Irish Cycling Diary 5th Oct 2018 #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell

BELFAST is the place to be this weekend! Either you are a road cyclist or a cyclo-cross person? Kinning Cycles have certainly landed a big fish. With the UCI coming to town and the promotion of an international event. It is the first time that an event of this nature has come to these shores. Of course you have to go back to the eighties when the TOUR DE FRANCE landed on our shore. Can’t forget the NISSAN CLASSICS! That is not to take away the efforts of that branch of the sport which has been gaining a foothold here. Tremendous work has been achieved in recent years thanks to personnel who have worked tirelessly for the sport.

It will be interesting to see and hear when Cycling Ireland will publicise a report on the UCI World Cycling Championships. I am fully aware it is about participation! I would say the ‘phrase’ KNOW HOW HOLD THEM and WHEN TO FOLD THEM.

Only time will tell!

It is time of the year when AGM meetings are held. No doubt it would be an ideal time to be a fly on the wall. Leinster hold their meeting next Wednesday.

Firstly the Weather is looking Great for Saturday.
Saturday: It looks set to be dry and bright on Saturday with long spells of autumn sunshine 😎 and just patchy cloud. Temperatures will range 10 to 13 degrees in moderate northerly winds.

This year’s event will provide a choice of 3 routes: 100km, 50km and a 10km family cycle.

All routes will start and finish at the Kilkishen Cultural Centre where we will have a special guest appearance by Davy Fitzgerald.

Following on from the feedback after last year’s cycle, we have revised the 100km route to remove some of the troublesome climbs. Click here to view the route map

There is also a new route for the 50km cycle. Click here to view the route map

The 10K route is here. The 10K cycle will begin at 10.30. The cost is €15 per family. Adult is €10 & Child is €3.


October 6, 2018
Kilkishen Co Clare Location : Click Here


9:30 am – 4:30 pm

100KM – CI Member€25.00
100KM – Non CI Member€30.00
50KM – CI Member€20.00
50KM – Non CI Member€25.00

Online registration for this event is now available CLICK HERE

The proceeds from this year’s cycle will go to Kilkishen Cultural Centre & Clare Crusaders.


Ireland’s first ever UCI International Cyclocross Race. The event will be held in Belfast on October 7th, 2018. Co-sponsors for the UCI event will be McKinley Contracts.

The Bioracer – Atlassian International Cyclocross is a UCI C2 event. No doubt it is sure to attract a unique selection of quality international ranked racers from the world of cyclocross! Irish interest is sure to be keen and no doubt they’ll welcome the opportunity to take on the likes of the USA, Italy France as they will strive to well to get their hands of coveted UCI points!

Equal Prize Funds for Men and Women

With a prize fund of nearly 4000 Euro, the Bioracer – Atlassian International Cyclocross can claim to have one of largest pot of any single day race in Ireland and will be equally spread between categories, with women and men receiving identical prize money.

Mallusk: a course trialled and tested

Just a stone’s throw from Belfast city, Mallusk has already been the host of the Ulster Cyclocross Championships and as the local racers would say, has plenty to offer in terms of challenging features: off-camber sections, steps and fast straights.

“Why can’t we have a UCI race?”

The idea for the Bioracer – Atlassian International Cyclocross came up earlier this year, from a conversation between International rider Glenn Kinning and Andy Layhe, Cycling Ireland Cyclocross Coordinator.

“Driving to the last World Championships, myself and Glenn saw no reason why we couldn’t organise a bigger event in Ireland, because it seemed like a natural progression reflecting the huge growth of the sport back home.” said Layhe.

“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.”

An event welcomed by the UCI

The progression of Irish Cyclocross has been noticed as far as the UCI headquarters, by UCI Head of Off-Road and Deputy Sports Director Peter Van den Abeele, who observed the largest ever Irish squad to take part in the World Championships. He commented:

“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 Atlassian 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 scheduled is yet to be finalised, but will include a series of supporting events such as a Under 14, Under 16, B non-UCI support race, Masters 40 an 50 events prior to the official UCI races

The organisers would like to acknowledge and 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 sure to generate a great atmosphere and some exciting racing.

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

Women In Sport taking on the Waterford Greenway

Waterford to Dungarvan Greenway Challenge September 2018
Through funding made available under the Women In Sport initiative, Cycling Ireland were able to support a number of programmes and events throughout 2018, with the purpose of encouraging more females to get involved in cycling. This report comes from one group, The H.E.A.R.T Project in Belfast.

Eight fearless female cyclists with varying cycling abilities and experiences gathered together to take on the Deise Greenway. The sunny south east lived up to its reputation and we were blessed with a glorious day for the challenge.

Bikes were collected and adjusted at the WIT by Donal and the team from Waterford bike hire.
We donned our H.E.A.R.T. Project hi viz vests, our Cycling Ireland buffs, our helmets and our sunnies, and after a quick photo, headed on our way.

