Year End



So, the festive sesaon is well and truly upon us when in theory all people are equal and good humoured.
It has been a good news week for the Killorglin Credit Union Cycling Club and for the sponsor of the Junior Tour, Martin Donnely, to my sponsors of the web page Eurobaby Eurocycles, but more about that anon plus the latest news about the ‘individual pursuit’ viz-a-vie the Olympics which ties in comfortably with the third round of the World Cup Track Cycling Championships in Columbia.

But first off we go to the announcement by the Killorglin Credit Union Cycling Club who got an early Christmas pressie yesterday with the announcement that Ras Mumhan will be sponsored by the Kerry Group.
Admittedly, from being on site last year with the organising club, they left no stone unturned to deliver the premium advantage which a sponsor is entitled to. On the strength of that, the Concannons, Mary and Miceal plus of course the inimitable Tadgh Moriarty know their work along with the people behind the scenes was endorsed with this announcement and I have no doubt over the Chrismas a glass will be raised.

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First and second stop this week is the Killorglin Cycling Club who must think all their Christmases arrived in Santa’s Sleigh with the reindeers this week.

Killorglin Credit Union CC will hold a hamper event this Sunday (13th).  The event will be run over the old first stage of the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan but without the fearsome climb at Farmers Bridge.  Sign on will be at Killorglin Rowing Club from 8:30 to 9:45am.  Roll away at 10:00am.  The event will be run at a controlled speEd until the race passes through Tralee then the last 14 miles will be uncontrolled. The route will take the riders from Killorglin to Killarney then to Farrenfore and on to Tralee.  Once safely through Tralee and back on to the N70 the riders will be left free of the speed restriction and the gallop for home will start.  Showers and changing facilities are available at Killorglin Rowing Club and tea, soup and sandwiches will be available in the pavilion when the riders return.

The ride at about 80km might serve to work up an appetite for the Christmas excesses or prompt an early set of new year resolutions.  Either way it is a bit of fun to brighten up what has been one of the grayest winters in many years.  Further information from Mary Concannon Tel 0646644396 or preferably at maryconcannon@eircom.net

WHO’LL BE THERE?

Former Rás winner John Mangan will take up the challenge of holding off, the seriously underprepared former President Míceal Concannon.  While at the front end of the field other names of note are taking up the challenge.  Daniel Clifford will be trying to find the form he had at the 2009 FBD Rás to hold off the challenge of Theo Hardwick and John O Shea who are returning to the bike after a period out of the competitive end of the sport.  While the fit and younger riders may be interested in racing the majority of the participants are more likely to concentrate on enjoying one of the promised first dry day in quite some time.

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In far off Columbia, Cycling have sent a ladies and a gents teams to participate in the third round of the World Track Cycling Championships which strats this morning.

Interstingly the most talked about item when it comes to the track events is the imminement loss of the ‘individaul pursuit’ at the Olympic Games in london in 2012.

Not alone is it a topic of conversation in Ireland, but several countries have bombarded the UCI for its retention, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears and only yesterday I enquired from my local bookie about its retention. And the answer was a frim no, but if I wanted a bet he’d be happy to relieve of my cash.

In the coming days, the International Olympic Committee will opt,  whether to accept Union Cycliste Internationale recommendations or to make dramatic changes to the track-racing program at the next Olympic Games.
Basically ,it boils down simply for the reasons being put forward  for cutting the pursuit, plus the points race and Madison from the 2012 Games in London is gender equality. The IOC needed the UCI to eliminate two men’s races and add two events for women.

Programme for the track championships in Columbia:
Session 1/2 today=Women – qualifying sprint, scratch race; Men – qualifying keirin, individual pursuit, points race. Women – final sprint, scratch race; Men – final 1000m time trial, individual pursuit, keirin, points race.

