Announcement Regarding Ballinrobe Three Day Road Race
In 2016, Western Lakes Cycling Club (WLCC) promoted and ran the Ballinrobe 3 Day Road Race on the May Bank Holiday weekend. For the previous 13 years WLCC ran a two-day event in early August. WLCC decided to move the date to the May Bank Holiday weekend and run the event over three days. This decision was sanctioned by Cycling Ireland.
The race was extremely successful with 100 riders taking part. The feedback from the event was extremely positive from riders, teams and officials.
In September 2016 WLCC sent in its programme of open races for 2017, which contains ten open road races, including a three day, a two day, a crit and four other open races, which we have run for several years. Cycling Ireland accepted our dates and indeed published them on the draft Cycling Ireland calendar for 2017. As late as January 2017 Cycling Ireland informed us that we could not run the 3 Day on the May Bank Holiday weekend. The rule they cited for their decision was the following, Calendar Rule G8.5:
“Approval for an Event not previously entered on the calendar may be granted by the Provincial Secretary, but only after consultation with and approval from the Promoter, of any race scheduled for that day in an adjacent province with the exception of Sundays”
It is clear from the above that this rule is not applicable to WLCC as the race was indeed “previously entered on the calendar” in 2016. Therefore, Cycling Ireland has no grounds whatsoever to prevent our race going ahead. They are quoting their own rulebook to us in error. In fact, they themselves sanctioned the 2016 race and put it on their calendar and the race went ahead. Once the race went ahead a precedent had been set which makes Rule G8.5 irrelevant in this instance. Once we pointed this out, they quoted a completely different rule (G8.10) to justify their decision:
“In preparing the road racing calendar, dates will be reserved in advance of seeking general race applications for the following: All National Road Championships; National League dates; Established race dates; All Provincial Road Race Championships, which should take place on the same weekend.”
Our race date had already been established in 2016.
The position Cycling Ireland is putting a progressive club like WLCC in is intolerable. We are working every day to promote cycling in the West of Ireland. In 2016, WLCC ran more open road races than any other club in Ireland and a third of all the open road races in Connacht.
There comes a time when a stance must be made and where clubs must face up to the National Governing Body.
We have made several attempts with Cycling Ireland over the last number of weeks to resolve the issue, but have faced officialdom and bureaucracy at every turn.
Therefore, faced with no other option, WLCC has decided to cancel our entire open road racing programme for 2017 in protest against Cycling Ireland’s position. It is the riders who are losing out here due to the position this governing body has taken. We apologise to our fellow riders, who will not have the opportunity to participate in our races in Connacht, but we hope they and our fellow clubs around the country will understand our stance.
We believe we are being treated poorly by Cycling Ireland and while it’s OK to run a three day in Ulster and Munster, it does not appear to be acceptable to run one in Connacht on the same weekend.
Yours in cycling.
Western Lakes Cycling Club Committee
Weather conditions separates the men from the boys
All roads headed west on the May bank holiday weekend for the Ballinrobe 3 day where Western Lakes staged this a 3 days of cycle road racing using the difficult roads of Mayo and Galway as the battle field.
A change in the format and date resulted in dramatic racing over weekend, normally held in August as a 2 day event this year organisers gambled on moving the race to May where it would have to compete with other large races such as the Tour of Ulster and the Corkman 3 day. Thankfully the changes paid off with 110 riders taking to the start line on a beautiful spring day.
The flat roads between Ballinrobe and Castlebar helped to set the scene for weekend with a group of 12 forming and building a substantial lead over the main peleton, Aaron O’Brien of Mego Raw Cycles (Limerick) won a dramatic sprint win with over Daire Feeley Team iTap with Mike Storan Moda Kingdom 3rd they build up an advantage of over 3 minutes on the hard chasing peloton. Local rider Jason Prendergast of GMIT Cunga CC showed well and took the King of the Mountains jersey and won the most aggressive rider prize, sponsored by Fitzpatrick’s bar, while also taking 5th on the stage.
Stage 2 used the hard hilly roads around Lough Mask, Maam Trasna had to be scaled twice from both sides, the racing was very aggressive with numerous groups going clear but gaining no real advantage until the final climb of Maam Trasna where 8 riders jumped clear their efforts caused huge splits in the field behind.
