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There out of the blocks in Australia….Betting Man has some interesting predictions on the international stage for the year ahead……Phil Leigh goes to great lengths to put my fears on the back burner……track racing in Beijing…….Paddys Day Parade for Bray Wheelers……142 two days for the Wicklow 200…..its all here and more in your Thursday round up.
Well, as far as road racers are concerned, the break is over. The 2010 season has kicked off, with the year’s first ProTour event now underway in Australia. André Greipel, winner of the 2008 Tour Down Under is showing the way after three stages. Today the temperature gage showed 40 degrees. The race continues until Sunday. Of course as far as Adelaide is concerned, their story is that the tourist industry is booming. Thanks to one man in particular! Lance Armstrong who’ll be back in Ireland in August where fans will show up in numbers to watch him compete and generate millions of euros for the beleagured tourist industry.
Last Thursday we introduced some very interesting predictions for the year ahead courtesy of well known personalities in the cycling world. This week we had had a most interesting submission which I welcome.
The year is going to be mainly marked by an ever-growing spat between Lance Armstrong/Team RadioShack and Alberto Contador/Team Astana. The psychological war will build up continuously as the Tour approaches. If Astana is blocked from riding the race for any reason, Contador will switch teams; Caisse d’Epargne is the most likely destination, particularly as Alejandro Valverde is likely to find himself with a two year ban relating to Operación Puerto.
Prior to the Tour, Armstrong will put in better performances than in 2009. He’ll look to take a victory or two in order to prove he’s on form, most likely going for a stage in the Tour of California. Levi Leipheimer will focus fully on hitting top form for the event and may well take his fourth consecutive title. However expect to see the Garmin team put in a strong challenge, perhaps with Dave Zabriskie if he does not ride the Giro.
Over at the Italian tour, Riccardo Ricco will build towards the race thinking of the pink jersey. However there is actually a chance that he will miss the race; the samples from the 2008 Giro are due to be tested for CERA and if this is done before the start of the Italian Tour, expect the Italian to be snagged once again. Ditto for another one or two big names.
Franco Pellizotti and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) will be in the thick of the action, with Basso expected to be stronger than in 2009. They were third and fifth respectively, and both are likely to move up a place after the positive test of Danilo di Luca. The Italian duo will be arguably the biggest favourites at the race start in May.
Earlier on in the year, the move of the finish of Milan San Remo closer to the descent off the Poggio will foil the sprinters and enable someone who goes clear on the climb to triumph. Philippe Gilbert will continue improving and will win either the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, while one of the Schleck brothers will take Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Armstrong will ride well during the Tour but providing Contador is there, the Spaniard will triumph once again. Armstrong may take second place, but will be pushed hard all the way by Andy Schleck. Should Contador’s win be a decisive one, Armstrong may elect not to ride the race in 2012, realising that he can’t beat the Spaniard. Expect plenty of spin in that case, and further attacks on Contador from his former team-mates.
Mark Cavendish will once again excel in the sprints but may not be as dominant as he was in 2009. Bradley Wiggins will perform well in the Tour but will feel the weight of a nation’s expectation – and that of his new team - and may have one bad day in the high mountains.
Irish riders Nicolas Roche, Philip Deignan and Daniel Martin will continue to progress. Roche will climb more strongly than before due to recent weight loss and could finish in the top 15 in the Tour. Deignan is likely to make his debut in the race, as is Martin. The Letterkenny rider will be obliged to ride for Cervélo Test Team leader Carlos Sastre, thus hampering his GC chances, but he’ll impress in the mountains, be in contention for a stage win, and prove he deserves team leadership for the Vuelta.
Martin will probably need another Grand Tour or two in his legs to have the consistency for three weeks, but he will impress greatly on at least one mountain stage and chase a victory. It will be Ireland’s strongest chance in many, many years to take a Tour stage win.