Session 3/4 tomorrow=Women – qualifying team sprint, individual pursuit, points race; Men – qualifying sprint, madison. Women – final 500m time trial, individual pursuit, team sprint, points race; Men – final sprint, madison
Session 5/6 Saturday.  Women – qualifying keirin, team pursuit; Men – qualifying team pursuit, scratch race. Women – final keirin, team pursuit; Men – final team sprint, scratch race, team pursuit

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AND the bubbly flowed with the announcement again by the ‘Kingdom’ club that the Kerry Group have signed on the dotted line to continue theor sponsorship of Ras Mumhan.

Kerry Group Rás Mumhan 2010

‘Kerry Group Rás Mumhan’, the first major stage race of the Irish cycle racing calendar, will take place over the Easter Weekend from Good Friday April 02 to Easter Monday April 05, 2010. Kerry Group will once again be the main sponsor of this premier four day International stage race, which is based in Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

Announcing the continuing sponsorship, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group said: “This sporting occasion plays a crucial role in promoting cycle racing in Ireland and it is evident from the level of interest shown to date at both local and national level, coupled with the success of the 2009 event, that the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is held in high esteem among cyclists in Ireland”.

Race Secretary, Mary Concannon thanked Kerry Group for their continued sponsorship and said: “Kerry Group’s association with the Rás has taken the event to a new level with significant interest from cyclists in the international arena”.

Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is again open to amateur riders. The race route guide for all stages is currently being finalised and will be released within the next ten days. The highlight of the 2010 Rás will be the new stage on Easter Saturday which will take riders over the Healy Pass and finishing on top of Moll’s Gap.

Any clubs, teams or individuals interested in taking part in the race should contact the Race Secretary, Mary Concannon: Tel: 00 353 64 44396 / 00 353 87 2802071, maryconcannon@eircom.net.

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Enjoy.

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Talking of stocking fillers. Why not get a copy of the Mickey Palmer book by Ray Kennedy and for those who have an interest in football. This is an item just released by the sponsor of the Junior Tour, Martin Donnelly. It is called Popitball and is available in ChampionSports at 30 euros.

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Looking ahead we have the announcement that the ‘Wicklow 200’ has a new base.

This would be an ideal Christmas present for the person in your life who likes the outdoors. If you go to their site Irish Veteran Cyclists Association. and go into Wicklow 200, you’ll get all the info.
For your own perusal, and a need to know more the event, read on……

What is the Wicklow 200 ?

The Wicklow 200 is a non-competitive cycle ride that takes place on one day every June. It covers 200 kilometres around the roads of beautiful County Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland) and attracts over 2000 cyclists from many different countries. The shorter Wicklow Challenge takes place on the same day, and shares most of its route with the Wicklow 200.
The route is very challenging. It includes many climbs, big and small, with some up to a height of 500 metres. The total climb is over 2000 metres so the event should not be taken lightly. While every year many cyclists who have never attempted a similar challenge before complete the Wicklow 200 successfully, it requires attention to training and preparation. Starting at 7:00 a.m. riders are allowed up to 14 hours to complete the route, although most finish well inside that.
The event is open to all cyclists, of any age. Previous participants have included riders from 12 to almost 80 years of age, and from beginners to internationally known ex-professionals.
The Wicklow 200 is famous for its relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and for its ability to combine this with organisation of the highest standard.
The event has been organised each year since it started in 1981 by the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association.

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For many a long year this event was the stable menu for irish cyclists to cut their teeth early in the season. Oh, yes those were the days. but sadly for this upcoming edition, Irish cyclists will not be on view and as for irish officials they’ll be there.

KUALA LUMPUR – 15th Edition of Asia’s premier cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi 2010 is back! With a new look inspiring change and a better future under the organization of the Ministry of Youth and Sport. Le Tour de Langkawi 2010 was officially launched by the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Y.B. Dato’ Razali Haji Ibrahim.
The Tour which was first introduced in 1996 has reached the highest status since the first edition and for 2010; it is graded again as a Hors Class (2.HC) race by the International Cycling Union (UCI) – equivalent to the prestigious status of several major races in Europe.

