Are you ready for the ‘real‘ start to the racing season.?
Cycleways Cup road race returns bigger and better than ever, with a new sign-on location in Simonstown GAA, and another top-class field of riders.
Sign-on will open at 10am with the race due to start at 12:30 from the usual location on the Slane road. A4’s and A3’s will have their own separate races (2 laps), while the main race of the day is the A1,A2 combined race (3laps). Ladies and Juniors will race in whatever category is appropriate to their licence etc..(A3/A4)
Last year Peter Hawkins won a thrilling A1-A2 race, and went on to have a very successful year. Its a race that attracts all the big riders in the country, and with a testing hilly course only the strongest will survive..!
See you all next Sunday………….
The route has changed slightly due to road works on the N51 near Slane. The new route is shown at the link below. A3 and A4 do the route as shown. A1 and A2 do an extra loop, the same as in previous years. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2183589.
Last weekend, the 9th and 10th Feb., a training camp was held in the Avon Rí hotel, Blessington for the Women’s National Development and Neenan Travel 2020 squads. It saw 28 girls, ranging in age from under 12 to senior, taking part in training activities under the guidance of National Women’s Coach Gillian McDarby and Neenan Travel 2020 Coach Orla Hendron.
As well as training, there were interesting and informative talks from Head Development Coach Paddy Doran and Dr. Siobhán Jacob.
Saturday saw some rare almost sunny conditions and so the 4 junior and 9 senior members of the National Development Squad rolled out in relative comfort. Although the pleasant weather lasted, 3 laps of Saggart and the Embankment in Wicklow soon sorted out the feeling of comfort. For those of you who may not be familiar with these roads, they go up… and up!
After some recovery time, Gillian had us working hard again. We completed two threshold efforts before arriving back at the hotel. 78km of climbing and efforts, we had definitely earned our lunch.
This, however, was no picnic.
Nutritionist, Beth McCluskey, presented each house with ingredients, recipes and the challenge of serving up the tastiest healthy meal. With six staying in each house, the cooking was short work and dinner was all the more satisfying.
We were less fortunate with the weather on Sunday. Although it didn’t impinge on the 2020 Squad’s plans of going mountain biking, conditions were too dangerous for the Development Squad’s road spin up the Wicklow mountains. Any hopes of an easy alternative were soon quashed however, with a 50 minute turbo session followed by what felt like a marathon circuit session. (I’m definitely expecting to wake up with a six pack…)
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Huge thanks to all who were involved in the organisation, in particular Gillian and Orla. I’ve no doubt it’ll aid the makings of a successful season and help to encourage the growth of women’s cycling in Ireland.
Press release concerning Cycleways Cup race 3 March, Navan.
We would appreciate if you could help us spread the information below, especially the change of sign-on location.
”The racing season is nearly upon us for 2013, and Navan Road Club will once again host the Cycleways Cup road race. This race is often the first ‘Big’ race on the calender for many riders, and early signs are that we will have a bumper field for this years addition. As usual there will be seperate races for A4’s, A3’3, and a A1 + A2 combined race, with ladies riding as part of the A4/A3 race where appropriate.
The big change this year is the location of the sign-on and post race activities. Race headquarters will now be held in Simonstown GAA facilities and not Navan Rugby Club as in previous years. We will arrange signs around the town to direct race traffic to the new sign-on lacation. Simonstown GAA is only 200m away from the finish-line on the Proudstown/Nobber/Kingscourt road out of Navan. Leaving Navan you pass through the finish-line and on the left-hand side you will see Simonstown GAA (before you go up the race-course hill). It is very important that all race vehicles and spectators park inside the carpark and not out on the road as this will cause unwanted traffic issues.
The race itself will follow the same route as usual, starting on the Slane road at Blackcastle ,Navan. A4’s and A3’s will cover 2 laps of the circuit, while A1’s and A2’s will cover 3 laps, and all races will finish at the usual location. Even at this early stage of the season many riders will be eager to test their form and show their strenght, which makes for a very competitive race. Once the race is over riders will only have a short journey back to the race headquarters where there will be shower and changing facilities. Prize-giving will take place soon after the last race.
We would once again like to thank Cycleways for their continued sponsorship of the race. 2013 marks Navan Road Clubs 60th anniversery and we hope to make it another successful year. Many thanks for all your support,