Irish Cycling Diary 17th Aug 2018 #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell

The absence of a competitive event in the Leinster region has been averted this weekend. Courtesy of Drogheda Wheelers CC and that man about cycling circles, Ger Campbell has come to the rescue. The event will be staged on Saturday. Please note that the Ras Cill Mocheallog scheduled for Sunday has changed the event to SATURDAY because nobody will be on the streets! They’ll be in Croke Park in person or the radio OR television.
Whilst others were mulling about the cancellation of the Wexford Two-Day this weekend, Ger was not behind closed doors!
In all probability as a race organiser, he was able to hone in as to why the cancellation of an event would have serious consequences for an organiser and also competitor who had penciled in the event, not days but weeks and months to be left in LIMBO! Not a nice place. I am reliably informed from the pulpit?.
Let us face the facts! To be blunt about it, it could have cost a lot of money and it does not grow on trees!
There is a lesson there for Cycling Ireland to grab the bull by the horns and set up a fail safe system for future events. Personally, it is not a time for sitting on the fence and we as cyclists have to take into consideration that the effort, blood sweat and tears that go into organising events.
Now back to the weekend of activitities. Under-age cycling has been to the fore in recent times with the promotion of the Errigal International Youth Tour over three days. Now it is the turn for two days of the YOUTH Championship racing courtesy of Ballymoney


‘The Leinster Autumn Classic’ will be held this Saturday, August 18th in Bellewstown, Co. Meath. Sign on will open at 9am in Bellewstown Race Course, with the race commencing at 10:30!

Lap distance: 12.5km
A4 Race – 5 Laps (62.5km)
A1/2/3 Race – 7 Laps (87.5km)






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John Meyler takes on the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif

 Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast John Meyler

gets in gear for Ireland’s greatest cycling event

John Meyler has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland and Ride Wild to launch the September Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif. Taking place from 8th to 26th (26th inclusive) of September, the Sportif passes through some of the most spectacular coastline and seascapes spanning Co. Cork to Co. Donegal.

The fully supported event is open to female and male leisure cyclists, amateurs and those who simply want to challenge themselves to an epic adventure on one of the longest and most stunning touring routes in the world. Participants will enjoy an incredible journey, combined with fantastic food experiences and the warmest welcomes the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.

The multi-stage event, spanning over 2000km will immerse cyclists in the unique cultural tapestry of the towns and villages along the route. Over the 16 stages, female and male cyclists will experience the stunning coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way including areas of great natural beauty such as Valentia and Achill Islands and 5 Classic Climbs including Sheep’s Head, Beara Peninsula, Coominaspic, Conor Pass and Glengesh Pass. Participants will also pass 8 lighthouses, 15 Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points and 255 towns and villages.

Commenting on the September Sportif, Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast, John Meyler said:

“I’m a huge fan of the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif, it’s fantastic to get into the fresh air on the bike and completely switch off and enjoy the experience of the Sportif. Taking in the spectacular views and building friendships, this an adventure all cyclists, regardless of level, should embrace. This will be my second time taking part in the Sportif, and it’s a rewarding and enjoyable challenge that enriches your appreciation for the natural beauty and amazing communities and towns of the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Fiona Monaghan, Head of Product Development – Activities at Fáilte Ireland commented:

“We are delighted to see so many cyclists from both home and abroad taking up the challenge of cycling the Wild Atlantic Way. This is the third time the event has been held, attracting cyclists along the full length of the route and helping tourism businesses in the region to stay open longer, beyond the summer season.”

Michael O’Boyle, Tour Director at Ride Wild, stated: 


“This is a must for all cycling enthusiasts. The September Sportif brings together all the best components of cycling including amazing scenery, the comradery and the culinary experience. An unforgettable adventure awaits for those who join us on the Sportif.”

Entry to the multi-day event will include accommodation, meals and the official cycling kit. The kit consists of a cycling jersey and shower jacket. Participating cyclists will also receive a kit, laundry service and bag transfers as well as paramedic and mechanical support where required. The costs for these services will be included in cyclists’ registration fee. A single day entry costs €45. Multi-day stages including overnight stay costs €90. The support services are included in the prices. Transfers will be provided back to route start daily.



