Nice start to the year

I was of the opinion that everything was on ice, pardon the pun, but in cycling operations, the throttle is out and in fine form.

It may be 10 days away, but young Ciaran Campbell is hitting the boards as a member of the cast in a Pantomime. Who could resist the invite to a fundraiser in Newtownards this Friday. Leinster youth commision are trawling their nets this weekend in Bray. here’s hoping they unearth some talent from this undertaking.

Recently I got a number of replys to my request for a bit of crystal ball forecasting. Here are some of those forecasts and I promise more next week.

First out of the blocks-Philip Cassidy to have a great start to the season and ride the FBD Insurance  Ras……..An Irish Rider to win a Premier Calender race ( Martyn Irvirne)……..Brian Kennelly to have the usually dominance to the start of the year ………The Sky Team to be chased down by every other team on the planet earth…… .Lance 2nd in the TDF…….. Duignan top 15 TDF / Roche Stage win / D.Martin top 20 on GC of a grand tour !(supplied by the Park Ranger)

Contador to win the tour….. same podium as last year with maybe the other Schleck brother finishing 2nd…….. Wiggins to abandon and throwing a huff. (Coat)

My crystal ball’s a little foggy at the moment due to the weather… Anyway, paper never refused ink…..A big year from our 3 top professionals with cycling receiving column inches not seen since the late 80’s……… Sam Bennett to join them in a top team by the end of the year……..Conor McAllister to step up a level in 2010 and cause selection headaches for the Commonwealth Games selectors……..Richard Hooton to emerge as a new talent worth watching………Azzurri Sports to become a big player in cycling management…….And the elite, espoir and veterans All-Ireland Road Race titles to be won by riders born outside of Ireland.(Teacher)


Wheelers Turbo Training sessions Commences this evening (Thursday) 14th January for seven Thursday nights. Venue: Old Friary Church Carrickbeg. Setup/Sign on at 6.45pm. Session 7-8pm. Further information Martin O’ Loughlin 087-2338846 ,


Who could refuse an invite to this fundraiser which takes place tomorrow evening. With the weather as we write in their favour a full house is definetly is on the cards.


Dear friends in our beloved sport,

An fundraising evening get on their way in Newtownards on the Friday evening at 8pm in the Ards Bowling Club Comber Road.

The proceeds will go evenly to two worthy projects in Ireland,first of all the “Belgian Project” a project which sends young Ulster cycling athletes to Belgium in the summer, as guest riders for a top Amateur Belgian cycling team (Decock-Sportivo Moorsele West Flanders) who provide guest parents, participation in the team and training and race clothing, this to improve their skills and to improve their sport in a big way.Also to advertise cycling in Ulster and Ireland, as we have enormous talent here.

Secondly for the “Para Cycling Team Ireland” which gives disabled cycling athletes a chance to compete in local and international events (Silver Medallists in the World Champs Manchester 2009 on the track in the 3km.pursuit!)This to aid some funding, to be able to send the team to Cali Colombia for the World Championship in 2010.

The fundraiser is a unique event in N-Ireland,with support of many pros from the continent(Freddy Maertens,Nico Matan,Johan Musseeuw,Niels Albert and many more) Ireland North and South,United States,Great Brittain,Holland,Italy(World Champion 2008 Alessandro Ballan)Germany and Tjechie’, and donations of jerseys for auction (with signed cycling memorabilia)from the top of the sport, incl.Pad Mc Quaid UCI President and The Davy Mc Call Foundation (NI) with a jersey of Tour of Spain stage victor “Phillip Deignan “(Cervelo pro team)

See more info in attachments and web pages below…. please get in touch with Dany Blondeel

founder en organiser on 02891-827628.


Cycling Leinster Youth Commission is holding a one-day training camp this Sunday the 17th.

The camp will be open to all boys and girls who plan to do road racing in either the U14 or U16 categories this  season. That is a boy born in the years 1994 -1997 and girls born between 1993 -1995.

The camp will be held in Bray Wheelers Clubhouse, which is situated, on Schools Road off the Boghall Road in Bray. The starting time is 10am and ending at around 3:00pm. There will be a training spin followed by a talk on training for youth riders and bike maintenance. All riders should bring road bikes, full cycling gear for all weathers including helmet. Riders should also bring along a packed lunch. Of the riders attending Twelve riders will be selected to attend a national camp in February in Mayo. For any further information please contact Gerard Campbell on 086 8192205 or Colm Rigley on 085 1740544. The base for the camp is to try and broaden the numbers of underage participants in Leinster.


Postal entries now being accepted for Wicklow 200

Postal entries are now open and the may be sent to:

Wicklow 200

c/o 15 Riverwood Glen


Dublin 15.

Get in early and avoid the rush later on. Entries have gone over the 300 mark, so it looks as though despite the poor weather preparatations are well in hand for a big turn out come the big day in GREYSTONES.


Drogheda Fundraiser
A night at the Drogheda Pantomime 2010 is to be in aid of Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club. It tales place in a new theatre on the Donore Road and should entice a number of clubs in the general area. Ciaran Campbell is a participant in the show. 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. The show will be on for 10 nights. Accrding to Gerard Campbell, “It will us with our promotions and particularly Ras na nOg which takes place early in the season. Originally we had a car dealer involved with our promotion, but this year because of the decline in sales, they are giving it a miss and I fully understand their predicament,” said Gerard who’ll be in Bray on Sunday.


Cycling Club Enrolment night/Western Lakes
On Thursday 21st of January anyone interested in taking up cycling from the South Mayo / North Galway area can come to the cycling centre on the Kilamine Rd Ballinrobe between 6.30 and 8.30pm and sign up as Western Lakes cycling club and sign members.
A free polo shirt to all members who enrol on the the night.
Cycling centre activities
Circuit classes are back on Monday evenings from 7-8pm, a great workout to start off the week while exercising all the main muscle groups.
Spin classes are back on Thursday on evenings, 2 classes to choose from 7pm and 8pm, book early as demand is always high.
Training Spins
The club will be organsing Sunday morning training leisure spins from 9.45am at the Cornamarket Ballinrobe once the weather improves.
Contact Fergal  0871211047
Youths Training will take place on Saturdays at 10am Contact Margaret 0863207666
Bray Wheelers Cycling Club
Youth Cycling Spins

Bray Wheelers Cycling Club youth spins continue every second Sunday afternoon, and we are looking to recruit new members to join in. Its open to boys and girls, and each fortnight we alternate between mountain biking and road biking, and also include track.

We now offer a service whereby we will meet at Bray Wheelers clubhouse, and bikes can be brought from there, with transport for bikes provided by van. This will make it easier for parents who have difficulty transporting bikes.

If you are interested in taking part, membership of Bray Wheelers is free for those under 14 yrs, and EUR 20 for those under 16. And insurance is provided by Cycling Ireland with licences starting at EUR 5. Coaching is offered by qualified Cycling Ireland coaches and we cater for a wide range of ages. Please contact Mark Loughran on 086 822 53210 email, or Mark Murphy 086 810 4648, email

Here is the list of spins for thisa month.

Sun 17th Jan
TRACK, meet 1.30pm sharp at Bray Clubhouse, for 2pm start in Track in Crumlin

Sun 31st Jan
MTB, meet 1.45pm sharp at Bray Clubhouse, for 2pm start in Ballinastoe for mountain biking.

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