Ciaran Connor Wins the Clann Eireann Lurgan Criterium

Ciaran Connor wins the Clann Eireann Lurgan Criterium Lurgan Park was the venue for this race. A field of ten U14’s lined up at the start. A mistake at the very beginning meant that Ciaran had to work hard straight away to get back to the leaders. He was back in the bunch after half a lap, then led over the line at the end of the first lap. Ciaran’s cornering skills showed as he gapped the field on the bends but they caught him on the long straights. He led nearly the whole race and closed down and chased every attempt that anyone made to get away. We thought there was going to be a lone winner, when coming to the bell, there was a monumental attack. Again, it was Ciaran that worked and brought it all back together. Then they all sat up waiting to see who would go next. Into the home straight and the pace picked up. A sprint finish after all of Ciarans hard work. Team Madigan went first, followed by Phoenix cycling, then Ciaran of DW followed by CCC rider.
Ciarans sprint was stronger and he came from behind to take his first ever win.

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Mark Mullen League Round 2

Javan Nulty of North Down Cycling Club won round 2 of the Mark Mullen League ahead of Liam Hanley (Lucan) and Mark Heather (Clontarf).

Rider Club Points
Javan Nulty NDCC 12
Liam Hanley Lucan 10
Mark Heather Clontarf CC 9
Simon Jones UCD 8
Arek Kluz Stamullen CC 7
Paul Norton Strata3 VeloRevolution 6
Barry Hughes Drogheda Wheelers 5
James McMorrow Drogheda Wheelers 4
Gary Gorman Stamullen CC 3
Adrian Pretorius Blanch 2

Seamus Connor (Drogheda Wheelers) won this week’s underage event ahead of clubmate Niall Browne.

Rider Club Points
Seamus Connor Drogheda Wheelers 12
Niall Browne Drogheda Wheelers 10
Pearce Gorman Stamullen 9
Bryan Keelan Drogheda Wheelers 8

Click here for the overall standings.

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Mark Mullen League Round 1

Shane Murphy of Dublin Wheelers took victory in the opening round of the 2018 Mark Mullen league. Liam Hanley of Lucan finished second with Sean Landers of Stamullen third.

  Rider Club Points
1st Shane Murphy Dublin Wheelers 12
2nd Liam Hanley Lucan 10
3rd Sean Landers Stamullen CC 9
4th Simon Jones UCD 8
5th Mark Heather Clontarf CC 7
6th Javan Nulty NDCC 6
7th Gary Gorman Stamullen CC 5
8th Barry Hughes Drogheda Wheelers 4
9th James McMorrow Drogheda Wheelers 3
10th Brendan Dolan Drogheda Wheelers 2

In the underage event, Drogheda Wheelers rider Niall Browne won with clubmate Bryan Keelan second.

  Rider Club Points
1st Niall Browne Drogheda Wheelers 12
2nd Bryan Keelan Drogheda Wheelers 10

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Mark Mullen League 2018

Our annual Mark Mullen League begins on Monday 18th June. Racing will take place at 7:30 each Monday night for six weeks in total. Each race will be just over 6 laps of the Donore Circuit.

All races are run on a handicap basis and are an ideal opportunity for those who’ve never raced before but would like to give it a try. Anyone wishing to race must hold at least a Cycling Ireland Club competition license (club members who have non-competition licenses can upgrade by applying to Cycling Ireland).

Riders must ride in a minimum of 3 rounds to be eligible for overall prizes. Riders who ride all 6 rounds will have their best 5 results count.

Sign-on for each race will be outside Donore National School. The entry fee will be €5 per race, payable at sign-on. Competitors should note a slight change with regard to the race finish. This will be now be about 2km from the start line (as shown on the map below). As always, we ask all competitors and spectators to be mindful of the needs of local residents when parking on or near the circuit.

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Rás Finish

After a grueling eight days, the 2018 Rás Tailteann ended with the traditional final stage into Skerries. Well done to Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex on their participation. Congratulations especially to Arek Kluz, Barry Hughes and Niall Craven who are now “men of the Rás”. Our commiserations go to our other riders Cian Delaney and Paul Smith, who unfortunately had to retire after sustaining some nasty injuries earlier in the week. We wish Cian and Paul speedy recoveries.

Here’s a selection of photos from Sunday’s final stage..

Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes finishing stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes celebrate in Skerries with their team members manager Andrew Watters, Austin Dennis Physio, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic after finishing the final stage of the 2018 Rás Tailteann. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Donore man Niall Craven riding in stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann which finished in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Donore man Barry Hughes riding in stage 8 of the 2018 Rás Tailteann which finished in Skerries for Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Donore men Niall Craven and Barry Hughes riding for local team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex in Skerries after finishing the final stage of the 2018 Rás Tailteann. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

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Rás 2018 Gets Underway!

