by Tommy Campbell

NOW, I know what it is like to have egg on your face! Last week in my column (see column below). I remarked about the CEO of Cycling Ireland. Day’s later he is gone! Strange world that we live in today. Personally, I would like to wish Geoff Liffey and family the best for the future. No doubt he has plenty of fuel in his tank. The former CEO’s (five) that went before him did not get to the double digits. He leaves a rich vein of success behind him and the fact that he came on board to serve the cycling community. No doubt he’ll be missed also by the Sports Council.

At the moment it is all about AGM meetings! Whether it be, club/province or national. Of course the biggie will be Cycling Ireland’s visit to the province of Connacht for their meeting where it will be interesting to hear from the Chief Executive Geoff Liffey (good safe pair of hands) who is well capable of delivering a sterling performance on behalf of the membership next month.

Cyclo Cross is all the rage at the moment. Munster and Ulster provide the action this weekend. Foyle CC certainly are in gear! They were to the fore during the road season. Highlight of the year for them was stepping into the breach when the Suir Valley left the scene after a number of years.



Geoff Liffey announces departure as CEO of Cycling Ireland

After ten years with Cycling Ireland, Geoff Liffey has announced his departure as the Chief Executive of cycling’s governing body in Ireland. Geoff has decided to pursue a new career challenge.

During his time with the organisation Geoff has overseen the significant growth of cycling in Ireland and led key strategic projects to fruition. This has included a membership increase of just over 500%, a performance program delivering over 120 International Medals, rollout of several new participation programs plus greatly increased the organisation turnover through increased funding awards. He will be leaving Cycling Ireland in a much better standing and finishes at the end of December.

Cycling Ireland President, Ciaran McKenna, paid tribute to Geoff. “I’d like to thank Geoff for the enormous contribution he has made to the organisation during the past 10 years, particularly in growing the membership base and creating the environment for our high performance achievements. I know he will be sadly missed by all his colleagues in the Cycling Ireland office, by the Board, and by the membership and club network across the country. On behalf of the Board and members of Cycling Ireland I would like to wish Geoff every success in his future career.”


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Enter for Round 4 – Cross Revolution 2018

Remember Registration is online only via Cycling Ireland portal or via following link: httpss://

U6’s/8’s/10’s Can enter on the day.
Entries are filling up fast, so get in early to avoid disappointment!
They close midnight on Friday 26



Registration is now open for Round 6 which takes place at St. Columb’s Park, L’Derry hosted by Foyle CC on Sunday 28 October 2018.
The park hosts a Junior Park Run in the morning and the schedule has been put back 30 minutes to accommodate this.
During this 30 minute break there will be a series of fancy dress slow races for ALL ages starting at 10:00. Come along and join the fun.


This Sunday in Ennis Co Clare
Charity Cycle Supporting Co.Clare Mental Health Services.

3 Choices.

1. 35km Flat Easy -Beginner/family.
2. 60km – Rolling/Intermediate.
3. 80+km – Climbs/Advanced.

Pace Groups:
A.Min to 20kph
B.20 to 25kph
D.30kph- 35+kph).

Area : (Ennis/Tulla/Feakle/Scariff/Lough Greaney/Maghera/Tulla).

Min Donation €15 (adult) (**€20 non C.I**) Students €10 (**€15 non C.I**).Register on the day @ Ennis Fire Station (9am to 10am) Pedal @10.30am.

** Cycling Ireland Insurance**€5

Parking – Clare Co.Co Carpark.
Access Sign on from carpark to rear of Firestation. (No access or parking at front).
Pitstop in Tulla/Food afterwards at Ennis Firestation.

Team Announcement – Track World Cup – Milton

Team Announcement - Track World Cup - Milton

The second Track World Cup of the 2018/19 season takes place this weekend in Milton, Ontario with racing starting on Thursday the 25th.

This weekend’s action is the second of 6 World Cups taking place this season, with riders best 3 results counting towards Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.

A 5 rider strong Irish team has been selected;

Lydia Boylan – Omnium and Madison
Lydia Gurley – Scratch race and Madison
Robyn Stewart – Keirin and Sprint

Felix English – Scratch race and Madison
Marc Potts – Omnium and Madison

The competition schedule for each day’s racing can be found here

Living timing for all events can be found here

Cycling Ulster – Club Information Events on Charity & CASC Registration

Cycling Ulster will be holding two events in November to provide clubs with information on registering as a Charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC). As all sports clubs in NI must register as either a CASC or Charity under legislation, Cycling Ulster are encouraging all cycling clubs in NI to attend one of these events.

