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David McCarthy knows better than anyone about the transition he faces going from the domestic ranks in Ireland to Continental racing with UK-based JLT Condor. But the young Corkman isn’t afraid of the hard work required to make that jump – as last week’s training week will attest to. He is currently on an extended […]
Sam Bennett has gotten up in his first race of the season on the Spanish island of Mallorca, which ended in a sprint from a depleted peloton won by Matteo Pelucchi of IAM Cycling, seen above in action last year.   Ireland’s Sam Bennett has gotten his 2015 season off to a solid start, taking […]
Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is one of the best loved races on the Irish domestic racing calendar and always attracts a quality field (Photo: Pat George Doyle)   By Brian Canty The organisers of the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan four-day international stage race over the Easter weekend have warned those interested in riding the event […]
Cycling Ireland needs to address short race distances, bring in an Irish road race programme and reintroduce the Classic League, says Rás race director Tony Campbell. Above, county riders battling in last year’s race (Photo: Stephen Kelleghan)   Race director of the An Post Rás, Tony Campbell said while he agrees fully with comments made […]
Sean Kelly believes the junior scene is very weak and the Rás far too early, while getting onto his An Post-CRC team is too easy for riders. Pictured at the end of stage 10 of the 1988 Tour de France in Morzine (Photo: Sirotti)   By Brian Canty Sean Kelly has voiced his concern about […]
Nicolas Roche says there is nothing stopping Team Sky putting its trust in him in the Vuelta this year; seen here with father Stephen and Chris Froome.   With the new season having already begun for the professional riders, Nicolas Roche has said his move to a Team Sky packed with big names does rule […]
Eoin Morton (UCD CC), former winner David McCann, Damien Shaw (Team ASEA) and Sean McKenna (Aquablue) offer their thoughts on this year’s Rás route. They are pictured above at the 2015 route launch outside the GPO, Dublin, with An Post chief executive Donal Connel Photo by Pat Murphy of Sportsfile. Homepage photo courtesy JimmyMcElroy.com   […]
McQuaid: “The Irish people against me were the new cyclists who don’t know the history of Irish cycling, nor have any interest in it.”   By Brian Canty Former UCI president Pat McQuaid says he did not get the credit he deserved for his role in fighting doping and helping grow the sport. He added […]
The message to county riders is clear; get your tactics right and be smart in this year’s Rás and you may go a lot further than you think. So says three-time Olympian David McCann, seen above leading Brian Kenneally in the 2007 race.   Omitting all of the country’s tougher climbs in favour of a […]
A swearing Lance Armstrong makes an appearance in a graphic new video for a song on performance enhancing drugs by a Rage Against The Machine off-shoot band; bizarre.   Every Lance Armstrong story has an air of unreality these days, but this one takes the biscuit. The Texan may have few friends in the cycling […]
Put the talk of coaching aside, this is the serious stuff; the rules around stopping for coffee on a training ride. There has been much written on training principles and the merits of various intervals, writes Anthony Walsh of A1 Coaching. But the most important interval of all has been over looked; the interval between […]
The An Post Rás rolls out of Dunboyne, Co Meath, in mid May for eight days of fast and furious racing around the Republic. The race has no cat 1 climbs and though there are 21 categorised ascents on the route, all of them bar two are cat 3. Is this the route to suit […]
The absence of any really tough climbs, with no cat 1 ascents at all, on this year’s An Post Rás may suit county men and is designed to encourage attacking (Photo: Stephen Kelleghan)   Reversing a trend of mountainous routes for the An Post Rás, the parcours of the 2015 edition has been unveiled today […]
A young Lance Armstrong with Paul Sherwin back in 1992; he insists now his evidence about doping in the sport has protected nobody (Photo: Sirotti)   Disgraced doper Lance Armstrong has confirmed he has appeared before the UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission twice and insisted he will protect nobody in his testimony. Previously called the […]
Martyn Irvine, above, and Ryan Mullen look like Ireland’s best hopes of a medal when a record-breaking Irish team takes on the best in the world in Parish next month.   Ireland will have eight riders at the World Track Championships in Paris next month, with Cycling Ireland saying it will be the largest national […]
Eoin McCarthy is adapting well to life with An Post Chainreaction. The young Corkman knows he’s got a tough year ahead of him but is training well and feeling good. Having soldiered on the amateur kermesse scene in Belgium for several seasons, 21-year-old Corkman Eoin McCarthy was rewarded for his consistency with a spot on […]
Former UCI president Pat McQuaid says there are quite a few things he’d have done differently if he could turn back the clock. But he defended his reputation and his contribution to combating doping.   By Brian Canty Former UCI president Pat McQuaid said his failure to secure the Irish nomination to contest the 2013 […]
With just one week remaining to a major sportive being held to help secure the future of the Junior Tour, the man who won the race back in 1994 and a well known bike shop have weighed in with a €1,100 prize for the event. A Focus Culebro 3 has been put forward as a […]
A 24-year-old man has walked free from court despite causing the death of a cyclist in a hit and run and after telling the judge he was very sorry.   A motorist who left the scene of a road traffic collision after fatally injuring a cyclist has escaped a jail term and been fined €10,000 […]
  Having represented Australia on the road, and now riding with a Continental level trade team at the age of 22-years with hopes of rising through the professional ranks, Ryan MacAnally has recommitted himself to Australia despite declaring for Ireland last year.   By Brian Canty The Australian national criterium championships had an interesting name […]

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