Dungarvan is a town steeped in cycling history. Indeed the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in the Old Boro in 1869, and the cup from the first ever bike race held in Ireland or Britain is proudly on display in the town museum. In 1998 the Tour de France swept through Dungarvan on its way from Enniscorthy to Cork and the town came out in force to welcome the event and add to the terrific spectacle. Over the years some of the greats of Irish cycling have emerged from the town including 2 time Rás winner Stephen Spratt, olympian Robert Power and Cycling Ireland president Rory Wyley. The club has gone from strength to strength in recent years and now boasts almost 150 members, nearly 50 of them juniors through Waterford Sports Partnership.
Throughout the year there are club spins on Saturdays and Sundays catering for all levels of cycling. Waterford is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland to cycle and the club has welcomed a huge increase in numbers on the weekend spins as more people discover cycling as a means of getting fit and appreciating their country. There isn’t much more that can raise the spirits than cycling towards Lismore castle on a sunny autumn morning or a crisp springtime spin down the coast road to Bonmahon or Tramore. Club members can regularly be spotted sampling the coffee and cakes at Barron’s bakery in Cappoquin or the tea shop in Ardmore. Sunday normally sees 5 groups on the road catering for all levels.
The club’s open race has been held on the Sunday after Easter in March/April for the last few years and has attracted huge numbers. The race is kindly sponsored by Cycle Sports and 4 different races take place on the day. Club members come out in force to support and marshall this event and ensure its success.
The club competition season begins in May with the O’Mahony cycles Summer Series. This is a handicap race running for 10 weeks and has become very popular, attracting up to 50 riders a night. Handicapper Frank Browne has the unenviable job of keeping everyone happy but still manages to engineer close finishes every week. Details of past rounds can be seen elsewhere on this webpage.
Later in the summer our beginners league caters for the up and coming cyclists and attracts big numbers each week.
The smart blue and yellow kit, sponsored by Minnie’s lounge, has become more and more prominent in both the road racing and sportive scenes over the last number of years. Dungarvan CC riders have increasingly being tasting success in road races recently. Our underage section is very healthy at present and the seniors have been doing well in all the big races around the country. The club had a team in the An Post Ras in 2015 and 2016 with all 5 riders finishing the event both years!
Dungarvan CC have long been participants of Blazing Saddles rides, Wicklow200, Ring of Kerry, and Maracycles. The explosion of sportives and charity cycles over the last few years have seen DCC members travel all over the country in numbers to test themselves. It’s been commented on how well the club rides together on these cycles and look out for each other, as well as their ability to sniff out buttered brack. Having the biggest sportive in the country, the Sean Kelly Tour, literally on our doorstep makes it a special one for us and members take a huge amount of pride in this one.
So, Dungarvan CC is a club that’s going from strength to strength. You’ll have seen us on the podium or at the food table and you will see a lot more of us.
Club spins leave from John Foley’s, Kilrush on Saturdays and The Civic offices on Sundays, both at 9:00 in summer and 9:30 in winter and all are welcome.