Monthly Archive: August 2017

IVCA Track Championships Saturday 2nd September

The IVCA track championships will be held,

Saturday 2nd September ***
Eamonn Ceannt Stadium

Sundrive Road

IVCA riders can ride some , any or all events
Track Accreditation Required
Bike Hire Available – no changing of gears or pedals (Keo).
(We do have some Keo Plate Shoes)
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To assist us please register by email to Paul O’Connell ( but we will accept entries on the day.

Please note the times below 

Sign on and bike hire 0900 to 0930
First rider off at 10am
Open Track 0915 to 0955

Minimum number of 5 participants required per age category/event

(Provisional Programme Subject to change)
Flying 200     M60    4 to qualify to Semi
Flying 200     M50    4 to qualify  to Semi
Flying 200     M40    4 to qualify to Semi

500TT M60
500TT M50
750TT M40

Pursuit 2k     M60
Pursuit 2k     M50
Pursuit 3K     M40
Medals decided by 1 round only

Sprint M60    Semi Heat 1 best of 3
Sprint M50    Semi Heat 1 best of 3
Sprint M40    Semi Heat 1 best of 3
Sprint M60    Semi Heat 2 best of 3
Sprint M50    Semi Heat 2 best of 3
Sprint M40    Semi Heat 2 best of 3
Round 3 if required


Sprint M60   Bronze Ride off Ride 1
Sprint M50    Bronze Ride off Ride 1
Sprint M40    Bronze Ride off Ride 1
Sprint M60    Gold Silver Ride Ride 1
Sprint M50    Gold Silver Ride Ride 1
Sprint M40    Gold Silver Ride Ride 1
Sprint M60   Bronze Ride off Ride 2
Sprint M50    Bronze Ride off Ride 2
Sprint M40    Bronze Ride off Ride 2
Sprint M60    Gold Silver Ride Ride 2
Sprint M50    Gold Silver Ride Ride 2
Sprint M40    Gold Silver Ride Ride 2
Ride 3 if Required

Scratch         M60    5k Laps (10 Laps)
Scratch         M50    7.5k Laps (16 Laps
Scratch         M40    10k Laps (22 Laps)

Team Sprint (Combined age 135+)

Bracken takes the title

One week after wining the Sonny Cullen Memorial, Sean Bracken delivered two-in-a-row at the IVCA Road Race Championship on 27th August.

On a windy and overcast day, this Age-Standard race came down to a sprint between a small group of 8 riders.  The tireless Sean Lally put in a tremendous ride in the windy conditions, out on his own for 75Km, and only caught in the last 4Km.  Behind him, a group of the strongest riders from other age categories had formed and worked hard together, never missing a beat, to chase down the leader.

At the line, it was Bracken who took the sprint for gold, followed by Terry Ferris in the silver medal position and Hugh David taking bronze.



AGM update

Documentation for the AGM of the IVCA which takes place on Saturday, 9th September, was forwarded by e-mail to all members on 18th August.  If any member has not received this documentation, please e-mail and we will arrange to have the material sent to you.

Pedal the Peaks Challenge

Our friends in Tullamore Cycling Club are holding a sportive next Sunday, 27th August, with proceeds going to the Irish Kidney Association.   Sign-On is at the Tullamore Harriers Athletic Grounds in Spollenstown and will open at 8:00am.  Parking, shower and changing facilities are available. Tea/Coffee is also available on arrival.

There are three routes to choose from:  85 Km, 95 Km and 125 Km, with the 125 km including some difficult climbing.  Roll-out is between 9.15 am and 9.30 am for these events

More information is available here.

Your support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated by Tullamore CTC.


Sat TT_10. 10 mile TT, Johnstownbridge.

A tough day at the office for the nine riders with the remnants of Storm Gert battering us on the outward leg. Probably most having one of their slowest ever outward legs followed by a correspondingly fast return. As always though the aggregate is a disappointing time. It would have been no surprise if no one had beaten handicap but Tony O’Malley managed to beat the odds.

Pat Byrne is the winner on Age Standard from Joe Sheehy and Ken O’Neill with each  gap just two seconds.

Ken was Fastest ahead of Joe and Tony.

