Monthly Archives: December 2009

Race Report – Noel Redmond Memorial Enniscorthy

It was up to Matt and Beccy Heaney, Niall Heffernan, Stephen Furlong, Tony Breen and Anthony Mills to fly the SERC Flag. Treacherous driving conditions on Arklow / Gorey Bypass restricted other SERC entries.

The underage race was fast and furious as always. On lap 2, a brave break was made by Niall Heffernan SERC and SCC U12 rider Adam Tatcher. The sprint finish saw Niall take a terrific U14 win, with Rebecca coming in 4th.

The senior race saw a very high tempo from the go and never eased off. As a result a number of breakaways were attempted and luckily brought back. With the countdown marker for 2 laps remaining, SERC lost Stephen Furlong (obviously saving all form for Race Season). Shortly after the situation then took a nasty turn as Matt’s luck ran out on the slippery conditions. Matt took a hard hit but is thank fully on the mend. For Anthony and Tony it was then knuckle down time and it became clear that the finish would be a bunch sprint on the drag up to the finish line. It was a flat out sprint which saw Dave Walsh WW take the win, 2nd Jason Stack Usher, 3rd Alan Galavan SCC, 4th Anthony Mills SERC. Star ride of the day by any account was Tony Breen SERC who entered himself again in the senior race. A 5th place in the bunch sprint is a great indication of what a talent this young rider is.

Best wishes go out to Matt Heaney who is still recovering with some sore bruises.


Tour Report – 27 December 2009

Due to the arctic like weather conditions, our usual St. Stephens Day fat-burning spin never took place. I presume no Lance Armstrong wanabees rode on Christmas Day, although hard-as-nails Swiss was spotted on Christmas Eve without a hat or helmet, thus maitaing his “highly coiffured do”.

Sunday morning, 5 brave souls Ciaran,Derrick,Garrett,James & Matt took advantage of the partial thaw to take in some badly needed miles at low intensity in the fat burning zone (some require this milage more than others, personally 95 such spins in next 100 days is required to repair the damage of 2009, hopefully 2010 will see an increase in motivation). Turkey & ham with all the trimmings & necessary hydration were replaced with bananas, energy bars and alcohol free bidons as we headed west for Woddenbridge, then north to Avoca, Rathdrum, across to Glenealy, Rathnew and home on the N11. For the second time in recent weeks, we met numerous drivers on Rathdrum Rathnew road who showed little regard for cyclists and deemed it necessary to blow horns continiously for 5+ seconds and then cut across group. Our faith was restored slightly by a driver on the descent around Rathdrum who let us know of an upcoming bad icy patch.

Rant over. Keep in touch over remainder of holidays & if anybody has time perhaps we should try & meet each morning at 9.30 at usual place. That way if anybody fancies a spin there may be somebody else around to join in. 

We have a lot to look forward to 2010 apart from racing season & hopefully first SERC participant in the Ras. We will have our leagues for seniors & underage, numerous touring events and our bi-annual away trip in September with a week long return to France on the cards, this time to the Pyranees so there should be plenty for everybody to get out and enjoy.

Happy new year. Here’s looking forward to a successful 2010 for all our individual goals.

Conor McCabe Memorial Race

Myself, Sandra and Sarah would like to thank everyone for turning up today for Conors race. It is a year since Conor passed away and today was a fitting tribute to His strength as only the strongest were going to survive today.We would like to thank all our own club members and the lads from Wexford, Barrow who made the effort to travel, Slipstream and Wicklow Triathlon Club for turning up on a frosty day.
A tough race over a shortened course led to a real lung buster but everyone got around safely.
Well done to Peter O Sullivan from Barrow who took the honours in a bunch sprint.
Thanks again to everyone for respecting Conors memory a tough but good day for our family.


Mick’s Race Report:

The second running of the Conor McCabe road race by the South East Road Club took place on Sunday last on a course centred around Inch. This race honours Conor, son of Garret and Sandy McCabe and brother to Sarah who died unexpectedly just over a year ago at a young age. The McCabe family are great supporters of the South East Road Club. The presence of three generations of the McCabe family and other relations added greatly to the poignancy of the occasion. Garret and Sandy were generous sponsors of the race with prizewinners receiving very generous prizes and large hampers. The turnout was indicative of the respect that the McCabe family are held in the club and in general. The race was organised superbly as usual by the club “dynamo”, Derek Webb.

All conditions other than frosty ones are ideal for cycle racing however nearly forty hardy souls from under age through to the veteran category braved the treacherous condition for some excellent racing. In the senior race, the limit group of four stayed away for just over three of the four laps when caught by the large scratch group. Prominent in this group was SERC under 16 rider Tony Breen who is certainly the most improved rider in the club and he really beginning to realise his enormous potential. The group worked very hard to stay away from the main field and great credit is due to them for their valiant efforts. The race came down to a bunch finish though with the honours going to Peter O’Sullivan of Barrow Wheelers, New Ross. Second was Dave Walsh of Wexford Wheelers, while local man Paul Bracken of Slipstream CC took a fine third place, whilst his son Andrew was the winner of the first unplaced junior prize. Best placed of the large South East Road Club contingent was Domhnall O’Sullivan in fifth place while 6th went to Matt Heaney. First unplaced SERC rider (in 7th overall) was Anthony Mills.

