Monthly Archives: August 2011

France Trip updates

Following last nights meeting trip is now full & here follows main points recapped



Bikes: wheels off & in wheel bags (if possible), pedals off, bars off, chock forks & rear stays to prevent accidental damage, protect frames etc as appropriate.

Van: Matt & Fran driving insurance to be changed, AA cover to be investigated, Matt provide sat nav.  Luggage in van kept as light and compact as possible 1 bag/case each  eg. wash gear towels & cycling kit.  Stephen/Wayne/Matt/Ciaran  to provide tools 3/4 track pumps also required,Matt supplying workstand

Flights: Hand luggage only 10kg case size available on AerLingus website. Mini Bus sat morning times confirmed next wed at tesco €20 per person.

Hire Cars: Ciaran,Wayne,Derrick,Garrett,Stephen & John Canavan driving (don’t forget licences). Ciaran,Wayne & John to provide sat navs.

Chalets: Blankets/Duvets provided, sheets pillow case and towels not supplied.

Other: Weather should be warm in valleys but cool on summits & when descending pack Jacket/arm-warmers etc. Insurance E111 cards as minimum.Weather 25+ during day but can get close to freezing at night & early morning wear warm coat leaving & pack beanie.


Betty D’Arcy race

The Slipstream CC Betty D’Arcy Memorial race will take place on Sunday 4th Sept. The race starts at 12 noon in Gorey for the A2 & A3 combined race with a prize fund for the first six over the line 1st and 2nd unplaced A3 and first over the KOH on lap 2 and 3 of the four lap race (approx 100km).

And in addition to what is on the calender for that day we will stage an A4 race too , over the same circuit with the prize fund for the first five over the line and the first rider over the KOH on lap 2 of a 3 lap race (approx 75 km).

The Race will start in Gorey at the Monument out to Craanford where it turns left and up the hill follows this road over to the village of Camolin turns left again and back into Gorey (same as the Gorey 3 Day Sunday circuit).

SERC News Roundup

Members of the South East Road club who are involved in huge challenges at present have varying degrees of luck. Ian Lacey from Gorey is making terrific progress and has over 1,500 miles done in epic trip which is taking him from Alaska in North America to Argentina in South America, This is a journey of 19,000 miles through some of the world’s most diverse and interesting territory. In recognition of his ambitious undertaking Ian was made is an honorary member of the club. He is fundraising for the Carers Association and there will a fundraiser in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre on Saturday the 3rd September when members of the South East Road Club will undertake a stationery cycle. His journey can be followed at

Cathal Redmond from Redcross was due to commence a very ambitious journey with six others to fundraise for the Wicklow Hospice last weekend. The journey began with a kayak trip across the Irish Sea followed by a 2, 000 kilometre cycle from Holyhead to Santander but unfortunately Cathal had some really bad luck when he sprained his ankle very badly and had to withdraw from the trip, despite having trained specially hard for the trip.

The club would like to congratulate its newest member, Cian Keogh who had a tremendous win in the under 12 Brendan Campbell Trophy race in Drogheda recently. Cian won handsomely by a distance when he out sprinted a very strong field of cyclists from all over Ireland. On Sunday last in the Leinster championships held in Kilmessan, Co Meath he went on to take the bronze medal to make it a very memorable week. Cian who lives in Redcross been making great progress and is a great prospect. Cian is one of a large group of under age cyclists who attend the South East Road Club’s Monday evening coaching sessions on the North Quay in Arklow

Reece Young who has been picking up a lot of very good placings recently took an excellent fifth place in the under 14 championship race. This is a great result as he has another year to go in that category while his younger brother, Elliott also took fifth place in the under 12 race. Elliot has only been competing in open races since June and this is remarkable achievement when it is considered that many of his rivals had at least two years age advantage over him

Ross Evans who is in his first year of competitive cycling has been doing very well in Wexford Wheelers inter- club league coming home with many second placings. Ross is the son of Derrick and Catherine Evans. Catherine completed the ten-mile run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Saturday last and will shortly stepping up to a half marathon and then the full Dublin City Marathon while his father, Derrick is a leading cyclist and triathlete who has completed many Iron Man events.

