Irish Cycling Diary 28th Sept 2018 #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell

OBVIOUSLY! All the attention is now focusing on the Irish competitors who will wear the National jerseys.
But sandwiched in between the hype of competition is the Leisure cycle by Stagg Cycles/Lucan CC in honour of the late Morgan Sparrow.
The form book would suggest that Eddie Dunbar is in with a real chance of medaling in the under 23’s. Daire Feely and Michael O’Loughlin (just wondering who the other McLoughlin representing Ireland during week was?) were alongside him when he won the Junior Tour based in Ennis. His support that week was tremendous from a team who supported him throughout the six days. Hopefully they along with Conn Murphy (late change from Matt Teggart) and Dargh O’Mahony throw there lot in with him.
Today, Eddie Dunbar, Michael O’Loughlin, Conn Murphy, Daire Feeley and Darragh O’Mahony ride the Men’s Under 23 Road Race over a mountainous 179.9km course before Alice Sharpe races on the same circuit as Ireland’s representative in the 156.2km Women’s Elite Road Race tomorrow.

The UCI World Road Championships concludes on Sunday, (30th September) with the 258.5km Men’s Road Race Championships when Conor Dunne, Dan Martin, Ryan Mullen and Nicolas Roche race for Ireland

On Sunday, I have no hesitation in naming, Conor Dunne to blaze a trail in the biggie of the week. Aqua Blue’s demise has left him in no mans’ land and a heroic effort alongside Sean McKenna had us all wishing and hoping of something from the top table. It was not to be!
I have a feeling that Peter Sagan will deliver the goods. Okay, he did not perform in the Europeans in Glasgow where the weather was a winner.

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Friday 28th September
11.10am U23 Men’s RR
Eddie Dunbar
Michael O’Loughlin
Conn Murphy (Late Change)
Daire Feeley
Darragh O’Mahony

Saturday 29th September
11.10am Elite Women’s RR
Alice Sharpe

Sunday 30th September
8.40am Elite Men’s RR
Dan Martin
Nico Roche
Conor Dunne
Ryan Mulle

On the home scene, Cuchulainn CC pushed the boat again tomorrow after the cancellation of the Leinster Championships because of the weather last month and lack of cover from the obvious place! The PAPACY visit was the central obstacle. It certainly has extended the season.

On Sunday, the National Hill Climb Championships are being organised by Foyle CC who have certainly put themselves in the shop window when it comes to organisation. Back in August the ran a very successful thee day. Also on Sunday, they have gone out of their way to provide a link to the Road Championships. So, in between, the event and the presentation.! They’ll not miss a beat from the Action in Austria.

National Hill Climb Championships 2018

Details from Foyle CC

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out with the first round of the clubs Hill Climb series. We have a very special “Hill Climb Stage Race” coming up with the Ulster and National hill climb champs over two days at the end of this month.
First is the ULSTER HILLCLIMB CHAMPS, please note the
The Ulster hill climb champs will take place this Saturday (29th September. Start time 12:00

This is a traditional hill climb type event – Very short and VERY VERY STEEP!!!
Check out the strava segment for this climb – last round in our hillclimb series will take place the very next day just 5m away, make the most of both events by staying the night in a local hotel or B&B ( )

The IRISH HILL CLIMB CHAMPS – Sunday 30th September. Start time 13:00. This event is set to be an almighty spectacle. Riders will tackle the legendary climb of “Scalp Mountain” (the Donegal Scalp) and the famous PRIVATE road up to the two masts at the top. With gradients in excess of 25% and sections as long as 300m with averages of 21% this once in a generation opportunity to challenge yourself on this closed private road is not to be missed.
Strava segment for Scalp –
NOTE – This is a private road and riders have only been grated permission to ride this during the championships only. No pre race recon rides are permitted.
Online entry –

The winners of these events will be crowned Ulster and Irish hill climb champions. 2nd and 3rd in each event will also have the honour of standing on the podium. As an added bonus to ensure everyone has a prize to fight for, Foyle CC are awarding prizes for whoever finishes 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th in these events.
We will also have a G.C. prize for riders who tackle both events, any non Ulster riders taking part in the Ulster Champs will not qualify for medals but are welcome to take part.

