Irish Cycling Diary 23rd Nov 2018 #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell

Let’s forget all about the incidents that have taken place in cycling in the past year! Particularly the departure of the CEO and the decline in numbers at all levels. But, Cyclo  Cross seems to bucking the trend! 
Tomorrow evening in the Crown Plaza in Blanchardstown, that will be all about cycling. An evening to celebrate all that is good about the sport/leisure activities we love and cherish so much. Whether it is the leisure or competition side we can park it for the evening. The Cycling Award Night is all that is good. The nominations have been processed and the nail biting will cease when the winners in the various categories are announced. But the big question, is who will surface as the winner in the professional arena. Personally I doubt very much that anyone will come within a mile, or, in his instance kilometres! He has to be the bookies fancy, but stranger things happen and the trend is bucked. A number of years ago. I had no doubts that he would win the award for outright guts and tenacity to complete the Tour de France after the first day when he crashed. But this guy is a born savage road man and he defied despite being in last position to complete the tour. In my opinion when it comes to a nomination, is not about winning. Of course he left everybody in the shade with four stage wins in September (Kept the good wine until the end) and the overall Green points winner is none other than …..
Presumably, those with an appetite for competition! Well Bray Wheelers Cycling Club host a cyclo cross event in the grounds of Kilruddery, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Kilruddery Estate has to up their with the best and most visited estates in the  country. To gain permission and leave it in good stead to run a bike race! Well, obviously the club has some clout. Irrespective, there are tremendous features on the course which has some fantastic views. I doubt very much that the competitors will take any notions of the surroundings and will hell bent on competing the course.  You may be aware or not! But the sport of cyclo-cross has been around for approximately eight years. It was originally for the road men to retain their fitness levels through the off season. It was based on the European continent where it has blossomed. Running, up and over obstacles is a key element in the race. No doubt the recent conditions under foot will cause problems on the grass or the mud which certainly will cause problems this Sunday.       


The Cycling Ireland Awards Night is an annual celebration of Irish cycling. This year it takes place this Saturday the 24th November 2018 in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown

One of the main attractions of the Awards Night is the Members Awards – which are a series of categories nominated by Cycling Ireland Commissions and voted for by the members. Voting closes this evening Friday  (9th of November).

The Awards Night is a visual celebration of cycling, with top racing performances recognised, as well as some of the top cycling moments, including a celebration of the National Champions and outstanding achievement awards.

Nominated by Cycling Ireland Provinces and Commissions, and voted by Cycling Ireland Members – have a look at the below categories to discover more about each nominee!

National Volunteer of the Year
Female Rider of the Year
Male Rider of the Year
Club of the Year
Leisure Event of the Year
Competitive Event of the Year
Club Coach of the Year



International cycling performance of the year.



World Tour, destination for
Nicolas Roche BMC Racing – Moving to Team Sunweb
Sam Bennett Bora-hansgrohe – going into final season of current contract with Bora-hansgrohe
Philip Deignan Team Sky – Departing Team Sky, no confirmed team to date
Dan Martin UAE Team Emirates – Moving into second year of two-year deal
Ryan Mullen Trek-Segafredo – Moving into second year of two-year deal

Pro Continental
Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Sport – Israel Cycling Academy
Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk – Extended with Novo-Nordisk
Eddie Dunbar Aqua Blue Sport – Signed for Team Sky
Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport – Retired, now working for British Cycling

Cormac Mcgeough Jelly Belly Maxxis – No confirmed team
Ben Walsh Vitus Pro Cycling – Moving to French team GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31
Bryan McCrystal Holdsworth – Did not race for Holdsworth in 2018
Matt Teggart Team Wiggins – No confirmed team
Robert Jon McCarthy JLT-Condor – No confirmed team
Sean McKenna Holdsworth – No confirmed team
Michael O’Loughlin Team Wiggins – expected to remain with Wiggins
Conn McDunphy Holdsworth – Moving to French team CC Nogent sur Oise
Mark Downey Team Wiggins – No confirmed team
Dermot Trulock Holdsworth – No confirmed team, departed Holdsworth mid-season
Damien Shaw Holdsworth – departed Holdsworth going to Domestic Irish Team – Velo Revolution .



For the past four years the ‘OldVelos’ group have prompted a vintage cycling event in the character of the L’Eroica ( events which started in Italy over 20 years ago. The event has been growing and this year had entries from the UK and Italy.
For those of you who may not be familiar with these events have a look at the video located here:
Next year’s event, which is scheduled for the earlier time of 14th July 2019, looks like being even bigger so watch their website for more details. (This event is one of the nominations for Cycling Ireland Leisure Event of the year 2018).