Kerry TT league starts this thursday 10th of May. Sign on from 6.30pm at the Earl of Desmond car park
First rider off at 7.15pm

The first round of the Kerry Cycling Ireland Clubs Summer League will be held on Thursday, 17th May, 2012 promoted by Killorglin Cycling Club.
Venue Kilgobnet National School
Sign on opens at 6.30pm.

The Dingle Cycling Club are spreading the word regarding our annual Dingle Cycling Challenge on Saturday May 5th in conjunction with Feile na Bealtaine. So please come and join us at 9.00am from the marina.
The event comprises of 110km of Westkerrys spectacular scenery including the ever so challenging but ever so beautiful Conor Pass and the Slea Head route.
Last year we were joined by an outstanding 150 cyclists and this year we hope to host over 200 enthusiastic participants ( the ideal preparation for the ring of kerry! ) Most importantly it enables you to contribute to our chosen charity Camphill Community: to build their new much needed residence in Dingle.
All cyclists are invited to join us afterwards for eats and live music from The Candida 10 piece Brass Band at 9.00pm Dick Mack’s Yard, Green Street,

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Dingle Cycling Club

Contact: 0871346566

Dates Confirmed for the 2012 Kerry TT League

Week 1 – Thursday 10th May 2012
Week 2 – Thursday 24th May 2012
Week 3 – Thursday 7th June 2012
Week 4 – Thursday 21st June 2012
Week 5 – Thursday 5th July 2012
Week 6 – Thursday 19th July 2012

Entry Fee only €5 per event
First rider off in all races 7.15pm prompt
Sign on from 6.30pm in the Earl of Desmond car park
Riders will be set off at 1 minute intervals
Week 4 will be a Team Time Trial

Points will be awarded as follows:-
1st place – 10 pts
2nd Place – 8 pts
3rd Place – 6 pts
4th Place – 4 pts
5th Place – 3 pts
6th Place – 2 pts
7th Place – 1 pt

Best 4 rides count towards overall standings
In the event of a tie for a placing the rider recording the
quickest individual ride time will be awarded the placing

Categories will be determined depending on numbers

Came across a fantastic picture from the Graham Watson Archive recently of Sean Kelly leading the bunch through the Gap of Dunloe during the 1986 Nissan Classic. Having cycled that road a few weeks ago, I can testify, it is not easy :)

Sean Kelly Gap of Dunloe 1986

Sean Kelly Gap of Dunloe 1986

 

It’s funny to come across some old pictures that you never knew existed. Recently I came across this photo on the Tralee Cycling Club Website. It was from one of their leisure spins from 2002 which was held in Lixnaw. Amazing what you can find when you least expect it, I wonder are there many more out there …..

2002 Tralee CC Leisure Tour

2002 Tralee CC Leisure Tour

On of my highlights of 2011 was being present for the Currow CC Press Launch for the two An Post Ras stages that would be finishing and beginning the  in Castleisland at the end of May in 2011. The press launch was held on the 2nd of May and after the usual photographs and smiles the party adjourned to Con’s bar in Castleisland, where there was a Terrace Talk interview that Weeshie Fogarty held with Mick Murphy, who was also present for the launch. The link to the interview is here.

I got a chance to recently listen to an audio interview Gene Mangan gave to Weeshie Fogarty of Terrace Talk in 2010. [Link to interview here]. A fascinating story and an incredible record for a man from Killorglin having won the Rás Tailteann in 1955 and is the youngest winner of the competition at only 18 years old. Gene went on to 12 stages of this great race over the years. Some great information about Gene out there, you should check out the following links:

The 2012 An Post Rás was launched in Dublin on Thursday 26th of January with the help of former winners Mick Murphy and Gene Mangan. For more details on the route check out the website. A bit disappointing that it does not come to Kerry but here’s hoping for a return in 2012.

An Post 2012 Launch

An Post 2012 Launch

Cyclist Sam Bennett, with, from left, Philip Cassidy, Colm Christie, Se O’Hanlon, Gene Mangan, Donal Connell, An Post Chief Executive, and ‘Iron Man’ Mick Murphy, at the launch of the 60th edition of the An Post Rás which will begin on Sunday May 20th, in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, and finish on Sunday May 27th, in Skerries. Co. Dublin. Launch of the 60th Edition of the An Post Rás, GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** ©SPORTSFILE

Well done to all who participated in the Jimmy Duffy Memorial Cycle to Castleisland on Saturday 7th, close to 70 people took part. Weather was excellent for the venture. Congratulations especially to Sean Dowling and Aidan O Halloran, the youngest participants, who were well up for the challenge. Thanks to the Gardai for their guidance throughout the cycle, Paul Byrne for driving the Cycle Control Car at a speed which he may not be used to!! Following a short break in Castleisland we returned home and the journey continued to The Windmill Bar where Tom Quane provided Tea/Coffee and hot food and a deserved drink, thanks Tom. An enjoyable day was had by all.

Jimmy Duffy Memorial 2012

Jimmy Duffy Memorial 2012

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