Mark Mullen League – Week 1 Results

Adam Gilsenan of Bohermeen won the first round of this year’s Mark Mullen league. Sean Lenehan of Navan was second and Luke Coll of Drogheda Wheelers third.

Adam Gilsenan of Bohermeen CC wins the first round of the Drogheda Wheelers Mark Mullen League. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie




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Mark Mullen League – Updates

Round 1 of the League (Monday 13th July) will be comprise four laps of the circuit mapped out below. Those of you that have participated previously in our Coombes Connor open races will be familiar with some of the roads. The venue for subsequent rounds may be changed subject to ongoing review by our health and safety team.

The assembly area for the night will be the Coombes Connor start/ finish line which is just off the circuit on the R150 Duleek-Julianstown road, when heading east towards Julianstown. Race start time will be at 7:30 pm.

All riders that have Cycling Ireland race numbers i.e. those with full competitive licences are asked to wear those numbers and to use frame numbers as well. This will greatly assist us in being able to publish race results as quickly as possible without the need for any congregation when the race has finished.

We are also asking all riders to please bring along a mask or other face covering that they can wear while assembling at the start line, since proper social distancing may not be possible there. Masks can be put away in jersey pockets immediately prior to the start and neither these nor items such as gel wrappers nor any other litter should be discarded on or near the circuit.

There will be no physical sign-on at the race venue. Riders will use a virtual sign on system and details of this will be issued by email in the next day or two. Any rider that has not received an email notification about this before Sunday 12th July should contact entries@droghedawheelers.ie so that we can ensure we have your correct address.

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Mark Mullen League 2020 – Update

Entry for the annual Mark Mullen League is now closed, with a full complement of 70 riders having entered. Sorry to all those riders who may have missed out: we’re sure you all appreciate the need to limit numbers. Any riders who would like to be included on our reserve list should email entries@droghedawheelers.ie. We will let you know should any places become available due to cancellations etc.

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Mark Mullen League 2020

Drogheda Wheelers are delighted to announce that our annual Mark Mullen League will commence on 13th July. Any riders wishing to participate in the league can register by clicking here. Unlike previous years, riders must pay in advance by submitting the entrance fee using the paypal link provided on the registration page. Riders also need to be aware of quite a number of important guidelines arising from the need to social distance. Full details are available here.

Further information regarding routes and start times will be published here shortly

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Training Spin Protocol

Further to the announcement below, regarding Cycling Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening, Drogheda Wheelers would like to advise all members who are organising training spins, whether for leisure or competitive groups, to take note of all the guidelines outlined in the Cyling Ireland Club Training Guidelines. The following points are particularly important:

  • Organisers of training sessions are required to use the Cycling Ireland Booking System for all club activities. This is a government requirement for contact tracing purposes.
  • Participants of training sessions should complete Self-Assessment Personal Screening Questionnaire.
  • Organisers should ensure that the number of participants must not exceed the maximum allowed by government regulations.
  • Participants should only attend the activity as close as practical to the start of any training and leave as soon as possible after the end of the session.
  • Participants should only handle their equipment (bikes, bidons, nutrition, towels etc) and not touch the equipment of others.
  • Participants should bring their own filled bidons (no use of water taps). No post-training social activities are to be conducted.
  • No participants and organisers are to attend or must leave immediately, a club activity if they have any illness or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Participants and organisers must not attend a club activity if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, even if mild.
  • Participants and organisers must ensure physical distancing requirements are adhered to.
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Roadmap for Reopening

The announcement of the revised “Roadmap for Reopening Society” has allowed for an accelerated return of club activities and events. The following is an extract from the Cycling Ireland website outlining some of the implications for clubs.

Club training and racing can now return from June 29th once strict protocols are adhered to. Guidelines developed by Cycling Ireland in conjunction with the Sport Expert Group and UCI are available to clubs wishing to organise group training rides and club competitions during Phase 3. A Cycling Ireland booking system has been developed to assist clubs with meeting government’s contact tracing requirements.

Open events will return from July 17th to allow sufficient time for event organisers to implement the necessary protocols and provide athletes with adequate time to prepare for competition. A revised calendar will be made available next week with online registration through the Cycling Ireland events system a requirement for contact tracing purposes. Guidance for event organisers can be viewed below and our events team are available to assist you through this process.

While group training activities and events are returning, Covid-19 remains a highly contagious and debilitating virus, and in some cases a fatal one. Members, clubs, and event organisers should consider their own circumstances and assume personal responsibility when deciding to partake in group activities.

Drogheda Wheelers urges all its members to familiarise themselves with all of the rules and protocols laid out by Cycling Ireland and to enjoy a safe return to our sport. We hope to be in a position over the coming days to announce plans regarding our scheduled events.

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Rás na nÓg 2020 Postponed

Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club have made the difficult decision, in the interest of safety to competitors, parents, volunteers and other supporters to postpone Rás na nÓg, in line with recent developments with Covid-19.

At this time, the club has made no decision regarding The Peter Bidwell Memorial or The Coombes Connor Memorial, which are to be held on April 4th and 5th. We will closely watch developments in this regard and update as soon as we can. Likewise, there has been no decision made on the rescheduling of Rás na nÓg.

We will liaise with Cycling Ireland to process refunds to those who have already entered for Rás na nÓg. We are very disappointed to have to cancel this event, but we feel it is the best action to take for the safety of everyone involved.

Further updates regarding our senior events on April 4th and 5th will follow as the situation develops.

Thank you to everyone for your co-operation, and we hope everyone stays safe during this time.

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Boyne GP 2020 Update

Following on from a statement from Cycling Ireland, all activities have been suspended until March 29th, at the earliest.

That means Drogheda Wheelers must postpone the Boyne GP, originally set for March 22nd. At this time, rescheduling of dates is unknown but any later arrangements will be posted as soon as we are aware of them.

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Boyne GP 2020

The Boyne GP will take place on Sunday, 22nd March. Details are as follows:

Sign on from 8:30am in Ryan’s Pub Gormanlough (6kms from Slane on the R163 Kells Road)

Riders will sign on at the pub and then go to parking at Stackallen Pitch and Putt Club where all the races will start. Races will be on the usual 12k circuit finishing at the usual place at the school.

Presentation will be in Ryan’s pub

Race Programme

10:00 – A4 race 5.5 laps (66km)
12.00 – Combined A1 / A2 race 8.5 x laps (102km)
12.03 – A3 race 6.5 x laps (78km)

Please note that absolutely no parking will be available at the pub area. All parking will be at the pitch and putt club 

For further information contact Gerard on 086-8192205/gercampbell1@hotmail.com.

Race route – note distance quoted is for 1.5 laps

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Membership Night

Drogheda Wheelers’ annual membership night takes place on Wednesday 4th December from 7:30 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road, Drogheda. The fee for new members is €20. Cycling Ireland licence fees can also be paid on the night. Details of cycling Ireland’s license fees can be found by clicking here.

Membership application forms can be filled out on the night or can be downloaded and completed in advance by clicking on the following links:

Leisure Member Application Form

Junior Member Application Form

Competitive Member Application Form

 

 

 

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