Charleville 2 Day

There were some very good results from a 10 strong Drogheda Wheelers team who competed in the Charleville 2 Day stage race at the weekend. In the A3 category, club champion Barry Hughes had a very impressive 9th place finish on the 86km first stage. Barry was among an elite group of only 10 riders who finished more than three minutes clear of the peloton. Barry again finished in the leading group on the tough 91km final stage to finish 11th on General Classification.
In A4, Brendan McEntee finished in the points with a 7th place on stage 1 while Mark Lynch rode a very impressive Time Trial to finish 9th. Indeed, a consistent showing from the A4 team throughout, saw them finish 2nd overall in the team General Classification, just 01’20” behind winners De Ronde van Cork.

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Rás Cabhrú

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Drogheda Wheelers Vice-chairman Bernard Maguire is organising and hosting an upcoming charity cycle Rás Cabhrú. Cyclists will have a choice of two distances the 100km and 50km cycle. The routes will start at Drogheda port at the North Quay gate and take the coastal route, then on to Ardee and will finish back in Drogheda.

The charity cycle will begin at 10:00 (registration is at 09:00) outside the main port gates on North Quay. The estimated finishing time is 15:00. Participants can choose which route they will cycle, be it the 100km or 50km route. The cycle is open to everyone over the age of 18 and is a leisure event. This means that there’s no experience necessary, just have your own gear, bike and water for the charity cycle.

The cycle is open to a maximum of 300 participants. The application fee is €25 per person, this fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments at the end of the cycle.

Cyclists registered with a cycling club will already have insurance cover. For non-club cyclists an additional fee of approximately 60 cent will be applied on the morning of the event upon registration. On the morning of the event there will be stalls present in the area. Simply go to these stalls and register along with your fee of €25. For non-club members your fee will be €25.60 which includes insurance.

This event is a cycling Ireland approved event. The cycle will also be fully marshalled. This year’s proceeds will go to Drogheda Homeless Aid.

If you require any additional information please contact Austin: austincampbell.dha@gmail.com

If you wish to pre-book your entry, follow the link below:

http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ras-cabhru-100km50km-cycle-tickets-18152083370?aff=ehomecard

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Barry Wins Inaugural Club Championship

11899910_10205630286491423_84796850693068905_nCongratulations to Barry Hughes who won Drogheda Wheelers’ first club championship race at Corkagh Park on Sunday morning. The 13 strong field produced some exciting racing with lots of attacks.

First to go clear was Colin O’Connor. He was joined by Lenny McManus and Andrew Watters with the break establishing a lead of 45 seconds at one stage. A trio of Barry Hughes, Brendan McEntee and Simon Jones bridged across to the breakaway and then went clear to contest the finish.

In the final sprint it was Barry who proved strongest winning by a couple of bike lengths from Brendan and Simon.

Many thanks to Gerry for his time today, and to all the riders who took part.

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Club Championship Road Race 2015

Drogheda Wheelers Club Championship Road Race 2015 will take place this Sunday at Corkagh Park. First race will be a handicap 45 minute plus 1 lap race, and the second race will be a 1 hour + 1 lap championship race.

Riders should aim to be in Corkagh Park for 9:30 in order to be at the start line at 10 am. The weather on Sunday looks to be good, and it will be one of the last races of the year.

We would ask anyone who intends riding and has not already confirmed, to do so as soon as possible, so that groups and numbers can be organised in advance.

Also, there is a meeting on Monday night in the thatch in relation to the Charleville. All riders racing in Charleville need to attend.

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Club Meeting

There will be a club meeting on Wednesday Aug 12th at 8 p.m. in the Thatch Bar. All our members, both leisure and racing, are urged to attend. The following items will be discussed:

  • Fundraising:
    Our Race night is pencilled in for October 9th. It will be in all members interest to get involved now to ensure its success.
    As it will be both a social and fundraising event, members are invited to make suggestions for persons to receive small presentations on the night to acknowledge their contributions to our club.
  • The Rás Cabhrú sportive
    This event, organised by Benner Maguire for Drogheda Homeless Aid, is scheduled for September 6th. Club members are to be advised how they can be of assistance to him as without him and his trusted motorcycle, a lot of our activities may not have happened this year.
  • East Meath Cycle Tour:
    This event, hosted by John Hynes and Larry Mc Grane in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, takes place on August 16th, and will also be in need of participants and help.
  • Charleville 2 Day Race:
    Our final big racing trip of the season is to Charleville, North Cork in early September.
    With two full teams of 5 riders now entered, we need to discuss the logistics and costs
    etc. of the trip.

Finally, members will have an opportunity to raise any other issues they wish to discuss.

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East Meath Cycle Tour

The annual East Meath Cycle Tour, in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Assocation, will take place once again on Sunday 16th August. Registration will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s G.A.A. club, Stamullen.

Information and the facebook page can be found here

There are 45, 75 and 100k routes

The 45k route
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/777617003
The 75k route
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/777634755
The 100k Route
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/777625119

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Mark Mullen League : Round 6

Niall Craven was crowned league champion for 2015, with another emphatic win on another wet and windy night in Donore. Second on the night was Daniel Balasi of Adamstown with Brian Morrissey of Swords taking third.

Round 6  
1st Niall Craven Drogheda Wheelers CC
2nd Daniel Balasi Adamstown
3rd Brian Morrissey McNally Swords CC
4th George Devin Drogheda Wheelers CC
5th Arek Klus Stamullen MD Road Club
6th Luke Coll Stamullen MD Road Club
7th Brian Martin Drogheda Wheelers CC
8th Mark Lynch Drogheda Wheelers CC
9th Conor McKeown Cuchulainn CC
10th Martin Gilbert Smart Lamp

In the underage league, it was another win for Ellen Gorman of Stamullen with her sister Grace finishing second. Sean Lenehan of Drogheda finished third. The win confirmed Ellen as 2015 champion.

