Archive for March, 2007

An added bonus to the cycling calendar (the official version is still I believe in the printers), is the Markievicz Cup which will be promoted by Eire Og, Sligo with generous sponsorship courtesy of Spectra Photography on the last day of this month, March!

It will be exclusively for B/C/Juniors/Veterans/Ladies according to race organiser Daire Mooney.

‘I realise we let a number of people down early in the month when we had to cancel an event. It was purely in the interest of safety and that is top of our list when events are held in this county.

‘In conjunction with the authorities we have found an alternative course which will suit all. Including my good self, as I will be a certain starter.

‘The problems still exist with the old course because of the road works.
Thankfully we have sorted that problem. ‘So, the Markievicz Cup goes ahead on Saturday at 2.45 for approximately 50 miles of racing,’ said Daire.

Colloney is the start venue and dressing is in the Teeling Community Centre from 2.00pm onwards.

Evidently there is s real market out there for guys and lassies who want to avoid the big hitters in open races. Bray Wheelers were totally taken by surprise last Saturday when over 140 turned up in Roundwood for the Christy McManus, albeit in brilliant sunshine.

Michael O’Connor for as long as I can remember as been at the helm in one way or another with the Fermoy CC.
‘Everything is in place for Sunday.

Naturally we are looking forward to a big tun out. I assume the majority of the Munster competitors will stay in the province to support the race.

‘Certainly, Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers Road Club have been acquitting themselves very well. Since day one of the season they have been mixing with the best and getting the results. ‘Still, I hope that our man Michael Hennessey can defend the trophy that he won here last year. ‘That win over the Patrick’s weekend in Ras Luimini at Fedamore, Co. Limerick gave him a jump start to the season,’ said Michael.

The course is 12.5 miles and will be covered five times. There are no climbs but aside from that it is undulating and for the seasoned bikie, they can turn this to their advantage! Knowing at the opportune time to catch the opposition off guard is the rain check.

Castlehyde is the start venue which happens also to be a well known location in the Fermoy area for world class dancers. Thew action gets under way at two o’clock.

WEEKEND FIXTURES:

Usher Irish Road Club competitor Neil Delahaye has certainly been putting in some very good performances since the season started a month ago.

Unfortunately in recent events, he has met better opposition and has had to settle for the runner-up spot on a number of occasions. Only last week he was second to Ryan Connor of the Giant Asia squad in the Wallace Caldwell Memorial which is one of the counting events in the Ulster Classic league sponsored by Paul Slane a former Olympian and one hell of a competitor! He has to be congratulated for taking the initiative in sponsoring cycling.

Neil will be absent from the Harry Reynolds on Saturday because of a representative honour on behalf of Cycling Leinster at the Tour of Ards, but he’ll be rarin’ to go in defense of the Ben McKenna title that he won in convincing fashion last year, when he spreadeagled the field to win comfortably.

The Ben McKenna Memorial will be jointly sponsored by a new company just set up by Ben’s son Eoin, who is an IT Consultant and two of his friends Brent Arkley and Ivan Barry, who are also IT Consultants. The name of the company is 4Front IT Solutions and they can be contacted through their website www.4frontit.ie and additional sponsorship from the wider McKenna family.

The Jim (Jazzer) Wherity for Senior 3 riders will be sponsored by the Wherity family, who are also organising the Motor Cycle Marshals through the Martin Finnegan Supporters club. Martin is a top class Professional Motor Cycle Racer who will be competing in the Senior 3 race (Without an Engine) for the first time. Martin competes for MV Agusta and this year will be riding an MV Agusta in the IOM TT, first time an MV Agusta has competed in the TT since Augustini rode one in the early 70s. Martin has been training hard on the Pedal Bike in order to keep fit for the Motor cycle racing.
Co-incidentally, Martin’s personal trainer is no other than the great Joe Barr, who was no mean cyclist some years ago. Joe has indicated that he may take part on Sunday, so their is likely to be a bit more Vrooooom in the Senior 3 race. (See Belgian Team on Irish Cycling.com for additional information of the Balbriggan CC promotion).

