Some pics from the postponed Wexford County Championships on August 29th. Unfortunately, the race had to be abandoned after a serious traffic accident closed a section of the route just after the race started. The race is rescheduled to Tuesday, September 8th at 6pm with a revised route.
Gorey Cycling Club’s Joe Christian will be heading off to Austria next week to compete in the World Masters Cycling Championships. Joe has several race wins and podium finishes already this season and recently competed in the Irish Masters Road Race Championships, finishing 8th in the Masters 40 category. The Irish Masters were run in conjunction with the National Road Race Championships in Omagh in June. Joe was also one of a three man team from Gorey Cycling Club to compete in this year’s Gorey 3 Day Cycle Race over the Easter weekend. The competition at the Masters is always tough, but if Joe is showing some great form at the moment, the latest win only this week in Camross at the Bike Shop League.
About the World Masters Championships
St. Johann in Tirol in Austria has been the site of World Masters Road Championships for 44 years. The road race in St. Johann in Tirol is one of the biggest cycle sports event in the world. Over 3500 participants from 53 nations do battle in several categorised races for those sought-after medals. The Masters is open to all licensed racers, between the ages of 18 and 80 and they will race over multiple laps of a 40km circuit.
All GoreyCC members, we are pleased to be hosting an informational presentation by top nutritionist, Emer O’Driscoll on Friday, June 19th @ 7.30p in Loch Garman Arms. Emer has a masters in nutrition and dietetics from University of Ulster, Coleraine and currently works for Nutricia Medical in Dublin in the areas of nutrition support, oncology, geriatrics and weight reduction.
The presentation will cover the body requirements for moderate and extreme levels of cycling related exercise, both on and off the bike, so is of benefit to beginners and seasoned racers alike. Emer will also answer any questions about individual goals.
GoreyCC’s very own Derek Webb is currently finalising his preparations with the Co. Waterford team who will be riding in this year’s An Post Rás.
The race gets under way in Dunboyne on the Sunday, 17th May with stage finishes in Carlow, Tipperary, Beama, Newport, Ballina, Ballinamore, Drogheda and Skerries.
This is Derek’s 5th time being involved in the Rás. In 2010 he was the driving force behind the first county Wexford team to participate in over 50 years, and also hosted a stage finish in Gorey the same year. Since then he has managed Waterford, Barrow Wheelers and also worked with the Moroccan International team.
“I am thrilled to be back again at the Ras, I really love it, for me its my Tour De France” laughs Derek. “The route is interesting this year. There’s not as many hills as other years, however, a lot of the route we spend on coastal roads, which are undulating by nature and will sap the strength out of the riders, but the real thing we have to watch out for will be wind direction, so we will be watching this very closely, as being positioned wrong in the bunch at the wrong time will make things very difficult for our riders.”
“We have in the team some A1 riders so we will be pushing for something in the county prizes this year, maybe even a jersey” Derek adds. However Derek is well aware of the caliber of riders they are up against. “For sure the professional teams will bring their best riders, as the Rás is known worldwide in cycling circles. I mean, 5 years ago a German rider called John Dekenholb won the stage here into Gorey. Since then he has won 5 stages in the Tour of Spain and last month he won the Milan San Remo and arguably the hardest of them all, the Paris-Roubaix”.
The An Post Rás will see over 190 riders from some of the top professional teams from all over Europe and America take part in the race, now in its 65th edition. They will cover 1180 km in 8 days over 21 categorised climbs.
We wish Derek and the team the very best of luck. You will be able to catch highlights of the race on TV3 next Sunday. For more details on this year’s race visit: An Post Rás 2015
Gorey Cycling Club’s Youth & Underage programme will feature as one of the Clubs to benefit from Tesco Gorey’s Community Fund for the next six weeks.
We will be running a programme which aims to get more youth and underage interested in cycling, both recreationally and as a sport. To make this happen we intend buying bikes and kit for kids who have neither, particularly those less advantaged, but who really want to get into the sport of cycling.
So each time you shop in Tesco Gorey, you’ll receive a blue token (ask for the tokens if you do not receive one) which you can use to vote for one of 3 local causes. Every six weeks, money from the Tesco Community Fund will be shared out according to the number of tokens each cause receives.
For more on this great cause you can get in touch with us through Facebook or by contacting the club directly using the contact button on our page.
Thank you for your continued support from all at GoreyCC
Sunday morning saw the first of two stages taking place that day. First up was the Time Trial from Clogh into Gorey. We saw great performances from Murt, John and Joe in the with Joe clocking an impressive 8’02” and Murt catching his minute man with a time of 8’06” placing them 11th and 16th respectively for the stage. John clocked 9’16” for 133rd in the TT.
Stage 3 took place Sunday afternoon. It was a 4 lap circuit between Gorey, Craanford and Camolin with a distance of 96km. There were several attacks off the front, but nothing stuck for long and it came down to a bunch sprint in the end with Henri Jung from the french team Vceckwersheim taking the spoils. All the GoreyCC lads finished comfortably in the main field.
Monday’s final Stage 4 sees Joe lying in 12th overall, 2’17” down on the leader and Murt only 3 seconds behind him in 15th overall. John will start Stage 4 in 117th overall.
Stage 1 of the Irish Road Club’s Gorey 3 Day saw the riders start out from Blessington, Co. Wicklow travelling through Hacketstown, Tinahely, Carnew, Camolin and Gorey with a finish on the hill in Craanford. A break of 8 riders got away after the Hackettstown climb and 5 of these stayed away to the finish line. The stage was decided when Darragh O’ Mahony and Michael O’Loughlin left the break on the last lap to contest the sprint which was won on the climb by O’Mahony with O’Loughlin 2nd and Henry J Jung of the French VC Eckwersheim Team beating the remainder of the break to come across the line in 3rd place.
GoreyCC’s Joe Christian attacked off the front of the main bunch with about 10km to go but was reeled back in and both Joe and Murt Doyle finished comfortably in the main bunch just 1’43” down on the stage winner. John Whyte was unlucky to cramp on the final circuit of Craanford, but managed to get to the finish.
A massive thank you to all who helped out in the run up and during the race, particularly the road marshalls and also to Craanford Community Centre for the use of their facilities at the finish.
Full results are on Irish Road Club’s website here.
This Easter weekend sees Gorey once again hosting the annual Gorey 3-Day cycle race. The event will follow the traditional route to Gorey from St. Kevins Community Centre, Blessington Co. Wicklow on Easter Saturday. Two stages will take place on Easter Sunday with a Time Trail stage on the Enniscorthy Road just outside Gorey in the morning and several laps of a loop between Gorey, Craanford and Camolin in the afternoon. Monday will see the riders depart Gorey for the return trip back to Blessington.
Gorey Cycling Club are proud to be among the 200 entrants with 3 of its members, Murt Doyle, John Whyte and Joe Christian taking part. The lads have been training hard and honing their skills at races nationwide over the last couple of months, hoping to put in a strong performance on the day in a very competitive field.
The Irish Road Club has been running the The Gorey 3-Day since 1966. It was originally a two day race, first held on St. Patrick’s weekend of that year. Back then it was a case of “entering on the line” with 67 riders braving it out that first weekend. Since then it has grown to be one of the most prominent races on the Irish calendar, developing into a 3-Day race with some now famous riders and winners such as Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche and attracting entrants from the UK and Europe. IRC’s chief club member Alice Sherratt has been organising the race in it’s current format for several years now.