The 2012 cycling season kicked off last Sunday, 19 February, in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare with the first race of the year. The event was organised by Newbridge Cycling Club and all proceeds were in aid of REHAB Kildare. As per many a season opener, the race was handicapped with all categories racing over the same route. Approximately 120 competitors took to the starting line to face the relatively flat 70km circuit that took riders to the outskirts of Portloaise, on to Stradbally, Athy, Kildangan, Kildare and back to Monasterevin.
The Tipp Wheelers had two representatives; Richie Bresnan was competing in his first ever race and lined up with the A4 group while Dermot Radford lined up with the A1/A2 group. The A4 group was off first and 2 minutes later the A3 group took off in pursuit. Finally the smaller group of A1/A2’s started a further 2 minutes back. For a detailed race report see www.stickybottle.com or www.irishcycling.com.
The pace in the A4 group was fast since they were trying to hold off the chasers for as long as possible. Richie, in his first competitive race, acquitted himself well by holding on to the main bunch for approximately 25 km, after which he got tailed off with a small number of other cyclists. Richie continued to work throughout the entire route and crossed the line not too far back on the main bunch. He viewed the race as a learning experience and took some good lessons away and now has a better idea of what he needs to do to stay in touch.
“I need to work on simple things like taking a drink from the bottle without finding myself sliding back from a good position near the front of the bunch to being at the very back. I also need to concentrate on holding my position in the group when cornering. These are things I should be able to fix by just being aware of them.”
The A1/A2 group split early in the race and Dermot found himself caught towards the back when the split happened and together with a couple of other riders found themselves unable to close it down. The speed however was maintained with a number in the back split working hard to eventually make contact with the main group. Dermot sat in the bunch for the remainder of the race and decided not to contest the sprint.
“The legs were just not firing today and I am not sure why that was, I should have been fresh. Hopefully I can find some form in the coming weeks.”
Next week the Tipp Wheelers are travelling to Loughrea where Richie and Dermot will be joined by Pat Ryan and Mike Looby.
The club was represented by 7 Lads on Sunday, Tommy Byrnes, Brian Devitt, Keith Kelly, Martin Hickey, Paddy Callaghan and Richie English. Tommy Led the club home in 12th place with a great performance in a time of 1:13:25. In 15th Brian with time 01:14:14 , In 55 Keith with 01:22:27, in 58 Martin with 01:22:54, in 128 Paddy with 01:37:52 and in 152 with 01:47:08 Richie. Local lads Graham butler representing limerick tri and Noel Ryan representing Waterford tri also put in great performances coming 11th and 16th with times of 01:12:42 and 01:15:27. We must also thank Liam Butler for catching all the action through some fantastic photos which can be accessed through his link to the right. Full Results can be got by clicking hereAll liam's photos of Tippwheelers in action can be got by clicking here All Liams photos for the entire race can be got by clicking here
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In the 2011 season the Tipperary Wheelers had some notable achievements in their second year of existence. There were successes in road racing and time trials, some superb performances in triathlons and duathlons, an ironman, a hugely successful club league and a steady growth in club memberships. All that is in the past now as far as the club is concerned, and we are looking forward to 2012 with mounting expectation. There are a large contingency of members now in the club and each has their own objectives for the year. 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:Leisure CyclingCork Harbour Cycle – in aid of Africa Direct – Sunday 4th March 2012 – For details/registration & sponsor cards Phone 021 4821220 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgMinimum age 16 years - Leisure cycle for all to enjoy - cycle the Waterfront for 25 miles7th Annual 50k Charity Cycle in aid of the Limerick School for the Deaf and Hearing impaired –Starting @ Kinnsella Bar Thomondgate @ 10am on March 24th 2012Route – Limerick – Parteen – Kiillaloe Recreation Centre – Ballina – Bird Hill – O’Briens Bridge – LimerickIf 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 2129859Road RacingNed Flanagan Cycling EventsThe 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 4172229DuathlonLimerickSunday 19 FebruaryRegistration is from 9 to 10 am on the dayTransition closes at 10.20 amRace 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 detailsCarrick-on-SuirSunday 26 FebruaryDetails to be confirmed
We would like to acknowledge Keith Coyle on successfully completing the Cytech Technical one – theory Module at a pass rate of 97%. He received his certificate this month. He also created a new document for Cycle Ireland which has been uploaded to their website, under Key Documents. The PDF is “Step by step instruction for renewing licences”. The document is the newest
upload since 2010. This is a document that they have been meaning to create for sometime.
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It is inevitable that over the course of a few weekends of training, most competitive cyclists will witness something on the road that will remind them of the dangers they are exposed to in sharing their “training grounds” with other road users. The Road Safety Authority of Ireland appears to have achieved some success in their campaign to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries on our roads by 30%. Their 4 pillars strategy to road safety
is now evident and very visible with advertising campaigns, new visible speed camera vans, the opening of new motorway sections and the reporting of RSA results. There has also been a focus on driver training through enhanced testing and reducing waiting times for tests. Undoubtedly, the NCT has also improved the standard of vehicle in use today. For cyclists and pedestrians the RSA offers “advise” that would be considered basic common sense. Perhaps there is the odd advertising campaign aimed at pedestrians and cyclists (though none come to mind).
The RSA has a responsibility to cyclists, but are they doing enough? When we, as regular cyclists, see overtaking manoeuvres that come within inches of colliding with a rider, or get abused from drivers for riding two abreast when it is legally acceptable then the answer is clear, the RSA needs to do more to protect cyclists. Some very basic, cost effective solutions could serve to educate other road users. Open communication and a consultation process between the RSA and cycling clubs throughout the country could yield some very positive results, though is a more long term strategy that will require coordination and engagement from all stakeholders. The aim of such a campaign needs to go beyond the predictable urban focus and extend its strategies to include rural national and secondary routes. Advertising campaigns tailored to cyclists needs may not be merited based on budget versus risk categorisation according to some, however simple road signage can be developed and put in place for a relatively small cost outlay.
Every cycling club in the country would wish to see these signs on the roadsides and the Tipperary Wheelers would welcome these signs on the side of the roads exiting Tipperary Town, especially on the Cahir, Cashel and Limerick roads where traffic volumes are high.
Cycling is the national sport of France and such road signage is commonplace throughout the country. Due to the national status of the sport, drivers in general are far more courteous to cyclists. In the US a number of states are reviewing their laws and as recently as 25 January 2012 Pennsylvania passed a law stating that a driver shall pass within no less than four feet (1.22 metres) of a pedal cycle at careful and prudent speed. This has immense implications in cases of accidents involving drivers and cyclists. Interestingly in the UK The Times Newspaper has launched a campaign entitled Cycle Safe, which is supported by a number of professional cyclists and no less than 6 if their Olympic champions, and also including the current world road race champion, Mark Cavendish. The video on their campaign page is well worth a look.
It is not all about other road users however, we cyclists also have to take responsibility for our own safety. A common sense approach in relation to how we conduct ourselves, coupled with observing the rules of the road, will go a long way towards doing our bit. We should observe traffic lights, stop at junctions, stay on the left side of the road and, although permitted to ride two abreast, should ride single file if traffic cannot pass in a safe manner. We encourage all cyclists to take as much responsibility for ourselves as we can and only then can we demand similar respect from others.
So, is the RSA and local councils doing enough for cyclists’ safety? Is there more that can be done and yet still remain aligned to current strategies and budgets? Should the local authorities take a proactive approach and assume some of this responsibility? These questions need to be asked....