After a few months down from some technical issues we are back live and online, with thanks to Oliver, our Website sponsor/internet Guru at irish-web.com, for the hard work in correcting our server issue. The website will be getting an overhaul in the coming weeks with a lot more pictures and media content going up (we’ve even got a race fully recorded from a handlebar mounted camera – exciting stuff). We also collected the award for best new entrant in the 2014 parade!!
For those of you who may have missed it so far, 2014 has started brightly for the Wheelers. The club continues to grow and success has started to follow.
Membership is still open. Please note that presently we are a road racing focused club, as the majority of our members wish to race/train or aspire to it in the future. Leisure cycling is an area we would like to be able to facilitate in the future, but the club will require a core group of cyclists who wish to cycle for leisure and some group leaders before we can facilitate this.
Racing – Cahill/Global Cycles Inter Club League
Racing has been successful thus far this year, and where racers cut their teeth is in the interclub league. The club riders have been aggressive and have had a few notable results – we’ll do a seperate post on this, but there has been a podium finish and several Prime Sprints already taken so far. Next up is our home leg – The Individual Time Trial, with the current champion, Athy’s own John Fox determined to defend his crow. Thursday 3rd of July, with youth racing starting from 7 pm on the Athy-Mullaghmast link road. Sure to be an exciting night.
Racing – Open National Races
The club have also had success in Open Races, most notably with sprinter Seán Power taking a joint victory in the Ned Flanagan Trophy A4 race a few weeks ago – we have a copy of the photo finish, a dead heat between Seán and his usual interclub league sparring partner Evren Unal of Newbridge CC. We will also have more information in separate posts about some of the other races we’ve taken part in, including Seán’s win (yeah, technically it was a tie – but don’t tell Seán that!!). We have been very lucky while entering open races this year to have the support car services of Kieran and Siobhán, who have been there for both Seán and John had they needed a new wheel, a bit of advice or even just a sticky bottle. There’s loads of pics to come, including the photo from the Ned Flanagan so you can judge for yourself who won. We might even get Seán to write down a few bits about the race – probably nothing but self-congratulatory drivel – but it might be an interesting account of what goes on inside the amateur peloton. Nicolas Roche watch out………….
Racing – Juniors
Junior racing and membership is also continuing, With our own Siobhan Smyth performing admirably in the interclub league, picking up a 2nd place finish in Allen and a very creditable 5th overall in the opening round time trial in Mondello.
Training continues most sunday mornings, though as races are often at the weekend spins are interfered with. Keep an eye for facebook posts for more info.
That’s all there is at the moment, more updates to come.