Saturday 6th September – Sponsored Cycle – THE GUARDIAN PROJECT
On Saturday 6th September, there is a sponsored cycle in aid of “The Guardian Project”. The Committee hope that you can take part in this very worthwhile event, which is to raise funds for this very important service which looks after children going through a family breakdown or bereavement by providing them a with a place, where they will receive emotional support and services to help with their well being and development. As we all know, family breakdown is on the increase. Their premises is located on the Wexford Road and it needs funding to keep going. I have been to see the premises and can say with with certainity there is excellent work going on there.
Cyclists have two options , a longer cycle to Enniscorthy and back and a shorter one to Camolin and back. There is a small entry fee so that there is no need to fund raise. There will be food stops and the usual back up.
While this is not a club event, we sincerely hope that all; members will support it as it is the only sponsored cycle event this year that the club is associated with. It is an ideal pre-club championship warm up !
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP -SUNDAY 7th SEPTEMBER. 11 am
This is the one event everyone looks forward to !!. After a great season, the question who is going to club champ for 2014- 2015, will it be one of the new guys or one of the older stock ?? . Wouldn’t it be nice to end the year as “Team SERC champ” ?.
The sign on is from 10 am to 11 am and the usual N11 circuit will be used.
SEPTEMBER 20th – SOCIAL EVENING AND DINNER - AMBER SPRINGS HOTEL, GOREY.
Please contact Ciaran Furlong at 087-2438408 or John Canavan at 087-9305461, if you are interested in going to the above event. A great night is promised.
WEXFORD TWO DAY.
Congratulations to everyone on some fantastic results. Well done, Hugh Power on a fine 3rd place overall in the A4 race and to Martin Askins on second place on the final stage. Derrick Evans finished 6th overall and Martin Askins was in 8th place overall. This is a great result especially to have three in the top ten. Well done also to John Whyte and Diarmuid Kavanagh who put up great performances in the A3 race.
All these great results are due to the support that the riders get from club members who gave up their time over the weekend to be in attendance and who sure that everything was right for the riders.
ALL IRELAND YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS, BALLYMONEY, CO. ANTRIM
In the all Ireland Youth Cycling championships held in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, over two days the youth section proved themselves to be very capable against the best cyclists from all over Ireland. Best placed overall in fifth place was under 14 rider, Liam Curley whose two best results were fourth place in both the time trial and the criterium. In the criterium, he he only inches away from an All-Ireland medal, but showed great skill in being in the break in one of the toughest criterium courses, I have ever seen. Liam is constantly improving and has had some incredible results all year and is definitely one to watch for the future.
Matthew O’Gorman rode an excellent time trial and was only 40 seconds off the break in the criterium and won the sprint from his group with ease. This is his last year in the under 16 category, where he has acquitted himself very well. He should do really well in the junior categories as he seems to be a lot stronger in longer races.
Cian Keogh put in excellent performances in both the time trial and road race in the under 15 races. His best event was the road race, which was held on a very tough circuit and he wasn’t too far off the mark. Facilities in the North were excellent and we had great support from the riders’ parents over the weekend. Thanks to the club for its generous support provided to the cyclists over the weekend.
Best of luck to the very strong SERC team of Cian Keogh, Liam Curley and Matthew O’Gorman who are competing in the All- Ireland Youth Cycling Championships over two days in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Their first event on Friday is a 7.8 k Time Trial, followed by a road race that afternoon and finally, on Sunday morning, a criterium in the Ballymoney itself. They all have had some marvellous results this year and have fared very well against the best of competition. They are very well prepared with the recent Frank O’Leary managed racing trip for the under 16′s to Belgium and Holland certainly bringing on the fitness and skill levels.
Best of luck to all the SERC seniors taking part in the Wexford Two Day over the weekend. It has been a great year so far the club at this level, so a a few good results will be expected.
Well done to Cian Keogh who took a very fine 8th place in the Leinster Under 16 Cycling Championships yesterday in Meath. He was also the second placed under 15 rider. He put in an amazing performance to bridge a gap of over 50 seconds to make contact with the star-studded and very strong breakaway group. In a sprint he would be expected to do really well but his efforts in bridging the gap left him depleted but 8th place in a field of 25 exceptionally strong riders is an excellent result.
Congrats to Reece Young of Slaney on taking the under 16 championship.
Congratulations to our representatives in the above event who gave a great account of themselves. Well done to Tom, Lisa and John for looking after them and for making the long journey to Donegal. A special thanks to Frank O’Leary who kept an eye on proceedings.
In the under 14 event where there was a field of over seventy riders, Liam Curley finished 8th place overall and fourth best placed Irish rider with a fine fourth place on a stage and a sixth place in the time trial. Liam was only twelve seconds off second place and five seconds behind 7th-placed Conor Gallagher, who took all stages in last year’s All Ireland’s. After four stages of racing against a top class international field this is an incredible result for Liam who is only in his second season, having just started cycling a little over two years ago. He is really looking forward to the All Ireland’s in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim in a little over two weeks, where will be expected to do very well.
The under 16 field had close on a hundred riders and great credit is due to Cian Keogh who finished in 34th place overall and 16th best placed Irish cyclist. This is also a marvellous result for Cian who is up there with the best as his past results indicate. Cian will be on form for the All Ireland’s and will also be expected to do very well.
Well done to Cian Keogh and Liam Curley who are representing the South East Road Club with great distinction in Donegal against the top international cyclists from England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Liam is currently in seventh place overall from a field of 70 riders with literally micro-seconds separating him and those above him in GC. His best place was fourth on the first stage, followed by sixth place in the time trial and 13th in the road race, all of which was achieved in very wet conditions. The final stage is a criterium today and Liam will be expected to do really well in this. Liam is in the top three Irish cyclists in the field, which is not an unexpected result considering his determination and talent.
Cian Keogh has put in very steady performances and is now in 34th place overall from a field of over a hundred and is 10th placed Irish cyclist. This is a great result from Cian who was exam-tied this year but has made excellent progress in training and will have a great late season He will be in the under 16 ranks again next year and should do really well.
The club wishes a speedy recovery to Reece Young who was injured in a crash involving 15 riders on the first stage.
1. Kieran Keane – Kilcullen
2. Paul O’Flynn-Kilmallock CC
3. Shane Power – Dungarvan CC
4. Martin McCormack – Lucan CRC
5. Garret McGonagle – Dublin Whs
6. Bryan Cullen - Barrow Whs.
7. Denis McCarthy -Slipstream
8. Donal Daly. – Garda
First unplaced Junior – Dermot Whyte - Lucan CREC -
First unplaced SERC -John Maguire
1. Andy Loughlin -SERC
2. Stephen Conroy - Lucan
3. Bradley Turner – Laois CTC
4. Lee Pyke SERC
5. Hugh Power SERC
6. Graham Scanlon- Lucan
7. Justin Lohan - Dublin Whs
First unplaced SERC – Kevin Ryan
First unplaced lady – Marie Claffey – UCD
A big thanks to all the marshals, drivers of lead cars, commissaires, Allan Proby for car parking area, Michael Byrne for use of vehicle and Toss Byrnes for the use of facilities and food and the the committee for for the organisation of the race.
Hopefully, everyone involved in today’s crash in the A$ race is ok and that their injuries were not too serious.
Please note that parking for club members on Sunday next in the field normally used for parking for the Inch car boot sale. It is a gravelled surface and should not pose any problem. It is directly opposite St Mogue’s Hall on the left hand side on the Coolgreaney Road.
We would be obliged if you pass this message on to others in the club.
The reason that we are using alternative parking is not to discommode patrons of Toss Byrnes.
It is hard to believe but SERC is now ten years in existence. We have grown a lot in that time and have produced and still continue to produce many fine cyclists. In that time membership has really expanded from seeing a few familiar faces on as Sunday morning spin to many many members who engage in all aspects of cycling. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club and most successful year so far, Ciaran Furlong and John Canavan have put a lot of work into organising a Dinner/Social evening on the 20th September at 8 pm in the Amber Springs, Gorey. They have negotiated a very good rate of 30 Euro for a four course meal in a private room with a bar ( not free as they say !!) A bus will also run on the night from Gorey/Arklow and surrounding areas if you want to have a few drinks. Wives/husbands/ partners are more than welcome. Deposits of 20 Euro are required by the 20th of August.
Ciaran can be contacted at 087- 2438408 or firstname.lastname@example.org. John can be contacted at 087- 9305461 or email@example.com.
Well done, lads on your initiative.