There was a very large attendance for the weekly tour on Sunday last with some of the most difficult climbs in county Wicklow being used as a training ground for the forthcoming South East Road club trip to the French Alps. The club was joined for the arduous training spin by newcomer, Noel Conway and by club stalwart, Wayne Byrne both of whom cycled from Wicklow and Rathnew respectively together to Arklow prior to joining the rest of the club on the Sunday tour. Noel made a great impression and is a very strong and focused cyclist who had no difficulty matching the fastest pace set on two of the most gruelling climbs in County Wicklow.


France Sep 2011

Less than 2 weeks to go and whats done is done just hope the legs are up for it. Get together Wed evening 24 Aug 8pm Bay Hotel to finalize all details any questions, tips, memories etc. write them down as this will be last get together before we pack luggage and bikes next week.

Cycling Sisters

The South East Road Club is launching its latest initiative toget people cycling. For the month of September, the club will be running a project called “Cycling Sisters”.

The aim of the project is to get women over the age of 15 out on their bikes; using cycling as a form of transport, as a way to get fit and lose weight or just simply for leisure and enjoyment. All you need to take part is a road-worthy bike and a helmet. The spins are designed to cater for women of all standards and fitness levels.

The brains behind the project, Derek Webb, will be taking riders every Wednesday night and every Sunday morning for spins up to 40km in distance. The routes will be planned to be close to the town of Gorey, so riders will not be too far from home and can head home early if they find the going tough. The speed will be nice and easy so everybody will enjoy it and most importantly get to meet more women who are keen cyclists.

In addition to the spins, practical advice will be given to riders about bike set up, changing a puncture, cycling safely on the road and advice on clothing, as well as other practical advice needed to improve your knowledge of cycling.

While out on the road Derek has noticed a lot of women out cycling alone. He feels that what is really needed is for these women to be introduced to other like-minded women, so they can form a ‘chain gang’ and eventually arrange spins between themselves. If the project takes off for September we will look to continue it for a while longer.

Peter and Grace Sinnott in Revolve Bike Shop have also thrown their weight behind the project by offering free bike set up to any ladies who part take in the event.

“Having your bike set up properly is the single most important thing you can do. If your saddle is too low or too high, it will cause cramping in the legs and discomfort. A lot of people who cycle for the first time believe their aches and pains are due to the distance they have cycled and the difficulty of the terrain, when in fact it is often down to the fact that their bike doesn’t fit them properly” states Peter.

For more information on this please check out or find Revolve Bike Shop on Facebook.

France trip sept 2011

A place has come available on our trip to Bourg D’ Oisans leaving Sat 3rd Sept for 1 week. Price €400 to include travel to airport return flights to Geneva shared car hire and 1 weeks accomadition in Bourg D’ Oisans transport of own bike and luggage along with 15 other cyclists. Please contact Ciaran Furlong 0872438408 after 7pm if interested  place is first come first served and is open to non SERC members.

Falling Leaves 2011 Results

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Photo by James Forde.

More photos by James Forde now uploaded to the Photos page on this site.

Liam Ruth also has some photos here.

There was a terrific turnout in ideal conditions for the South East Road Club organised Falling Leaves A2/3 and A4 Races which was held on a circuit that featured the short but tough climb of Kilmurray on the western side of Tara Hill near Gorey, Co Wexford. A total of 115 riders signed on. Unusually, more that 15 of those riders took out one-day licences. the A4 race was won by Liam Blanchfield (unattached), who soloed to a fine victory while the remaining places were decided by a bunch sprint, while the A2/3 race ended up in a bunch sprint when it looked as it was going to be fought out between a early break of seven riders who were reeled in towards the finish of the race.



1. John Doris ( Epic MTB)
2. Gary Gorman ( Stammullen RC)
3. David Byrne ( South Dublin CC)
4. Enda Connolly (Richies Bikes/Garda CC)
5. Brian Cullen ( Barrow Wheelers)
6. Patrick O’Brien (Orwell Wheelers)

First unplaced SERC – Anthony Mills


1. Liam Blanchfield (unattached)
2. Gavin Dodd (Orwell Wheelers)
3. Jamie Nooone ( Sorrento)
4. Patrick Dobbs ( Slaney CC)
5. Darren Maher (Usher Irish Road Club)
6. Barry Dunne (Orwell Wheelers)

First unplaced SERC – Wayne Byrne

Michael Considine