I’ll highlight the final league tables in a later posting after checking. Anyone with queries shout quick and loud please. Hopefully there will be no changes from what you will see on the relevant result pages .
Thanks to Harry for the timing. No marshals to thank this week but all got around safely. Thanks also to our paramedic for the watchful eye.
BAR / FAR Options day next week 27th to round of the season apart from the Two up and the hillclimb after a few weeks rest.

Note VENUE CHANGE This SUNDAY 20th August

Due to a clash of events in Summerhill next Sunday the race committee has no alternative but to move the age championships planned for next Sunday to another venue.
The race will now take place on the Kilcullen (Long) circuit.
Venue – Kilcullen Community Centre
Sign on – Open 8.00am to 8.45am  Race Starts 9.00am
3 Laps of 26.4 km circuit.  Total 79.2 km
Marshals please arrive early. Marshal briefing 8.30am sharp
Directions to Kilcullen Community Centre

Road Race Championships details

Next Sunday (20th August) sees the highlight of the IVCA racing calendar, the Road Race Championship, taking place.  This event is run as an Age CP, i.e. a single race handicapped on age.  The time gaps between the age categories are provided below.

Due to traffic diversions in Co. Meath as a result of the Dublin Ironman event, the IVCA race will now take place over 3 laps of the Kilcullen circuit, with sign-on at Kilcullen Community Centre from 8.00 am to 8.45 am.  First riders will be off at 9 am.

Riders will start in 5-year age groupings, based on their year of birth – i.e. the age they will reach by 31st December 2017.  If you are riding the event, the attached list shows the group you will start with, based on your year of birth.

A Women’s Championship and trophy will be incorporated into the race provided a minimum of 5 women riders start the event.  Each woman competitor will ride in the age category above her actual age (e.g. a woman aged 40 will start with the 45-49 age group, a woman aged 49 will start in the 50-54 age group, etc).  With an increase this year in the number of women racing with the IVCA, this is a great opportunity for an IVCA Women’s champion to be crowned for the first time ever.


Time Gaps for IVCA Age CPs (as agreed at 2014 AGM)

(1)       80 years and upwards at Go.   =                0 mins.

(2)       75 – 79  @  10 minutes               =          + 10 mins.

(3)       70 – 74  @  16 minutes               =          +   6 mins.

(4)       65 – 69  @  22 minutes               =          +   6 mins.

(5)       60 – 64  @  28 minutes               =          +   6 mins.

(6)       55 – 59  @  33 minutes               =          +   5 mins.

(7)       50 – 54  @  38 minutes               =          +   5 mins.

(8)       45 – 49  @  40 mins 30secs.      =          +  2 min. 30 secs.

(9)       40 – 44 @  41 mins 30 secs     =             +  1 min.


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Sonny Cullen Memorial

Next Sunday’s race (13th August) is the Sonny Cullen Memorial.  Sonny was one of the top riders of the 1950s and ’60s.  He was an Irish international and represented Ireland at Olympics in Rome in 1960. On the domestic scene he was a multiple winner of the prestigious Jack Woodcock Memorial and a regular victor in the IVCA.

Sunday’s race takes place on the Green Sheds circuit, with sign-on at Dunsaney GAA club.

There will be four separate races, with the Sonny Cullen trophy being contested by Race 1 (Scratch & Semi-Scratch.

For those of you who like the nostalgia of 1960s cycling, check out:


TTL_10. Culmullin Circuit TT.

A fine evening, possibly the best conditions of the season. Just fifteen riders and again a full compliment of marshals and timekeepers plus the Medic , whom I seem to have been overlooking ( apologies for that ) to look after the riders.. Thankfully the recently chipped road surface was not too loose but it was certainly rough.
Fergal May was fastest and also took the Age Standard points closely followed by Ken O’Neil and Joe Sheehy in second and third, again in actual time and age standard categories.
Colm Cassidy won on handicap followed Oliver Bright and Peter Raftery..
So that’s the last of the TTL League
and just Johnstown Bridge on the 19th to complete the Saturday League series.
After Sundays miserable weather I suspect we may have a good turnout on options day on the 27th to bring the BAR and FAR competitions to a close.
The League positions are available to see on the results sheets but I’ll post a separate summary on those and the after the options day results are processed.