Sportive Group Meeting this Thursday
The Sportive Group will be meeting on Thursday evening, 7th Feb at 8 pm in the Springfield Hotel as agreed at our last meeting on 3rd Jan. This will be an opportunity to review the groups progress to-date and set goals for the upcoming Sportive season.
Carlow trip itinerary
Final preparations are in place for this weekends trip to Carlow. It's sure to be a great weekend whatever the weather. However wrap up warm as the weather is expected to remain cold with some wintry showers possible in places.
Cyclists are advised that they should pack 2 bags for the trip. An overnight bag as well as a small bag for anything that they will need on the day such as energy bars, gells, tubes and rain jackets etc.
The over night bags should be tagged with your name and telephone numbers. All overnight bags will be brought down in a van ahead of the groups on the road and therefore will NOT be available to you until you reach Carlow. Once you arrive in Carlow, you will find your bags in your room.
All smaller bags will be loaded in to the vans that are following each group and so will be available to you throughout the day.
All over night bags can be brought to the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip the night before where they will be locked up ready for the morning to be placed in the van. Alternatively you can bring them in the morning before 9:00am.
We ask that all riders and support people gather at the Springfield Hotel at 8:45am for a strickt 9:30am departure. Light refreshments will be served at the hotel in the morning before we leave.
Room assignments have been predefined for simplicity, however you are free to swap rooms on the day if you wish to do so.
The evening meal will be served at 8:00pm, however the Seven Oaks serve food all day for those that wish to get a bite to eat once we arrive and build the reserves for the return trip the next day.
Leisure facilities at the Seven Oaks Hotel:
All leisure facilities are available to us during our stay, so those of you that wish to go for a dip in the pool or relax in the Jacuzzi after a hard day in the saddle are free to do so. For more details on the leisure facilities available at the Seven Oaks Hotel, you can check out their website at www.sevenoakshotel.com
Advance Group Route:
Sportive Group Route:
Carlow trip 2013
LCRC will once again be heading down the country this February for the clubs annual trip to Carlow.
We will leave Lucan Saturday 2nd of February and return on Sunday morning. While there, we will be staying at the Seven Aaks Hotel .
Cost is €85 per person. The price includes a 4 course evening meal & b&b .
A €40 deposit needs to reach us by no later than January 20th.
This will be our 12th year staying there and you can rest assured that we will be well looked after once we arrive.
We have booked 60 beds. 30 already gone . This club event books out every year so get your name in quickly. None cycling partners are also welcome .
We will have 2 groups on the road going down.
Full backup & bag transfer with will be provided for both groups.
Details on the route will follow shortly. In the meantime, you can register your interest or ask questions through the link.
Morgan Sparrow Spin - Event Report by Ronan Baxter
Saturday last 15th October marked another successful partnership between LCRC and the Irish Air Corps. The 'Morgan Sparrow Spin' formerly known as Around the Mountains was run off on an overcast but dry morning from the Air Corps headquarters in Baldonnel Co. Dublin. This year we welcomed record numbers (190) of riders of all ages and abilities to take part in the sportive which is year on year regarded as one of the best organised and most enjoyable sportives on offer in the country.
As is customary for the event Air Corps CMdt. Jim Lynnott and LCRC Chairman Jimmy Stagg delivered a pre-start speech to rouse the riders but this year on a poignant note we also had the late Morgan Sparrow's father say a few heartfelt words which reinforced to everyone the importance of enjoying the day and getting back safe.
The route was reworked this year and although it was shorter than previous outings at 127kms it still presented a stiff challenge to the riders of both groups who had to tackle the Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap before the run in to the finish. The Air Corps once again demonstrated their skills in logistics by providing a dedicated team of event support including a crew of motorcycle outriders to marshal each group and ensure their safety. At the top of the Wicklow Gap ascent everyone was also very happy to see the huge canvas tent erected for the event where soup, sandwiches and teas and coffees were gratefully received by the tired riders.
After the Wicklow Gap refreshments the groups were reformed for the mostly downhill run back to Baldonnel. Thoughts of tired legs soon gave way to thoughts of hunger but once again the Air Corps had that covered as on our return we were greeted with a selection of wholesome dishes in the canteen.
After dinner the group headed for the NCO mess where there would be a raffle, including two bicycles and also the RAAM team bike raffle draw. congratulations to all of the prize winners on the night. We were also delighted to use the opportunity to present a cheque for €5,000 to Barnardos, the beneficiary of this great charitable event. We would like to especially thank Stagg Cycles for generously sponsoring the raffle prizes.