The winner of the under 14 race was Stephen Bracken of the South East Road Club who won for the second consecutive week, having won the Wexford Wheelers event the previous week.

The winner of the under 12 race was Reece Young who was followed home in second place by Becky Heaney who had a terrific fourth place result in the Wexford Wheelers race the previous week from a very large field. Third place went to Keith Doyle who only took up cycling this year, and fourth place went to Nicole Evans who was not too far away from the leaders.

In the under 10 race, Jordan Bracken got the better of Ross Evans, who is Nicole Evans’ brother.

The club would like to everyone who helped out during the year and a special to thank all the club’s sponsors and supporters who have contributed to the club having its most successful year to date and wishes them all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Senior Race
1. Peter O’Sullivan, Barrow Wheelers
2. Dave Walsh, Wexford Wheelers
3. Paul Bracken , Slipstream
4. Luke Maguire, Wexford Wheelers
5. Domhnall O’Sullivan, South East Road Club
6. Matt Heaney, South East Road Club.
First Veteran – TBC, Wicklow Tri Club
First Under 16 – Tony Breen, South East Road Club
First Junior – Andrew Bracken, Slipstream
First unplaced South East Road Club – Anthony Mills

Under 14
1. Stephen Bracken, South East Road Club
2. Kyle Murphy, Slipstream

Under 12
1. Reece Young
2. Becky Heaney
3. Keith Doyle
4. Nicole Evans
(All South East Road club)

Under 10
1. Jordan Bracken, Slipstream
2. Ross Evans, South East Road Club

Conor McCabe Memorial Hamper Race 2009

Date: Sunday 20th December

Location: Toss Byrnes, Inch

Times: 11:00 Underage, 12:00 Senior

The senior race will run over 2 laps of the old N11, between the 2 roundabouts, with the finish just before Greens berry farm. The winner will receive the race trophy, eur250 plus a hamper. There will be hampers for the first three over the line and prizes for the first unplaced B/C, vet, lady, junior and SERC rider. The underage participants will each receive a medal (and a selection box to replace the lost calories).

Hope to see you all there. If you are unable to race, please turn up as we will need a number of marshalls to ensure the smooth and safe running of the event.

Soup and sandwiches will be provided after the senior race in Toss Byrnes.

Thanks to Garrett McCabe and family for sponsoring the event.


Race Report – Wexford Hamper 2009

Sunday saw a large contingent of riders represent SERC at the annual Wexford Wheelers Christmas Hamper race. Race headquarters was, as usual, the excellent Wexford Youths complex football in Ferrycarrig, with the traditional 7km circuit forming the race route. On a cold but dry day, even at this early stage of the season, the racing as always agoing to be tough, particularly on this well marshalled circuit that offered no obvious opportunities for recovery.

Becky Heany opened proceedings with a fine 4th place in the U12 race and continues to show her potential with another gutsy performance.

In the U14 race, SERC man Stephen Bracken took a fine win, out-sprinting the field from a long way out to claim first place. Another great result and a good end to a successful year which saw him take a bronze medal at the national championships and represent Leinster on an international level.

The clubs only U16 rider, Tony Breen, elected to give the U16 race a miss and instead started the Senior race. Amongst the starters were Sean “King” Kelly, arguably the greatest one day classic rider of all time and multiple green jersey winner of the Tour de France, and Phil Cassidy, one of the finest amateur riders Ireland has produced with numerous vistories to his name, including the Ras on more than one occasion. Also on the start line were SERC’s Matt, Anthony, Derrick and John. With 5 laps of the circuit planned, the race set off at a frantic pace, with many eager to stretch the legs following an absense of racing since September. Ride of the day went to Anthony Mills who made it into what turned out to be the race-winning break. Unluckily though, he punctured towards the end and lost out on what would have been his best finish this year. A rueful Anthony later quipped that Cassidy had had a lucky escape before heading off for an early shower and his customary protein shake.

Overall honours went to Phil Cassidy, with Robin Kelly of Comeragh, Dave Walsh and Conor Crowley of Wexford, completing the top four.

Thanks for Wexford Wheelers for a well organised race and for their hospitality afterwards.

Check back later for details of the Conor McCabe Memorial race, which is to be held on Sunday 20th December.


