Irish Cycling Diary 7th Dec #Irishcycling

by Tommy Campbell


Just when you were of the opinion that everything was nice and quite in the cycling world. Admittedly our near neighbours seem to be in a little difficulty with teams folding!

And added to that, the death of Paul Sherwin who not only graced our roads here in the home land. His dulcet tones were admirable alongside Phil Liggett particularly when they were commentating on the Tour de France. Not alone were the duo keeping the viewers in the frame, but they also gave us a geography lesson each day of the Tour, on the countryside in France. His tones maybe silenced but we’ll have the pleasure of reliving his commitment to cycling.

I met him on several occasions. But the first time stands alone! I was looking after an Irish team in Gloucester for the Tour of the Cotswold. Low and behold, Pat McQuaid won the event with Paul in second place. But there is a story attached to the win, which cannot be told in this column!

Whilst those in the UK may be losing a number of long established teams and individuals to the sport. Irish cycling has obviously bucked the trend with the announcement of a new team headed up by Morgan Fox from Athlone. (Currently it is being drip fed on the wires?

Appreciate the permission granted by Donegal News (Philip Deignan) and Eat Sleep and Cycle (CALPE) where, courtesy of An Post members of the Press were on the island for the announcement of the Sean Kelly team



Calpe is used by many of the professional world tour teams for their winter training because of its favourable climate, smooth roads and variety of climbs and coastal routes.
During this 7 day camp you will get in quality miles, eat well, rest well and achieve a step in your fitness. Our Calpe Winter Training Camp is for the Intermediate and Advanced cyclist. With rides averaging 90 – 120 km per day, long climbs and beautiful descents Calpe is the perfect place to enjoy long miles in the sun.
On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.


Day 1:
Arrival in Calpe, warm up ride Playa del Portet
Day 2:
Montgo & Cumbre del Sol, 90 km, 1,400 m
Day 3:
Guadalest & Confrides, 94 km, 1,800 m
Day 4:
Castel de Castells & Val d’Ebo, 120 km, 2,000 m
Day 5:
Benissa & Col de Rates, 95 km, 1,600 m
Day 6:
Tudons & Confrides, 117 km, 2,000 m
Day 7:
Departure from Calpe

Our Calpe ride camp is designed for ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ riders with optional extensions for riders who want to challenge themselves further, as well as options to shorten the rides for those who need to. To best enjoy the tour riders should be comfortable riding 100 kms and able to climb for at least an hour without stopping. Training for the tour is recommended.
We are experienced at adjusting rides to suit different rider levels within a group. Please give us a call if you have any doubts or questions.

Calpe Cycling Route Map



DONEGAL NEWS salutes one of its own as he gracefully retirs from the Professional ranks.


Commissaire Course

Commissaires Course 9th /10th February 2019 
Cycling Ireland are organising a Two Day Commissaires Course for Road 

Racing over the weekend of February 9th /10th 2019. 

The venue will be City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co. Meath. 


So why become a cycling official?

● You want to put something back into the sport you love 

● A rewarding job to see the best rider win 
● Social side of meeting people with the same passion 
● To be in the company of people who all want to enjoy themselves and a good atmosphere 
● An enjoyment of being outdoors
Once anyone has been a member of a National Federation for a minimum of three years and has a good knowledge of Road Racing then they can apply and aim to become a Commissaire and see the sport from a totally different aspect.

We look forward to hearing from you before Sunday 13th January 2019. 


All applications and enquiries to:





Team Novo Nordisk is proud to announce that Olympian Peter Kusztor will join its 2019 roster.

For the first time since launching in late 2012, Team Novo Nordisk is adding a new rider to its professional roster from outside of its development pipeline. Team Novo Nordisk is proud to announce that Hungarian Peter Kusztor will join its 2019 roster. The Olympian was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and will bring depth and experience to the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.