VN 35th Casartelli Memorial Stone Portet de Aspet (Etape du Tour)

This memorial stone is set in the top
of the actual ‘castelation’ stone that
Casartelli struck when he fell on the
Portet de Aspet.The larger Olympic Memorial to Casartelli is further down the mountain in an opening.

I note the Inscription is by TOMMY CAMPBELL sure not the Irish Journalist ?

Photo & Mail by:
John Pierce (Photographer Cyclisme)

On Sunday, the action moves to Bohermeen, Rostrevor and Whitechurch in Cork.

Certainly, Marie Reilley as the front of house person on behalf of the local club will have her hands full. Naturally this area is a hive of activity when it comes to the promotion of cycling at all levels. The biigest asset in any sport is the youth and they are catering for them in a big way. This is the first of races for underage and when they are finished they will be able to see amny of the household names in sport performin to the best of their ability in the ‘Waller Cup.’
The 2007 Zoo Hair Salon and Velotex Women’s National League also kicks off in Bohermeen.

The continued sponsorship by Shay Dempsey of The Zoo Hair Salon in Exchequer Street is tremendous coux for the Womens Commission. Also there is a bonus with the extra sponsorship from Justin McGee of Velotex Sportswear Ireland – Velotex will supply the race leaders’ Jerseys.
This year they have decided to change the format of their National League races – rather than having their own separate race! They will race with the men, but every lady will have their own handicap. This will mean that although we may all start together, non-elite women will have a significant points advantage over the elite women, giving everyone an incentive to compete at this level. Where race organisers are in a position to give the non-elite women a slight head start on the road, this will also be done, further encouraging everyone to race hard.

The Waller Cup in Bohermeen will be the first race of the new-look 2007 National League. This is a perfect course for women to make the step up, a flat 10 mile loop course so you are never too far from home.

Distances:
Start time-

Senior A 7 laps; Senior B 6 laps;Junior & Vets 5 Laps;
Senior C & Ladies 4 laps.

Start time 11am – 1st eight in each race
U16 2 Laps; U14 1 Lap; U12 1.5 ml.

Start time 11am – 1st eight in each race.

The beautiful setting of Rostevor Forest is the venue for the second round of the K-Capital Cup International MTB Cross Country Series. Two weeks ago in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow, Robin Seymour of WORC Team demonstrated thathe is still the master at this discipline.

Banbridge CC will promote the second event in the series of four which has a tag line line of Union Cycliste International ranking points which will come in very handy for anyone aspiring for the Olympics next year. Obviously like their counterparts in Wicklow, members of the Banbridge CC have worked hard to prepare the course and make it worthy of an international event.

Round one in Wicklow saw Irish number one Robin Seymour take the glory in the Elite race, though he was pushed all the way by English rider Adrian Lansley. On Sunday at Rostrevor Seymour could have another battle on his hands with confirmed entries from leading South African rider John Paul Pearton, German Winter Triathlon ace Benjamin Sonntag, and top English rider Phil Spencer. Looking for good finished will be Irish riders Nial Davis, Lewis Ferguson, Peter Buggle and James McCluskey. The Womens Elite race should see a dual between Beth McCluskey and Tarja Owens.

It was generally accepted that Spencer would raise the bar for Seymour in Kilruddery, but he had all kinds of trouble at the venue. If the form runs to expectation then Seymour could have a battle royal on his hands.
A superb programme of support races includes all the Youth Classes as well as races for Experts, Masters, Sports Men/Women, Juniors and Vets. The main course is 3.96km in length and features a mixture of tough climbs, fast descents, fire road and single track. U-14 riders will compete over half the main course, while the U-12,U-10 and U-8 riders will have their own separate course. All races will start and finish in the main arena which is situated in Kilbroney Caravan Park. Car parking is in the main car park, only essential vehicles will be permitted into the arena.