The Vuelta will go to a Spanish rider, possibly Samuel Sanchez. There will be a very large number of sprinters in the race, with almost all of the big guns travelling there to prepare for the world championships. The sprinters will fight tooth and nail in order to score psychological points over each other but, at the worlds, expect to see Fabian Cancellara try burst clear on the final lap and win. (courtesy of the Betting Man).
relation to the 2010 season for youth road racing,
The key events this year will be The Corkman three day which is run by Kanturk CC on the May bank holiday weekend. The next big event will be the Mayo youth tour over the August bank holiday followed on by the National championships which are been held in Lurgan this year on the third weekend in August. We also have for the first time a number of park races which will be held in Waterstown park in Palmerstown over a two and a half Km circuit. These will be run on a number of Sunday’s and Tuesday’s which are all listed in the 2010 Calendar..
Some of the key riders to look out for are Robert Anderson, Orchard C.C. and Ryan Mullin, Navan R.C. who represented Ireland last year in the youth Olympics and remain at under 16 level again for 2010. I n the under 14 section the man to beat will be Darragh Long, Orwell C.C. and in the under 12 section Angelo O’Conner, Laois C.C. will be very strong after showing some very strong performances last year. (The Linesman)
In a week that we got the green light about the rescheduling of the national cyclo cross championships, which will now take place on the 7th of february at St. Anne’s Park Raheny. Hopefully the weather will have improved dramatically, but the long range weather forecast is for a fresh burst of snow.
ireland has been hit by some of the heaviest snowfalls for decades during a bout odf Artcic weather two weeks ago causing all sorts of problems for the population.
The snow is being caused by cold air from the continent meeting a frontal system coming in from the atlantic.
But will not cause concern for track team who are currently in China for the World Track Cycling Championships in the Velodrome.
The third round of the Track Cycling World Cup takes place in Beijing, China this weekend over three days. The Irish Team has recently to plan for changes in their program for the year to accommodate the recent announced changes in the Track Olympic Programme for London in 2012. These changes sees the addition of several new Women’s events plus the removal of some of established men’s events including the individual pursuit which David O’Loughlin excelled at. The team for the Beijing includes Aaron Buggle, Matt Brammeier, Stephen Barrett, Marcus Christie, Martyn Irvine and Sean Downey. Individual Pursuit – Friday, Christie; Points Race – Friday, Downey, Buggle, Barrett; Team Pursuit – Saturday 4 from, Buggle, Brammeier, Barrett, Christie, Irvine and Downey; Scratch Race – Saturday, Downey, Buggle, Brammeier; 1K Time Trial – Saturday, Irvine.
I queried Phil Leigh about the current state of ‘track cycling’ and his comments are attached:
‘No there is no change of the guard. We have 8 or 9 guys in the track squad now and they all have to have opportunities to show what they can do, we will continue to test different combinations as each and every member of this squad must be capable of delivering a performance when called upon. Included in this group are four guys who are under 20, Aaron Buggle, Sam Bennett, Sean Downey and Marcus Christie. We now have an opportunity to blend youth with experience. David O’Loughlin and Matt Brammeier being the most experienced track riders in the team bring that experience to the squad going forward. The other riders are all gaining experience every time we train and compete on the track. Martyn Irvine, Stephen Barrett and David McCann all have great engines and contribute to give a balanced team effort on the day. We are very fortunate to be in this position and there are also others knocking on the door. The key task for the High Performance Team is now to gel the right blend of riders and make them go faster towards London 2012. A larger group of riders ensures healthy competition for places and that coupled with quality coaching and preparation can only help us to go faster.’
