Posts Tagged ‘Sean Kelly’

Sean Kelly Racing Team made their international debut yesterday in the  Argentinian Tour de San Luis with 200 competitors facing the start. Best of the team was Mark Cassidy in the 3.5km Prologue who finished in 71st place. He was 22 seconds adrift of Martin Garrido who posted the best time.

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Source: worldwidecyclesblog.comAt the launch last week of this years new An Post Sean Kelly racing team it was mentioned that the current manager had come to Sean Kelly as a teenager and asked if he could train with him . This is the expanded story of how that happened .

Kurt Bogaerts was a teenager when he plucked up the courage to aproach one of the top pro cyclists of all time Sean Kelly ,who happened to live near him in the Brussels suberb of Merchtem . He had heard that the pro teams sold off their bike at the end of each year and wanted to purchase a Festina team bike from the team .

One afternoon when he spotted Kelly’s car outside of the house he tentativly aproached the front door and rang the bell . Linda answered the door and went to get Sean when Kurt explained the reason for the visit . Sean agreed to try to get Kurt a team bike from the team at the end of that years season and told him to call back in a few weeks . Kurt was delighted and did call back again a number of weeks later . Kelly did not yet have a bike for him and asked Kurt to give him a shout in a few weeks again .

Picture by: John Pierce, PhotoSport International.

Kurt persisted and did call again a number of weeks later and this time Kelly did have a bike for him . As they were completing the transaction Kurt said in passing that if Sean ever wanted someone to train with that he would be delighted to train with him . Sean took his number but did not commit to anything . Continue Reading »

Irish professional cyclists are coming back to Ireland to race this August, thanks to the sponsorship of Failte Ireland.

It has been quite a while in the eyes of the general public to see a professional peloton on the highways and byways of Ireland. In August, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Failte Ireland, the buzz and excitement returns!

Adding to those sentiments was Sean Kelly, a former winner of four ‘Classics’ Tour of Ireland. “Irish cycling is well thought of on the European scene. I don’t see any problems attracting the household on the ProTour scene. The Autumn Classics will be gearing up and it will be advantageous for the top teams to come to Ireland.

“The organisers of the event, ‘Event Group’, have a great understanding of the sport, virtually on all continents. It will be an opportunity for the Irish professionals who ply their trade to showpiece themselves in the event,” Sean said.

Back in the mid-eighties and early nineties the Kellogg Series and then the ‘Classics’ were the food at the top table for Irish cycling in general.

In 1998, the first visit of the Tour de Fance wetted their appetites again, but then the lights dimmed and very nearly went out, but for the ingenuity of Darach McQuaid of the dynasty who has been working feverishly away in the background along with his partner Alan Rushton.

Together they have rekindled the fires of the pro scene in Ireland when the event takes to the roads on 22nd – 26th August 2007 and annually thereafter.

Fortunately Fáilte Ireland recognised that the coverage that the media gives to sport in this country warranted the investment and the professionalism that McQuaid and Rushton will bring to the event will probably rub off on everyone associated with the event and more so the general public.

The Tour is fully supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, through the sports tourism initiative, which is run by Fáilte Ireland. The event also has the full support of the Irish Sports Council.

Naturally from the organisers and sponsors lofty positions, because of the problems assocated with the professional side of the sport, it is important that “history will make its own judgment on the committment of all parties, but the priority for the moment has to be to support the long-term future of the sport both here and abroad, so that Ireland in the future will have a professional annually date on the Union Cycliste Internationale calendar.”

The race will be composed of 112 professional riders, 300 race personnel and media plus 125 official vehicles and 28 civilian motorcyclists.

The Tour is organised by The Events Group Limited, in association with Shadetree Sports. The Events Group promoted the former Nissan Classic
(1985–1992) and the start of the Tour de France from Ireland (1998).

The 2007 course:

Stage 1, Aug 22: Kilkenny Castle – Cork, 160km Stage 2, Aug 23: Clonakilty – Killarney, 167km Stage 3, Aug 24: Tralee – Ennis, 190km Stage 4, Aug 25: Galway – Galway, 212km Stage 5, Aug 26: Athlone – Dublin, 135km

Ras Mumhan which takes place in Killorglin over the Easter weekend looks to be the most potent of the three stage events that are down for decision.

Whereas the Bertoni Gorey Three Day and the P&O Ferries four day in Belfast have been oversubscribed.

According to Tadhg Moriarty, entries will be accepted on the line in Killorglin, Co. Kerry for the first stage which takes place on Friday evening.

Maybe the opposition has been scared off because of the presence of the Sean Kelly/Murphy & Gunn outfit from Belgium, but this has not detracted the team from taking on the professionals. To date the MyHome lads have won seven races and that in a nutshell puts the rest in the shade.

An interesting competitor in Gorey is Philip Cassidy who is competing in the event for the first time. Anthony Mitchell who heads up the Northern race has told me that David McCann who now races in America would be facilitated with an entry. David is a class act and would bring panache to the event.