Irish Cycling Diary 24th Aug 2018 #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell

Pope Francis maybe in town, but naturally some minor additions have had to be made this weekend. It was set in stone late last year that all the Provincial Championships would be held on the last Sunday of August. But, nobody bargained on the disruption that the visit may have on the general population. After all it is not every day that his holiness would pay a visit to the Emerald Isle. The last occasion was 1979 and that certainly caused an almighty stir!
The province of Connacht was left with no options but to change their date to Saturday.
Spoke with David Brennan of Castlebar CC . “There were no options but to change. With the Pope dropping into Knock. Commonsense prevailed, we will have an event on Saturday and up to yourself if you want to see his holiness on Sunday. Odds it will be manic. Everybody and anybody will want to say in years to come. I was there.
The remaining provinces keep faith with the Sunday date. See the attached footnote about the regulations concerning participation in the respective provinces.
Just across the border in Ulster and Leinster. Both, Karl Dolan and Carl Fullerton have both attractive programmes for both their respective CHAMPIONSHIPS. Karl has incorporated into his event a race which is very sentimental to the club. Whilst in Ulster, Carl Fullerton heads up to Ballyliffin which played host to the DUBAI OPEN Golf Championship where the crowds were exceptional. I don’t anticipate that there will be any problems in that area this Sunday. Recently, I was in Donegal and looked at the circuit. Marvelous panoramic views! Could be a location in the future for a stage event. Doubt very much if the participants will take any notice.
Down south in Munster, Michael Crowley on behalf of the Blarney Cycling Club is the man in charge. Picking winners of the respective PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! I think I would have a better opportunity of winning the lotto, provided I invested in it!

Alan Heary’s RACE AROUND IRELAND comes out of the starting blocks on Sunday and one for Diary is EMO cycle next month.


 

It is the hope and wishes of all concerned that anybody reading this is fully aware of the ARTICLE 2

VERY IMPORTANT

ARTICLE 2 – PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

1.    The regulations regarding the control of Provincial Championships will be established by Provincial

Federations but these should not be in conflict with Cycling Ireland’s National Championship

Regulations.

2.        License holders satisfying one of the following criteria:

            (a)  Belonging to a club / team based in the Province;

  (b)  Unattached and resident in the Province;

  (c)  Residency in the Province; ARTICLE 2 – PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

1.    The regulations regarding the control of Provincial Championships will be established by Provincial

Federations but these should not be in conflict with Cycling Ireland’s National Championship

Regulations.

2.        License holders satisfying one of the following criteria:

            (a)  Belonging to a club / team based in the Province;

  (b)  Unattached and resident in the Province;

  (c)  Residency in the Province;

            (d)   Belonging to a club / team based outside Ireland but,

                       1) Immediate past address was in the Province or

                       2) Most previous Irish club / team was based in the Province.

                   May compete in the Provincial Championships notwithstanding a rider may only compete in one set of

Provincial Championships in any one season.

Provinces may declare certain Championships as “Open Championships”, in which case the above

criteria does not apply. However in these circumstances the Province must advertise this in advance and

confirm as to who is eligible for the Championship Medals.

Minimum Numbers for each Provincial Championship event will be decided by each province. There is no

requirement to have a minimum number of starters to award medals.

Provinces may award Provincial Championship Medals and/or trophies. Provinces may award a

Champions Jersey for a Provincial Championship. Winners of such a provincial Champions Jersey will be

permitted to wear it, within the Province, in competition in the same discipline and category in which it

was won up until the day prior to the following years Championship.

            (d)   Belonging to a club / team based outside Ireland but,

                       1) Immediate past address was in the Province or

                       2) Most previous Irish club / team was based in the Province.

                   May compete in the Provincial Championships notwithstanding a rider may only compete in one set of

Provincial Championships in any one season.

Provinces may declare certain Championships as “Open Championships”, in which case the above

criteria does not apply. However in these circumstances the Province must advertise this in advance and

confirm as to who is eligible for the Championship Medals.

Minimum Numbers for each Provincial Championship event will be decided by each province. There is no

requirement to have a minimum number of starters to award medals.

Provinces may award Provincial Championship Medals and/or trophies. Provinces may award a

Champions Jersey for a Provincial Championship. Winners of such a provincial Champions Jersey will be

permitted to wear it, within the Province, in competition in the same discipline and category in which it

was won up until the day prior to the following years Championship.