On Saturday the course will be open for official practice from 2pm – 4pm with registration open from 1pm to 4pm. On Sunday registration will be open at 10am and will close one hour before the start of the Elite race. The race programme is as follows:

11.30: U-12;

11.31: U-10;

11.32: U-8;

12.00: U-14;

12.01: U-16;

12.02: Sports Men/Women;

13.30: Elite Men;

13.31: Elite Women/Juniors;

13.32: Experts;

13.33: Masters;

13.34: Vets.
Banbridge CC would like to thank K-Capital, Newry and Mourne Council, Forest Service and Cycling Ireland for their most appreciated help.

Cork’s St Finbarr’s CC, are the hosts in Munster this Sunday. The Jim
O’Leary & Ken O’Keeffe Memorial.

Accoding to Eddie Kelly of the promoting club, ‘at least this year we have
the advantage of securing an early date. Pity that we areat the behest of
the individuals who will make up their minds on the day where they’ll race.
As fatr as we are concerned we are offering a good opportunity to get some
miles in on a course which is surprisinginly very deceptive. I suppose you
could call it unduating,’ said Eddie.

The opening few weeks of the season is showing the Munster contingent in
good light. On paper they have the advantage over the rest of the provinces
when it comes to open wins.

Last week, Michael Hennessy of Femoy was a wothy winner in fedamore, Co.
Limerick. Also very much to the fore in that event was Vincent Gleeson of
West Clare and Martin O’Loughlin of the Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers RC.
With Ras Mumhan looming on the horizon, it looks very much a battle of the
squads from Usher Irish Road Club, MyHome.Home.ie/Cycleways.com and the
Morrissey squad who’ll be wreaking the damage when it comes to racing on the
roads of Kerry come Easter.

The race headquarters / sign-on will be the Rockmount FC at Whitechurch, Co.
Cork. Sign-on will open at 12noon and racing will begin at 1pm. The races
will be based on laps of the traditional 17km Whitchurch / Old Mallow Road
circuit.

The Jim O’Leary Memorial will be for Senior A & B covering 6 laps (102km),
with prizes for first 6 over the line plus 2 unplaced B’s. The Ken O’Keeffe
will be for Senior C, Vets, Junior & Ladies covering 4 laps (68km), with
prizes for all categories.

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The cycling season certainly stepped up a gear last weekend, but unfortunately the conditions courtesy of Mother Nature were not to the liking for those involved with the sport.

Still, complements to all, the race organisers, stewards, competitors and the local authorities who made a safe passage for the events.

Peter Hawkins, Seamus Downey, Brian Kenneally, Ciaran Power, Michael Hennessy who were winners, but in essence the real winners’ were those who competed, Certainly, if you browsed the pictures on IrishCycling.com of the Des Hanlon Trophy in Carlow last Sunday! They told the real story of bike riders who just ther support. Rain didn’t stop play.

Organiser Ray McKenna said, ‘in all my years involved with the event, I have never known conditions like we witnessed. Talk about not putting a milk bottle out! Everybody associated with the event played a blinder. I promise them when they come back next year, I’ll organise better weather and that’s a promise,’ said Ray.
It was great to see one of our finest ambasaadors, Ciaran Power who is now based in America with the Navigators Insurance team based in new Jersey winning the ‘Hanlon’ ahead of one of the up and coming riders, Ryan Connor who will defending his ‘Tour of the North’ title at Easter.

Also, Martin o’Loughlin of the Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers RC back in action after being laid low after his win in the opener in Tralee last month.

He may have scored a trio a trio of wins, but Brian Kenneally of MyHome.ie/cyclways.com came unstuck in the Hanlon.

The coming weekend is well loaded in preferences and destinations for the would-be competitors The first round of the inaugural Slane Cycles – Ulster Classic League takes place on Saturday when Ballymena Road Club promote the Wallace Caldwell Memorial at Galgorm.