LONDON, United Kingdom – A new British Cyclo-cross team is to be launched to start racing this coming 2018/19 season. The team, currently called TP Racing, will be led by former World, European and National Junior Cyclo-cross champion, Tom Pidcock. Tom had a successful first year racing in the U23 ranks last season, winning the World Cup, and he is hungry to take another step up in the coming season. He will be joined by fellow British riders, Dan Tulett and Emily Wadsworth. The team is registered to the London based sports management, marketing and events company, Trinity Sports Management, who work extensively in cycling and who manage Tom’s career on and off the bike.

Having ridden for Sven Nys’ Belgian team, Telenet Fidea Lions in 2017, Pidcock is excited about joining this new team: “I’ve gained a lot of experience riding for Sven’s team and achieved some good results last season. I want to thank everyone at Telenet Fidea Lions for all the support and guidance they gave me during the year. However when Trinity Sports Management discussed with me the opportunity of creating a British CX team, I just couldn’t say no. Working alongside Trinity Sports Management on organising the set up of the team, from technical partners to staff, is something that I have loved having input in. I am really excited about what we are creating and cannot wait to start racing in the new colours.”

Dan Tulett, a former National Junior Mountain Bike champion who finished runner-up to Pidcock at the 2017 World Junior Cyclo-Cross Championships, will also race for the new team: “When you look at the success of British riders in Cyclo-cross in recent seasons, I think it is fantastic that we now have the opportunity to ride for a British registered continental cross team. Having raced with and against Tom since we were 10 year olds, I am delighted to join the team and look forward to the new season.”

The final rider on the team will be Emily Wadsworth, who has combined racing Road, Cross and Mountain bike over the past number of years and who recently achieved a top 10 finish in the National Road Race Championship: “I want to focus on Cyclo-cross this winter and when the opportunity to join this team came up I couldn’t say no, I am really excited now to get racing”.

On the launch of the new team, Trinity Sports Management Director Andrew McQuaid commented: “Working with Tom over the past couple of years, it has been really exciting to see how he keeps developing and improving both on and off road. Creating this team centred around Tom, building an environment he enjoys, seemed to be a natural progression. In addition, we are passionate about helping other young British riders coming through, and look forward to supporting Dan and Emily on their racing ambitions. We are very excited about what this team can grow into over the next few years. We are currently finalising technical and non-technical partners and look forward to sharing more details very soon. Finally, I would just like to add that Telenet Fidea Lions have been extremely understanding of the situation and I extend my gratitude to them for everything they have done to date.”


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 Contactus@ 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.


Rás na mBan Secures a New Print and Signage Partner Provide Print Solutions to Rás na mBan

The organisers of Rás na mBan International Cycle Race have announced a new partnership with leading print solutions specialist

One of Ireland’s leading print companies, the nationwide firm has stepped in to support the 13th running of Ireland’s top international stage race for women with print solutions throughout the event. is a young and vibrant company with a dedicated team of graphic designers supplying print, design and signage needs to a developing list of clients throughout Ireland.

In associating with Ireland’s top stage race for women, are showcasing the quality and precision for which the company has become renowned in recent years, as company CEO Justin Byrne explains:-

“Rás na mBan is an exciting, fast moving international sports event which places an emphasis on speed, commitment and style.

“The sheer class of this event, along with the inspiring international athletes make it one of the great occasions in Irish sport, which, in turn, inspires us to create excellent print solutions to promote this fantastic race.”

Event organiser Valerie Considine welcomed the arrival of a new commercial partnership which helps reinforce the status of Rás na mBan as the great bike race of the Irish sporting season.

“ is an energetic young company which sets high standards which represent the values of Ireland’s top bike race.

“We’re delighted to begin another important collaboration which will serve to present the event in the best possible light. Kilkenny is set to be a brighter place in September!”

Elinor Barker (Team GB), on her way to overall victory in An Post Rás na mBan 2017 in Kilkenny. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan