The Lacey Cup 2011
The first race of the 2011 Road season gets underway this Sunday in Tralee and is being run by Tralee Bicycle Club. The 75 km annual handicap event is always well turned out and begins at the George Poff Sevice Station on the Dingle Road at 12.15pm.
The route takes the riders on to Camp, then there is a prime at Gleann a Gealt for the Jackie O’Connor Trophy. It is on then to Annascaul where the riders will turn left just outside the village onto Inch, Castlemaine. Then another left turn and a prime at the top of the Sliabh Mish climb for the Teddy Griffin Trophy, before the descent to the finish at Skehanagh just outside the town of Tralee on the N70 (Tralee-Killorglin Road).
I am racing this this year, on what will be my first attempt at it since 2007 and will be cycling as an A4 cyclist. I covered the route last weekend and it is tough. The road surface for the most part seems to be pretty ok with a few rough patches between the top of Gleann a Gealt to Annauscaul. Good look to everyone taking part and anyone near Tralee should be on the Castlemaine Rd round 2:15 pm to watch the finish.