Tour Report – 13 December 2009

Last 2 standing at Christmas party night, only 2 out on Sunday morning. Everybody else must have been well enough behaved to race in Wexford. From the “touring two” well done to you all. Ciaran & Colm headed up the coast road, the big disadvantage (apart from red wine & budweiser) being as there was only 2 of us, was no respite from the wind no matter what way we turned. Between the 2 of us, world problems were solved & budget wrongs righted. Onto Wicklow, left in Rathnew, up Balinabarney hill and onto N11 back towards Arklow, where we passed Mike Mullett headed in wrong direction. Sunday morning wake up call obviously didnt work. At Jack Whites we met another late riser in Garrett (spelt properly he knows what I mean) who joined us on our run back to Arklow, south to Scarnagh and home in various directions.

Propose that our long tour next weekend should take place on Saturday morning so we can have as many hands on deck as possible to either ride or marshall the Conor McCabe Memorial Hamper Race.

ras update

See the following update from the Wexford Cycling Development Group regarding the 2010 Ras:

Rás update

As most people will be aware the Cycling Development group have been approached by several riders interested in riding Rás 2010, and have met several times to discuss a possible Wexford team’s entry. Wexford has been well represented in the past few years by Martin Gill and Frank Dunne but both have had to ride on ‘foreign’ teams! For the first time in recent history there is a feeling that there is enough strength in the region to contemplate a full Wexford team.

The logistical and financial challenges a Ras entry entails are huge. The costs of entry, accommodation, transport and equipment for the 5 man team and 4/5 person support team will run to maybe €8-10,000 for the week. On top of this participation in stage races like Rás Mumhan and Tour of Ulster before hand would be essential preparation.

Derek Webb & Pat Whitney have been active in trying to push the idea forward. Derek has made some important progress on sponsorship but this is probably the worst time imaginable to be trying to secure scarce funds from any business. Club reps at the meeting have also indicated there willingness to get behind any fundraising efforts that might happen.

One of the many items discussed is the need to have a panel of maybe 6/7 riders who would be committed to preparing for the event, taking part in the important lead up races and putting themselves forward for selection for the 5 man team. Having a larger panel would allow for riders who might suffer illness or injury not to be pressurised to ride such a high standard event in anything less then 100% condition. Apart from the five riders a back up team of manager, mechanic, masseur and drivers would be required for the week.

Whats needed now?.

Riders: Derek & Pat would be delighted to hear from any riders out there who are perhaps thinking of the Ras but haven’t come forward yet.

Support Team: Likewise a shortlist of people who would be prepared to commit themselves to the team for 2010 is required. Obviously certain specific skillsets – mechanic, physio / masseur etc will be essential.

Funding: If anyone reading is aware of a potential sponsor, or feel they have any specific influence which might lead to a sponsor making a positive contribution please contact Derek/ Pat. Likewise if any clubs have idea for a fundraising venture for this purpose.

The FBD Rás is the iconic event in Irish cycling. Anyone who has competed in the event have set themselves apart in cycling terms. It would be a testament to the progress made in cycling in this region if we were able to prepare a team of riders and support crew to the high standards required for this race The Rás starts on May 22nd 2010 so time is very limited in terms preparing riders and securing funds.

Tour Reports – 05/06 November 2009

On Saturday, 5 riders Colm, Frank, Matt,John & Ciaran. A fine morning south to Gorey (got past crater in the road talking to Frank without falling off) towards Carnew & left up Cranford hill where John decided to have a go and claimed KOM points. Hopefully he will be the same Easter weekend. Onto Camolin and home in various directions, some via Balleycanew. More riders should take advantage of Saturday ride if possible as fine weather in “sunny south-east” is not always guaranteed.

Note: There has been a confirmed sighting of Fran O’Toole back on a bike saturday morning for the first time in many months. It may have something to do with his girlfriend going home and he was said to have looked like a lost love sick puppy in lycra.

On Sunday, 14 riders turned out on a dry but very windy morning. Stephen on his Colnago, be-decked with front & rear mudguards (rumour has it next week he will have a wicker basket on his handlebars containing Baguettes & fromage for all and hair products & moisturiser for Swiss). South to Gorey into the heavy breeze turns at front were rotated quickly, picked up Des Heffernan at Inch, no doubt keeping an eye on his son Nialls fitness. Inch also saw the first of 2 punctures for Cathal, any excuse for a break on his comeback to form. Courtown, Balleygarret, right in Kilmuckridge and a respite from the wind and right again at Balleyedmond where all the previous hard work was worthwhile with the tail wind we picked up. Tail wind also means pick up in pace by 20+kmph & a high speed interval to Balleycanew. Normality returned around Gorey with everybody taking alternative routes around town, 3rd puncture of morning with Mike flatting on Arklow road home by 12.30 and 80+km on the legs. 

P.S. Looking forward to Friday night when very important hydration issues will be dealt with at the Christmas party night.

club clothing fittings

Fittings for the new club clothing will take place in the Willow Park hall this Friday 4th December between 7 and 8pm. A selection of jersey sizes will be available to try on.

Orders will also be taken on the night and all club members are encouraged to place orders ASAP so as to avoid delays to delivery of the new kit for the start of the season.

If you cannot make it to the hall on Friday, can you check with your closest match who does go to see what size would be suitable.


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