Organized Ministry of Youth and Sports, together with the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) while the Prime Minister as the Patron of the event. Le Tour de Langkawi 2010 is scheduled to take place from 1st to 7th of March 2010, involving seven stages and covering a total distance of 1,001.8 km.
The race will go through seven states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Malaka, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and two Federal Territories; which are Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. The route selection this time based on various factors, including technical aspects, logistics, tourism and sponsors, involves 13 venues including a new venue in the history of the LTDL organization at Parit Sulong in the state of Johor.
The seven stages are:
1 Kota Bharu – Kuala Berang (174.5km)
2 Kuala Terengganu – Chukai (182.9km)
3 Pekan, Pahang – Mersing, Johor (144km)
4 Mersing, Johor – Parit Sulong, Johor (163.5km)
5 Muar, Johor – Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (140.2km)
6 Putrajaya, WP – Genting Highlands (103.9km)
7 Kuala Kubu Baru – Dataran Merdeka (loop x6) (92.8km)

This new route will cause a stir because riders will have to pedal against the winds of the South China Sea, especially in Stage 2 and Stage 3, while Stage 4 will test their endurance where riders have to pedal through the longest distance under the hot sun in this Tour.
As usual, the climbing route to ‘Hors status’ Genting Highlands on Stage 6 will be expected to determine which rider or team that could ultimately become the overall winner.
The Tour will have a total of 20 teams competing, consisting of 17 world-class teams with three (3) ProTour teams, five (5) Pro-Continental teams, five (5) Continental teams, four (4) foreign national teams and three (3) local teams with six riders each, are expected to be take part in the racing edition-15.
“Malaysia has succeeded in putting LTDL as one of the most prestigious cycling race in Asia, every year the Tour grows in recognition. In fact we can be proud of this achievement, raising the standard of event organisation to a professional world-class level and further enhance the development of sports in our country. “
“Organization of events such as this not only strengthens the sport, even more importantly contributes to generating income for the nation’s economy, in line with the government’s intention to make Malaysia as an ideal destination for international sport events.”
“Under the concept of a new economic model, the government is committed to develop the sports as a vibrant, productive industry contributing to the income of the country. This is also in line with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister’s desire to see the development of sports industry by announcing that 2011 is the Year of National Sports Industry,” said Dato’ Razali Haji Ibrahim in his speech at the launching path LTDL 2010, on this day.
Inspired by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, organizing the 15th Edition of this Tour will not escape from its original purpose, specifically to promote the name of Malaysia and promote tourism through sporting events.
The Ministry of Youth and Sport agreed that the concept of promoting an attractive destination, the riders who will cover all corners of the country will also help introduce interesting places and local food offered in the country. In addition to tourist destinations, LTDL can also attract more international audiences to our unique community values of various races, backgrounds and religions living in peaceful harmony which practices the spirit of tolerance in accordance with the concept of ‘1Malaysia’.
“The LTDL Organizing Committee has arranged this route covering 13 locations to help introduce our country from the angle of hospitality, cultural, racial harmony and tourism products that become our pride to the world community. The Ministry of Youth and Sport also hope like the years before, that the nation will continue to lend their support to this tour and I am confident that 2010 will LTDL received the same, ” Dato’ Razali Haji Ibrahim added.
According to him, the extensive international media coverage will increase the country’s potential in the tourism sector and for 2010, a total 120 journalists and photographers, including 50 overseas travel writers is expected to cover the race.

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Dan Curtin came up trumps again with his weekend in Charleville.

“Thankfully, our get together was a total success and compliments to the Charleville Hotel who turned up trumps.

“First outing for the selected teams will be over Easter when the senior lads go to the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan and the juniors to the Gorey Three day which was spnsored by An Post last year,” said Dan.

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Over in the West, Mayo Wheelers are busy with their upcomin promotion of the Hamper Event for the Western Alzimhers who dotrojan work in the region. Again, details can be got from Joe McGuire, 0868702062.

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