Tour Report 24/01/10

25 brave souls left the Bullring today in sub zero temp…

 

Conor Crowley led his super fit band of warriors  on a tour of north west Wexford , via Enniscorthy,Bunclody,Carnew,GoreyWexford a mere 120 km

average 30kmph,a few pains tomorrow !!!

Brendan Ennis led his less energetic tour around south Wexford a  mere 70 km was covered avg 25kmph.

Phil Lynch and her group of young men! covered 40km,Phil and fellow

club member Annis Kehoe are in final preperation for their 1000km

cycle to Lourdes in April .

Martin Gill was absent from todays spin ,was seen this week up hill sking in

Austria with the Irish female bobsleigh team in tow,What prep for the Ras!!

Ras 2010

PROGRESSIVELY TOUGHER FBD RÁS ROUTE WILL GUARANTEE DRAMATIC BATTLE 

  “Not A Bother Says Gill”  

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What is arguably the toughest FBD Rás route for many years has been announced today, and will see the riders cover 1219 difficult kilometres between the start in Dunboyne and the finish in Skerries. Running from May 23rd to 30th, the world-ranked race will subject the riders to 24 categorised climbs, including one summit finish on Seskin Hill in Carrick on Suir, and will feature a strong international and domestic field.

 

 
Race Director Dermot Dignam

“I think that this year is going to be the toughest in quite a while. It is going to be a good all rounder who will win out,” says race director Dermot Dignam. “It gets progressively harder as the days pass, with the first two stages suited to bunch sprints, the following ones likely to see breakaway groups stay clear, and then the climbers coming increasingly to the fore.

 

“It means that the final outcome should be in question right up until the end of the race, prolonging the suspense and making for a superb contest.”

 

The race will begin on Sunday May 23rd with a mainly flat 149 kilometre stage from Dunboyne to Dundalk, which features three Hot Spot Sprints (with important time bonuses), plus the categorised climbs of Slane and the Long Woman’s Grave in the Cooley Mountains.

 

Day two travels 155 kilometres to Carrick on Shannon and, despite the inclusion of the second category Bellavalley Gap some 45 kilometres from the finish, is also expected to see a big bunch sprint.

 

Stages three and four head to Oughterard and Tipperary, and are the longest of the race at 171 and 169 kilometres respectively. Dignam feels that heavy roads plus a total of four categorised ascents could enable breakaway groups to stay clear.

 

The most difficult finish of this year’s race follows on Thursday May 27th, with the 157 kilometre stage concluding at the summit of the category one climb of Seskin Hill. Sizeable gaps will begin to open in the general classification, and the overall standings are likely to be shaken up once again 24 hours later when the riders cover seven categorised climbs and 127 kilometres en route to Gorey.

 

The penultimate stage is another one for the uphill specialists, with some of the toughest roads in Wicklow taking the riders past the Shay Elliott memorial at Drumgoff and over the Wicklow Gap. Two more climbs follow before the finish in Kilcullen, making it a day of dynamic racing, certain aggression and one of great danger for the race leader.

 

The race then concludes on Sunday May 30th in Skerries, with the seaside town’s usual huge crowds expected to turn up and hail the winner after 140 kilometres of flat-out racing. Four category three ascents keep the outcome up in the air right until the final sprint.

 

“The last couple of stages of the FBD RÁS are going to play a huge part in the final outcome of the race,” promises Dignam. “Last year there were one or two comments from riders that the second and third last stages weren’t hard enough and didn’t give them an opportunity to attack the race leader. That certainly won’t be able to be said about this year’s final few stages”.

 

“The route should make for a very exciting race, and so too the field that will be taking part. There are some very interesting teams lined up, and we will be giving out details about these in the weeks ahead.”

 

The 2010 FBD Insurance RÁS will once again be sponsored by FBD Insurance and the Irish Sports Council, and is classified as a 2.2 event in cycling’s world rankings.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Stage 1, May 23rd, Dunboyne – Dundalk, 149 kilometres

Stage 2, May 24th, Dundalk – Carrick On Shannon, 155 kilometres

Stage 3, May 25th, Carrick On Shannon – Oughterard, 171 kilometres

Stage 4, May 26th, Oughterard – Tipperary, 169 kilometres

Stage 5, May 27th, Tipperary – Carrick On Suir, 175 kilometres

Stage 6, May 28th, Carrick On Suir – Gorey, 127 kilometres

Stage 7, May 29th, Gorey – Kilcullen, 154 kilometres

Stage 8, May 30th, Kilcullen – Skerries, 140 kilometres

 

 

 

 

Tandem pilots required

 

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Cycling Ireland’s Paralympic Team would like to invite anyone (male or female) who may wish to be developed as a tandem pilot for the visually impaired cyclists for the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

The key criteria we are initially looking for are:

1. Enthusiasm for cycling and willingness to learn
2. Willing to commit to a 2.5 year Paralympic programme through to August 2012
3. Potential of a good power output/speed/athletic ability (i.e. trainability)
4. Time to commit to training on a tandem an agreed number of times per week/month
5. Availability to travel worldwide to World Cup (road and track)
6. Ambitious but willing to stay on a given programme within para-cycling

We will offer:

1. Full tandem training
2. Track training (to ride a tandem on a velodrome) – these will be in the UK or mainland Europe
3. Access to training and competition tandems (road and track)
4. Road training
5. Full coaching/training programme
6. Athlete support services (physio, nutrition, psychology, life style, sports science screening, etc…)
7. An International competition programme 2010 Paralympic Games 2012
8. Remuneration through 2010 (this would have to be attained for 2011 and 2012 through continually reaching targets (medals & placings)
9. Full support team at events and training camps
10. An excellent team spirit and professional experience

Closing date 20th January 2010

Please confirm your interest by contacting Phil Leigh via the contact details below.

Phil Leigh,
High Performance Director,
Cycling Ireland,
Kelly Roche House,
619 North Circular Road,
Dublin 1, Ireland

Mobile: 086 8333818
Phone: 01 8551640
Email: phil@cyclingireland.ie
Web: www.cyclingireland.ie

Notes 30th Dec 09

Wexfird Wheelers Cyclists were out in force for the Liam Bennett Memorial Cycle in Aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital which took place on a frosty St. Stephen’s Day. Early telephoning communication from the Celtic Link Team in Kilmore indicated that roads in the Barony were treacherous and so the route was altered to avoid secondary roads . A large group headed to Rosslare Harbour with some of the more energetic continuing to Enniscorthy and back.
The cold weather didn’t deter some hardy cyclists braving the low temperatures for the regular Sunday spin from the Bullring. The touring cyclists headed to Ferns with a welcome stop for coffee while the training group took in the Enniscorthy – New Ross loop.
However some of the training group turned off for Adamstown and it can be reliably reported that some of this group took a tumble in the icy conditions but thankfully without any injuries being sustained!

Club membership can be renewed on Monday 4th Jan at .7.30 pm in the Riverbank Hotel ; fresh supplies of club clothing with also be available.

Milk Rás winner takes Wexford Wheelers Hamper Race

The annual festive hamper race took place on Sunday last in pleasant winter sunshine, using the facilities of  Mick Wallace’s Ferrycarrig Park and attracted a large turnout of  75 riders, 55 senior and 20 underage.  And what the senior riders were competing for were five very fine hampers sponsored by Celtic Link Ferries who are celebrating the addition of  the “Norman Voyager” to their Ireland-France route.

peletonThe race took place over five laps of the circuit around Ferrycarrig Park and spectators were treated to a very fast closely fought contest that in the end went to twice Milk Ras winner, Philip Cassidy, Dunboyne CC, followed closely by David Walsh, Wexford Wheelers in second place and Robin Kelly of Comeragh  CC in third. Fourth was Wexford Wheelers Club Person of the Year Conchubair O Crualaoich.  The aforementioned were all part of a breakaway group from the main field which was led in by racing legend Sean Kelly.

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seankellySean Kelly, much to the delight of the parents, even if their offspring in the tiny tots race were unaware of the great man’s stature, oversaw the start of this fun event which saw some of the contestants compete on their tricycles!

Before presenting the prizes, Club Chairman, David Maguire, thanked the sponsors, Celtic Link Ferries,  Mick Wallace and his team for the use of Ferrycarrig Park, the eight motorbike riders who escorted the riders safely around the circuit and the club members who marshaled traffic at junctions.

Paddy Kinsella presented the Liam Bennett Memorial Trophy to Denis Mc Carthy of Slipstream CC and John Gordon presented the Bike Shop League prizes :1st overall  went to Martin Mizgajski, Wexford Wheelers ,  2nd David Walsh, Wexford Wheelers; Wexford Wheelers man Patsy McCaffery claimed a prize in the C category and Stephen Kelly of Slaney CC  was first veteran.

Christmas Hamper Race 2009

The 5th annual Wexford Wheelers Christmas Hamper Race sponsored by Salttees Fish will take place on Sun 13th December. Starting from Ferrycarrig Park, Crossabeg.

Under age race will start at 11am sharp.

Adult Race starts at 12:00 sharp

Tots race follows immediately after the adult race.

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Race headquarters is Wexford Youths FC which is signposted from the N11.

more details to follow

Fitness Classes With Mick Kelly

Looking to maintain your fitness this winter? or just want to get out of the house?

Trainer Mick Kelly will be having fitness classes using kettlebells at the new state-of-the art sporting facility at Westpoint which is situated in the Whitemill Industrial Estate.The classes are designed for touring or racing members using techniques suited for cyclists.

Classes will take place every Wednesday starting on the 28/10/09 from 8-9 PM.

If you wish to attend or if want more info contact Patsy McCafferry 087 2384625.

CALENDER OF EVENTS 2009

WEXFORD WHEELERS LEAGUE 2009
Sponsored by
THE BIKE SHOP, SELSKAR, WEXFORD
www.thebikeshop.ie
DETAILS:

RACE NO. 1 TUESDAY 21 JULY (T. O BRIEN CUP)

42 KM ROAD RACE, SIGN ON 7:00, RACE START 7:15 CAMAROSS TO NEWROSS AND BACK

RACE NO. 2 TUESDAY 28 JULY

42 KM ROAD RACE, SIGN ON 7:00, RACE START 7:15 CAMAROSS TO NEWROSS AND BACK

RACE NO. 3 TUESDAY 11 AUGUST

34 KM ROAD RACE 6:30, RACE START 7:00
– 3 LAPS CAMAROSS CIRCUIT

RACE NO. 4 TUESDAY 18 AUGUST

34 KM ROAD RACE 6:30, RACE START 7:00
-3 LAPS CAMAROSS CIRCUIT

Sign on at Camaross and a €5 fee for all events

February Racing

Proposed Dates for Feburary Training Races 2009-to be held by the newly formed Slipstream cycling club(link to their website can be found in the “useful links” thread)

  • Sun 8th Feb   10.30 start     The Monument , Gorey
  • Sun 15th Feb 10.30 start     Toss Byrnes  , Inch
  • Sun 22nd Feb 10.30 start    The Monument  , Gorey