The first event will take place in Quinn’s Corner, Dungannon, BT70 1RX on Thursday 1st November, starting at 6.30pm. Please register your interest by e-mailing by Saturday 27th October.

The second event will take place on Thursday 22nd November in The Ozone Centre, Belfast, BT6 8LT, starting at 7pm. Please register your interest by e-mailing by Saturday 17th November.

More information on CASC/Charities for Cycling Ulster clubs can be seen here


Would you like to join for a leisurely 30km cycle and meet new people? If so, Join on Sunday 28th October at 10am outside Newcastle Community Centre, Co. Wicklow.

This will be the first of monthly spins to encourage people to get fit and help raise awareness of Purple House Cancer Support.

We also hope to take part in some cycling events throughout the year as we get fitter!

All levels of cyclist welcome but you MUST wear a helmet, obey the rules of the road, your bike must be in fully working order and you must have a puncture repair kit, spare tubes and reflective clothing and lights if it is dark.

All welcome, please spread the word and join us as we support families affected by Cancer in Ireland. 

Contact Purple House Cancer Support Centre on 012866966 or for more information


Conor O’Leary

Purple House Cancer Support

Purple House Centre, Bray: Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
Purple House Support Group, Dun Laoghaire: 1st Tuesday of every month 6.30pm-8pm in LexIcon Library.

Tel: 2866966 E: W: F:Facebook T:Twitter

CHY No: 12589. Registered Charity No: 20037178
Ireland’s 1st Community based Cancer Support Centre. To the forefront in providing emotional support & practical help to people with cancer & their families & friends in Ireland since 1990.


Four Development Riders Advance to Team Novo Nordisk’s Pro Squad

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, is bringing four of its best development team athletes—Swiss Oliver Behringer, Australians Declan Irvine and Sam Munday, and Uzbekistani Ulugbek Saidov onto the men’s pro squad for the 2019 season. Behringer and Irvine have been racing as stagiaires with the team since August.

Since the team’s launch, our development program has always been a place where we’ve allocated significant resources because we know it is essential to invest in athletes with diabetes to help them develop so they can race at the professional level.

Phil Southerland, CEO & Co-Founder of Team Novo Nordisk



The Cycling Ireland Awards Night is an annual celebration of Irish cycling. This year it takes place on Saturday the 24th November 2018 in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown at 7.30pm.

One of the main attractions of the Awards Night is the Members Awards.


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

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

Aqua Blue Sport Cycling Ireland Monthly Awards – September

The September winners in the Aqua Blue Sport Cycling Ireland Monthly Awards are Valerie Considine (Volunteer of the Month), Ben Healy (Male Rider of the Month) and Maeve Gallagher (Female Rider of the Month).
The winners were nominated by Cycling Ireland members, with a selection panel voting to decide the winner’s of each category.The Female Rider of the Month for September is Maeve Gallagher (Castlebar Cycling Club).
Maeve had a busy September, firstly competing in the 5 day Rás na mBan and at the end of the month taking part in the World Championships. She excelled in both, claiming the best Irish based domestic rider in Rás na mBan and putting in a strong performance at the World Championships in Innsbruck to claim 26th in the road race.“I am very pleased to win this award from Cycling Ireland” she said, “This season has been very busy for me and I’ve enjoyed competing both at home and abroad”.
Looking back on September, Maeve felt that winning the best Irish based domestic rider in Rás na mBan was her highlight of the season, “The highlight of my year was winning the best domestic Irish riders green jersey in Rás na mBan. As I was one of the youngest in the race and it was my first Rás, I didn’t know what to expect going into the week. However I enjoyed every second of it.  The World Road Race Champiomships was an amazing trip and I was very proud to wear the Irish jersey. I am thankful for all the support I have received from everyone throughout the year and looking forward to the year ahead”. The winner of the Male Rider of the Month for September is Ben Healy (Zappi Racing Team).
Ben has won the award for his performance at the Junior Road World Championships during September. He put in an excellent performance in the TT where he finished 13th overall. He also performed strongly in the road race where he finished as the leading Irish finisher in 25th place on a tough course. Ben has had a successful season overall, becoming national TT champion back in June and also finishing second in the road race at the national championships.

The September Volunteer of the Month Award goes to Valerie Considine (Usher Irish Road Club).
Valerie has been nominated for September as she was the race director for Rás na mBan, Ireland’s premier women’s cycling event. The five day event held during September had a total of six stages and covered over 400km. Valerie has been involved with the race from it’s inception 12 years ago and continues to work to develop the race which this year had a record entry of 25 five-rider teams, including riders from 19 countries.