 

 
 

2018 Leinster Championship & Traders Cup

26 August, 2018 – 10:00

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DKIT Sport (Inner Relief Road). 74.

Please Note New Sign on Venue & Modified Circuit for 2018

 

Starts 10am. The circuit is approx 13 km

Post-Race Showers and Refreshments are Available.

Entry Fee: €15

 

Sign on 8:30 – 9:45am DKIT SPORT

Directions as follows: 

  • Take Exit 16 from M1 Motorway | Direction Dundalk |
  • Proceed straight on inner relief road (direction Belfast)
  • DKIT Sport is on the right hand side approx 1 km after the Crown Plaza Hotel

 

There are 3 Separate Races

Race 1: Handicap Race for A1, A2, A3, Junior & Veteran – 78km (6 Laps)
Leinster Medals will be awarded to the first 3 in the above categories

Race 2: Women – 52km (4 Laps)
Leinster Medals for 1st 3

Race 3: A4 – 65km (5 Laps)
Prizes for 1st 6 finishers.

Please note there will be no cash prizes.

The event is open to Non-Leinster Riders but they will be inelgible for medals.

 

For More Information

Contact Karl Dolan 087 2219810

 

Previous Winners

YearNameClub
1942J. CurranCuchulainn CC
1943J. CurranCuchulainn CC
1944  
1945  
1946  
1947  
1948  
1949  
1950  
1951  
1952  
1953C. ChristleGate RC
1954P. McConvilleDrogheda Wheelers
1955  
1956  
1957R. WilliamsTailteann CC
1958N. McArdleCuchulainn CC
1958T. KirkeCuchulainn CC
1959Mickey MooneyOrmeau RC
1960M ClancyNational CC
1961P.J. FogartyGate RC
1962  
1963S. CullenSetanta CC
1964Sean DuffyCuchulainn CC
1965  
1966P. McGibbonClan Eireann
1967  
1968Mike O’DonaghueCarlow
1969  
1970John McNallyBoyne Valley CC
1971T MackeyNewry Wheelers
1972Noel ClarkeNavan R.C.
1973N. MoranNavan R.C.
1974Colm NultyBoyne Valley CC
1975Seamus KennedySetanta CC
1976John McNallyPlatten RC
1977Peter BidwellPlatten RC
1978D DevineBremark Fiat
1979A IrvineToyate North Down
1980A IrvineToyate North Down
1981G. ThompsonTara RC
1982Greg HoganVC Glendale
1983A. ShieldsToyate North Down
1984Ian ChiversCyprus CC
1985M GrahamVC Glendale
1986Lennie KirkCyprus
1987Mark KaneNorthern CC
1988Niall McWilliamsShimna Wheelers
1989Sean Og O’HareNewry CC
1990David FowlerNorthern C.C.
1991Karl DolanCuchulainn CC
1992S. LambeDublin Wheelers
1993Paul KennedyLe Jeune
1994Scott McDonaldOrwell Wheelers
1995Mark KielyTipperary
1996Oliver McQuaidEmerald CC
1997Paul HellionIrish Road Club
1998David McCannPhoenix CC
1999Brendan DohertyVC Glendale
2000Not Run 
2001Andrew DonnellanDublin Wheelers
2002Not Run 
2003Dylan RafterSt Tiernan’s
2004Lenny KirkArds CC
2005Matt KellyStamullen RC
2006Abandoned 
2007Simon WhelanDublin Wheelers
2008Charles PrendergastMayo Wheelers
2009Scott McDonaldWinning Soloutions
2010Martyn IrvineArds CC
2011Simon CoughlinUnattached
2012Thomas LaveryComeragh CC
2013James KingSportscover
2014Bryan McCrystalTeam Aqua Blue
2015Daragh ZaidanAdamstown CC
2016David BrodyTeam iTap
2017Harvey ByrnesEast Tyrone CC

 


 

CASTLEBAR is the location for the Connacht Championships this SATURDAY and not Sunday as listed in the Cycling Yearbook. 
 
