Posts Tagged ‘the cycle inn’

Irish National Mountainbike XC Marathon Championships 2010

November 15, 2010

Mountain Bike Club Cork pulled off a great event in Ballyhoura in the form of the Irish National Mountainbike XC Marathon Championships. It was a calm, bright, but crisp cool 26 September that presented itself for the occasion. A 63km course, including 1560m altitude gain awaited the racers. Mike Jordan, mountain bike legend from the institution that is The Cycle Inn, provided team transport. Sign on, preparation, 11 o’clock roll out.

The first long opening fire road climb immediately forced a selection. Over the hill and down the far side, about half way down, I passed an unlucky rider lying in the ditch clutching a shoulder, one of the races two casualties with a collarbone fracture. The second casualty was to suffer a broken leg. While I did not suffer any injuries, my back tyre took more more than it could handle as I hammered down a steep rocky descent, resulting in a puncture. I attempted to re inflate the tubeless tyre, but due to some mud stuck inside the rim, the seal didn’t hold. Time for plan B: Convert to tube set-up.  Easy I thought to myself and whipped out a tube for the job, only to realise that what was written on the box, did not correspond to the tube inside! I walked to the next marshal point and luck swung back in my favour: The marshal had one last tube which he kindly gave me. Finally got the tyre back on, inflated it and was off again, but paid with a 40mins penalty for my unscheduled stop.

At this stage I was the lanterne rouge and due to the time loss had lost any motivation to fight on, since being realistic, it would not have amounted to  much. Nevertheless, I decided to enjoy the day for the ride that was in it, so continued to ride at a steady, yet not too strenuous pace. After a few hours, as I neared the finishing kilometres, it occurred to me that there were no more course markings. Not great form, clearing the course markers before the participants are finished, but I managed to find my way back to the finish nonetheless, or should I say where the finish had once been!

Mike had finished about two hours before, having stormed around with the top guys and was worried sick after hearing about the two casualties, thinking I may have been one of them, with every minute I remained absent. I even missed the prize presentation where Ryan Sherlock was crowned National Champion with Kate Elliot receiving the women’s title. While I didn’t end up finishing last, making back a handful of places along the way, I can’t boast about it being my most memorable ‘race’. When deducting my 40mins puncture repair from my finishing time, it placed me firmly where I would have liked to have finished. Moral of the story: If you want to do well, stick with what you’re best at, in my case shorter distances and make it all down hill while you’re at it!

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Revolution Cycle: Around the world by bike – The Homecoming

June 10, 2010

Homecoming Flyer

In November 2008, two young Irish men from Greystones, Simon Evans and Fearghal Ó Nualláin, embarked on an epic around the world bicycle trip – The first Irish circumnavigation of the world by bicycle attempt to date. Equipped with a KTM mountain bike each supplied by Mike Jordan in The Cycle Inn, Tallaght, Simon and Fearghal set off to complete at least 30,000km.

I will not attempt to recount tales from their journey as I would not do it justice, but instead invite you to visit Simon and Fearghal’s Revolution Cycle website where you will find more information. I was however present on Saturday 15 May for the homecoming, as a member of The Cycle Inn Support Team for the last official leg from Blackrock College to Greystones, which heralded the end of this spectacular journey.

A good 100+ strong group of family, friends and followers was present to welcome these heroes back home, with full Garda escort, an ambulance and The Cycle Inn Support Team van completing the cavalcade. Bar a couple of minor incidents, everybody made it to Greystones safely where the official welcome party was set up in the Greystones Rugby club. The bubbly was popped, speeches were held and food and drink was served.

A video clip of the arrival can be viewed by clicking here.

Red Bull Road Rage – 2nd in Rengg, Switzerland.

October 27, 2009

red bull road rage

Leading Mauro Bettin in the Semi Final

I’ve decided to make an effort this time and write the blog myself. I’m just back from Switzerland where I took on a bunch of Euro speed junkies and won (well almost). After posting the top time in qualifying covering the 2.1km course in just 99 seconds (top speed 90km/h and an average speed of 76km/h) my confidence was given the boost  it needed after being snapped by the sheer scariness of the descent. The course featured 6 hairpin turns in the top half with sections of road at nearly 20% gradient, with the average at 10%. On top of that the surface was wet from the rain the night before. Turns out it seems to work in my favour. Must be the Irish in me!!

I was never pushed through the rounds but I knew that when the racing got tough I would need to find that little bit extra to come out on top. The 1/4 finals saw some big names fall: Frédéric Moncassin, two time stage winner and yellow jersey wearer in the Tour de France and winner from the French event, failed to progress to the semi finals, as did defending Swiss Road Rage veteran Guillaume Gaulandi from France. Having had to pull out all the stops in the sprint finish to take the round against  two time German national 4Cross champion Thomas Schäfer, winner of the German round, in the 1/4 final, I was under no illusions of the strength in depth of the field in Rengg. For this reason I went all out in the semi final from the gun, blowing out Mauro Bettin, winner of the Italian event (the Italian pro ex-roadie turned enduro mountain biker – 2005 mtb xc marathon world cup winner) and eventually coasting across the line well clear of the field. The final was a different proposition and I found myself in third in the first corner. The racing was messy, dangerous and probably not within the rules but in the end I was pipped by Sebastian Körber from Germany into second. Disappointing in light of my overall performance and considering I was the quickest down the hill TT style, but I can’t really complain. I know my first win is just around the corner.

Red Bull Road Rage, Rengg podium from l-r: Janos Köhler (IRL), Sebastian Körber (D), Michael Schärer (CH) and David Lacoste (F)

Now I’m looking forward to some intense (and injury free) winter training and maybe some sponsorship if anyone’s as brave as Mick Jordan from the Cycle Inn Bike Shop. Can’t wait until next year and a new season of Red Bull Road Rage.

Results from http://www.redbullroadrage.ch

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Qualifying:



Red Bull Road Rage – Cycle Inn rider Janos Köhler 6th in France

September 26, 2009

Leading in the Quarter Final

On the 12th of September a unique road race, the Red Bull Road Rage, took place high in the French Pyrennees.  I represented Ireland amongst a World Class field thanks to support from Mick Jordan from The Cycle Inn and finished 6th just behind legend Cédric Gracia with Frédéric Moncassin in 1st.  Ben from Spoke.ie recently met with me for a chat about my experiences of the race and future plans.

* What was your motivation to take part in RBRR?

I’ve always been into anything that gives me a good adrenalin kick especially if two wheels are involved. Not many people seem to be able to keep up with me on the road downhills here in Wicklow so I thought I’d give it a shot. I never expected to do so well because I’d never had the chance to race top pros but now that I’ve proved I’m at their level I’m even more motivated to do the next one.

* What characteristics do you think you need to make a good RBRR downhiller?

There are several characteristics that play a decisive role in making a good RBRR racer: It involves two distinctly different disciplines, the first one being an individual time trial for the qualifying and seeding run and the second racing as a group of four, similar to 4X in mountainbiking. There are loads of twists and turns at speeds of up to 100km/h, so you have to be a confident technical bike handler capable of high levels of concentration who is also comfortable with the fear factor and high adrenaline levels. The important thing is to get the right lines through the corners to carry your speed through as well as have qualities of a sprinter to accelerate quickly out of bends. That said doing all the above correctly doesn’t automatically result in victory, as sometimes you also have to play it smart. Drafting competitors can give you the edge in top end speed down the finishing straight and help you cross the line in first place which is why Moncassin won in the end.

* How do you feel about your 6th place considering you were lining up against such a strong field containing so many pros and ex-pros?

To be honest I was fairly disappointed not to make the final because I was one of only 2 riders to have a top 4 time in every round and I missed out through a photo finish. Then again I had the 3rd fastest time on the day and fastest time in the wet which gives me good confidence going into the next race.

* Having raced one RBRR how do you expect the experience to help you the next time ’round?

I learnt a lot about tactics and racing in the 4 cross format. Coming so close has also really fired up my motivation to try even harder to make the final and hopefully even climb up on the podium.

* Being a new event, Where do you see RBRR going from here?

I can see the sport growing over the next few years, even possibly becoming a full blown series spread over a season. Already the next event was oversubscribed so registration for male participants had to be closed early. This can only be a good sign in terms of its growing popularity. I guess time will tell how it really develops as a sport.

* When are you next racing a RBRR?

I have signed up for the next RBRR event which takes place near Nuremburg, Germany on 10 October 2009. This promises to be slightly different compared to previous events as the road will be much narrower and the course generally more technical which suits my strengths. This event is also the first RBRR where separate categories for men and women have been implemented which is good to see.

* Any last words?

I would like to say a huge thanks to my generous sponsor Mick Jordan from the Cycle Inn, without whose support this would not have been possible.

 

Full table of times and results for the first Red Bull Road Rage in France.

Individual time trial and seeding run – Dry road. 4th with a time of 4m19s171 – Moncassin clocks fastest time of the day and betters me by 5.9 seconds.