Cody’s Challenge Postponed until 23rd January The details are below. There will be three distances/routes available, 25 miles, 55 miles and 70 miles. Sign on will be from 9.15am at Richhill Recreation Centre with the first riders away at 10.00am. The entry fee will be £10 for seniors and £5 for juniors and U16’s with all monies going to the Heart Beat charity. A ‘goodie’ bag will also be available to for all those signing on. This first group will be for leisure and touring riders as well all those completing the 25 mile route. A second group for competition/club riders will then start 15 minutes later and follow the same route. The 55 mile route will be Richhill, Armagh, Charlemont, Moy, Dungannon, Aughnacloy, Caledon , Armagh , Richhill. Those completing the 25 mile route will turn at Charlemont and return to Richhill via Loughgall (weather permitting) Those wishing to do the 70 mile route will turn right on their return to Armagh and travel out to Markethill and Tandragee before returning to Richhill. All groups will be accompanied by local riders and support vehicles. Showers and changing facilities will be available at Richhill Recreation Centre on the riders return. Hot soup and refreshments will be available there also from 12.00pm For further infomation I can contacted either via email or on 07709454047. Stephen Gallaghers mobile number is 07708064049
A night at the Drogheda Pantomime 2010 is to be in aid of Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club. The production will take place on Sunday, the 24th of January. It is a great family show and all proceeds will go to the club and will be used in the holding of the numerous underage events that the club promotes every year. All support appreciated
Straight off the PRESS
It has to be said there was an obvious absence of bicycles on the road over the festive period. At least our motoring friends cannot say that the cyclists were all over the road. Hopefully our motoring friends with the sight of snow and ice will realise that they have to conduct themselves as responsible drivers and realise that the horsepower they have beneath them should be treated with the utmost respect.
And where is first port of call on the year ahead ahead?
St. Anne’s Park in Raheny provides the sparlke in our eyes this weekend with the Cyclo Cross Championship in pole position. And, just in case the avis reader only goes beyond the first paragraph! Weather conditions will dictatre on the day, sp please keep your eyes browsed on www.irishcycling.com for updates re the championships, this is only a precautionary warning, but as of now the course is okay but between now and Sunday it could go one way or the other and like ourt four legged friends, racing at Punchestown is very doubtful over the weekend. So, please keep on eye on the favourite website thast keeps you posted on domestic matters and the odd international flavour tips in now and again. Continue Reading »
We are all now under starters orders in the run up to the Christmas break and the New Year, but thankfully the ladies and gents who make up our season will be out pounding the roads. And then again it is the last minute shopping that needs to be addressed.
Emyvale CC McQuaid Tyres plus Bray Wheelers pioneers of the the break with the tradition back in the 70′s will be hoping for support from club members in particular and those from other clubs to support their respective events this SUNDAY. Plus you have only eight days to get that special piece of cycling equipment from the EuroBaby EuroCycles stores. But on Sunday, the pioneers of competition at Christmas started way in the early ’70′s.
Prior to that, it would indeed be a sacrilege to go racing at Christmas. Well, the Bray Wheelers under the batons of Joe Loughman and Paddy Martin both sadly have moved on and it would not surprise me that they orchestrating training runs in the heavens above! Down on this terrain, Joe and Paddy came up with a brainwave of more or less breaking the ice before the serious side of training started on the first day of January.
Tomorrow they are hosting there Annual Christmas race/fancy dress fun cycle, sign on is at 10am from the Bray Wheelers club house, on Schools Road in Bray, with race start at 11am. Its starting at Kilmacanogue, down the N11, turning at Delgany junction, and back to Kilmacanogue, 10km.
The event is very much a fun event and all cyclists are welcome (all abilities and all ages, members and non members). Refreshments will be served in the club house after the event. With prizes for best costumes as well. All friends and family are welcome.
Its a two-up time trial, over 10km, where teams of two (or sometimes more), guess their time for completing the course. The winning team finishes closest to their predicted time. So its not the fastest time that wins!
The pair came up with a apt name of the “Gentleman’s Grand Prix.” Steady on lads it is not a massed start but a time trial and by the way it will be over a distance of 10 miles, not kilometers. Who would have heard of that measurement back in the early 70′s.
It took a lot of discussion and persuasion to get the idea past the post that it would be a two up time trial and that the individuals would have to nominate their times. And so started a unique event that would change the face of competition in the off season.
The initial turnout was a respectable 41 pairs and by a strange coincidence. No! I don’t recall the winners. The highest number ever to participate in the event was in the mid-eighties when 91 teams participated, but then it became fashionable for other clubs to have their unique races.