Previous winners read like a list of who was who in Ulster cycling.

Peter Doyle (Bray Wheelers) back in 1971 was the only competitor south of the border to record a win this prestigious event. A great adversary of ‘Doyler,’ Joe Smyth was a double winner back in the seventies as was Gary Wilson Phoenix CC have produced 4 winners – Pat Shearer, Gary McKee, Conor Henry and David McCann. Gordon Scott lifted the title 20 years ago but will be on the start line as a veteran this Saturday.

It is indeed going to be a historic day as all attached to cycling will be there to t celebrate the recent coming together of Cycling Ulster and the NICF.

As well as the normal prize fund, points will be awarded to the first 20 finishers for the overall league plus league prizes for all categories. The winner will also be presented with a Yellow Race Leaders Jersey. Sign on is at Rex Bonnar House, Railway Street, Ballymena from 9-45 with the 110 kilometre loop scheduled for 11am.

The 2007 Christy McManus Memorial Road Race will take place in Roundwood on Saturday, 24th of March. Promoted by Bray Wheelers, racing will start at 11am, from Roundwood GAA Club. The course for the race will be circuits of the Roundwood, Rathdrum and Laragh roads, in total about 70 kilometres.

This handicapped race is open to Senior 2 & 3, Junior, Veterans and Ladies categories, with prizes up for grabs in all sections.

The Christy McManus is generously sponsored by Frank Duff’s Lounge Bar, Main Street, Bray. Duff’s Lounge is Bray’s cycling pub – virtually a museum to the exploits of Elliott, Roche, Kelly and others; a great venue for post race analysis.

Race organiser is Gillian Martin (086 362 8280).

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PADDY’S WEEKEND

His weekend on the home front promises to be exciting! Between Carrick-on -Suir on Patrick’s Day and Carlow the following day, the fare for the competitors is rather tasty for those who have aspirations of taking on the challenge of participating at Easter in Ras Mumhan.

Certainly riding high at the moment is Brian Kenneally. It would be virtually impossible to deny his three wins on the trot. Obviously, Ciaran Power who also represents the Navigator Insurance team in the USA is not going to make up the numbers at both venues.
On Sunday the Des Hanlon in Carlow has the advantage of being the only event in the southern part of the country and will cater for all catergories.

St. Patricks’ Day Road Race, BATTERSTOWN 11.00am-The traditional Patrick’s Day event which has been part and parcel of the scene for as long as I can remember (and that wasn’t yesterday) is on the road again. It may have the title as the St. Patrick’s Day Road race. If memory serves me correctly, it had a start at the Billy Morton Stadium and finished at the back of the Airport. And! Yes, it was a handicap which afforded the likes of yours truly to get the nod, but the scratch boys in those days took no prisoners.
For years it was on the Finglas Road, but the amount of traffic on the highway scuppered its longeveity! Now, it is out in Batterstown over 40 miles and the handicapper also plays a pivotol role. I think he/she has it down to a fine art with the limit group just getting across the finishing line ahead of the speed merchants. Those days it was the Irish Road Club who were the master of ceremonies, but now they have a grandiose title…….Usher/Irish Road Club and of course the inimitable Alice Sherratt is in the background and the man with the watch belting out the time gaps is the bould Danny O’Shea who looked resplendent in his caravan last week in Kilruddery at the K Capital Source Mountain Bike event where the one and only Robin Seymour bagged a valuable 30 Union Cycliste Internationale points for his flight to the Beijing Olympics without Irish sports Council Funding. Rumour has it that he is the only individual who has a genuine hope of making the Games without spondulex from the TAX PAYERS!
Nice one Robin.

