Calling all cyclists, dust down the bikes as the Jimmy Duffy Memorial Cycle takes place January 7th at 11:00am from St. Pats GAA Club, Blennerville. The cycle will travel to Castleisland town centre and home followed by deserved refreshments in the Windmill Bar Blennerville. Enquiries to Maurice @ (087)2998206 and George @ (087)6814799. See you there.
Archive for December, 2011
On a day that looked as if was going to be absolutely miserable, 68 hardy souls braved it to ride the Killorglin CC Christmas Hamper Rides. Yet in spite of leaden skies and the dire prophesy of Met Eireann the morning brightened as soon as the event got underway.
Given the advanced state of cabin fever most of our riders are suffering from this winter it was only the Trojan effort of lead car driver John Mangan that managed to keep the average speed to the bottom of the climb to an average of 20mph. When he released the control at the bottom of the Farmers Bridge climb is was every man for himself. The outcome would have made a good days racing at Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. In the end, two grizzled warhorses came home together clear of the chase group. Paul Griffin, Tralee BC, got the better of Denis Lynch, Kanturk Town CC. A short while later Mattie Slattery Killarney CC lead the chasing group almost 20 riders home. This group contained the winner of the finest prize of the day – the pair of Oakley Jawbone sport eyewear. Jack Sullivan made the pilgrimage from Beare Island to win the Melanie Joy Opticians sponsored prize for the first Killorglin CC rider home.
The second group on the road undertook the 55km loop. They stayed together until the last six miles. A five-man group went clear at that stage and they were lead home by newcomer to the sport Greg Whelan, Killarney CC.
The ‘Castlegregory Bikeathon Festival’ 24 hour event is the first of its kind in Ireland and will be held in indoors Castlegregory, Co. Kerry next 17th/18th February. The top prize for the event is a whopping €10’000, with a second prize of €5’000 and third taking €1000. There will also be other cash prizes for various categories.
The concept is simple. Teams of between 6 and 10 members will compete against each other indoors on stationary bikes (Wattbikes) over a 24 hour period with the team clocking up the most mileage taking home the top prize of €10’000. As this is a charity event, entry fees are in the form of sponsorship lines (ten cards per team – 100 lines at €2 each per card) so it costs clubs nothing to enter and will be a great way to test how all that winter spinning has paid off before the new season!