The  A1 ,A2,A3, course is:
 
Start at Sacred Heart Hospital ,direction Pontoon, Healys Hotel 15km, left to Lahardaune 25 km, straight
 
through village to Castlehill  (left ) 30km, Derreens left 41km , Old School house left 49km, Bofeenaun,
 
T Junction left 56km , Bofeenaun village right 57.5km, Lakelavalley T Junction Left 60.50km,  
 
Lahardaune left 66.km, Bofeenaun village straight 71km, Top of gap 75.7km, Finish at top of second hill at  78.2km.
 
The A4 course will be 
Start at Sacred heart hospital dir.Pontoon ,Healys Hotel 15km left to Lahardaune 25km straight,Castlehill left 30km, Derreens 41km, Old School house left 49km, Bofeenaun T Junction  right  56km, Top of Gap 60km, Race finish on top of second climb at 62.50km.
 

 


 

ULSTER ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS-Ballyliffin Aug

 


 

Ryan’s Bid For Glory to Begin in Trim

Launch of the 2018 Race Around Ireland, Trim, Co. Meath (l-r Michael Hughes of Trim Tourism Network, Paracyclst Peter Ryan, RAI Founder Alan Heary, Cathaoirleach Trevor Golden, Councillor Noel French)

Tenth Edition of Race Around Ireland to Start and Finish in County Meath

Salmon of Knowledge Festival to Play Host to World’s Best Ultracyclists

Paracycling hero Peter Ryan says he’s “excited, not nervous” ahead of the 10th edition of Europe’s toughest bike race Race Around Ireland which begins on August 26th in Trim, County Meath.

The former Tipperary intercounty hurler and his sighted pilot Seán Hahessy are attempting to do what has never been done before: to finish the most gruelling sporting challenge in Ireland on a tandem.

Racing non-stop through 23 counties and over 2,100km of many of the most challenging roads in world ultracycling, Ryan and Hahessy will join riders from eight nations in racing for up to 22 hours a day over five days in one of the most important Ultracycling events in the world.

Should Ryan and Hahessy achieve their goal, they will join an exclusive club of ultracyclists who have earned a finisher’s medal in a race that, more than almost any other on the planet, is a personal battle with the terrain and elements as much as it is a race against the other competitors.

Solo riders, teams of two-. four- and eight- riders compete in different categories in one of the most important events on the world calendar which serves as an official qualifier for the famous Race Across America or RAAM.

Attending the launch of Race Around Ireland 2018 in Trim Castle today, Friday 17th August, Ryan spoke of his relentless preparation for this latest goal in his extraordinary sporting odyssey and what it will mean for himself and Hahessy.

“It’s going to be a real leap into the unknown,” says the 2016 Paralympian, who is on target to compete in Tokyo 2020 and who will be raising funds for the Doran and Gleeson families in Tipperary whose lives have been affected by cancer.

“We’ve been training hard and we’re well prepared but we’re also well aware that no tandem crew have ever completed this event,” said Ryan. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge and an amazing experience.”

Many of the world’s best ultracyclists including two former race winners are back to do battle with the terrain, the weather and physical and mental challenge of riding almost non-stop for five days.

Ulsterman Joe Barr, a former top road racer and winner of the inaugural Race Around Ireland in 2009, has geared his season around this event and will start among the favourites, while Valerio Zamboni from Monaco is another former winner heading to the startline in Trim on Sunday August 26th.

Trevor Golden Cathaoirleach Trim Municipal District and Councillor Noel French, gave the event their official imprimatur and welcomed the appearance of such inspiring athletes from all over the world to County Meath once again.

“This is an important international competition and a key date on the world calendar of ultracycling and we’re honoured that Race Around Ireland will once again start in Trim,” said Councillor French.

“To have the race start and finish in Trim is a delight and we want to wish all the riders the very best in this amazing and wonderful sports event.”

For a second consecutive year Race Around Ireland coincides with the Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival and the departure of the solo and team riders will be an integral part of festival activities next Sunday week.

“Race Around Ireland was a wonderful addition to our roster of activities in last year’s festival and we’re delighted to welcome back competitors from all over the world to our event.” said Salmon of Knowledge Festival Chairman Michael Hughes of Trim Tourism Network.

 


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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.


 


 

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@

cyclingireland.ie 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

Just-Print.ie 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 Just-Print.ie.

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.

Just-Print.ie 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, Just-Print.ie 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.

“Just-Print.ie 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