The club's show-piece charity sportive continues to go from strength to strength and this year was no different. We would like to thank everyone in the Air Corps who continue to make this event possible, especially Cmdt. Jim Lynott and Lt. Stephen Byrne, the Sparrow family who we hope can take some comfort from this fitting tribute to the Late Morgan Sparrow and last but not least to you the riders, who we hope enjoyed the day!
LCRC end of season trip to Kilkenny
I’ve decided to take on the end of season trip this year in Paul Heneghan’s absence.
Paul Heneghan has done some great work in this area over the past few years with trips to Arklow in 2010 and Aughrim in 2011.
I think anyone who was on these trips will agree that they are great for training and getting to know your team mates a little better in the off season in a relaxed and non-competitive environment where nobody is left behind.
I would like to get some numbers together of people who would be interested in taking up an opportunity to ride around 100Km’s down on Saturday and 100Km’s back on the Sunday.
Hotel Kilkenny: Saturday the 3rd of November (Can’t go beyond this date due to the run in to Christmas costs for everyone) Cost €90
The above costs include evening meal and breakfast on the Sunday morning before we head home.
I need numbers so I can get either booked so if you’re interested, can you please come back to me ASAP and I will name the date by the end of this week.
Please be aware that I cannot keep everyone happy on the date/location and our decision on when we will travel will be based upon the higher numbers for one or the other.
I hope as many of you as possible will be enticed to do such a trip as they really are enjoyable days doing something we all love.
Thanks a lot for your time on this matter.
Route map to follow.
Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford 2012
LCRC were out in force on Sunday 26th August at the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
5 Lucan riders in total tackled the challenging 100km route and 2 riders took on the down right tough 160km routes. Well done to all riders.
LCRC-Air Corps Morgan Sparrow Memorial Cycle
he annual LCRC and Air Corps hosted sportive - Around the Mountains - will be held this year on Saturday 15th September.
Unfortunately the event had to be postponed earlier in the year in the wake of the tragic death of Cmdt. Morgan Sparrow of the Air Corps. Morgan who was a member of the Irish Road Club died after an accident during a club league race. As a mark of respect to his family and to remember Morgan, this and all future editions of the Around the Mountains will be held in his memory.
The event will follow broadly the same format as previous years.
The Route will be a challenging 120kms through the Wicklow Mountains.
We will have 2 groups, one for advanced riders - Av 28kph, Intermediate group Av 24kph. Both groups will have leaders assigned and nobody gets left behind.
Our nominated Charity will be Barnardos, the Children's Charity. We will be presenting a cheque for funds raised to a Barnardos representative on the night
We will be holding the draw for the RAAM bike raffle on the night. Tickets will be available on the day for €10 or 3 for €20. (All monies to Barnardos).
Event sponsor Stagg Cycles will be providing some excellent prizes for a FREE raffle to be held after the ride, everyone will get a raffle ticket at sign on.
And best news of all, Entry fee has been reduced to €30.
For this you will get :-
On route food-stop
Dinner after ride in Baldonnel
Full back up from AC incl. Ambulance & Motorcycle outriders
Showers & Changing Facilities
Free Raffle Ticket
Sign on will be in Baldonnel on the morning and we will depart along with full back up from the Air Corps. Rolling road closures will be in place by motorcycle outriders.
This really is a top class event made possible by the Air Corps so we would urge all club members to support the event and spread the word to their cyclist friends.
This year a noted difference is that the event will be held on a Saturday. This was decided following feedback from last years event. To capitalise on there will be a social event afterwards in the AC Lounge. Finer details are still to be confirmed but no doubt there will be music and a few pints, a perfect way to end the racing season and talk about all the races we 'nearly won'...and some we actually did! . There are showers and changing facilities available in Baldonnel afterwards. Riders are welcome to bring their partners & family along afterwards for the entertainment for what promises to be a great night
Entry can be made in Stagg Cycles Lucan and we will also be setting up a Paypal online entry system. Riders can also pay on the day however pre-payment is preferred.
Etape du tour act 1 - Modane to Alpe D'Huez - 2011
LCRC members Graham Healy (left) and Michael Lalor at the top of the Col du Galibier at last years Etape du tour Act 1.
40km descent during the Etape du Tour 2012 - Act 1.
Spot the Lucan and other Orwell riders on the way down.
Not everyone is into racing, so for those that prefer a more relaxed cycling experience it's good to know that LCRC have a strong leisure scene. A wide range of members from beginners to more advanced riders take part in the many Sportive events throughout Ireland and abroad throughout the year. Members have taken part in all types of events ranging from The Ring of Kerry Challenge, to Le Etape du Tour and our very own offering in conjunction with the Air Corps The Spin around the Mountains.