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2016 Midland League

Midland League 2016

Its time to start thinking about the upcoming racing season. Hopefully all you racers are getting in the hard miles and working towards the start of the season.

The calendar for the 2016 Midland League is out and is attached below.

Buckley Cycles Midlands Interclub League (MIL) 2016
Date No. Day Time Club Venue Comment
April
21st 1 Thur 7pm Tull Horseleap 20k TeamTT
28th 2 Thur 7pm SSCC Mt Temple Road race 40k
May
5th 3 Thur 7pm Lynx TBA Raod race
12th 4 Thur 7pm LSW Dalystown Road race 40k
19th         No Race
26th 5 Thur 7pm Wolftrap Birr 40k TT
June
2nd 6 Thur 7.15pm Longford Legan/Enybegs Road race ??k
9th 7 Thur 7pm SSCC Mt Temple Road race 40k
16th No race – Bike week
23th 8 Thur 7pm Tull Kilbeggan Road race 37k
30th 9 Thur 7.15pm Laois The Cut Hill TT 7k
July
7th 10 Thur 7pm LSW Dalystown Road race 40k
14th 11 Thur 7.15pm Laois Emo Road Race 40k
21st 12 Thur 7pm SSCC Mt Temple Road race 40k
28th 13 Thur 7pm Longford Legan/Enybegs Road Race 40k
August
4th No race
11th 14 Thur 7pm Tull Kilbeggan Road race 37k
18th 15 Thur 7pm SSCC Mt Temple Road race 40k
25th Prize night Thur 7pm All Horseleap Team TT, non-league
MIL is now on Twitter #MILLeague

MIL 2013

Midland Interclub League 2013

The Buckley Cycles sponsored Midland Racing League gets under way on 18th April next with the opening leg taking place in Mount Temple hosted by Shannonside Cycling Club.

The Midland League is a great introduction to racing and anyone who is interested in getting involved is welcome to give a go.

The 2013 Calender is almost complete and I’ve attached it below for your information.

See you all in a couple of weeks. Continue reading

Des Hanlon Report

Racing Report

With Classic Season well under way in mainland Europe, Ireland’s ‘classic’ race rolled out on Sunday. The Des Hanlon is a renowned one day race within these shores and yesterdays race was no different. Its certainly one of the toughest races on the calender and the combination of the route and the weather made this years race an epic in all sense.

Peter gratefully offered me a lift and as we headed for sign-on the temperature gauge barely moved north of 2 degrees. The only saving grace was the promise of dry weather which was the only positive about the weather. The weather didn’t seem to dampen the numbers and 133 A3’s signed on. TCTC’s contingent included myself, Peter and Mick. We met Fran Meehan at sign on who was racing for the Aqua Blue team. With the ominously cold temperature I never bothered doing a warm-up and got changed in the relative comfort of Peters car. I layered up in almost full winter attire and waited until just before roll out to enter the frigid air. Mick was sporting a pair of flash wheels to go with the new bike and looked the part. A large group of A1/2’s containing some of Ireland’s best amateur riders rolled out before us as they headed for 100 miles of torture over 3 laps of the circuit. Continue reading

Race Report – Clonard & Newbridge

Ras Naomh Finian

With my recent poor form I needed to get some racing into my legs. One of our neighbouring clubs Clonard RC have run this race for the past several seasons and the organisation has always been top drawer. I awoke on Saturday not feeling exactly brilliant. The wind was blowing pretty hard from the east but the rain was holding off. With Clonard been so close it was a relaxing drive to the sign on. Mick was the only other TCTC rider in the race and we both signed on to the A3 event which I think had the largest turnout of the day. Paralympian Medal winner Fran was kitted out in her new team kit for  the Aquablue squad. She went off with the A2’s. Continue reading

MIL Race 12 August 2nd

Race Report

The Buckley’s Cycles Midland League has not had the best of luck with this summers weather. Last Thursdays race in Dysart thankfully took part under clear skies and light winds. After last weeks Hill TT the pink jersey of overall leader had once again transferred to Peter Rimmer of the LSW.

A good crew of A/B riders signed on with more than 15 in the B+ group and 4 in the B group. The A group was depleted with a few of the regulars marshalling. The B’s had an advantage of 1 minute on the B+ with  a further gap to the fast men.

Tullamore CTC once again had a good turnout in the A/B race with myself, Paul, Aidan and Damien vying for points. Myself and Paul didn’t get going too well as we struggled to clip in. We soon found ourselves a nice bit behind and had to put in an early sprint effort to catch up with the main group. The first lap passed at a good average of over 42km/h. We were soon catching the B group and joined up soon after the turn in Castletown.

Onto the 2nd lap and the roll ups were working well and the speed was kept around 40km/h plus. At the turn in Castletown an unexpected attack from SSCC’s Jim Maguire broke up the race. I was lucky enough to be on his wheel at the time and accelerated with him. We soon had a bit of a gap and it looked like we might get something working. Several other riders bridged across and we soon had a group of 7 with every team represented except for Wolftrap.

The group behind was still fairly large but with a rider from each club it was a possibility that our little break might have a chance. We soon got the up and overs going and managed to build a small gap. Going into the last lap there was no sign of the rest of the group behind. Most riders in the break were doing a pull on the front with Billy, Jim and Ronan doing the majority.

We had picked up a rider who lost a lap and he did a few turns on the front which was strange as he was out of the race. The Laois rider didn’t roll through at all and sat on. He declared that he wouldn’t contest the sprint so fair enough. As we turned at Castletown for the last time there was still no sign of the main group behind.

On the run in to the finish the speed dropped back and one of the LSW lads was left on the front for the remainder of the race. As we got within 1km of the finish the main bunch appeared behind closing fast. I was sitting in a nice position about 4 wheels back as Ronan Costello from SSCC opened up the sprint. I got boxed in sprinting for the line and managed to finish 2nd behind Ronan. Billy came in 3rd and the aforementioned Laois rider in 4th. So much for saying he wouldn’t contest the sprint.

After the race I heard that the TCTC lads did a great job of disrupting the chase group behind which allowed our break to stay. Cheers guys. The points I got take me back into the lead in the overall standings with only 2 races remaining. There’ll be a nice bullseye on my back so.

Average speed for the race was 40.1km/h over 35km.