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Leisure League Round 2 report

Round 2 of the Dick O’Brien Leisure League – the North Dublin Tour – took place on 11th February.  Click on the thumbnail below to see a short report on the tour.




50 in 4 next Sunday, 11th March

A reminder that the 50 in 4 (50 miles in 4 hours) tour takes place next Sunday, 11th March, setting out  from The Grasshopper Inn, Clonee at 9:00 am.  The route will head towards Summerhill and on to Knightsbrook, returning to Summerhill for a tea stop; then it’s on to Maynooth and finishing back in Clonee.  (Click on the image below for a larger view of the route).

Following a series of weekends of bad weather, this spin provides a great opportunity to get the legs and lungs working again.  The 50 in 4 is also the first leg of the IVCA “triple” which see the award of a silver Touring Medal to any rider completing the 50 in 4, Wicklow 200 and 100 in 8 in the same year.  We hope to see as many members as possible on the start line in Clonee.



Riders Needed : IVCA Lead Car Video Shoot Saturday March 10th

Hi All,

The IVCA are creating an instruction for all members on how to drive a lead car and what they need to be aware of while driving a lead car during a race situation.

So we are looking for at least 30 bike riders to assist with making our short film which will illustrate the role and duties of a lead car driver.

For that we need two groups of cyclists riding behind lead cars while we film from a number of different angles. The whole process will only take a couple of hours at most. We’re planning to shoot in Batterstown on Saturday morning from 9.30am onwards.

If you’re planning a spin on Saturday March 10th, why not incorporate a bit of social cycling and we’d be delighted if you could assist us in making the film. In a very real way you’ll be helping to make the racing experience a better and safer one for all.

 Who: Bike Riders with bikes

What: Film Shoot

Where: Petrol Station, Batterstown

When: Saturday9.30am 

Contact: Declan Quigley on 085 7055937 or at

Declan is available at the above number and email address if further details are needed.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning.

Thanks !


Important information for Racing members

The Race Committee has been busily working away over the last number of weeks to put together a full programme of racing events for 2018.  The first race of the season takes place on Sunday, 25th March.

As has been the case for the last number of years, we will be holding an Information Day for all racing members where race numbers, membership cards, the Race Calendar and marshalling rosters will be distributed.  Instructions will also be issued around race safety.

The Information Day will take place on Saturday 24th March, in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, at 2.30 pm.

All racing members must attend this event.  Race numbers can only be collected on 24th March.  They will not under any circumstances be distributed on the morning of the first race.

Please note that due to a succession of other events in the preceding weeks (i.e. Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day), it is only possible to hold one Information event this year.  All racing members should therefore make arrangements to attend on 24th March.

50 in 4 postponed until 11th March

The 50 in 4 tour which was scheduled for Sunday, 4th March, has been postponed until 11th March due to the weather conditions.

The event will start at The Grasshopper Inn, Clonee at 9:00 am.  The route will take the direction of Summerhill and on to Knightsbrook, returning to Summerhill for a tea stop then onto Maynooth and finish in Clonee.  Click on the image below for a larger view of the route.


North Dublin Tour, Sunday 11th February

Round 2 of the Dick O’Brien Leisure League takes place on Sunday 11th February, starting from Eurocycles, Airside Shopping Centre, Swords at 10.00 am sharp. 

The tour will head for Ratoath, through Curragha to the Ashbourne Road.  A right turn at Kentstown Cross brings the cyclists straight through Duleek to join the Old Belfast Road at Julianstown.

There will be a short tea stop at Apple Green on the lefthand side of the road before heading home through Stamullen and Balscadden.  The outward journey is mostly flat and there is a relatively easy climb over  Balscadden on the way home.  The distance is 85km.

It would be great to see a good turn-out again for this event following the very successful first touring event in January.

To get to Eurocycles go straight down Airside and take right turn at Airside Ford, then first left and left again (for location, click here).

Leisure League Round 1 Report

The first round of the Dick O’Brien Leisure League took place on 14th January with a good turn out of riders setting off from Wheelworx Bikeshop in Lucan.  A report on the tour, together with photos is supplied below by Jimmy Murphy (2 pages).

The next round of the League will take place on 11th February.  Further details will be posted on the website closer to the date.



Closing date for IVCA 2018 Season is 1st February

A reminder that the closing date to apply for Racing Membership of the IVCA for 2018 is 1st February.  We have a lot of interest from people looking to join the IVCA for the first time, but are giving priority to our existing/recent members.
However, given the level of interest, we cannot extend the closing date of 1st February, so if you want to race this season and haven’t registered yet, secure your place in the peloton by completing your membership now.
You can apply on-line by going to the Eventmaster website:  This website option will not be available after 1st February.
Enter your four-digit IVCA Membership Number from your race sign-on card (n.b. not your pin-on number) and you should be able to register.
William Parnell
IVCA Administrative Secretary

IVCA spin Sunday, 14th January

The 1st Round of the 2018 Dick O’Brien Leisure League will take place on Sunday next, 14th January.

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

The distance will be approx 75km with a tea stop planned for Clane.  This is a great opportunity to get in some good miles early in the year with the IVCA and all members are welcome to join in the spin.  Many thanks to Jimmy Murphy for organising this event.

For Wheelworx location map click here:

For a route map of the tour click here: