Western Lakes CC pull all Open Road races from 2017 Cycling Ireland Calendar

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

Final Race report Ballinrobe 3 day

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.

Eoin O Connell on the front

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.

Anthony Murray on the attack

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

Paul Mc Carter winning stage 2

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 Freeley In yellow

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.

Overall Jersey winners 3 day 2016 big size

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

Amended Final Overall results for Ballinrobe 3 day

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

Overall Jersey winners of the Ballinrobe 3 day 2016

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

Ballinrobe 3 day Stage 2 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

Ballinrobe 3 day Stage Result Stage 2

Ballinrobe 3 day Stage Result Stage 2

Ballinrobe 3 day stage 1 and GC results

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.

Ballinrobe 3 day start list

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

Race Manual Ballinrobe 3 day 2016

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.

OUR APPRECIATION

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.

Profile of stage 3 of Ballinrobe 3 day

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 3

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1008337493

Ballinrobe 3 day Stage 2 preview

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…

Stage 2 Ballinrobe 3 day

TO ENTRY. https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/EventsBooking.aspx?EventId=214128

Next week we preview the 3rd and final stage.

 

 

Ballinrobe 3 day on May Bank Holiday open for entry

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.

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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.

Jersey holders after 2 stages 2014

Each stage has a perpetual cup or trophy and we have a generous prize fund.

Stage one http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1008328951

Stage 1 Ballinrobe 3 day

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