Dungarvan CC Club Notes May 4th


Last Wednesday was the final night of the Liam Rossiter PYT TT League around the Whitechurch circuit. Closest on the night was Andrew Hickey. Liam was on hand to present the prizes to all the winners. Those from the previous weeks were Stephen Murray, Paddy Morrissey and Michael Morrissey. A huge thanks to Liam for his generous sponsorship of the league. The 4 winners will just be hoping for a bit of decent barbecue weather now, although Stephen will probably just eat raw steak anyway.



I’d like to use these notes to once again thank our club sponsor Minnie’s Lounge for their continuing  generous support for the club. And I would ask all of our members to return the support to Minnie’s and to all of our event sponsors.



The Summer Series gets underway next Wednesday, May 14th. It will be over the same route as the last few years – from Ballinroad to Seafield, across through Bally to Kilmac, down to the 5 cross roads, and back out towards Seafield again, with the finish at Brenan. More details next week. A Club Competition licence is necessary to take part.



Our friends in the soccer club are holding a sponsored cycle on Saturday June 14th. There are 50km and 100km routes. The cost is 20 euro, or alternatively you can get a sponsorship card from myself or anyone on the soccer club committee. This is a great cause as anyone with kids in the academy or one of the many juvenile teams will testify to.



There’s been a lot going on in the racing side of the club since the start of the season. Damian Travers and John Hodge both swiftly secured their upgrades from A4 to A3, and it might not be too long before they’re receiving their A2 licences. Emma Walsh has been consistent as ever on the Ladies scene. Stephen Murray is more than holding his own in the A1 category amongst some of the best in the country, getting a 4th & 5th in recent races in Nenagh and Cork. This weekend he’s in the Tour of Ulster. Damian is our sole representative in Kanturk for the Corkman where he’s filing race reports that seem longer than the stages themselves. I’ll try and have a condensed version up next week (after we have our lawyers go through them) as Damian’s reports are always a good read.



Currently Martin Veale and Martin Hayes are riding the 14 days of the Cycle Against Suicide. On a post bike and a mountain bike! Also riding is Cian Power, friend of the club and mechanic in CycleSports. Well done to the 3 lads, as well as Lucia Quealy who is riding a number of stages too. It was great to see so many locals join it last week on the Waterford-Cork stage. It’s a terrific event.



The annual Stephen Roche Tour De Cure took place in Midleton last Saturday. The bleak conditions didn’t deter a large contingent from the club who enjoyed the day. Feel free to send in your reports of different sportives from around the country (or Europe) and we can maybe do a survey on the quality of brack and egg salad sandwiches.



Weekend spins leave from John Foley’s garage at 9:30 Saturdays, and from The Square at 9:30 Sundays.



“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” Charles Dickens trying to hang in with Beanie up The Vee last Saturday.

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