The Mick Cahill Memorial Cycle Race due to be held on 13th March 2011 has had to be postponed. Will keep you up to date if I hear any news on when it will be scheduled for.
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Well yesterday was the first attempt at the Lacey Cup since 2007 and I’m glad to report that this attempt was much better than the last one. The first race of the season is always tough because of people not being 100% sure of what form they are in but this race with two very difficult climbs never disappoints in bringing on the hurt.
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.
The All-Ireland Hill Climb Cycling Championships was held in Tralee in very wet and windy conditions on Saturday. The event which was hosted by Tralee Bicycle Club was a 4KM individual hill climb based in the Sliabh Mish Mountains in Tralee, known locally as “Short Mountain”, which roses to a height of 310 Meters. Mountainbiker Ryan Sherlock (Mad MTB, Dublin) surprised many pundits by taking first place, followed closely by local favourite and defending champion Paul Griffin (Earl of Desmond/Tralee BC) in second place with Cathal McCarthy (The Edge CC) taking the final podium spot.
The All Ireland Hill Climb Championship will take place on Saturday 10th of July and will be hosted by the Tralee Bicycle Club. This event is only open to all “A” Category riders however no one day licenses will be issued on the day. The climb will be a 4K challenge based in the Slieve Mish Mountains in Tralee and is known locally as Short Mountain which rised to a height of 310 Meters.
There will be All-Ireland Medals for first three riders and overall Team Prize.Tralee Bicycle Club will be sponsoring medals for the first 3 riders in the A2, A3 & A4 categories. For more information see www.traleebicycleclub.com.
Timmy Barry from The Edge Racing Team in Cork was the overall winner of the 2010 Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. Barry, who was out of competitive cycling for the past three years, shocked all of the pundits who had others picked as favourites in this competitive four day stage race which attracted a field of 140 cyclists from Ireland, England, Wales, The Isle of Man, Holland, Turkey and Germany.
Sean Lacey of the Edge Racing Team retained the Lacey Cup on Sunday and stamped his authority in the inaugural race of what promises to be an exciting season of road racing. The trophy was won in style with a three man sprint with an impressive winning time of 1 hour and forty six minutes for the 80K course.
There was a big turnout of 140 cyclists for the event in what were perfect conditions, which was welcomed by all cyclists. The event was run on a handicap basis with 4 groups on the road comprising of various categories with the 1st group getting a 4 minute advantage over the 2nd group, 6 minutes from the 3rd group and 7mins from the scratch group. There was a big crowd of people on climb of Gleann na nGealt to see the riders contest the sprint for the Jackie O’ Connor Cup which was won by Hoodle from Kanturk with the Tralee pair Denis Keane 2nd and Peter Magennis of the promoting Earl of Desmond club 3rd.