Monthly Archive: September 2017

Finishing on a high!

The final racing event of the season – the IVCA Hill Climb – takes place next Sunday, 1st October at Kilmacanogue, just past Bray in Co. Wicklow.

It’s the shortest road race of the year, at just under 3 Km, but one of the toughest.  Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest riders and to the first three on handicap time.  Handicaps are re-set every 2 years, so this ensures that riders in all ability groups have a chance to make the podium in this category.

The Hill Climb is a unique event which has been won by as little as a single second in the past.  Who will lift the trophy this year?

Sign-on (including for marshals) is from 10.20 am, with the first rider off at 11.00 (ish).

Car parking is available at Pluck’s Restaurant in Kilmacanogue, at the bottom of the Sugar Loaf.  Please note the car park will not be open until 10.15 am, so please do not arrive before that time as there is nowhere to park on the roadside.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in Pluck’s as we close the page on the 2017 racing season.



Sanyo Cup. Two up T.T. 24/10/2017.

A fine calm morning, Just a bit of drizzle out Trim way for the turn.
Seven pairs lined up for the start and all finished intact. Just one mixed pair among them.
William Parnell and Ned Costello take the trophy riding to just 13 seconds of estimated time, the only ones within a minute of estimate.

Next Sunday, 1st September draws the season to a close with the Kilmacanogue Hill Climb. We hope to see a good turnout.

West Wicklow Tour next Sunday

The West Wicklow Tour takes place next Sunday, 10th September.  Following the significant drop in participant numbers in the last two years, this year’s edition will be confined to IVCA members (i.e. it is not an open event).  The tour is the 9th event in the Dick O’Brien Leisure League.

Roll out is from the Cycle Superstore in Tallaght at 9 am.  The tour is based on the familiar route through Saggart and Rathcoole, then on to Punchestown and Brannockstown.   Instead of continuing on to Dunlavin as in the past, the route turns left at Brannockstown and heads to Ballymore Eustace where there is an opportunity to stop and draw breath.

The route then heads back towards Hollywood and on to the N81 back to Tallaght.  The full route is available here.  Total distance is c 75 Km.

Please note there is no organised re-fuelling stop on this tour, so bring some money if you want to stop along the way.



Options day, 25 / 50 TT last chances for BAR / FAR.

Just 12 riders turned out for a final attempt to improve FAR / BAR times and were greeted by a fine and relatively calm morning.
Only eight of the scheduled twelve marshals turned up for duty leaving us very short with four roundabouts to be marshalled. Thanks to those who showed up. The defaulters will be sanctioned by racecomm.
Six of the twelve riders managed to post seasons bests showing the importance of the options day opportunity. Also having moved it to an earlier date was shown to have been a good move by ttcomm.
Now to the task of checking and sorting before producing the final results.