Carrick Cup, Carrick-on-Suir,1.00pm-A town steeped in the tradition of cycling for many a long year. Paul Lonergan is at the helm again in more ways than one. He is the organiser of the ‘Cup’ and is confident that he’ll get a good turn out. ‘The lads have been doing well since the start of the season. We have bolstered up the numbers and no doubt we’ll get a sound return for our sponsor ‘Dan Morrissey.’ Of course in the line of business, Saturday’s event is the first on the menu for the coming year, but we’ll talk about that later,’ said Paul.
The Carrick Cup is over 63 miles on the Glendwe circuit. Those with aspirations of competing in the Ras Mumhan will be anxious to flex their muscles. Stealing everybody’s thunder at the moment is a former member of the club, Brian Kenneally. He has had two convining wins in Navan and Newbridge and is obviosly setting the bar.
Martin O’Loughlin a member of the promoting club and the winner of the opener of the season in Tralee in the Earl of Desmond/Tralee Bicycle Club sponsored ‘LaceyCup’ has been laid low with flu, but is anxious to get in the mix on Saturday.
It looks on paper that it’ll come down to the supremacy of either Kenneallyu’s outfit, MyHome.ie/Cycleways.com or O’Loughlin’s Dan Morrissey team.
There is also chat that Ciaran Power a former winner of the event will be in the line up. Could be an interesting ‘Paddy’s Day’ in Carrick. Stiil the favoutite will be Kenneally.
Des Hanlon Memorial,
Carlow Cattle Mart 11.30am-

Organisers of the Des Hanlon Memorial Race, Carlow Road Cycing Club have made some alterations to the running order of the events that are listed.

This year in an effort to make the racing good for all categories, Senior A and B will see no changes to the course etc. but the first ten finishers will be in the prize money, as will the first two unplaced Senior B riders.

The second race will see changes in that the race will be aimed mainly at Vet and Junior Categories, but Senior C and Women can also race if they wish. The first 25km will be neturalised/controlled, this is to allow all riders to clear the initial hills before the racing begins. The race will be two laps of the circuit and prizes will be first three placed and first and second unplaced Vets and Juniors. No prizes will be awarded to umplaced Senior 3 or Women in this race.
The Third Race is a one lap event and is racing from the “get go”. This is aimed mainly at Senior C and Women categories, however Vets or Juniors who don’t feel up to racing the two lap race can also take part, but will not be eligable for unplaced prizes. Prizes will be for first three placed and first and second unplaced Senior C and Women. As can be seen from the prizes, the two and one lap races have been scewed towards different categories, but still allow riders with different goals to compete at a level that suits them. The club website www.carlowcycling.org has all the details on times etc. and also a neat view of the course and profile on google earth

Contact: Ray 086-8415160.

It is generally accepted that the majority who participate at batterstown and Carrick will make their way to the popular venue in Carlow where the racing has always been of the highest calibre because of the involement of the promoting club and their attention to detail.

Armagh- Downpatrick St. Patrick’s Classic, (Sunday)-Ulster Cycle Promotions Club will promote the 3rd edition of the popular point-to-point –Armagh-Downpatrick St. Patrick’s Classic, which for 2007 is again supported by Down District Council. The years 2005 and 2006 have certainly gained a reputation for this race as one of the best point to point cycling events in Ulster.

Starting at 12.45 pm, the Sign on will be in Cathedral Road Recreational Site at 11.00 am. The race will roll out from Armagh City, along to Hamiltonsbawn, to Tandragree, across to Scarva, Gilford, Banbridge, Castlewellan, Newcastle and Clough before making its way to Downpatrick, finishing at the 30 mph signs on the Ballyduggan Road.

Last years winner Adam Armstrong has steadily improved since his win last year and has been upgraded to a first category rider leaving him unable to defend his title.

There is a substantial prize list for the event with prizes for the first 8 across the line. The winner will be awarded with the Gerald Long Memorial Cup.

Competition is certainly hotting up in the cycling world. All four provinces will be represented this weekend with races for all categories and also in the mix is a mountain bike race which carries UCI points out in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow.