Donegal man Paul Mc Carter was in great form and attacked his fellow breakaway companions on numerous ossacions, he won the most aggressive rider and stage for his
troubles from local rider Anthony Murray GMIT Cunga. JasonPrendergast put in a bold bid to claim the Polkadot jersey scoring points on both climbs thus retaining the mountains jersey.
After two days of relative good weather the riders were in for a shock on stage 3, Strong cross winds and pelting hail and rain showers made racing conditions super tough, with many comparing the final stage like one that would be in the An Post Ras.
Daire Feeley Team Itap started the day in yellow and looked to have things under control up to the final climb with 30k to go. At that stage only Shane Scully of Nenagh CC and race revelation Eoin O Connell from Kilarney CC were out in front with O Connell virtual race leader on the road as he started the day only 57″ down and was now 1:05 up on the Feeley group of 10 riders. The rest on the bunch was scattered somewhere over the tough Connemara roads some minutes back.
With the Killarney man scenting race victory he turned on the afterburners and turbo boosted himself to the finish line winning alone with 39″ to spare over Scully and opened up a huge gap on the yellow jersey bunch with Caimin Muldoon Aquablue leading the charge to the line for third on the stage some 4:13 back, Feeley was 9th on the stage @ 4:24 thus relinquishing the Champion systems yellow jersey.
Riders crossed the line in dribs and draps for the next 35minutes showing how hard the stage was. It was great to see riders from all 4 provinces taking part, the standard was up a few notches with most of the local Connacht riders finding the stages difficult.
Cathal Moynihan Tralee Manor took the Green Kieran Mc Mahon points jersey
Jason Prendergast Cunga CC won the Polkadot jersey
Aaron O Brien Mego raw cycles won the blue A2 jersey
Derek Bowyer won the A3 red jersey.
Stage winner Eoin O Connell Kilarney CC won most aggressive rider sponsored by Inch’s bar.
Full results on www.westernlakescc.com pictures on Ballinrobe 3 day stage race facebook page.
Western Lakes CC would like to say a big thanks all the helpers and supporters with this 3 day promotion. Without the help of our own club members and local rival clubs the race couldn’t have gone ahead. Sponsors Petal and buds, Fitzpatrick’s bar and champion systems UK generously supported this race.
Picture attached of overall Jersey winners: L to R Blue jersey A2 winner Aaron O Brien Mego racing, Green Jersey winner Cathal Moyilhan Tralee manor, Overall yellow jersey Eoin O Connell Killarney CC, Mountains jersey Jason Prendergast GMIT Cunga CC, Red Jersey A3 winner Derek Boyer.
Final GC Amended Stage 3 and GC Results
Killarney man Eoin O Connell takes career best win in Ballinrobe
A few riders were omitted from the overall GC, its updated see link below.
Strong cross winds and pelting hail and rain showers made racing conditions super tough, with many comparing the final stage like one that would be in the An Post Ras.
Daire Feeley Team Itap started the day in yellow and looked to have things under control up to the final climb with 30k to go. At that stage only Shane Scully Nenagh CC and Race revelation Eoin O Connell Kilarney CC were out in front with O Connell virtual race leader on the road as he started the day 57" down and now was 1:05 up on the Feeley group of 8 riders. The rest on the bunch was scattered over the tough Connemara roads some minutes back
With the Killarney man scenting race victory he turned on the afterburners and turbo boosted himself to the finish line winning alone with 39" to spare over Scully and opened up a huge gap on the yellow jersey bunch with Caimin Muldoon Aquablue leading the charge to the line for third on the stage some 4:13 back, Feeley was 9th on the stage @ 4:24 thus relinquishing the Champion systems yellow jersey.
Cathal Moynihan Tralee Manor took the Green Kieran Mc Mahon points jersey
Jason Prendergast Cunga CC won the Polkadot jersey
Aaron O Brien Mego raw cycles won the blue A2 jersey
Derek Bowyer won the A3 red jersey.
Most aggressive rider sponsored by Inch's bar was won by Eoin O Connell KilarneyCC
Western Lakes CC would like to thanks all the helpers and supporters with this 3 day promotion and to sponsors Petal and buds, Inch's bar and champion systems UK.
