Author Archive for: Thomas Campbell

The Tour of Taiwan provided the highlight in March with the American John Murphy emerging victorious by the tightest of margins in cold pre-summer weather.

An expanded race of eight stages, the Tour of Taiwan got off to a splendid start with Wong Kam Po of the Hong Kong national team registering the first of his two stage wins in a bunch sprint on the scenic Love River 88 kilometre criterium.

Wong, 34, also won the penultimate stage to emerge sixth in the general classification and third in the Asian riders’ classification.

Murphy (Health Net Presented by Maxxis) seized the overall lead on the second stage and kept it to the finish, beating compatriot and Team Type 1 rider Shawn Milne by a mere 10 seconds. Murphy also proved by far the best sprinter, winning the points classification as well with a 22 point margin over second placed Japanese rider Takashi Miyazawa of the Meitan Hompo-GDR team.

There was however no denying Miyazawa the Asian riders’ title, albeit by a very slight two second margin, over compatriot Taiji Nishitani of the Aisan Racing Team. Home team Giant Asia Racing Team, proved too strong in the battle for the overall teams classification, edging out the Netherlands registered Skil-Shimano, who featured an all-Japanese line-up, by a 15 seconds margin.

All top Asian riders will now prepare for the biggest event in April, the Asian Cycling Championships in Nara, Japan from April 15 to 17.

Australia has work to do to step up to the level of Great Britain who have decimated the competition in the Olympic events at this week’s track cycling World Championships in Manchester but National Performance Director Shayne Bannan believes the ‘talent is there’ for us to perform in Beijing.

After day four of competition all of the Olympic events have been contested with Australia claiming two bronze medals through the team pursuit and Katie Mactier in the individual pursuit but the team has been off the mark particularly compared with Great Britain who have claimed nine gold medals (seven in Olympic events) and eclipsed Australia’s team pursuit World Record mark. Continue Reading »

Ciaran Power of the Pezula Racing Team emphasised to one and all at the Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers Ras Mumhan that when it comes to winning it has to be associated with management and team work.

That showed throughout the four days of racing with Ciaran taking the overall with three stages and his Australian team mate Cameron Jennings who admitted to me that it was soft weather compared to Belgium winning into Cahirsiveen on Saturday afternoon. And to give credit where credit is due, the master of ceremonies at the prize giving Ted Crowley mentioned everything from A to Z that is associated with the promotion of bike racing. I could list everything, but the time you reached the final words you would have switched out the lights and gone to bed! You can have everything in place, but without competitors we could all go home! Ciaran would be the first to admit that his win was driven on by ALL the competitors to the first and last man. They made the race. Continue Reading »

David O’Loughlin

The hopes and aspirations of David O’Loughlin from Cong getting an automatic place on the track for the Olympic Games in Beijing rest at the World Cycling Championships in the Velodrome at Manchester today.(Wednesday)
He is participating in the four kilometre individual pursuit against the best in the world. Currently he is placed tenth on the world ranking ladder.

David O’Loughlin

“I know it is make or break time, but at the last world cup event in Copenhagen last month, I just missed out on a Bronze medal. Those ranking points achieved in Denmark have afforded me the window of opportunity to realise the dream of any cyclist representing their country,” said David. Continue Reading »

Fresh from his victory in Carrick-on-Suir last Monday (St. Patrick’s Day for the Carraig Cabs Cup), Ciaran Power yesterday set the tone for the Pauline Sugrue Ras Mumhan over four days. He soloed home to victory ahead of Tino Haakman from Holland with Sean Lacey in third place.

Conditions for the first stage sponsored by the Earl of Desmond Hotel in Tralee were not ideal, but the cyclists, once on their bikes were eager to get on with the business of racing from Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Shortly before Fossa six miles into the event the dye was cast when Power of the Pezula Racing Team, Mark Cassidy An Post and Sean Lacey of EurobabyEuroCycles were ahead.

Definitely the trio were moving along at great pace, but the bunch were still moving swiftly and were containing their advantage in the 40 second zone. On the approach to Killarney the first nightmare for any competitor and particularly when he is at the head of affairs struck, when Mark Cassidy had mechanical trouble and dropped of the lead group. He changed bikes with his team mate Ronan McLoughlin and quickly regained the bunch on the far side of Killarney. To add further woe to Mark’s plight of being at the head of the race he found himself and the remainder of the team at the front of the bunch keeping the memento going. Continue Reading »

Australian Team for 2008 Track Cycling World Championships
Cycling Australia has confirmed the final team to contest the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships being staged in Manchester, England from 26 to 30 March. Continue Reading »

The track at the Manchester Velodrome has been declared ready to accept claims for any World Records set during this weeks UCI Track Cycling World Championships – March 26th to 30th. The new track surface was laid in June last year and was recently measured to ensure it complied with the UCI requirements. The track was scanned using specialist equipment to create a computer model which accurately measured the black datum line which marks the edge of the track. There are a number of timed events during the five day championships where records could be set. These include the individual and team pursuit races plus the shorter distance time trials.

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The newest event on the championships programme is the women’s 3,000m team pursuit. The race debuted in this year’s World Cup series where the Ukrainian team set the fastest time so far of 3.27.438 in Los Angeles.  There are a number of teams who have the credentials to go faster and a new record is expected to be claimed in Manchester.

Chris Boardman’s World Record of 4 minutes 11.114 seconds for the 4,000m individual pursuit has stood for 12 years. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins is getting closer to this time.  He won the gold medal in last year’s World Championships in 4 min 15.976. He would have to find around a third of a second per lap to reach Boardman’s time which was set using the now banned “Superman” position.

Carrick-on-Suir

Fresh from his victory in Carrick-on-Suir last Monday (St. Patrick’s Day for the Carraig Cabs Cup), Ciaran Power yesterday set the tone for the Pauline Sugrue Ras Mumhan over four days.

He soloed home to victory ahead of Tino Haakman from Holland with Sean Lacey in third place.

Conditions for the first stage sponsored by the Earl of Desmond Hotel in Tralee were not ideal, but the cyclists, once on their bikes were eager to get on with the business of racing from Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

Shortly before Fossa six miles into the event the dye was cast when Power of the Pezula Racing Team, Mark Cassidy An Post and Sean Lacey of EurobabyEuroCycles were ahead. Continue Reading »

This Sunday, 23rd March, round two of the International K-Capital MTB XCO Series will be held at Moneyscalp Forest near Newcastle in County Down. Round one of the series in Bray attracted a record 263 entries. The event is promoted by Banbridge Cycling Club. Confusion has been caused in some circles as to the venue, with Tollymore being listed in the calendar. The race was originally set for Tollymore but on the advice from the NI Forest Service the race had to be switched to Moneyscalp Wood, which in fact is an annex of Tollymore.

Better known as a Downhill venue, Moneyscalp’s MTB trails where born in 1994 with the Forest Service providing a venue for the growing sport of MTB. The site included a couple of purpose built XC trails which added to the existing DH track. Over the years the XC trails lost their popularity as no maintenance was carried out on them, they became overgrown and in many cases blocked by fallen trees. Enter Banbridge CC. Over the past two months, a small but very dedicated team from the promoting Club has worked tirelessly to open up much of the old trail network in order to construct a course worthy of K-Capital status. Last weekend the course was completed as torrential rain lashed down on the venue on Saturday. The rain damaged much of the back (bridge) bridge section of the course with the result that the organisers may only use part of this section on race day. Continue Reading »