Still to this day, the event creates a great awareness. The numbers are still very respectable, and the format has not changed one iota, save miles for kilometers after all we are in the EU. Still, after all these years, Philip O’Brien one of most respected commissaries and a former national road race champion, lines up. The same Phil first road the event with Jimmy Doyle, but in latter years members, his sons Ed and Philip teamed up with the maestro.
Nowadays it is the grandchild en who tend to partner him. This Sunday his eight year old grand daughter Eve will no doubt test the grand daddy of them all. Who knows Eve and Phil may just nominate the correct timing for their journey along the Wicklow Road. Its starting at Kilmacanogue, down the N11, turning at Delgany junction, and back to Kilmacanogue, 10km.
PAUL DAN HEALION – Acknowledgment
The family of Paul Dan Healion, August 16th 2009, mother Mary, sisters Emma, Niamh, Nora, brothers Damien and Kevin, together with extended family will always remember and are most appreciative of all those who sympathised with and supported them during their recent tragic loss. Thank you to all of his outstanding friends, especially those who visited our home, sent mass cards, letters and tributes – our sincere and heartfelt thanks.
A special thanks to Kevin and Bercan who bravely sang at his mass and to the cycling community whose support has been immense throughout. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually for their words of comfort and encouragement, we hope this acknowledgement will be accepted by all with our sincere appreciation.
Forever loved and greatly missed we all take solace from our own happy memories of Paul Dan, the charming one, the funny one – our star.
Murphy Plant & Agri Hire Mulled Wine Hill Climb
Emyvale CC McQuaid Tyres
The Club will be promoting their annual hill climb on the Golden Heights Toneyclea on Sunday.
Competitors are requested to be at the registration area at 9.30am at the Leisure Centre in Emyvale on Sunday. The Entry Fee for Senior & Leisure riders is €5.00. And Underage riders €3.00.Depart from the Centre at 10am for this hill climb is in conjunction with our normal Sunday Morning run. The club would like all riders young and old. “Male and Female” to support this event.
There is a very nice trophy for the overall winner who has the best time on the morning plus good prize money for 2nd 3rd and 4th. The overall winner will get the polka dot jersey which will be presented on the Night of our Dinner Dance.
All Club Members Young and Old are requested to make a special Effort to partake in this enjoyable event which is one of the last ‘Acts of the Year’ in the club Calendar. This Hill Climb is always well supported by club members. Outside clubs are also invited to attend and partake part in the Event.
The ladies, Annmarie and Kathleen, will pack an extra punch with a strong Mix of Wine plumping at the Top of the Golden Heights. An added Bonus of Mince Pies and traditional Christmas Carols on the Gramophone.
So come along everybody and leave the Recession Blues behind You and get into the Christmas Spirit (not literally) on the Morning.
Club Licences: 2010
Regarding the club Licences for the coming season of 2010. it was agreed at the AGM that a date in early January be set, so that all club Members should have their ‘Monies’ and application forms handed into George’s shop or Annemarie so that your application can be processed. There is and increase in licences fee’s for 2010 coming down the track. The chairman would like every member to make a special effort to get this matter done and dusted on the said date. All applications have to go in together. Anybody not complying with this date will have to apply them self.
It is important that request is heeded as the club do not want to hold the other member’s licences up due to the lack of interest by other members.
STILL SOME XMAS SHOPPING TO DO? WHY NOT SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
With eight days of shopping left! Are you still stumped on what to get the cyclists in your life for Christmas? The EuroBaby EuroCycles stores are a must. Ah! That just reminds me that I have to pay a visit to the William Street branch. myself I have neglected to kit myself out with lights.
As my grand daughter Mae would say ‘silly billy grand dad with no lights on your Felt machine.’ Or maybe this might just what you are looking for? An Indoor Trainer, so you could pound away in the comfort of your TV to keep your cycling fitness all winter.
Tesco is seeking restitution of the overpaid monies following the error by its finance team.
The supermarket chain should have paid Universal Cycles, a subsidiary of Sports Direct which is controlled by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, £984 for six Muddy Fox Suspension Bikes but paid £984,000 instead.