Hope to see ye all back in 2017
Amended GC Amended Stage 3 and GC Results
Jersey holders for stage 3
Overall yellow Daire Feeley Team Itap
Sprints Cathal Moynihan Tralee manor
KOH Jason Prendergast Cunga Cc
A2 leader Aaron O Brien Mego raw cycles
A3 Leader Stephen Finnegan Yeats country cc
Team leader Moda kingdom
Veteran John Hodge Dungarvan CC
Most aggressive rider Paul Mc Carter Donegal Bay CC
Sign on from 8.30am at the cycling centre, jersey presentation at cycling centre from 9.45am.
PLEASE RIDERS make your numbers visible especially at the finish line as its a nightmare trying to identify riders with numbers covered or badly positioned.
Warning all riders MUST depart from cycling centre. Rolling start for stage 3
Jersey wears for stage 2.
Overall Yellow Aaron O Brien Mego Raw meats
Sprints Green Daire Feeley Team Itap
KOH Polkadot Jason Prendergast Cunga CC
Cat 2 Blue jersey Michael Devins Yeats Country CC
Cat 3 Red jersey Joseph Mulleady Yeats Country CC
Collect jerseys at sign on and have ready for jersey presentation.
Full results Stage Result Stage 1
Stage 2 sign on from 10.45am, Jersey Presentation at 11.45am, stage roll out at 11.50am from the cycling centre Kilmaine road.
A new date, new routes and new riders and Teams. The 2016 Ballinrobe 3 day looks to be a very open race with no stand out favorite.
Former professional and Olympian David O Loughlin is making a welcome return to open racing, he will thrive on home roads and will surely be looking to grab a win over the weekend. Anthony Murray, Jason Prendergast and Mark Quigley will ably support.
The Itap team have started the season with a flourish and have a host of strong results clocked up already for all of their squad. Winning a stage race outright most surely be their goal now.
Waterford racing have a strong line up with Keith Gater and Robin Kelly as leaders both will love the routes as they encourage hard racing. they travel with 7 riders
Mengo Raw cycles have Simon Ryan and Sean Yelveton, both are very capable of doing damage on the open roads and have strong support from their squad.
Strata 3/ Velo Revolution look to have the strongest all round team with a number of riders that can win stages or any of the various jerseys so defiantly a team to watch.
Of the Connacht riders, Simon Kelly Burren, David Brennan Castlebar CC, Richard Meaney Westport Covey and Sean O Malley Western Lakes are all strong riders, they will need to have a bit of luck to infiltrate the right break and have the staying power to show when it counts.
|Name||UCI||Rider Category||Club Name||Licence Type|
|David Coleman||IRL19790311||SENIOR||Ballina Cycling Club||A3|
|Sean O'Tuathail||IRL19770219||SENIOR||Bray Wheelers||A2|
|Simon Kelly||IRL19790613||SENIOR||Burren Cycling Club||A2|
|Mark Shannon||IRL19860424||SENIOR||Burren Cycling Club||A1|
|David Brennan||IRL19821203||M30||Castlebar Cycling Club||A1|
|Liam Corcoran||IRL19950328||SENIOR||Castlebar Cycling Club||A1|
|David Hanahoe||IRL19820328||SENIOR||Castlebar Cycling Club||A3|
|David O Malley||IRL19830223||SENIOR||Castlebar Cycling Club||A3|
|Chris Troy||IRL19700517||M40||Castlebar Cycling Club||A1|
|Peter Tuohy||IRL19830216||SENIOR||Castlebar Cycling Club||A1|
|David Walshe||IRL19840524||SENIOR||Castlebar Cycling Club||A2|
|Anthony Murray||IRL19880102||SENIOR||Cunga CC||A1|
|David O'Loughlin||IRL19780429||SENIOR||Cunga CC||A1|
|Jason Prendergast||IRL19950703||SENIOR||Cunga CC||A1|
|Mark Quigley||IRL19821126||SENIOR||Cunga CC||A2|
|Darragh McCarter||IRL19850923||SENIOR||Donegal Bay Cycling Club||A1|
|Paul McCarter||IRL19770503||SENIOR||Donegal Bay Cycling Club||A1|
|Timothy O'Regan||IRL19871113||SENIOR||Dunboyne Cycling Club||A1|
|John Hodge||IRL19760525||M40||Dungarvan CC||A1|
|Damian Travers||IRL19750512||M40||Dungarvan CC||A1|
|Eoghan Clifford||IRL19800826||SENIOR||Galway Bay CC||A1|
|Alan Cunningham||IRL19860310||SENIOR||Galway Bay CC||A3|
|Valerio Di Bacco||IRL19750426||M40||Galway Bay CC||A1|
|Derek Joyce||IRL19720605||M40||Galway Bay CC||A1|
|Ciaran Murphy||IRL19810914||SENIOR||Galway Bay CC||A2|
|Eoin O'Connell||IRL19870210||SENIOR||Killarney Cycling Club||A1|
|Andrew Keogh||IRL19760705||M40||Lucan Cycling Road Club||A2|
|Ronan Killeen||IRL19790719||SENIOR||Lucan Cycling Road Club||A1|
|Conn McDunphy||IRL19970203||SENIOR||Lucan Cycling Road Club||A1|
|Cian Sutcliffe||IRL19970310||SENIOR||Lucan Cycling Road Club||A2|
|Bobby Coleman||IRL19821016||SENIOR||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A1|
|Shane Kenny||IRL19880806||SENIOR||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A1|
|Aaron O'Brien||IRL19941115||SENIOR||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A2|
|Graham Prendergast||IRL19730825||M40||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A2|
|Simon Ryan||IRL19920418||SENIOR||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A1|
|Sean Yelverton||IRL19970125||SENIOR||Mego Raw Cycles Racing Team||A2|
|John Brosnan||IRL19790523||SENIOR||MODA - Kingdom Endurance Sports||A1|
|Denis Dunworth||IRL19890509||SENIOR||MODA - Kingdom Endurance Sports||A1|
|Chris Dunworth||IRL19930920||SENIOR||MODA - Kingdom Endurance Sports||A3|
|Michael Storan||IRL19790410||SENIOR||MODA - Kingdom Endurance Sports||A1|
|Mike Browne||IRL19781217||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A2|
|Dan Hogan||IRL19730725||M40||Nenagh Cycling Club||A2|
|Kenneth Kennedy||IRL19760111||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A2|
|Matthew Kennedy||IRL19850427||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A3|
|Gary Scully||IRL19791111||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A1|
|Shane Scully||IRL19781209||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A1|
|Eoin Woolley||IRL19791215||SENIOR||Nenagh Cycling Club||A3|
|Paul Kennedy||IRL19800730||SENIOR||Newcastle West Cycling Club||A1|
|Rory Farrell||IRL19770120||SENIOR||Newry Wheelers CC||A2|
|andrew hicks||IRL19841028||SENIOR||Newry Wheelers CC||A2|
|Drew McKinley||IRL19771231||SENIOR||Newry Wheelers CC||A2|
|Declan Reid||IRL19950527||SENIOR||Newry Wheelers CC||A2|
|Jude Sands||IRL19920315||SENIOR||Newry Wheelers CC||A2|
|Yvonne Doran||IRL19800120||SENIOR||Scott - Orwell Wheelers||A3|
|Monica Marconi||IRL19660115||SENIOR||Scott - Orwell Wheelers||A3|
|Brian McArdle||IRL19840628||SENIOR||Scott - Orwell Wheelers||A1|
|Ronan O'Flynn||IRL19800121||SENIOR||Scott - Orwell Wheelers||A1|
|David Nugent||IRL19711013||M40||Seven Springs CC||A1|
|Cian Delaney||IRL19820826||SENIOR||Stamullen RC||A1|
|Aidan Crowley||IRL19741029||M40||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A1|
|Derek Cunningham||IRL19740524||M40||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A1|
|Anthony Doyle||IRL19740114||M40||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A1|
|Michael Fitzgerald||IRL19780417||SENIOR||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A1|
|Sean Mc Fadden||IRL19760428||SENIOR||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A2|
|Hugh McMahon||IRL19730426||M40||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A2|
|Stephen Murray||IRL19850702||SENIOR||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A1|
|Paul Norton||IRL19830920||SENIOR||STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team||A2|
|Matthew McCullagh||IRL19810622||SENIOR||Sundrive Track Team||A1|
|Caimin Muldoon||IRL19970822||SENIOR||Team Aquablue||A1|
|Shane O'Neill||IRL19820620||SENIOR||Team Aquablue||A1|
|Aidan Kelly||IRL19800826||SENIOR||TEAM BIKEWORX Celbridge||A2|
|Darragh Bailey||IRL19960321||SENIOR||Team iTAP||A1|
|David Brody||IRL19960122||SENIOR||Team iTAP||A1|
|Daire Feeley||IRL19961204||SENIOR||Team iTAP||A1|
|Fran Gibson||IRL19831020||SENIOR||Team iTAP||A2|
|Stephen Murphy||IRL19960811||SENIOR||Team iTAP||A1|
|George Doyle||IRL19741102||M40||Tralee Manor West iBike||A1|
|Barry Horgan||IRL19900321||SENIOR||Tralee Manor West iBike||A1|
|Jerry McCarthy||IRL19691129||M40||Tralee Manor West iBike||A3|
|Cathal Moynihan||IRL19810214||SENIOR||Tralee Manor West iBike||A1|
|Mark Kelly||IRL19730321||M40||Tuam Cycling Club||A2|
|Derek Bowyer||IRL19801227||SENIOR||Un-Attached Connacht||A3|
|Constantin Bartels||GER19890616||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A2|
|Cian Dwyer||IRL19951213||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A3|
|Keith Gater||IRL19740504||M40||Waterford Racing Club||A1|
|Robin Kelly||IRL19780712||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A1|
|Dwayne Kirwan||IRL19900119||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A2|
|Daniel Merriman||IRL19841220||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A2|
|Shane O'Donoghue||IRL19730901||M40||Waterford Racing Club||A2|
|Shane Power||IRL19860201||SENIOR||Waterford Racing Club||A1|
|Janis Blinovs||IRL19790827||SENIOR||Western Lakes CC||A3|
|John Gill||IRL19860320||SENIOR||Western Lakes CC||A3|
|Seán O'Malley||IRL19910221||SENIOR||Western Lakes CC||A1|
|James McGreevy||IRL19800606||SENIOR||Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club||A1|
|Richard Meaney||IRL19810608||SENIOR||Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club||A1|
|Jason O'Callaghan||IRL19790105||SENIOR||Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club||A3|
|Michael Brady||M50||Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club||A3|
|eamonn staunton||IRL19851119||SENIOR||Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club||A3|
|Michael Devins||IRL19700421||M40||Yeats Country Cycling Club||A2|
|stephen finnigan||IRL19610127||M50||Yeats Country Cycling Club||A3|
|Joseph Mulleady||IRL19790626||SENIOR||Yeats Country Cycling Club||A3|
|Enda O'Halloran||IRL19950405||SENIOR||Yeats Country Cycling Club||A3|
There may be a few manual entries missing, which will be added on the day.
For more info contact Race director David Mac Dermott 0872663393
All the info you and your team need to know for the Ballinrobe 3 day.
BALLINROBE 3-DAY 2016
Western Lakes Cycling Club would like to welcome you to the 2016 edition of the Ballinrobe 3 Day. This is our 12th year running the event and here’s hoping it will be a good one.
This year has seen the return of some old route favourites.
Stage 1 (2pm) is more or less a flat stage with two short climbs sprints to kick start the KOH jersey competition, no one will win the race on this stage but many could lose it.
Stage 2 (12pm) is where the roads start to rise. This 120k route will take in the scenic views of Lough Mask on this out and back format.
Stage 3 (10am). The hardest stage of the weekend will see the rider tackle hard roads of Galway and Mayo where the race is bound to be decided.
The A2 and A3 Leaders Jersey will be on show again this year along with the addition of Veterans prizes.
The race has seen entries of teams and individuals trickle in over the last few weeks. It will be good to see some new faces in the bunch this year along with some familiar ones back to defend previous records and titles.
Thank you to all the riders for entering the Ballinrobe 3 Day. The club wishes each and every one of you every success for the event and we hope to see you return in 2017.
So many volunteers both from within and outside the club join us each year and help make the race what it is. Without the help, support and enthusiasm of such individuals the event would not be such a success. A big thank you to all involved on behalf of the organising committee.
