Irish cycling report 2

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.

-end-

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