John McCormack’s Weekly Tour Report

As the ad currently running on radio or is it tv says “things happen” and last Sunday was one of those days…… an early, in fact, a  very early puncture in the Bullring just as the group left at 9.30 gave plenty of time for warm up as we slowly made our way out the N25 to Ballinaboola giving time for the punctured one to catch up – we are a very chivalrous group : we never abandon one who has punctured unless the airless rider requests the group to ride on !  The original plan was to head for Wellingtonbridge and the statutory stop for cofee or just to catch breath but another puncture near Foulksmills and an increasingly threatening sky produced the sensible suggestion that a shortcut for home might be the best course…. as indeed it was since the aforementioned threatening sky did indeed deliver rain and not just  the  soft rain that is supposed to fall in Ireland but cold and hard  rain  accompanied by an increasingly gusty wind that made sure any dry spot was soon as wet as the rest of the clothing! The only consolation was that due to the intelligent planning of the route we at least had the wind behind us! Needless to add, conditions became such that getting home quickly  became the top priority and the group broke up into smaller groups of cyclists fleeing before the deluge!  Nevertheless I’m sure most of the cyclists congratulated themselves on getting out for a couple of hours on a Sunday in January!

John McCormick’s weekly tour report

In recognition of the rather cold weather prevailing only the hardy turned up at the Bullring  Sunday 18th for the weekly spin. Having allowed the training spin leave first, the stalwarths of the tour left in the capable hands of the incomparable George Ryan taking a north westerly bearing for Killurin and Bree. Progress was steady along the road to Kiltealy until we reached the grotto at Ballybrennan (a very attractive way side devotional spot built on the site of a well deidicated to St. Cuan and no doubt a Celtic place of worship in pre-Christian times) where we turned left for Adamstown where a welcome stop was made  at the local supermarket to warm those parts our exertions hadn’t reached.

After the break it was straight down to the N25 and a very pleasant cycle back to town with the wind in our backs and the weak winter sun almost persuading us spring had arrived!

Licences 2009

A reminder to all members that licence fees are now due.Subscription fees for 2009 are as follows:

  • First time licence holders(touring):40euro Touring/Leisure cyclists 65euro
  • club racing licence(club races only) 85euro S1/S2/S3/V full racing licence 150euro
  • Juniors 80euro U10-U14 20euro
  • U16 50euro(newcomer U16’s 20euro)

Licence fees can be paid this Sunay @ 9:30 in the Bullring,or later @ 2:30 at the Volunteers’ clubhouse,Mannix Place(at the Martin O’Loughlin talk.)

The South-east road club will host underage racing on Saturday 3/1/09 in Arklow,with sign on at Arklow Rugby Club @ 2:30.Race Start @3:00

Racing is open to U12’s,U14’s and U16’s.

New Club Jersey!

After 622 meetings, the black v’s white debate, the black vote, the surprise French vote, the sponsorship debate, global warming, the dummy spitting, the boxing, the wrestling and the handbag throwing it is finally here!!!!!

Our new jersey design!

So here it is!


Da da!

We feel we must issue a health warning with this jersey! It may be dangerous when you wear it,

Women may run at you uncontrollably!
Cars might collide into you mesmerised by your new shear beauty!
Other cyclists may try to hurt you driven and enraged by their jealousy!

On the positive side, women may run at you uncontrollably!

A big thank-you to Martin Gill, the committee members and the jersey sub committee for all their hard work.

Coaching Day 2 with Martin O’Loughlin

The second coaching day with Martin O’Loughlin will take place this Sunday 4/1/09.With sign on from  the Bullring @ 9:15.

Spin Route:Bullring,Drinagh,Whitford ,New Ross roundabout,New Ross,Sliabh Coilte(50 times!),Campile,Duncannon Line,Home.

Spin will include paired sprints, single legwork, VO2 work (hard riding!)
The afternoon talk is fixed for the Volunteers’ Hall in Mannix Place at 2.30 (Same venue as last time)

  • Talk
  • Feedback from spin.
  • Bike handling.
  • Stepping up a gear from Christmas onwards.
  • Interval training – Road , Hills, Turbo
  • Planning for the season.
  • Pros & cons of upgrading equipment.
  • Preparing for illness.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Weight loss.
  • Individual analysis of physiological tests.
  • Sample training programmes.

The spin and talk are open to all local clubs with a charge of 10 euro for Wexford Wheelers members and 20 euro for non-members.

Underage is free of charge.

The underage spin will end at Whitford roundabout,and there will be no talk for them afterwards.

A service car will be on hand so if anybody wants to bring spare wheels they can do so.

There are five places still availabe,so if your interested call Martin Gill on 0872024655

First Aid Course – Next Sat 6th Dec

We still have some free places available on the forthcoming First Aid course being run by the Track Commission .The course will take place next Saturday the 6th of December in the Sport Hall within the grounds of Presentation Bray (same venue as the sign on for the Shay Elliott prior to it moving to the new Bray Club Hse.) It will run from 9.45am to 5.00pm, the cost is €15 which includes lunch and if you can bring a yoga mat, rug or towel it would be great. As it’s a Sport Hall please ensure you wrap up well for the day and Certifications of participation will be issued.

This coure will be directed towards cycling, but will cover all aspects and although it is being run by the Track Commission, it is not limimted to Track riders. It is open to any Cycling Ireland or IVCA member. This is an idea opportunity to upskill and to become as asset to your club. Please contact me if interested

Will Byrne
Track Commission
086 8047839

Frank O’Rourke Race 2007







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The prestigious Frank O’Rourke Memorial Perpetual Trophy (left), the Winners trophy, Second & Third trophies

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The lead car cortege – is Brendan soliciting by any chance??? Maybe he just likes the car??

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Mark leads the Frank O’Rourke Memorial Road Race!!

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If there was a combativity award this man deserves it…and we still didn’t find out who he was but we’re sure to remember him.

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Mr Misfortune again Patrick broke a spoke on the second lap but still managed to finish the race.

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Mick, with Martin uncharacteristically in the bunch at this stage in the race

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This was Keiths first experience with the big boys. Keith is currently the leader in the Liam Bennett TT league.

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Gary & Heather feel the early pressure

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On the second lap Murt from SCC attempts to bridge the gap to our lone leader whe eventually manages to do.

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A chasing group containing Patrick & Paddy Dunne of SCC goes out in front of the bunch

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The bunch never let them get too far away

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Lap 3 and Murt & yer man are still away…

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The previous winner on this circuit sits comfortably, Alex Williams of SCC

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Patrick back in the bunch still looks comfortable

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Vinny Kelly from Carrig, Seans brother. You can never, ever dismiss a Kelly from Carrig and he was soon taken back on lap 4.

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The hounds can smell blood – 4 of the top 5 places in the Tommy O’Brien Memorial race are still in contention

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The dark horse – not Black Beauty – the other one – Conor Crowley (Sorry Conor, I have trouble pronouncing the Irish version of your name let alone spell it)

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Mark battles on with what was believed to be a pre race favourite. The guy in fronts club as listed on the sign on was Poland. Could he have been another dark horse?

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Martin lets rip no the last lap. This was to be the decisive move.

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So far this is the best picture we have if the finish but it shows how close Martin came to winning but alas, Danny Carroll from Clonmel was to take the spoils

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Winner Danny Carrol from Clonmel Cycling Club being presented with the Frank O’Rourke Memorial Trophy by Wendy, Franks daughter and MD of  sponsors, Ferrybank Motors

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All of the senior winners & the sponsors family.

Wexford Wheelers would like to extend their gratitude to the O’Rourke family & Ferrybank Motors for their support & sponsorship of this race as well as the assistance provided and the lead vehicles accompanied by drivers to ensure the race was run as Frank would have done himself.

We would also like to thank the following in no particular order:

The Red Cross Ambulance service

The motorcycle riders

The Garda bike rider

The caretaker of Camaross ballroom and their facilities

The stewards of the day

Paddy Kinsella for providing his services for the Commissaire

and in particular Pat Geoghegan who arranged and organised the event in a professional manner which showed on the day

© Wexford Wheelers 2007/2008 unless otherwise stated.