Race Around Ireland 2012

The Race Around Ireland enjoyed another successful year, with records in all categories being broken and even more epic tales of adventure and endurance to be added to the events history. The race organizer is our very own Alan Heary, who crated this event 4 years ago, and it has now grown to be one of the toughest endurance events in the world.! Riders from 9 different countries took part this year, including the current World Cup champion Valerio Zamboni from Monaco. The stellar line-up is an indication of the respect competitors show towards this race, many of whom have raced in RAAM.

The race started in Trim this year, outside the impressive King Johns Castle, and despite the unfavorable weather a large crowd turned out to see the riders+teams depart on their epic journey.  It didn’t take long for people  to see the Navan connection with the race with several Navan RC members helping on the start-line, and through-out the week in race HQ. The race is run at a highly professional level, but it can’t be forgotten that all race official are here as volunteers, and Alan Heary would like to thank all Navan RC members who helped out for the duration of the race.

One of the stand-out competitors of this years race was Bernd Paul of Germany who won the solo category in a time of 106hrs 14mins smashing the previous record set by Joe Barr. To put it all in context, he rode 2172km almost non-stop through day + night at an avg speed of 20.45km/h, and finished almost 9.5 hours ahead of the second place rider.!

Another impressive performance came from the  ‘Strategic Lions’ team who also smashed the 4-person record, with a time of 66hrs 01min….thats an avg speed of 32.9km/h ! Right from the first night they flew out of the blocks and soon raced into the lead, and they never let up from their relentless pace. Watching them for a few hours one night i was blown away by their professional and efficient approach to the race. The record they have set will prove very hard to beat.

Well done to Alan and his team for another amazing race in 2012. A special mention must be given to ; Marshals Jimmy, Mary Nolan, Albert Milne, Niall Doggett, and the Motocrew guys…….. HQ staff Marie Byrne, Shane Donnelly, Lorraine, Simon O Dea, Jacqui, Cliona, Heather……..Route designers Joe Roche + Emmet Roche…….and many many more.        ( I hope i haven’t left anyone out)

For more details on this years race……..and how to enter next years race….see : http://www.racearoundireland.com

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Fiona Guihen ready for Ras na mBan

Best of luck to Navan RC member Fiona Guihen, who is in the final preparations for her next challenge……Ras na mBan 2012. Fiona was selected for the Irish under-23 squad last month for the European Championships in Holland, and has gained some valuable experience. Unfortunately the race in Holland didn’t quite go to plan with a mixture of punctures,crashes,and just bad luck! So i know Fiona is hoping for better luck this time around.

However she has obviously made an impression with the Irish coaching staff. Fiona has now been picked to race as part of another Irish team for the An Post Ras na mBan, which takes place around the beautiful but grueling roads of Kerry. Based in Sneem the race has a total of 6 stages in 5 days, and with a star studded field of riders from all over Europe there’s no doubt it will be tough.

2012 has been a very enjoyable year for Fiona,  with another highlight being a great ride in the Irish national Championships in Clonmel. Perhaps womens cycling doesn’t get the profile nationally that it deserves, but we here in Navan Road Club are very proud of Fiona’s achievements and wish her continued success.

Meath Championships 2012

On Sunday 2nd September, Navan Road club will once again run the Meath Championships. This major event was a feature on all cycling calendars in the past but did not run for quite a few years until now that is. On September 2nd Sunday it shall rise and once again to see Meath clubs roll out their cyclists. All clubs are encouraged take part of what promises to be a very keenly contested placing. ‘There is a great interest already and cyclists are keen to take part in this end of season championship’ said PJ Nolan at the recent championship meeting. Cycling and road racing has a huge rise in popularity in recent years and the Meath Championships will be bringing together clubs for a great event on home soil.
Venue; Registration and start from Navan Retail Park, Navan. Just off the M3 and

 N51 roads, Navan.
Start times will be 11am for under 12, 14 and 16 over 4 laps of 7km.
12 noon ; Novice Race and
1p.m. Meath Championships open to A1,A2,A3,A4 (all categories) 10 laps of 7km (70km)
Race organizer  PJ Nolan 087-2848992