Tag: 2015

Happy Christmas Everyone!

We would like to wish a very Happy Christmas from Gorey Cycling Club to all our members and friends in South East Road Club, Slaney Cycling Club, Slipstream Cycling Club, Wexford Wheelers Cycling Club, Barrow Wheelers, Rossbury and Ounavarra Cycling Club.

Don’t forget our St. Stephen’s Day Club Spin is at the slightly later time of 10am from the car park opposite Revolve Bike Shop. The pace will be leisurely, so we hope to see a large turnout and you can burn off some of that Christmas excess!

Happy Christmas from Gorey CC

Happy Christmas from Gorey CC

Wexford County Championships (Round 2)

Brendan Dunne finishes 3rd A4 at the Wexford County Championships

Well done to all who raced the rescheduled Wexford County Championships on Tuesday September 8th, hosted by South East Road Club. The previous attempt had to be postponed after a serious road traffic accident closed part of the route. The overall win was taken by Slipstream’s Declan Kinch who just managed to hold off Luke Maguire of Wexford Wheelers in a thrilling sprint finish.

A good result for GoreyCC with Brendan Dunne (pictured) taking 3rd place in the A4 race and Joe Christian finishing 1st A1. Well done lads!

1st – Declan Kinch – Slipstream Cycling Club
2nd – Luke Maguire – Wexford Wheelers Cycling Club
3rd – Dermot Gregan – Slipstream Cycling Club
County Vet: Paul Bolger – Slaney Cycling Club

1st – Jonathon Russell – South East Road Club
2nd – John O’Leary – Barrow Wheelers
3rd – Brendan Dunne – Gorey Cycling Club
Vet: John O’Leary – Barrow Wheelers

1st – Luke Kearny – South East Road Club
2nd – Reece Young – Slaney Cycling Club
3rd – Sean Moore – Barrow Wheelers 

1st A1 – Joe Christian – Gorey Cycling Club
1st A2 – Brian Cullen – Rossbury
1st A3 – Luke Maguire – Wexford Wheelers

Joe finishes 6th at World Masters

Congratulations to GoreyCC’s Joe Christian who finished 6th in his category at the World Masters Championships in Austria on August 29th. A fantastic achievement among some tough competition and over a fairly challenging course. Chapeau!

Joe Christian at the 2015 World Masters

Joe Christian at the 2015 World Masters

GoreyCC at the Wexford 2 Day

Thanks to Sean Rowe and Susie for the pics.

Joe Christian off to World Masters Championships

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.

Joe Christian sporting his World Masters kit and custom painted championship bike

Joe Christian sporting his World Masters kit and custom painted championship bike

St. Luke’s Charity Sportive 2015

GoreyCC was well represented for the last St Luke’s Charity Sportive, “The Final Push” on Sunday with all getting around in one piece. The weather turned out perfect for cycling. A big thank you to the organisers for another well run and very enjoyable event and it will be sadly missed from the sportive calendar next year. Thanks to IrishCycleSport.com for some of the photos.

GoreyCC at the 2015 St Luke's Charity Sportive, July 19th

GoreyCC at the 2015 St Luke’s Charity Sportive, July 19th

Joe finishes 8th in the Nationals

Well done to Joe Christian on his great performance in Saturday’s Masters’ 40 Irish National Road Race Championship in Omagh. There were 3 Masters titles up for grabs on Saturday with over 200 riders competing. The Masters 40 had the largest field with 126 riders and some of the biggest names in Irish Cycling.

Joe finished 8th overall in a bunch sprint finish of what was a very fast and competitive race. Several breaks containing many of the big names were quickly closed down by the chasing bunch, giving some indication of the frantic pace. Joe has been showing some great form lately with recent wins in the Christy McManus Memorial and the SERC league. Chapeau!

Full Results here

Joe Christian at the front during the Masters’ 40 Irish National Championship Road Race, Saturday 27th June 2015

Hat-trick of wins for Brendan Dunne!

