Monthly Archive: January 2019

IVCA Leisure League Round 1 – East Kildare Tour

IVCA Leisure League Round 1 – East Kildare Tour – 13/01/19

Sunday Jan 13th was a damp and windy morning as 12 riders signed on at Wheelworx car park for the 1st round of the 2019 leisure league. The only benefit weather-wise was the mild temperatures of about 9/10 degrees. Following all the friendly greetings and “Happy New Years”, a short briefing was held to outline the route, reminder of safety rules, warning about roadworks, etc. It was also noted that I first met a lot of the people in this group exactly 10 years ago, as my first spin with the IVCA was the Jan Tour 2009. It was also my first meeting with the late Gay Farnan RIP of whom we all have fond memories.

The Group assembled at Wheelworx

The Group assembled at Wheelworx

We headed out into a stiff westerly wind and soon got a nice steady pace going which everyone was comfortable with. A few rotations took place within the group to allow much needed shelter from the wind, as we made our way through Newcastle, Lyons Estate, Ardclough and Straffan. Following Bodenstown Cross Roads, the group made steady progress up and over the short climb before descending into Sallins. A very short section on the main road was followed by a left turn onto the much quieter Millicent Road and up to the turn for Clane, where a much welcomed refreshment stop was enjoyed by all.

Following the break, we headed up the main road towards Kilcock, past Clongowes Wood College before turning onto the minor road and through Rathcoffey. From there we made our way through Maynooth, Celbridge, Hazelhatch and past Peamount Hospital. To avoid roadworks on Nangor Rd, a slight change of direction was made to the normal route, bringing us through Adamstown. A short section of 2-3km of Bus Lane brought us all back to Wheelworx safe and sound. Thankfully no punctures or mechanicals were had. The total distance was 73km.

Many thanks to Philip Brogan who was feeling unwell, but kindly drove behind the group as backup. Thanks also to Tony Pearson for the photos.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the first tour of the year, and are looking forward to the Feb tour which takes place on 10th Feb at 10.00am departing from Airside Retail Park, Swords (further details to follow).

Report by – Jimmy Murphy


The Group at Clane

IVCA Members IVCA Ecumenical Service – Sunday 27 Jan @ 3.30pm

The IVCA’s annual Ecumenical Service takes place at 3.30 pm on Sunday, 27th January, in the Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, off the top of Dublin’s O’Connell St.

Each year through this service we celebrate the memory of deceased IVCA members and friends through a mix of reflections, music and prayer. Family and friends of past IVCA members are most welcome to join us for this ceremony, so if you know anyone who might like to come along, please pass the details on to them.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the hotel.

This event always provides a great opportunity for our members to meet and catch up ahead of the forthcoming cycling season, so all are welcome to join us on 27th January.

The location of the Academy Plaza Hotel can be found through the following link:,-6.259731,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa768a720909fe2d5!8m2!3d53.3525243!4d-6.2599914

Round One 2019 Dick O’Brien Leisure League Sunday 13th January

Happy New Year to all in the IVCA.


The 1st Round of the 2019 Dick O’Brien Leisure League will take place on Sunday 13th January.


The event will start at 10.00am departing from Wheelworx Bike & Triathlon Store, Unit 48, Fonthill Retail Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin. There is plenty of parking available.


For Wheelworx location map click here:


The distance will be approx 73km with a tea stop planned for Clane.


For a route map of the tour click here: