Spring 2003 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members On behalf of McNally Swords Cycling Club, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. Alister Cole and partner Coleen, Martin Boyce and John Farrell have joined the Touring Group on Saturdays. Henry Crowley and Roger Tegart will be participating in B and C races respectively. Other members include Rachel Beck who enjoy triathlon events and finally Frank Billings, Aoife McGovern, Conor McGrane and Dermot Fagan are all very welcome. We would also like to acknowledge the departure of John Peppard, Tony O’ Malley and Simon Whelan all of whom have served the club well and we wish them success in the future.

Club League: The Club League commences on the 16th of April and enclosed please find the fixture list. A fee of 3 euro for club members and 5 euro for non-members will apply. It is important that marshals/stewards attend their designated race or make alternative arrangements so as to ensure that the events take place in a safe manner. The committee also requests that the Chief Marshall conduct a final sweep of the course at the end of a race to ensure nobody gets lost!

Launch of 2003 Club Season The annual launch of the club’s 2003 cycling season will take place in the Swords Manor Pub on Thursday 27th of March at 8.30pm. Sandwiches and some refreshments will be provided. This is an opportunity to meet other members so as to galvanise the club and focus on the challenges for this season! Feel free to bring along family members and friends.

Club Spins
The weekly club spins continue to be the following times from April 5th;

Thursday (tea stop) 60miles approx 9.15am (Lord Mayors)
Saturday 50miles approx 8.30am (Blakes Cross)
Saturday (tea stop) 50-60 miles approx 9.00am (Lord Mayors)
Sunday 60miles approx 9.00am (Lord Mayors)

Touring Events There are a number of touring events taking place in the near future. It is anticipated that some of the ‘Saturday Touring Group’ and other club members will be attending the following events throughout the season- all are welcome- contact Ken Brennan 086-8103287 for further details.

Date Event Distance
27/4/03 Tour of Meath and Cavan 90k
4/5/03 Slieve Bloom Tour- Carlow 150k
18/5/03 Vets Leisure Tour 100k
8/6/03 Wicklow 200 200k
22/6/03 Carlow Tour 150k
7/7/03 Kildare Border Tour 100k

Useful Web Sites/E-Mail Addresses:

  • For information on all activities of Cycling Ireland -contact www.cyclingireland.ie
  • For information on the activities on Blazing Saddles-contact Eleanor.kirwin@ncbi.ie
  • For information on the Border Trex in June-contact www.cooperationireland.org
  • For information on McNally Swords CC. contact www.swordscc.com
  • For information on the Isle of Man Cycling Week in July-
    Contact Des Claque, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2LJ
  • For information on Beaumont Biking Club’s tour of Vietnam-contact paula.chapman@beaumont.ie
  • For information on our sponsor’s new website – contact www.mcnallyjoinery.com
  • For information on sports photography-contact Kevin McFeely’s new website featuring his photographic works www.kevinmcfeely.com

General News: February was the month for extensive training in preparation for the new season! Sean Lally and the troops returned from a hard training session in Spain, while Terry and Tess’s Saturday Motley Touring Group are still recovering from a hard social session in Nerja – Spain!! see photographs later. Incidentally, Ken Brennan and Colm Stafford were charged 5euro per kg of Bike weight as excess baggage at Malaga Airport, (although others in the group avoided the cost!)… so beware in the future.

On a more serious note and on behalf of all club members we would like to offer our condolences to the recent passing of Terry Quinlan’s father-RIP. In addition, our thoughts are with the Maxwell Family in remembrance of Kieran.

Club Tour in May: The club tour will takes place on Sunday 25th of May from Fingallians GAA Club. Registration is at 8.30am, departing at 9.00am. There will be an 80 and 50 miles route. We would appreciate if members could make themselves available and support the event. Showers and refreshments will be provided.

Membership Form: Enclosed please find a Membership Form for those who have not got the chance to complete it to date. It is important to return the form as soon as possible so that you have the appropriate licence and insurance cover.

Club Gear Club gear may still be purchased from Breda McNally (01-8433022) or ‘Richies Bike Shop’ (01-8900631).

Professional Racing We have been fortunate to receive plenty of reports & insights from the pro racing scene from Brian Kelly. You will find these on the Message Forum , but Hugh also has been translating them onto our News’nReports page on the web site where they are easier to read. The events covered includes the Tour de Langkawi , Haribo Classic, Haut Var, G.P.Lugano, G.P.Chiasso,West Vlanderen 3 Day.

Results Now that the racing season has started, if anyone gets placed in any race, please forward the result to Hugh Byrne by e- mail or phone… he aint psychic !!!!!!!

Also race and touring reports would be appreciated by Hugh. This is a club website so it requires input from all our Club Members.

Richies Bikes Shop-Whats New?
He has some lightweight Fondriest Bike Bags (not padded) at 50 Euro,
(Ideal for travelling light).
Tyres : Colours to match any bike!
Brands : Schwalbe, Michellen, Hutchenson, Continetal
Gist Shorts : The ultimate in comfort… at the right price!
(No centre stitch on chamois)
Remember, Richie offers a 10% discount to members of McNally Swords CC.

New Cycling Group on Saturdays Tom Markham has kindly made himself available to facilitate new members and existing members who wish to cycle at a modest pace on Saturdays (9am from April 5th at the Lord Mayors). The intention is to have those who go somewhat faster to cycle a longer route and meet Tom’s group at the tea stop and return together. If you have family members or friends who might have expressed an interest in cycling, then, this is an ideal opportunity to start.

New Ideas for Newsletter The committee intend to send out four (4) Newsletters per year and any ideas or suggestions for material that could be included, please contact Ken Brennan 086-8103276

Photos from Nerja-Spain
Below is some of the evidence of the ‘goings on’ in ‘Terry and Tess’s Training Camp’ in Spain last month!

Going clockwise: Café stop in Torre del Mar; Eamonn, Tommy Terry, and Sheila after the climb up to Frigliana; Colm Stafford in Competa – an 11 mile climb; The road to Competa; Ken and Tommy discuss the Saturday spin; Dinner time in Nerja; Betty, Sheila and Tess; Terry leading the way on this climb.

Swords C.C. in the Good Auld Days!

It was suggested by a committee member that each newsletter should have a few old photos to jog our memories of how time passes by… can you name everybody in the picture above?