With his 3rd win in a row, Brendan clinched the Slipstream A4 league title last night with his now trademark powerful sprint finish. It was always going to be a hotly contested race and didn’t disappoint, with numerous attacks, all quickly reeled back in. SERC’s on form Ciaran Furlong was the league leader going into the race and wasn’t going to give it up easily. Brendan knew that nothing less than a win was going to clinch the overall. Ciaran attacked in the last few km’s, but couldn’t make it stick and Brendan powered well clear of the field, taking John Merrigan of Barrow with him for 2nd. Well done all and particularly all the GoreyCC riders for their hard work throughout the league.

Last night’s RESULT:
1st Brendan Dunne Gorey CC
2nd John Merrigan Barrow Wheelers
3rd Stephen Furlong Serc
4th Mark Flood Barrow Wheelers
5th Brian Sugrue Serc

Overall League RESULT:
1st Brendan Dunne Gorey CC
2nd Ciaran Furlong Serc
3rd Matt Heaney Serc
4th Adrian Crombie Serc and John Redmond Slaney CC

Brendan Dunne celebrates his win in the final round of Slipstream’s A4 league

GoreyCC Racers dominate this week!

What a week for the GoreyCC race team in the Wexford league with wins for our lads in the SlaneyCC and SlipstreamCC A4 races. Paul O’Shea struck first, winning the A4 Race of the SlaneyCC league, Round 4 on Wednesday. Paul is an inspiration to the rest of us as he proves you are never too old to perform well on the bike! Well done also to Tom, Emmet and Greg on getting placed in the Novice Race.

SlaneyCC league A4 Results:

  1. Paul O’Shea  Gorey CC
  2. Mark Flood Barrow Wheelers
  3. Phil Skelton Slaney CC
  4. Robert Roche Wexford Wheelers
  5. Mick Barron Marble City
  6. Dave Allen Wexford Wheelers
  7. Bill Jordan Slaney CC
  8. Fran Maddock Wexford Wheelers

SlaneyCC league Novice Results:

  1. Jonathon Russell SERC
  2. John Busher Slaney CC
  3. Brian Sugrue SERC
  4. Tom Purcell Gorey CC
  5. Emmet Egan Gorey CC
  6. Greg Penney Gorey CC

Inspired by Paul’s win, Brendan Dunne and Kevin Ryan took 1st and 2nd respectively in the A4 race of the SlipstreamCC league on Thursday night, while Joe Christian took 3rd in the A3/A2/A1 race. The win was all the sweeter for Brendan after spending considerable time off the front. An honourable mention also for Emmet, Greg and Frank, who worked hard in the bunch throughout the race.

Brendan: “proud to be a member of GoreCC tonight. For a small club, we all give 100% in every race!”

Kevin: “last night and tonight’s results mean more because they have been achieved by lads who ride hard and don’t shy away from their turn at the front.”

SlipstreamCC league A3/A2/A1 Results:

  1. Andrew Maguire Wexford Wheelers
  2. Seamus Sinnott Wexford Wheelers
  3. Joe Christian Gorey CC
  4. Mick Finn Barrow Wheelers
  5. John Maguire SERC

SlipstreamCC league A4 Results:

  1. Brendan Dunne Gorey CC
  2. Kevin Ryan Gorey CC
  3. Ciaran Furlong SERC
  4. Paul Noble Wexford Wheelers / Matt Heaney SERC

Well done lads! Thanks to Sean Rowe for the photos.

Paul O’Shea wins the SlaneyCC A4 league race May 13th

Brendan Dunne takes 1st form Kevin ryan in 2nd at the SlipstreamCC A4 league race May 14th

Joe christian on his way to 3rd in the Slipstream A3/A2/A1 league race May 14th

Derek Webb in An Post Rás 2015

Derek will manage the Waterford County Team in this year's An Post Rás

Derek will manage the Waterford County Team in this year’s An Post Rás

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