Underage    
1st Ellen Gorman Stamullen MD Road Club
2nd Grace Gorman Stamullen MD Road Club
3rd Sean Lenehan Drogheda Wheelers CC
4th Aaron Treanor Cuchulainn CC
5th Brendan McGuinness Navan Road Club
6th Daragh Lenehan Drogheda Wheelers CC

Click here for the overall standings.

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Brendan Campbell Memorial Race 2015

Strong wind and rain at the Donore circuit made it a difficult day for riders and officials alike at the annual Brendan Campbell Memorial. Today’s race was once again sponsored by Coca Cola International Services.

In the day’s main event, the A1/A2/A3/Junior race, Colm Cassidy (Aquablue) took victory from Fintan Ryan (DID Dunboyne) and Anthony Walsh (Aquablue).

Paul Norton (Velorevolution) won the A4 event.

The womens (Leinster Championship) race was won by Emily Birchall (NRPT). Wendy Bates (Lakeside) was second with Fiona Guihan (DID) third.

Jack Caldwell (Navan), Mark Smith (Moynalty) and Mark Mc Garry (Dungarvan) took victories in the Under 16, under 14 and under 12 races respectively.

Combined A1/A2/A3/Junior Race  
1st Colm Cassidy Aquablue
2rd Fintan Ryan DID Dunboyne
3rd Anthony Walsh Aquablue
4th Cian Delaney Stamullen MD Road Club
5th Paul O’Reilly Fixx Roulers
6th Cian Sutcliffe Lucan Staggs
7th Robin Kelly Waterford
8th Aaron Buggle Fixx Roulers

Unplaced A2s  
1st Ross Grogan Staggs Lucan
2nd John Clarke Navan Road Club
3rd Mark Kiernan Murphy Surveys

Unplaced A3s  
1st Aidan Kelly Bikeworx
2nd Louis Cornell Sorrento
3rd Phil O’Flaherty McNally Swords CC

Unplaced Juniors    
1st Conn McDunphy Lucan Staggs
2nd Conor Murnane Orwell Wheelers
3rd Reece Young Slaney CC

A4 Race    
1st Paul Norton Velorevolution
2nd Kevin Byrne Skane Whlrs
3rd Declan Sheerin Lakeside
4th John Simpson Unattached
5th Brendan McEntee Drogheda Wheelers CC
6th Trevor Reilly TC Racing
7th Rob Farrell Lucan
8th Padraig Walsh Comeragh

  Women’s Race (Leinster Championships)  
1st Emily Birchall NRPT
2nd Wendy Bates Lakeside
3rd Fiona Guihan DID
4th Eimear O’Reilly Clondalkin
5th Niamh Stephens UCD
6th Monica Marconi Orwell Wheelers

Under 16 race    
1st Jack Caldwell Navan Road Club
2nd Sean Murnane Orwell Wheelers
3rd Aaron Cullen Donadea
4th Ryan Fitzpatrick Inspiration
5th Leo Doyle Sheelin
6th Jack O’Donnell Drogheda Wheelers CC

Under 14 race    
1st Mark Smith Moynalty
2nd Sean Nolan Navan Road Club
3rd David O’Sullivan Moynalty
4th Ryan Geraghty Inspiration
5th Emmet Gorman Stamullen
6th Robert Keane Carlow

Under 12 race    
1st Mark McGarry Dungarvan
2nd Chloe Wall Navan Road Club
3rd Adam Gilsenan Bohermeen
4th Stephanie Roche Acorn
5th Aoibhe Power Dungarvan
6th Quillan Donnelly Bikeworx

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Brendan Campbell Memorial

The 19th edition of the Brendan Campbell Memorial race will take place on Sunday July 26th. Drogheda Wheelers are delighted to announce Coca Cola International Services as title sponsor once again. The main race will be a handicap event for A1/A2/A3 and Juniors.

The full schedule is as follows:

11.45 am U14 2 x laps 12.8km
11.47 am U12 1 x lap 6.4 km

12.15 pm A4 Race 8 x laps 51.2 km
12.17 pm Womens Race (Leinster R/R Champs) 7 x laps 45 km
12.19 pm U16 Race 5 x laps 32 km

2.00 pm A1/A2/A3/Jun h/cap race 13 x laps 83.2 km

Parking and sign will be at Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Donore Village (3 mins from exit 9 from M1).

For further info contact: gercampbell1@hotmail.com or 086 8192205

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Mark Mullen League : Round 5

Victory this week went to Arek Kluz of Stamullen. Ciaran Campbell (Drogheda) took second place with Colm O’Brien (Ratoath) in third.

  Round 5  
1st Arek Klus Stamullen MD Road Club
2nd Ciaran Campbell Drogheda Wheelers CC
3rd Colm O’Brien Ratoath CC
4th Brian Martin Drogheda Wheelers CC
5th Dave Hickey
6th Mark Lynch Drogheda Wheelers CC
7th Luke Coll Stamullen MD Road Club
8th Paul Hunter McNally Swords CC
9th Liam Hanley Navan Road Club
10th Alan Bonner Stamullen MD Road Club

Ellen Gorman of Stamullen won the underage race, with Grace Gorman second and Brendan McGuinness third.

  Underage Round 5  
1st Ellen Gorman Stamullen MD Road Club
2nd Grace Gorman Stamullen MD Road Club
3rd Brendan McGuinness Navan Road Club
4th Aaron Traynor Cuchulainn CC

Click here for the overall standings.

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