANCE- Who on earth would take a unique trophy? Well, Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France trophy was allegedly stolen after being displayed at a cycle show.

Sky has been displaying all three grand tour trophies — won by Thomas and Chris Froome at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana, 2018 Giro d’Italia, and 2018 Tour de France — at various events.

The trophies were loaned to the team’s bike supplier Pinarello for the Cycle Show, which was held in Birmingham over the last weekend in September.

“It is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened,” said Thomas.

Men’s professional road cycling: 40 teams seeking registration for 2019

Men’s road teams wishing to be registered in first or second division for the 2019 season are required to submit a registration file to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI, in association with an external financial auditor, then evaluates whether the teams are in compliance with the UCI Regulations.
In accordance with its regulations, the UCI is today publishing the list of teams that have submitted a registration file containing all the essential documents as per articles 2.15.069bis and 2.16.014bis.
18 teams applying for registration as a UCI WorldTeam (1st division):