Dear Sir/ Madam
I am very displeased to learn of your proposals to change the grading system for next year, expecially with regard to replacing the A4 category with a new “Sport” category. The two proposals that I take issue with are that “there can be no cash prizes” and that there can only be “three placings”. I understand that you are trying to make racing more accessible to everyone but what you are doing is sucking the incentive to race regularly for people who simply don’t have the time to train with the intensity of others out of cycling in Ireland. Proposing to make the field bigger and the opportunity to get a trophy smaller is going to make a rider less interested in riding such a race.
I think that you should have kept the A4 category and introduced the “Sport” category as a step below it. The A4 category woul cater for a rider who rants to race regularly enough but can’t/doesn’t do much consistent training in between, the step below would cater for people who would not be interested in racing regularly but would ‘have a go’ if an ocassion presented itself.
From what I can see the plans for adopting these changes are already set in motion for next year, I hope it will not affect the growth of racing in Ireland as was seen in 2010.
Yours in Sport
The Kerry Cyclist.
Interesting video posted starring the legend Mick Murphy as he gets invited to the Electric Picnic in 2010.
I wish the mountains were my friends too. Maybe I should start being nicer to them and they would be nicer to me.
The Sean Kelly Tour existed for three years without me doing it. It is one of the An Post Series of Events that are run throughout the year. These events have become famous for their organisation, each run with brilliant efficiency and catering for every rider on the road. The 160K Kelly Comeragh Challenge (the longest route offered on the day) is known as the most difficult of these and on the 29th of August 2010 I found out just why.
Having not done much mileage in the number of weeks running up the event I didn’t know what to expect. The fact that upwards of 3700 cyclists had registered for the event offered some reassurance that there are more crazy people in the world other than me. The morning was bright. The bike was clean. The number on my back was 692. The road ahead and whether I was able for this or not, I really was not sure about.
After a lapse of 10 years the Kerry County Cycling Championships will return this year and be held in Cordal near Castleisland on Saturday September 25th. The route starts on top of the hill in Ardmona down towards Cordal where it will take a left at Hughes bar and past the GAA pitch and continues to the grotto at Killmurry NS where it takes another left to the Grotto on the main cordal rd and then left again up Ardmona.The race will be 10 laps of this circuit and is open to all categories of cyclist provided that they are from Kerry or belong to a Kerry club.
The Chain Gang Cycling Club will be hosting a series of Sportive to suite all abilities on Saturday 17th of September. There are 30K, 110L and 160K options on the day and it is advised to register as soon as possible. For more information please visit The Chain Gang Website.
Cork is gearing up for the fifth and final event of the successful 2010 An Post cycle series which this year promises to be action packed. An Post, The Irish Sports Council and The Cork Sports Partnership have this year teamed up with Ballyhoura Trails and The Cork Environmental Forum to bring cycling enthusiasts a new cycling experience. The event will take place over the course of two days, Saturday September 11th and Sunday September 12th and will incorporate both road events and mountain biking events that caters for cycling enthusiasts of all levels.
For more details please visit http://www.corksports.ie/index.cfm/page/2010anpostrebeltour.
The An Post Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford will be held in Durgarvan on Sunday August 29th. There are 50K, 90K and 160K options on the day and from experience I can recommend this as being one of the highlights of the year. The event is pre-entry registration only so if you are interested check out http://www.welcomewaterford.ie/seankellytour/.
Currow Cycling Club will be hosting the annual Day Care Center Leisure Cycle again this year on Sunday 5th of September.
There will be 3 distances of 16km, 50km and 80km so there should be a comfortable route for all cycling enthuasists,The leisure cycle (and they stress leisure cycle) starts at 10.00am from the Castleisland Rugby Club.
A meeting will be held in Ulicks in Farranfore on Tues 17th Aug at 9pm to discuss holding a Kerry Championship this year. This meeting could be well worth attending to find out about the proposed event and suggest possible how it should be run. Hopefully this event will cater for all categories and possible be expanded to include a league or series of events next year.