What struck us was how relaxed those train drivers who previously used this route must have been on their journeys in and out of Waterford along the majestic yet tranquil Suir River.

Nature was at its best with the leaves turning on the trees and the Comeragh hills looking imposing in the distance. We even spotted a large eagle.

The route itself is well constructed with a smooth surface and good signage. There is so much to admire as far as manmade construction both past and present is concerned. The viaducts are breathtaking and the massive tunnel is an impressive piece of engineering – even in the darkness!

Along the way, we had a puncture and met a local cyclist who encouraged us to follow him to the back entrance of Kirwan’s bar in Kilmacthomas (it didn’t take much encouragement) where we enjoyed our lunch and a pint of juice (!) in the sunshine of their beer garden.

The final descent into Dungarvan was enjoyed by all as the rear ends reminded us of the distance we had travelled. We send huge thanks to Cycling Ireland for enabling this challenge to be met!

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

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

The 187th UCI Congress endorses cycling’s Agenda 2022

The 187th annual Congress of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) was held in Innsbruck, Austria, during the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. It brought together representatives of 130 of the UCI’s member National Federations, a participation record that bears witness to the Federations’ growingimplication in the development of cycling.

It was the first Congress presided by UCI President David Lappartient, who welcomed the presence of Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Four new members joined the UCI in Innsbruck, with the Congress approving the official affiliation of the Federations of

The members of Congress were given a presentation of cycling’s Agenda 2022, presenting the majorobjectives of the UCI up to the end of the first mandate of its President David Lappartient. Central elements of this programme, solidarity actions led by the new Solidarity and Emerging Cycling Countries Commission, were presented, the day after the conference on this theme organised in Innsbruck in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity. In line with the commitments made by its President, the UCI will strengthen its support to National Federations and Continental Confederations.

In the same domain, the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) Director shared with the participating National Federations, the UCI WCC’s vision for the years to come. This vision is built on three principal axes: training of high-level athletes from the five continents, the development of a new World Cycling University dedicated to the provision of training in diverse professions within cycling, and solidarity actions.

On the subject of anti-doping, the Congress commended the report of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and the arrival of Professor Xavier Bigard at the UCI. He is very involved in the drafting of legislative provisions aiming to ban any rider having used Tramadol or corticosteroids from starting a race.

The delegates welcomed the UCI’s drive in the fight against technological fraud. As a reminder, this programme includes tests carried out with the help of new-generation magnetic-scanning technology, X- rays and thermal imaging as well as information-gathering. Developments are ongoing to further expandthe range of equipment at the UCI’s disposal.

Still on the subject of the protection of the sport’s integrity, Congress accepted a modification to the UCIStatutes ensuring greater transparency in the area of finances and also at Continental Confederation elections.

On the sporting side, Congress participants applauded the record number of World Championships awarded the previous day by the Management Committee for the period 2020-2024, bearing witness to the appeal of cycling’s major sporting events. They also heard that the cities of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) and Vancouver (Canada) had been awarded the UCI Bike City label and that the Management Committee had approved the following calendars:


the Republic of Chad, the Republic of Cape Verde, the Cook Islands, and the British Virgin


Islands. The UCI now counts an unprecedented number of 194 affiliated National Federations. Its objective is to increase this total to 200 by 2022.
  • 2019 UCI International Mountain Bike,
  • 2019 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup,
  • 2019 UCI International BMX,
  • 2019 and 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup,
  • 2019 UCI International Trials,
  • 2019 UCI International Para-cycling,
  • 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup,
  • 2019 UCI International Indoor Cycling,
  • 2019 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup and 2019 UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup.Likewise, members approved the major progress made by the UCI in the sectors of men’s and women’sprofessional road cycling, made possible by the united collaboration of the sport’s different stakeholdersCongress approved the UCI’s 2017 financial statements as well as the 2019 budget, which amounts to 47 million Swiss Francs.
    Members of Congress also ratified the arrival of UCI Athletes’ Commission President Katerina Nash as co- opted member of the UCI Management Committee.

    The Congress awarded the UCI Merit, a distinction in recognition in principle of people demonstrating an outstanding commitment to cycling, to Ms Hadja Aminata Mara, Mr José Luis López Cerrón, Mr Chayol Koo, the Tour de France and the great Eddy Merckx, who received a standing ovation from the Congress participants

Finally, the UCI President David Lappartient expressed words of encouragement for track cycling multiplepage2image1685808

UCI World Champion Kristina Vogel, victim of a terrible accident during training in the summer which has


left her paralysed.
At the end of Congress, UCI President David Lappartient declared: “I am delighted that an unprecedented
number of National Federations has come to the annual UCI Congress this year in Innsbruck, and to have
observed their desire to support the objectives of our Agenda 2022. We have never been so many nor, I am
convinced, so united behind a project for the global growth of our sport. At the end of my first year at the
head of the UCI, this is a tremendous encouragement to continue our commitment in this direction.”