Universal, an Essex-based company majority-owned by Sports Direct, has paid back £863,000 but Tesco claims it is holding on to more than £121,000 in outstanding funds, sources said.
It has launched legal action at the High Court to recover the remaining money, legal costs and a further £1,783 – the sum the retailer claims it is owed in interest at 8% a year.
The error was made on August 13 and Universal was asked to repay it 15 days later. Universal then repaid some of the funds on September 29, but £121,412 is outstanding, sources said.
It is understood a meeting will be held between the two parties in a bid to resolve the dispute out of court.
A Tesco spokesman declined to comment on the ongoing case.
Not surprising. Continue Reading »
They’re called Taylor Phinney, Cameron Meyer, Eilzabeth Armistead, Josephine Tomic, Morgan Keisky, Leigh Howard, Grégory Baugé. They come from the United States, Australia, Great Britain and France. They are World Champions. But, above all, they are all very young!
The 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which took place in the magnificent setting of the new velodrome in Pruszkow, Poland, was marked by an extremely important shift of power between the generations. This can be seen as a turning point compared with the principal events of these last years – particularly the Beijing Olympic Games – where the British dominated almost all the specialties.
Apart from the absence of Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Rebecca Romero, which certainly contributed to restoring a greater balance in the different disciplines, a “new wave” of track cyclists progressively imposed itself as the days went by, providing an intense sporting spectacle of the highest quality.
For example, we witnessed Taylor Phinney’s winning performance against Jack Bobridge – who is also just 19 years old – in the pursuit, and the success of Cameron Meyer – 21 years old – in the points race. Both the American and the Australian should now be considered among the strongest and most all-round athletes on the circuit. The titles that they won in Pruszkow represent just the beginning of their careers in the Elite category after numerous victories as Juniors.
The new king of the sprint, Grégory Baugé, is also still very young. At 24 years old, he won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the teams’ event before earning, for the first time, the rainbow jersey in the individual competition. His closest rivals – the Malaysian Aziz Awang, who has just turned 21, and his compatriot Kévin Sireau – can also look ahead with confidence to their future in this specialty, where Great Britain does not appear able to guarantee a successor for Hoy.
New Women’s world record
In the Women’s competition, the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships were marked by the exploit of the Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite, who established a new world record in the 500 metres. As for Victoria Pendleton, she met with some difficulties and left Poland with only one of the four gold medals that she was aiming for. After dominating the sprint events in Manchester and Beijing, she had to make do with the individual sprint title while conceding unexpected defeats: in the 500 metres where she finished third, but also in the keirin, won by the Chinese athlete Guo Shuang, and in the team sprint, which went to Australia.
Track cycling, a universal discipline
In total, 18 of the 38 countries participating in these championships placed at least one athlete on the podium, and 11 of them had the privilege of seeing one of their representatives on the highest step. This new geographical distribution, with riders from four continents sharing the 19 titles, is a very positive aspect of the overall result of these World Championships.
Indeed, the exploits of the following nations confirm the universality of track cycling. Germany celebrated the victories of Maximilian Lévy in the keirin and Stefan Nimke in the kilometer. Denmark has now truly launched the 2010 edition in Copenhagen thanks to its victories in the Madison and the team pursuit. Giorgia Bronzini, having already won the World Cup, gave Italy a gold medal in the points race. Malaysia, Cuba, China, Canada and Belgium also left Poland with extremely positive results, demonstrating that the new Olympic cycle has got under way with encouraging prospects in view.
Lance Armstrong encourages world leaders, cancer organizations and advocates to commit to making cancer a global priority
San Diego, CA – February 22, 2009 – The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) announced today that the premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit will take place Aug. 24-26, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland immediately following LAF founder and chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s participation in the Tour of Ireland, Aug. 19-23. As the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, the Summit will make the case for acting urgently to address the global cancer burden and introduce new commitments to cancer control by bringing together world leaders, corporations, non-governmental organizations and advocates in an unprecedented show of solidarity. The announcement comes on the final day of the Amgen Tour of California, where Armstrong was competing in his second race in his return to professional cycling and against the worldwide threat of cancer. Continue Reading »
February 12, 2009
Lance Armstrong (USA)
“I think we’ve made it very clear from the beginning that there are two parts to my comeback. One is the race – the reason we’ll be on the start line on Saturday – but more important really is the thought and the idea and the initiative to take Livestrong around the world.”
