Monthly Archive: June 2016

Changes to the Time Trial program – Please take note.

Sat TT_08 on 9th July ( listed as Hatchet Inn ) will be relocated to our new course at Johnstown Bridge where we have now arranged HQ facilities at the Hamlet Court Hotel. Coming in from Enfield, turn left at the Hotel, the car park is at the back of the Hotel on your right. Sign on at HQ. It about 2km from the HQ to the start.

TTL-08, Al Fresco Shield, 25 TT, ( listed as Black Bull )on Tuesday 19th July will be relocated to Moy Valley where the Mother Hubbard’s HQ is proving to be a great venue. First man off 1915. Remember to keep to left of car park, it may be busier than we’ve seen in the mornings.

The calendar on the web will be updated accordingly. ( Next Task ).

IVCA 25 TT Championship, Moy Valley.

Not cold, not too windy, very wet:-)
19 riders and ten marshals / timekeepers turned out for the 25 TT Champs this morning. The benefit of a proper HQ showed up very well with about half of us retiring into Mother Hubbards’ for a hearty breakfast after the event.
The Championship went to Hugh by a margin of just three seconds over Ian with the third place going to Pat Byrne. I believe the result proves the efficacy of the new age standards with elite standard rides at age 41 and 69 rightly being so close. We had an even closer call on the Handicap result. Deanne was the only rider beat handicap . Ian lowered his PB and the IVCA Age 42 record to 53:50 also mopping up the age 41 and 40 records. This being only his second 25 he was riding off scratch so not up there in the handicap result.. Patsy took the age 82 record off Kevin and of course Kevin set a new age 84 record. I was happy that my leg injury survived without any aggravation so lots to be happy about. Unfortunately no photographer today.


IVCA 25 TT, Kelly Cup, Moy Valley, 21062016.

Overcast and cool and somewhat windy for a midsummer nights TT.
Only fourteen starters being shown the way by Ian again. A 53:59 kinda nice for his first IVCA 25 TT. Just two riders beating handicap, Colm Cassidy narrowly beating Sean Darragh for the Kelly Cup win.
Not a good night on the marshalling front with only five showing up on a course which needs fourteen. The defaulters will need to show up on Sunday 26/06 for the 25 TT championship to make good their status.


Lally leaves the opposition in his wake (and other updates)

It was another great victory in the Founders Cup Age CP for Sean Lally (Snr) on Sunday, 19th June.  In a race he has made his own with numerous victories in the event over the last 15 years, Lally defied the bad weather and a riders a generation younger than him to take the spoils in Summerhill.  Second place went to another IVCA stalwart, Peter Schweppe, with John Brady taking the final podium place.

Schweppe was the joint winner of the 2-Day event over the June Bank Holiday weekend, sharing the points-based competition with Jim Morahan.  Each of them had a win and a second place over the two races that weekend.

This week sees a focus on Time Trials, with the Kelly Cup on Tuesday, 21st June, and the 25 Championship on Sunday next, 26th June.  The next road race will be on Tuesday, 28th June, in Summerhill.  The previous Tuesday race which was scheduled for Kilcullen on 14th June, was cancelled due to appalling weather conditions.  Everyone who turned up and signed on that evening was awarded 2 League points.

Remember, all road race results are available on the Road Race results page on the website.

IVCA 10 TT, Behive Inn course, Wicklow. 18062016.

Well we got the desired change in weather. Fine sunny morning and very little breeze. Only problem was a lack of riders 🙂 Just eight, including one guest turned up. Ian showed us that the course is not a great problem for the super fast being just a minute off his best. Thanks to Harry and Ger for the timing and to Linus, Ian and Dave ( and misha ) for marshalling. Phil.!ApK3vnBOYSprq1i-DaTnN0UWuCJW

Founders Cup

After a successful Wicklow 200 event last weekend, Sunday racing resumes this week in Summerhill with the prestigious Founders Cup to be competed for.

The Founders Cup was donated by the original founding members of the IVCA, whose names are engraved on the cup: Phil Byrne, Des Troy, Tom Dempsey, E. Dunphy, Denis Goody, Donal O’Connell, Dick O’Brien, Fred Smith and Paddy McInerney.

With this year being the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the IVCA, Sunday’s race will hold an special air of importance for the winner.  The race is run each year in an Age CP format.  Riders are handicapped in 5-year age groups, with the oldest riders first away.

It should be a fascinating race on Sunday!



Sat TT_05. Beehive Inn, Jack Whites, N11, Wicklow.





Start / Finish App. 1km south of Beehive Inn ( Jack Whites ) on N11.

Ample parking at roadside. Note, no HQ or facilities so absolute discretion required.

Proceed south through M11 underpass at Dunganstown, turn left  then right at N11 flyover roundabouts, Cloghogue and retrace to finish.

Marshal requirements, two at each roundabout plus pusher off, total 7.



This coming Saturday, 18th June we return to Wicklow hoping for a more kindly breeze than last Septembers debut. Above link to updated TT courses.

Usual Saturday start time of 0930. Please note their is no HQ but ample carparking at start/fin app. 1km south of The Beehive on N11. Absolute discretion whilst changing !
Riders are reminded of IVCA preference for rear lights in all TT’s.

Please talk to Phil about IVCA 2016 Kit orders. See details on


PS TT Course page has been updated this info Click here for TT Courses page

Thank You!!

On behalf of the IVCA Board, can I offer our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Wicklow 200/100 a success on Sunday, 12 June.

It was not the nicest of mornings to be marshalling, but thankfully the weather cleared during the day and back at the finish, riders spoke about how well the event was marshalled and appreciated the support along the way.

So to everyone who helped out or on the day, or in advance, and to the organising team led by Alan Heary, well done on your efforts.  It was great to see the sense of achievement on the face of riders at the finish and great to see that the Wicklow still holds its place as Ireland’s friendliest Sportive.