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 :)
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.
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.
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.
Well done to all who participated in the 2011 Kerry Cycling Championships on Saturday 23rd August. Full Breakdown of of results and some great pictures available on the Killorglin CC Website.
Tralee Cycling Club have launched their new website. Well done to the guys there because it looks great.
Just for those that don’t know Killarney Camera Club who took alot of photos during the Ring of Kerry Cycle have published them recently. Thanks goes to all the photographers and people who went to the effort to put these online.
Great to see in the Kerryman recently that almost €450,000 will be granted to fund a proposed “international standard” mountain biking trail close to Glenflesk. Fantastic news for the county.