Despite the atrocious conditions last Sunday in particular, all events were run as per schedule as listed on the IrishCycling.com.website. At least, the racing fraternity have an outlet to check what is up and coming!
Unfortunately the ‘Bible’ is not yet available as was indicated to me during the week from the offices’ of Cycling Ireland. On Saturday the Surgenor Cup goes ahead in Randlestown and on Sunday the John Haldane takes place in Hilltown.

These two events are selection races for the Armagh – Downpatrick Classic race promoted by the UCPC. An Ulster team of three 2nd category and two 3rd category riders will be selected. A number of riders are already in the frame after last weekend’s two races. The team will be announced by Noel Gallagher on Sunday afternoon. Those interested in selection are advised to ride both events this weekend. The same criteria will also be in force in Leinster for the two events in the Province. Also we have been requested to request that clubs in the province, ‘As per the Cycling Leinster AGM, the limit for race sign-on fees in the Leinster region is 10 euro for a senior rider.’ Out in Batterstown on Saturday the Mick Lally Memorial has pride of place for Sean and Jimmy Lally in memory of their father.
According to race organiser, Wesley Murphy, ‘we will be starting at 10 o’clock sharp! It is to facilitate anybody interested in the rugby match which starts at 1.30. So, hopefully we will have everything done and dusted by 12.30 to get home to see Ireland win again!

On Sunday we have a mixture of road and off road. Kilruddery is the venue for round one of the K Capital Cup. A popular course used many times recently to hold the National Cross country championships. A mixture of woodland and parkland gives a good mix of fast flowing trails and tight twisting singletrack. The featured event will see a return of the infamous wall last used in the national championships in 2005. Work is being done on this to ensure it remains rideable even in the wet! Also a new section of rooty singletrack is added to add a bit of variety to the course. A worthy representative on behalf of the promoting club, WORC, Robin Seymour is expected to land the spoils against overseas opposition.

Newbridge Cycling Club will stage one of Ireland’s toughest one day events on the national calendar this Sunday. Race organiser and the voice for local radio in Kildare, John Malone is a happy camper.

Having secured the return of this prestigious race to its original slot,as the second competitive race of season “the club is preparing for close to 200 entries for an event which has traditionally transformed the roads of Hilltown, Faycullen, Bosten, Dunmurray, and Rathbride, into an action packed cycling spectacle with over three and a half hours of racing .

As we all are aware, John like many of the race organisers in the country, certainly cuts his cloth to the measurement of the ability of those attached to the Ena Loakman/Newbridge Cycling Club. The facilities for all participants and spectators alike has to be one of the most prestigious in the country.

The race H Q and sign on is in the fabulous Newbridge Greyhound Stadium, and once again the Newbridge Credit Union are the event sponsors reflecting their continued commitment to the sport of cycling .The action will commence at 12.30pm when the Senior 1 competitors will be neutralised from the Stadium to the start at Whelan cross just over the Hangman’s bridge “The Senior 2s will follow at 12.40pm and the combined Senior 3s Junior ,Vets and Ladies will be last off at 12.45pm . The Ena Loakman Remax First Choice & Platinum Properties Team will be in the thick of the action and having the advantage of home territory should make it into the prizes.

Seamus Kelly who has turned veteran at the end of last year is capable of causing an up set in the senior 2 category due to his suitability to this gruelling course which will no doubt claim many a victim over the five lap circuit. A word of caution is advised to all motorist in the surrounding areas of Milltown and the race circuit “as their co operation with the race marshalls and stewards will play a major roll in the safety of all concerned.

The Newbridge Credit Union Perpetual Cup which is at present on display at the Newbridge Credit Union Banking Hall “will be presented to the winner of the Senior 1 event by an official of the Credit Union at the race HQ after the final event. Last years’ winner David McCann will be in attendance to defend his title which he won in convincing fashion last year in the colours of Giant Asia. On this occasion David will be in the Toyita Colavita colours, having changed from the Asian Continent to the American scene at the beginning of the year.