On the start of the 2009 season:
“We were blessed to have amazing launch in Australia, and I don’t just mean the team, but the foundation as well, and I hope we can carry that momentum through California and Europe for the rest of the year.”
On his return from retirement:
“I’ve been trying to stay reasonably fit; it’s comforting to know that I’m not the oldest guy in the race. I’ve been at this a long time and it has been an interesting 17 years. I think as far as the science of older athletes goes, performance doesn’t drop off, the mind drops off. I’ve had a couple of breaks and my mind is fresh. Let’s do it one more time. I feel strong. At 37, I feel just as strong as I did at 27.” Continue Reading »
Kuala Lumpur – Le Tour de Langkawi has become famous in the world of cycling for the spectacular sprints that have concluded many stages since the inception of the race back in 1996. The 14th edition starting in Putrajaya on February 9th should be no exception in the history as the 120 men field features many top sprinters once again. The course is likely to generate up to five bunch sprint finishes.
There will be new faces at the winners’ protocol since Ruben Bongiorno from Argentina is the only former sprint winner on the start list this year. The CSF rider last imposed himself at Le Tour de Langkawi in 2006 and didn’t show the best of himself since then, therefore he will be back in the role of the underdog while Mattia Gavazzi, Aurélien Clerc and Chris Sutton will be the hot favourites.
Gavazzi is the new fast man brought to Malaysia by legendary team manager Gianni Savio of Diquigiovanni-Androni. Last week the Italian started his season with a win in stage 1 of the Tour of San Luis in Argentina. “He’s got a great capacity of acceleration in the finale”, Savio described. “Normally I would have lined up Alberto Loddo again at LTdL, but he was diagnosed with two kidney stones. He’s fine now but he couldn’t train properly, so Gavazzi is his replacement.” Loddo has been the most successful sprinter at Le Tour de Langkawi in the past two years with 6 stage wins, 5 in 2007 with Diquigiovanni, 1 in 2008 with Tinkoff prior to returning to Savio’s team.
Last year’s Milo green jersey winner Aurélien Clerc will be back in action after switching from Bouygues Telecom to Ag2r-La Mondiale. The Swiss rider stated that this time around he doesn’t want to be just the most regular sprinter for scoring points but he’d actually prefer to grab at least one stage win. Continue Reading »
Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian continental team LeTua has managed a superb coup on the international cycling scene by signing Jeremy Yates from New Zealand prior to lining up at Le Tour de Langkawi from February 9 to 15.
A junior world champion crowned in Plouay, France, back in 2000, Yates finished 4th overall last year with his national team and he was determined to take part in the Malaysian race again despite having moved temporarily from professional cycling to a job as a builder. “I found my first LTdL last year to be an amazing experience”, he said. “The people stand out in my mind as being the most memorable part of it. They were always smiling, friendly and polite.”
On Friday he sent an sms to LeTua’s team manager Shukor Yassin: “I am ready. The form is good after the Tour of Wellington.” Continue Reading »
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia will once again top the field of Le Tour de Langkawi with 15 local riders taking part in the race on the start line at Putrajaya, the home of the Malaysian government, on February 9. But the event appears more international than ever despite the reduction of the number of participating teams from 25 in 2008 to 20 this year. One year ago, it was already a record number of 30 nations lined up but the provisional start list for the 14th edition of the race boasts an exceptional number of riders hailing from 35 different countries and five continents to compete on Malaysian soil.
“Our team invitation committee has looked closely at all the applications we received for making our colourful event the most international possible”, said the chief operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamad. “We are very pleased to welcome cyclists from all over the world. It shows that our sport becomes more and more worldwide thanks to the efforts of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale). Malaysia definitely wants to play its part in the globalization of cycling.” Continue Reading »