The feature event of the weekend is the 46th John Drumm Memorial Cup Race on Sunday at 1.15 pm but we have a range of supporting events as well to accomodate all standards of cyclists. The first event is the Sliabh Luachra 15km time trial on Saturday night. This is open to all catagories and has cash prizes for the first 6 with unplaced prizes for A2, A3, A4, Ladies, Under 16, Under 14, Over 40 and Over 50. Sign on is from 6.30 to 7.20 with the first rider off at 7.45. This is almost one lap of the race circuit for the following day.
Sunday’s action commences with the underage racing starting at 12.15. These are races for Under 14 and Under 12. These will be held on a 4 mile circuit with 3 laps for the Under 14s and 1 for the Under 12s. Prizes will be for the first 6 in each race with the best unplaced Under 13 and Under 11 also winning a trophy.
Moving onto the adult and Under 16 racing then which the time has changed from previous years. It will be the A1 + A2 riders the first to face the starter at 1.15pm. These will have 6 laps of the race circuit. The A3s will be next, racing over 4 laps and finally the A4s covering 3 laps. If there is a small number signing on in any catagory, races may have to be merged but hopefully this wont happen. There are cash prizes for the first 8 in each race with the first 3 unplaced A2s also being rewarded. Under 16s will follow the A4 Cyclists.
The John Drumm Cup commerates a very famous local cyclist who dies in a trajic farm accident in 1965. This was only weeks after completing the Ras Tailteann with great distinction having the honour of being the first Munster man overall in the race. At that time the provincial councils would award medals for this achievement and this medal was incorporated onto the impressive cup. The first winner in 1966 was Gene Mangan and many of the great names of Irish cycling have won it since right up to last year with Michael Fitzgerald taking over the mantle from Sam Bennett who had three wins in the event. Paul Griffin also hasd an excllent record in the event. John Drumm himself has the rare distinction of not only having a race held in his honour but he also has a ballad sang about him which can often be heard around the Sliabh Luachra area. The race headquarters are in the Currow Community Centre. Currow is just outside Castleisland on the Killarney Road and the village has produced many famous sports stars such as Rugby Internationals Mick and Tom Doyle, Moss Keane, Mick Galwey and another footballer the present Kerry Midfielder Seamus Scanlon. Hopefully in time a cyclist will be added to this impressive list.
The cycling club in Currow is developing nicely at the moment and is very proud of the way its membership has increasing to over 50 members. The club hope to have 8 of their own cyclists on the road Sunday with most members having a go at the time trial on Saturday. Currow is the base for the club but a lot of its members come from all over the Sliabh Luachra area from towns and villages such as Castleisland, Scartaglin, Farranfore, Gneeveguila, Firies and Cordal. Hence the name for the time trial on Saturday night. Further details can be seen including the route profile on the club website www.currowcc.com or by calling 087 7849879 and the club are looking forward to seeing you all at the weekend.
Programme of events
Currow CC Weekend of Cycling June 11thh and 12th, 2011
Headquarters at Currow Community Centre, Near Castleisland, Co Kerry.
The new circuit is being used again this year.
Total Prize Fund in excess of 2,000 euro
SLIABH LUACHRA TT
Time Trial Saturday 15km (1 Lap of the race Circuit) First Cyclist off 7.45pm
Sign On Opens 6.30pm Closes 7.20pm
Cash Prizes for the best 6 times with other prizes for unplaced A2, A3, A4, Ladies, Under 16, Under 14, Over 40 and Over 50
Under 14 Race Sunday 20km (3 laps of the 4 mile Underage Circuit) 12.15pm Prizes for first 6 and best unplaced U13
Sign On Opens 11am and Closes noon
Under 12 Race Sunday 6km (1 lap of the 4 mile Underage Circuit) 12.18pm Prizes for first 6 and best unplaced U11
Sign On Opens 11am and Closes noon
46th Annual John Drumm Cup
Sunday 90km (6 laps) 13:15 pm
Sign On Open at 12 Cash Prizes first 8 with first 3 Unplaced A2s
A3 Race Sunday 60km (4 laps) 13:18 pm
Sign On Open at 12 Cash Prizes first 8
A4 Race 45km (3 laps) 13:21 pm Sign On Open at 12 Cash Prizes first 8
Note – If either the A3 or A4 fields are smaller than 25 cyclists these races will be amalgamated to 60km and the prize list changed to first 8 over the line with the first 3 unplaced A4s. The A4s will receive a 3 minute handicap at the start.
Under 16 Sunday 32km (2 LAPS OF DRUMM CUP CIRCUIT) 13:24pm Prizes for first 6 in each Category and best unplaced U15