He had a rather bad start for his new team in the Tour of California last month when he failed to finish the event. But, these are early days ad you rest assured the Belfastman will open the throttle on the plains of Kildare on Sunday.

Also we have been reminded that the 6th Annual Mick Cahill Memorial Cycle Race promoted by Banteer Cycling Club takes place in Banteer. Race starts at 1pm with sign on at Banteer Community Centre from 12. Prizes for first 10 over the line in the A’s & B’s race and the first 10 in the C’s, Junior & Vet race. Contact Mary or Cormac on 022-47274 or 085-1252570.
The Connacht Road Racing Series which is being co-ordinated by Nigel Forde and sponsored by ‘Harry Cycle Options’ is now into third week of a six week cycle. According to Nigel, ‘it is a great way to give the option for guys who want to race seriously later in the year. At least they’ll have miles in their legs. The turn out so far has been good and believe it or not a blast from the past, Michael McNena showed up to race. It’s definitely getting the message out there and hopefully when the lads go up the country they’ll do the business. Also I was fortunate to have the services of Joe McGuire as commissarie for the series,’ said Nigel. Racing gets under way at mid-day in Monivea and dressing is in the local hall. Simon Coughlan a former Junior Tour winner is currently heading up the points.

Nine hours of negotiation finally resolved the impasse between the Union Cycliste Internationale of which Dubliner, Pat McQuaid heads as president and Amaury Sports organisation (ASO) of which the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuleta (Tour of Spain) are members of early yesterday morning.
The governing body of the UCI gave the go ahead for teams to participate in the Paris/Nice which starts this Sunday.
The teams found themselves facing a dilemma as the UCI threatened to sanction those who would participate in the race hosted by Tour de France organisers ASO.
On the other hand, ASO sent out a strong message as well by announcing to reject those teams that would skip Paris-Nice, from the Tour de France as well.

‘It was like a Conclave to elect a Pope! We did not step outside the meeting room and not as much as a cup of tea passed my lips. But, it was important that this was resolved for all concerned with the sport.
‘It also means that whilst the three tours will have the option of inviting teams to their particular races, the ProTour will have the opportunity to promote ProTour events in any oart of the globe. Heretofore, these events were all held on the European mainland.
‘Ireland has the option of now making a bid for an event.
‘Let’s say that the experience I gained in my earlier career as president of Cycling Ireland was beneficial and now we can look forward to the promotion cycling all over the world,’ said Pat.

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Brian Kenneally of MyHome.ie/Cycleways.com justified favouritism in my eyes when he strolled to an easy victory in the Cycleways Cup held over 76 miles in Navan yesterday.

Admittedly conditions were far from favourable but the Pildown man never wavered in his quest for victory.

“Early on the race groups were all over the place because of the wind and the rain. I found myself in the second group and realising that the danger men were ahead of me, it needed a good effort and fortunately I made the junction.

“Towards the end I found myself in a four man group which included two Usher Irish Road club and two Murphy & Gunn.

“Needless to say the odds were stacked against me if it came down to s print! I just waited until the final climb before we came back onto the Slane Road, and my tactics were spot on as it gave me the impetus to go and win.

“Fair play to Niall Delahaye, he tracked me for the last five miles at about 100 meters, but the race in Tralee was a bonus despite the fact I cam second,” said Brian at the finsh in Navan.

Details:

1 Brian Kenneally (MyHome.ie/Cycleways.com), 3hrs.11mins.26secs;

2 N. Delahaye (Usher Irish Road Club), @31secs;

3 G. Swinard (Usher Irish Road Club), @1.10;

4 S. Lacey (Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group), st;

5 I. Speirs (Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group), st;

6 J. O’Brien (Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers RC), @4.10;

7 M. Hennessy (Fermoy CC), st;

8 A. Carey (Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers RC), st.