Caption: Riders Nick Coughlan, Dave Whitty, Greg Dempsey, Hugh Byrne and Brian Cullen at the Sign on Podium in Dunboyne co Meath, on day 1 stage 1.
Congratulations to the Wexford Cycling, Team Voice Grid, Barrow Wheelers Crew of Nick Coughlan, Dave Whitty, Greg Dempsey, Hugh Byrne and Brian Cullen, for completing 4 stages of the 2013 An Post Ras. A Lack of race communication and the absence of the indicating broom, led to elimination of the team after stage 4, by an 80 second margin after completing the toughest stage 4 of the 2013 Ras.
Stage 4 was from Listowel Co Kerry to Glengarriff County Cork taking in a 150 km stage. with 8 categorised climbs, including climbs at Lacka West, Crinny, Farranfore, Ladys View Killarney, Mols Gap, Garrane, the Healy Pass and Cooleraigh.
The previous three stages covered Dunboyne to Longford, 135 km, Longford to Nenagh 160 km, Nenagh to Listowel 140 km. Average race speeds for Day 1 – 3 were 48-49 kmph and 45kmph on stage 4, over the 8 categorised climbs.
The designation of the An Post Ras, as UCI category 2.2 race, meant strict enforcement of a 20% time limit rule as is enforced in Continental professional only races. However as the An Post Ras has historically been run for irish amateurs mixed with professional continental riders, the race is not a 100% professional rider race. The rider mix for the 2013 Ras was 18 professional teams and 18 irish county teams. However the race is governed by rules applicable to 100% professional rider races. On starting stage 5 , day 5, 18 profesional teams remained and 13 county teams remained.
Congratulations to the team for racing with the professionals for the four stages, and to the back room team of Manager Derek Webb, Mechanic Adrian Delaney and Physio Ken Blanche. The team would like to thank the team sponsors for their financial contributions and the backing provided by several sponsors , with vehicles, food, equipment, nutrition and spares.
Sponsors for the Team came from the principal sponsor Voice Grid Gorey , Centra Rosslare, Sprint Design Gorey, Howlett Auto Developments Ballinaboola, Petopia Enniscorthy, Whitty Autobodies Ballinaboola, GlaxoSmith Kline. Team support came from Wexford Wheelers Cycling Club, South East Road Club ( Team Vehicle), Slaney Cycling Club ( Physio) and Barrow Wheelers Crew.
On behalf of the Voice Grid Team, a special thank you to Adrian Delaney and Derek Webb. To Adrian for making the decision in 2012 to take on the challenge for 2013, and to Derek Webb, who worked tirelessly over the past 6 months, to bring all the team organisational detail together, in order to provide a smooth operation for the riders during the days of the RAS.
Bualadh bos mór go a thabhairt duit.
Well done lads. Loch Gorman Abu.
Well done Liam ,Pat and Mick for running a great league again this year,five weeks of safe ,fast racing was had by young and old.It was great to see such numbers turn up every weeks and in particular so many young riders from all over the county.Some great results by Wheelers at all levels,but special mention must go to Under 16 winner four nights in a row against strong opposition Seamus Sinnott.
Full results on Slaney CC website
Thanks also to Nicky Stynes Billy Roche Cathal Wright and Stephan Flood who turned up every week to steward,tough work lads!!
Next Sunday (26 May), a special Sunday Tour will take place – leaving the Bull Ring at 8:00am SHARP, heading to Wellingtonbridge, Ballyhack, Passage East via the Car Ferry, Waterford, and home via New Ross. Round trip is about 110 Km. A great route and trip – all welcome.
Normal tour will depart the Bullring at 9:30am.
On Saturday the wheeler`s youth`s consisting of Odhran, Ryan, Andrew and Seamus took part in the Mount Leinster Challenge 2013. It was well organised and well ran event and we would like to thank Liam Ruth and his team for the event. The 100km route took in the tough climb of the Corrabutt and then crossing Mt.Leinster and back to Kiltealy for a well deserved food stop. Thanks to Slaney Cycling Club for inviting and looking after the youth`s on the day.
Congrats to new comer Don Ryan on finishing 7th in the A4 Novice, as well as Malcolm Molloy coming in 6th.
Continuing consistant strong performance in the U 16, with Seamus, Ryan , Andrew and Brendan, and strong representation in the U 14 with Philip, Hugh and newcomer Ruairi .
Slaney CC A4 & Underage League Race 3
A4/Novice Race 5 laps
1st Ken Blanche Slaney CC
2nd Ben Holmes SERC
3rd Diarmuid Russell Barrow Wheelers
4th Becky Heaney SERC
5th Paddy Dunne Slaney CC
6th Malcolm Molloy Wexford Wheelers
7th Don Ryan Wexford Wheelers
8th Mylie Kavanagh Slaney CC
Under 16 4 laps
1st Seamus Sinnott Wexford Wheelers
2nd Ryan Byrne Wexford Wheelers
3rd Reece Young Slaney CC
4th Andrew Maguire Wexford Wheelers
5th Brendan Wright Wexford Wheelers
Under 14/U12 1 lap
1st Elliott Young Slaney CC U12
2nd Shane Gallagher Barrow Wheelers U12
3rd Hugh Maguire Wexford Wheelers U12
4th Philip Gordon Wexford Wheelers U14
5th Ruairí Fenlon Wexford Wheelers U12
1st David Nolan SERC U14
2nd Ciaran Cooney Slaney CC U14
3rd Billy Cooney Slaney CC U14
4th Andrew Redmond Slaney CC U14