Without our loyal sponsors, partners, businesses, suppliers we would not be able to put on such a show. Thank you to all of them for their support this year.
Western Lakes C.C. hopes you all have a safe, successful and enjoyable weekend.
Down Load Ballinrobe 3 day Race Manual 2016.
By now you all will have had time to analysis your Easter weekend's results at the various stage races held in the North, South and East of the country.
For those of you thinking about the Ras then training will be savage for the next few weeks, for everyone else its about building form for various Goals from now till the season's end and believe me it comes around pretty fast.
Entry Ballinrobe 3 day https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/EventsBooking.aspx?EventId=214128
If you are thinking of doing the Ballinrobe 3 day we would recommend that you sign up asap as entries are flowing in, Ballinrobe does not boast a huge amount of accommodation so book early as the fishing season is in full swing up here. Our recommendations are the Western Pride Holiday homes they sleep up to 8 and the weekend price for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday is €300 Ring Agnes 087 4114732.
There are only a few B&B in the town see list attached below, If you or your Team is looking for something different see full list here Accommodation_in_the_Area or check http://www.irishtourist.com/mayo/towns/ballinrobe/
Stage 3 of the Ballinrobe 3 day is by far the hardest and longest, once you start you pretty much have to finish as its a big loop of 122k. The first climb is a Cat 3 and comes at 30k, its up what is know locally as Sandyhill, for most its a big ring drag so it should'nt do much damage. Skirting around the busy town of Westport is a must on a Bank holiday weekend and this we do by using this bypass route. The road to Leenane is wide open and is prone to crosswinds but its when we turn left in Leenane that the real fun starts, a long steady pull for 3k (Cat 2) should open daylight between the GC men and with another 3k pull (cat 1 of Ail Duil) 10k further down the road this will surely break the bunch up, hard roads for the next 30k will make the racing interesting and also give a chance to the well drilled teams to haul a break back providing there is a team left with numbers to do so !! with the last climb at 84k (Cat 3) this will decide the mountains jersey but not the GC. The last 30k is far from flat so the winner wont be known till they cross the line.
Stage 2 starts at 12 noon.
This Stage is unique to the Western Lakes area, it incorporates a double loop around the famous Lough Mask. Starting on the Castlebar Rd out of Ballinrobe we take all left turns around the Lake, till we get to the Neale and Ballinrobe town then on the reverse loop we take all right hand turns with a Finish outside the Old Church on the Castlebar Rd.
What does this mean for the racer ? well 2 climbs up the infamous Maam Trasna climb (Both Directions), this area is notorious for the famous crime of the Maam Trasna murders away back over 100 years ago, how many of the riders will be slaughtered on this stage one will only know at the finish.
Who is this stage suited too ? with the final climb over 30k from the finish, we think it will be a strong man's stage and providing a team does' nt control a break away.. It could be just be a bunch of strong riders sprinting it out for the stage victory, will it shake up the GC, Yes we think it can...
TO ENTRY. https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/EventsBooking.aspx?EventId=214128
Next week we preview the 3rd and final stage.
The Ballinrobe 3 day has changed its date it was always held in August as a 2 day event but the club felt that the time was ripe to move the event to May and make it a 3 day event.
The stages are testing but suit the all rounder and with no TT the result may be in doubt till the final stage.
In 2016 we are opening the race to the first 100 riders and they can be off any of the following categories A3,A2,A1,A1+ and Ladies. Entry closes once we reach 100, so sign up NOW.
ENTRY HERE https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/EventsBooking.aspx?EventId=214128
Over the next 2 weeks we will analysis each stage and highlight the areas where the race may be won and lost.
We have leaders jerseys for A2 and A3 riders, Mountains, Sprints and the coveted yellow jersey for the Winner.
Each stage has a perpetual cup or trophy and we have a generous prize fund.
Stage one http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1008328951
2 laps of 57k, the opening stage is pretty flat as you will see from the profile above, but the roads are open and if we get the wind blowing hard expect echelons and broken pelotons, we have 2 KOH sprints one at 44k and the other at 100k its only short and will establish who is interested in the KOH competition.
More to follow on stage 2 next week