Randonnées, Races, Sunday Tours – The 2011 Cycling Season is GO!

Bobby Newport was among a group of cyclists who left Bray heading for the Wicklow Mountains shortly after 8 am last Saturday morning to take part in the Slieve Mann 200 organised by Sorrento Cycling Club. This is part of his preparation and quailification for the Paris Brest Paris cycle later in the year.

They headed to first to Dunlavin via the Devil’s Glen and the Wicklow Gap, not helped by a headwind all the way.

From there it was on to Baltinglass, Hacketstown and Tinahely. By this stage, the mountains of the Garden of Ireland lost their attraction as they rode them again, from south to north this time, taking in Knockanna, Slievemann, Glenmalure and Sally Gap.  Bobby was grateful for the lights he recently acquired in The Bike Shop as night and fog were falling on the final descent into Bray.

Next up for him is the Ardattin 200 on 13 March. The same distance but the route will be around rather than over the mountains, much to Bobby’s relief! Wheelers Alan Donoghue and Philip Nugent will also be doing this one.

Twenty cyclists enjoyed the Spring sunshine on Sunday as they cycled from the Bullring in three groups, training, racing and underage/novice.

Congratulations to Wexford Wheelers A1 cyclist Davy Walsh who won the Slipstream Cycling Club  training race in Inch on Sunday.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a strong cross wind on the 20 KM circuit between Junction 22 and Junction 21 of the N11 and the M11.  Starting at Toss Byrnes, heading south on the N11 to the Inch roundabout (rotary) turn at the roundabout and then went north on the N11 to the Arklow roundabout , turn again and back to the Inch roundabout, covered three times.

 Over 30 riders took part in the A1/A2/A3 section with 8 in A4 group in the handicapped race.

Three laps of the 20 km circuit, totalling 60 km was completed in less than 2 hours.  The headwind before the Arklow roundabout, where the race turned around on each lap,  was significant coupled with the high and exposed aspect of the road.  

The hard working A4 group, stayed away for approximately 15km . Max. speed recorded was 54 kmph.

There was significant Wexford Wheeler presence in each group with Gianni Ponzi, Patsy McCaffery, Eoin O’Shea, Simon Lambert, Luke Maguire, Albert Walsh, Michael Noonan, Johnny Gordan and the aforementioned Davy Walsh taking part. There was also a return to racing for Alex Williams of Slaney CC.

Wexford Wheelers thank those involved with Slipstream Cycling Club for these well organised races.

 Next up is the Cycleways Cup in Navan next Sunday.

Wheelers meet up on Sunday mornings at 9.30 at the Bullring, Wexford. There are three groups so all levels are catered for. All you need is a roadworthy bike and a helmet. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Not that we want to get involved in politics, but now that the election is over we can congratulate Mick Wallace. He has been a great supporter of Wexford Wheelers through his allowing us the use of the wonderful Wexford Youths facilities for our annual Christmas hamper race.

As the 2011 cycling season has begun in earnest, I would be grateful if anyone taking part in races/sportifes could send me any information so I can put it on the website and send it to the local ‘papers. In order to be published on a Wednesday, the notes must be submitted (to the ‘papers) by 10pm on the previous Sunday. I appreciate that this may not be easy as most events take place on a Sunday, but that is the imposed time limit. Please email any information to brendan.ennis@hotmail.com.