Kay Howard wife of the Late Gabriel (Gaybo) Howard with her family drop the flag to officially start the 2018 Rás Taliteann in Drogheda. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Drogheda Wheelers Jons SCME Dimplex Louth Rás Tailteann team, Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Paul Smith, Barry Hughes and Arek Klus with team manager Andrew Watters, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic at the race start in Drogheda. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

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Ras 2018 Team and Route Launch

Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex riders Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Arek Klus, Paul Smith and Barry Hughes with Support crew and members of Drogheda Wheelers at the launch of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in The Thatch. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

The Thatch Bar Drogheda was the venue last Thursday night for the official launch of the 2018 Ras Tailteann as well the Louth Jons SCME Dimplex Ras team. Drogheda Wheelers secretary Gerard Campbell spoke about Drogheda’s strong Ras tradition, acknowledging the presence of several local Ras veterans among the enthusiastic audience. Others who spoke passionately about the event were Drogheda Wheelers chairman Andrew Watters, race director Eimear Dignam and Drogheda Mayor Pio Smith.

While the town has hosted stage finishes on a number of occasions, this will be the first time that Race start will take place in Drogheda. The Louth Jons SCME Dimplex Team includes two Drogheda Wheelers riders, Barry Hughes and Niall Craven. Barry competed in the event two years ago, but suffered appalling luck with two crashes in the first two stages, the injuries sustained forcing his retirement on stage three. This will be Niall’s first Ras. Despite suffering a broken shoulder and collar bone just weeks ago, Niall’s determination meant there was scarcely any doubt about his participation. Niall and Barry are joined by Waterford man Paul Smith. Two Stamullen riders, Cian Delaney and Arek Kluz complete the line-up. Their inclusion is a poignant reminder of the vital part played by the late Gabriel Howard in making this team a reality. Gerard Campbell spoke of Gaybo’s tireless contribution to the Ras over the years and said that the opening stage will be dedicated to his memory.

Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex riders Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Paul Smith, Barry Hughes and Arek Klus with team manager Andrew Watters, Austin Dennis Physio, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic at the launch of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in The Thatch. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Details of this years race route can be found here

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Dunsany GP

The Dunsany GP will take place on Sat May 12th. Sign on will be in Dunsany GAA grounds from 9:00 am.
The route will be the usual green sheds circuit with the last lap coming off circuit to finish at the church in Dunsany.

10:3O am A3 race 4 x laps of 17k Total 68km
10:33 am A4 race 3 x laps of 17k Total 51km.

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Weekend of Racing 2018 Review

Once again Drogheda Wheelers’ team of race organisers and marshalls have put on what we believe was an exceptionally well run weekend of racing. Well done and huge thanks to all those who contributed.

Those of you who participated in any of our events (or perhaps parents of Rás na nÓg competitors) are invited to give feedback through a Cycling Ireland organised survey. You can do so by clicking on the following link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BQX68M

We are always striving to improve in a any way we can so we do hope as many of you as possible will take part. We look forward to hearing your opinions.

The survey will close on Sunday, 22nd April.

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Drogheda Wheelers Weekend of Racing 2018
Full details

Skoda Ras na nÓg

Saturday April 14th

Race HQ Bellewstown Racecourse

Pre race meeting with parents mentors etc at 9.45am

Stage 1 10:30 am Crit
Sign on opens at 8:45 am at Bellewstown Racecourse

Stage 2 Road Race 2:00 pm
Sign on reopens at 1:00 pm

Sunday April 15th

Stage 3 Road Race 10:00 am
Sign on opens at 8:30 am

For route details click here

Senior Races

Saturday April 14th

10th Anniversary Peter Bidwell Memorial Race

– Race starts at 5:30 pm
Sign on at Drogheda Retail Park (Security Offices opposite KFC), Donore Road from 3:30 pm

8 x laps of the 6.4km circuit 51.2km
Handicap Race for all categories i.e. A+,A1,A2,A3,A4,Juniors, Women
Presentation at 1.30pm Sunday in Thatch Bar Donore Road, Drogheda.

Click here for route details.

Sunday April 15th

Coombes Connor Memorial Races

Sign on from 10:30 am at Bellewstown Racecourse

A+ / A1 / A2 Race 9 x laps 126k..race departs racecourse at 12.20pm for a 12.30 start on the circuit.This will be a rolling start and will not stop at entrance to circuit

A3 Race 6 x laps 84k//Race departs racecourse at 12.23pm

A4 Race 5 x laps 70k Race departs racecourse at 12.26pm

Final presentation at racecourse with refreshments

Click here for route details.

All further info Ger 086 8192205

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