Presentation of awards will be at the Abercorn Bar Derry where there will be a “worlds party” and Foyle CC social event, celebration of the Hillclimb winners and the UCI Elite Mens’ road race finale on a big screen.

2018 Leinster Championship & Traders Cup | Cuchulainn

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:

Little bit about Morgan. he was actually a member of Irish Road Club he was also an air corps pilot based at Baldonnel (Casement Aerodrome). The association really comes from the Inter club league which Stagg cycles LCRC, IRC and others participate in. He sadly and tragically passed away following an accident during a club league race some years back. This event is held as an annual memorial to honour his memory. The family appreciate attend and appreciate for the event taking place.

Bioracer – Atlasssian International UCI Cyclocross

Bioracer - Atlasssian International UCI Cyclocross

Bioracer – Atlasssian International UCI Cyclocross

The Irish cyclocross scene both north and south of the border has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and it takes another huge step forward this coming season with it’s inaugural UCI race, the Bioracer – Atlasssian International Cyclocross, promoted by Kinning Cycles, taking place in Belfast on Sunday October 7th. The event is also supported by co-sponsors McKinley Contracts.

The event, a UCI C2 graded race, is the first of it’s kind ever to take place in Ireland and will see witness to international riders from the USA, Italy and France so far as well as the best riders on the Irish domestic circuit.

The Bioracer – Atlasssian International Cyclocross boasts one of the highest prize funds for any single day bike race in Ireland, with almost 4,000 euro spread across the UCI events. Women will receive equal prize money to men, another milestone for Irish cyclocross.

With valuable UCI points up for grabs in the Junior, Women’s and Men’s elite events, the racing is sure to be exciting. The course in Mallusk, just outside Belfast has been used for previous Ulster Championships and is a mixture of fast straights, cambers and road sections to provide a diverse range of conditions for riders.

The event was born out of a conversation between Glenn Kinning and Cycling Ireland Cyclocross Coordinator Andy Layhe earlier this year. Layhe said, “Driving to the last World Championships, myself and Glenn saw no reason why we couldn’t organise a bigger event back home because it seemed like a natural progression alongside the huge growth of the sport here.” Layhe added, “I take my hat off to Glenn for organising so many events through the season alongside his own racing – if it were not for committed people like Glenn the scene wouldn’t be where it is today.”

Peter Van den Abeele, UCI Head of Off-Road and Deputy Sports Director echoed the progression of Irish Cyclocross that saw the largest ever team take part in last season’s world championships, “It is great to have a UCI cyclocross event taking place in Ireland for the first time. I thank Glenn Kinning – athlete, coach and event organiser – and his team for taking on the challenge of hosting an international event. This addition to the UCI International Calendar is in line with the continued globalisation of the cyclocross discipline, which is reaching an ever-increasing number of countries outside the traditional cyclocross nations. I have no doubt that the BioRacer Atlasssian International Cyclocross will delight the spectators and provide a magnificent showcase for our sport. I wish everyone racing in Mallusk, Belfast, the best of luck.”

The full day’s race schedule is yet to be finalised, but will include a series of supporting events including U14, U16, B race, M40 and M50 events prior to the official UCI races.

The organisers would also like to thank the passionate cyclocross community who have assisted in donating to a Crowdfunding page that was set up to help raise funds for the event. The £1000 fund target was met in just 7 days. Details of the crowdfunding page can be found here:

The organisers look forward to welcoming everyone to the event which is hoped will generate a great atmosphere and some really exciting racing.

A dedicated web page for the event will be live soon. If you or your company would like to be involved or require more information please

Leinster AGM 2018

The Cycling Leinster AGM will take place on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 8pm in the West County Hotel Chapelizod.

The following positions on the committee are up for re-election:

  • Treasurer
  • Women’s Rep
  • Track Rep
  • 1 x Selector

If anybody is interested in the above positions if you could email your intentions to

If you would like to forward on any motions, forward to, by Saturday 6th October 2018.

All current cycling Leinster members are welcome to attend.

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

In Ennis on the 29th