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Printing documents from Google docs

Here are a couple of quick tips if you want to print down the Race Calendar, Marshals list or Ability Group listings….

When you are on the page for any of these documents, select “Click Here to View Full File”. When the screen changes you see will a little down-arrow with a line under it on the menu bar at the top of the screen. This allows you to Download the file fully (you will get an option to Open it or Save it). Once you download the file, you should be able to format the file in whatever way you want for your printer.

IVCA Sunday 21st Feb Dick O’Brien Leisure League Round 2

Leisure League 2016 Round 2 North Dublin Tour: The next round of the leisure league will take place this coming Sunday 14th February.

Meeting point will be Carpark 1, Airside Shopping Centre, Swords starting at 10am sharp.

Click on this link for google map directions to Airside:-

Directions for Airside Retail Park Swords

Donal O’Connell R. I. P. May he rest in peace



It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our Honorary President and dear friend in cycling Donal O’Connell, who died on Tuesday, 26th January after a long period of illness.

Donal was a driving force behind the IVCA since it’s foundation, as well as having been a great rider – and national Road Race champion – in his own right. Above all, he was a gentleman and a role model to us all in terms of his sportsmanship and fairness

The IVCA will be his lasting legacy. We will miss him.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, Lily, and his family at this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements:
Reposing at Our Lady’s Hospice Mortuary Chapel from 6pm on Thursday evening (28 January) prior to his removal on Friday evening (29
January) to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenhills arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral on Saturday morning (30 January) after 10am Mass
to Palmerstown Cemetery.

Family flowers only please.
Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

Stickybottle Article “Death occurs of former World Road Champs rider O’Connell”



2016 IVCA Dick O’Brien Leisure League 1st Round, East Kildare Tour 17/01/16

On a dry and thankfully frost free morning, 9 members and 2 guests signed on for the opening round of the 2016 Leisure league. Following a short welcome and safety briefing, we headed off from Wheelworx car park in one group on the now familiar roads of East Kildare. As I am still off the bike, I drove the route with the group as support vehicle. With everyone in good form for the spin, we headed out towards Peamount, Newcastle and past Lyons Estate. Approaching Ardclough we were reminded of the previous days tragic event with Gardai on the canal bridge. The group made good progress towards Straffan, then into Sallins and up to Clane where we had a welcome tea stop. With everyone refreshed we continued on past Clongowes Wood College, through Rathcoffey, Maynooth, Celbridge and Hazelhatch with everyone finishing safely back at Wheelworx. The total distance was 75km and 2 Leisure League points were awarded to each member. I marked the route on Saturday and thankfully even though the roads were damp, the yellow arrows were still perfectly visible. Overall, the tour was enjoyed by all who took part and thankfully there were no incidents or accidents to report. Although on the Hazelhatch road, Paddy Davis showed us some great grass-track riding skills when he had to avoid a rough surface and ended up on the grass verge, before quickly rejoining the group. Well Done Paddy!!! The group was again reminded that the position of IVCA Touring Director is still vacant, and it is a position which urgently needs to be filled, as it is a very important role within the organisation. The next round of the Leisure League will be the North Dublin Tour on the 21st Feb departing from Airside Retail Park, Swords at 10am.

Jimmy Murphy

Getting it together ………….

So I think now is the time to do something different … make us a more connected racing community… where we can see weekly updates, results, news and banter ! Hopefully have multi-contributors for what ever biking style suits your fancy … nearly time to get our asses in gear, and well over due on getting with the times webwise !!!

Tony O’Malley