For our many leisure and sportive riders there is no doubt that both the Ring of Kerry and Sean Kelly Tour will be high on the agenda, and who knows, maybe some will take on the challenge of the Wicklow 200. The road racing scene will prove to be busier this year with more competitors taking part. Richie Bresnan will compete in his first race in the coming weeks and will start in the A4 category and there are rumours that Mike Looby will return to the racing scene with Richie in the A4’s as he is “quietly” training away. Both will have hopes of getting into the mix as the season progresses. Pat Ryan will be looking to make an impression in the A3 category after putting in a good winter and Dermot Radford moves up to face the challenge of riding A2 grade after another good year last year. We also might see the likes of Dinny Lynch, a triathlete and impressive time trialist competing in a road race or two. Tommy Byrnes is set to join the likes of Dinny, Brian Devitt, Keith Kelly, Liam Butler, Ruaidhri Devitt, Claire Devitt, and new recruit Johnny Forrester on the triathlon scene. We are also sure to see the likes of Martina Byrnes, John McCormack, Kieran Lees, Martin Hickey, JP Dillan, Dave Stokes, Tadhg Murphy and others appear in race reports at some stage during 2012.
The 2012 club league will be the sole focus for some of our members. The chairman, Keith Coyle, could leave the mountain bike aside and turn up on a racing bike where he could be a man to keep an eye on. Jimmy Beston, Maurice Crowe, Phyllis Richardson, Paddy Callaghan, Martin Breen, Brian Canny, Jimmy Hally, Liz Breen, and many more will hope to take part in the league and have a say in the top of the table.
During 2012 we also hope to keep an eye on other local athletes who, although not members of the club, have a connection with the club. Simon Ryan, having recently made the move to the Team DMG squad, will be looking to complete the An Post Ras for a second time as well getting placed finishes to move up into the A1 category. We also have other cyclists who regularly train with the club, Danny Bresnan and Ken Costello will be racing A3 category, Harry Toomey and David Connor will be racing A4 category, Noel Ryan will compete in another European Ironman and we will watch with interest as Ireland’s youngest Ironman finisher, Graham Butler, competes in the Austrian Ironman again in 2012 with an aim of beating the time he set in 2011.Tony Delaney is sure to take on more adventure races in 2012.
The events calendars of the respective sporting organisations are filling up and the Tipp Wheelers and Tipp Triathlon Club will represent the town and local area around Munster and beyond. It is sure to be a busy year and we wish all members the very best for the coming season. Our website will be updated regularly with news of events and race reports.
Some of the events in which club members will be competing in the coming weeks are as follows:
Cork Harbour Cycle – in aid of Africa Direct – Sunday 4th March 2012 – For details/registration & sponsor cards Phone 021 4821220 or email email@example.com
Minimum age 16 years - Leisure cycle for all to enjoy - cycle the Waterfront for 25 miles
7th Annual 50k Charity Cycle in aid of the Limerick School for the Deaf and Hearing impaired –
Starting @ Kinnsella Bar Thomondgate @ 10am on March 24th 2012
Route – Limerick – Parteen – Kiillaloe Recreation Centre – Ballina – Bird Hill – O’Briens Bridge – Limerick
If interested in taking part please forward your confirmation of participation a.s.a.p. Sponsorship cards will be available within the coming week.
Contact – Eoghta Deegan, Email: Eoghan_deegan@dell.com or Tel: 087 2129859
Ned Flanagan Cycling Events
The Road race event is for all Cycling Ireland Categories and will be run on a handicap bases. Start time is at 11.45 am outside the Bell Yard Pub in Monasterevin. The race route is one 43 mile loop from Monasterevin, to Ballybrittas, clipping the outskirts of Portlaoise on to Stradbally, Athy, Kildangan, Kildare, Cherryville and back to Monasterevin for the finish at the Bell Yard on the main street at approximately 2.15pm.
The Leisure Spin will leave Monasterevin at 12.15pm and will travel the same route as the Competitive Event and while the majority of these participants will pace them selves for the reasonably flat course some no doubt will be testing themselves over this 43mile loop to achieve a fast time.
West Coast Wheelers Open Race (Loughrea)
After last year's successful return of the West Coast Wheelers open race, WCW will be once again kicking off the road racing season west of the Shannon, on Sunday 26th February.
Sign on from 10.30 am at the Temperance Hall, Barrack Street, Loughrea, rolling out at 12:00 to the race start. One day licenses will be available, for those you haven't yet renewed your license. The race route runs over the same challenging circuit as last year, with the climb over Derrybrien tending to split the group early. Separate A3/A4 and A1/A2 races will be run, the A3/A4 route covering a 60 K circuit, with the A1/A2route covering a longer 90K circuit.
For more information about the race email us or contact Brian O'Donnell on 087 4172229
Sunday 19 February
Registration is from 9 to 10 am on the day
Transition closes at 10.20 am
Race starts at 10.30am.
If you are a TI member YOU MUST SHOW YOUR SILVER 2012 CARD or you can purchase a One Day License from TI for €5.
See www.limericktriathlon.com for further details
Sunday 26 February
Details to be confirmed