Archive for February, 2007

Cycleways Cup

The Cycleways Cup is the main attraction this Sunday with an anticipated turnout of at least 200 plus in Navan for the 12.30 start from the Rugby Club for the 76 mile event.
Heading the line-up will be the team who will have a dozen members of the team in action.

If last weekends result in the Lacey Cup in Tralee is a yardstick to go by!

Then Brian Kenneally of the squad holds all the aces. He may not have stole the thunder from Martin O’Loughlin claiming the victory, but Brian’s late surge from off the pack was significant last Sunday.

According to Aidan Crowley a team mate, ”Brian has put time in over the winter and he is at least a month ahead in miles covered out training. Boy!

Can I bear testament to this. Over Christmas he was dancing on the pedals.

That was proved last Sunday in the ‘Kingdom,’ and I have no doubt he’ll be up for it on Sunday,” said Aidan.

The big turn out in Tralee did not bat an eyelid at the presence of the professionals who just thought they had to turn up and collect the Euros that were on offer, unfortunately Irish racing is about attacking, whereas the pros like controlled racing. At least Paul Griffin the race favourite made a serous attempt and finished seventh. The latest recruits to the Sean Kelly team based in Belguim, John Dempsey never made an impact and Morgan Fox suffered the embarrassment of missing the start, albeit he was in the vicinity of the start.


Paul Griffin from Tralee is defending his title as last years’ winner of the Lacey Cup which sets out from the town better known as the host to the Rose of Tralee festival held every year in August.

Just back from Malaysia, Paul is certainly in good form. He was instrumental in helping his team Giant Asia cause reverberations in the peloton in the 12th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi.

Winning not alone the indivdual Asian prize by Ghader Mizibania, but the team prize in that category. To put the icing on the cake they pulled one over the ProTour teams by lifting the individual team prize.

Now back on familiar surroundings in the ‘Kingdom’ Paul should easily take the prize again in the Lacey Cup. He also the advantage of competition which is amajor plus for him over the opposition.

According to Cian Hogan of the promoting club, Earl of Desmond/Tralee Bicycle Club, ‘Paul is a lovely guy and to think last Sunday on our club run, he was at ease talking to cyclists who did not realise that this was the guy who injected belief in Irish Cycling on a world stage in Malaysia.