Pos. NAME # Qualif. time Avg. km/h
1 Frédéric Moncassin 17 04:13.271 56,86
2 Guillaume Gaulandi 15 04:16.717 56,09
3 Frédéric Mazières 1 04:18.035 55,81
4 Janos Köhler 25 04:19.171 55,56
5 Cédric Gracia 2 04:19.593 55,47
6 David Lacoste 13 04:19.606 55,47
7 Luca Pais Maden 37 04:22.147 54,93
8 Gerard D 59 04:22.733 54,81
9 Fabien Pedenanau 43 04:24.985 54,34
10 Christian Taillefer 35 04:27.597 53,81
11 Fabien Christen 31 04:27.790 53,77
12 Laurent 52 04:27.907 53,75
13 Christophe Osmont 33 04:28.664 53,60
14 mathieu Carrer 44 04:29.440 53,44
15 Romain Mazure 21 04:29.763 53,38
16 Ransimangue 63 04:31.960 52,95
17 François Xavier Plaçais 18 04:32.398 52,86
18 Philippe Cau 27 04:32.779 52,79
19 Robert G 45 04:34.210 52,51
20 Jean phillipe cerquiera 46 04:34.354 52,49
21 Emmanuel Vialard 14 04:35.831 52,21
22 Guillaume cadroas 39 04:36.263 52,12
23 Cyril Despres 110 04:36.571 52,07
24 Romain Lacoste 42 04:36.881 52,01
25 Thomas Vallé 40 04:37.120 51,96
26 Christian Grange 29 04:37.437 51,90
27 Pierre Jean Rigaud 32 04:39.102 51,59
28 Gualandi Gilbert 56 04:41.023 51,24
29 Stpartaro 57 04:41.163 51,22
30 Sebastien Castagne 38 04:41.669 51,12
31 guinand 65 04:42.082 51,05
32 Sebastien st Criq 16 04:42.849 50,91
33 Gualandi Gregory 53 04:43.239 50,84
34 Joris Favennec 11 04:43.579 50,78
35 Devierre 111 04:43.953 50,71
36 Phillipe Chabert 10 04:45.565 50,43
37 Maximilien Roblet 19 04:45.793 50,39
38 Hans Maltete 12 04:46.589 50,25
39 Raphael Pomies 7 04:47.104 50,16
40 Nicolas Caiserman 30 04:47.720 50,05
41 Steve Borloz 22 04:47.948 50,01
42 Julien Sorhabil 24 04:48.275 49,95
43 Jerome Arricastres 47 04:49.107 49,81
44 Sourimant 55 04:54.570 48,88
45 Eric Cadau 36 04:54.982 48,82
46 Laplace B 58 04:55.704 48,70
47 Augelet 61 04:57.478 48,41
48 Vincent Delveau 26 04:58.045 48,31
49 Clavairolles 48 04:58.137 48,30
50 Pierre Castagne 8 04:58.515 48,24
51 Julien Yvenec 34 05:00.088 47,99
52 Mercier 60 05:00.266 47,96
53 Esthere Leroy 20 05:01.106 47,82
54 Cyril Cabiac 41 05:02.664 47,58
55 Benoit Ricart 23 05:07.801 46,78
56 Julien Bastide 49 05:13.353 45,95
57 Faverial 51 05:13.490 45,93
58 Vignolles 50 05:25.511 44,24
59 Jerome Couppey 9 59:47.569 1,33

 

1/8 finals – Wet road. Fastest time this round with 4m17s187 (3rd fastest of the day and fastest time in the wet).

Pos. NAME # 1/16 finals time Avg. km/h
1 Janos Köhler 25 04:17.187 55,99
2 Guillaume Gaulandi 15 04:17.815 55,85
3 Mariani 54 04:19.609 55,47
4 Cédric Gracia 2 04:19.629 55,46
5 David Lacoste 13 04:21.680 55,03
6 Fabien Christen 31 04:22.298 54,90
7 Luca Pais Maden 37 04:22.318 54,90
8 Frédéric Mazières 1 04:23.624 54,62
9 mathieu Carrer 44 04:25.291 54,28
10 Christian Taillefer 35 04:25.818 54,17
11 Philippe Cau 27 04:27.300 53,87
12 Gualandi Gilbert 56 04:27.641 53,80
13 Frédéric Moncassin 17 04:27.726 53,79
14 Christophe Osmont 33 04:30.071 53,32
15 Romain Mazure 21 04:30.089 53,32
16 Cyril Despres 110 04:30.330 53,27
17 Gerard D 59 04:30.447 53,25
18 Laurent 52 04:30.853 53,17
19 Gualandi Gregory 53 04:31.536 53,03
20 Christian Grange 29 04:31.543 53,03
21 François Xavier Plaçais 18 04:32.234 52,90
22 Jean phillipe cerquiera 46 04:32.345 52,87
23 Guillaume cadroas 39 04:32.351 52,87
24 Emmanuel Vialard 14 04:32.381 52,87
25 Raphael Pomies 7 04:32.491 52,85
26 Fabien Pedenanau 43 04:32.701 52,81
27 Devierre 111 04:32.803 52,79
28 Robert G 45 04:33.185 52,71
29 Pierre Jean Rigaud 32 04:33.494 52,65
30 Romain Lacoste 42 04:34.673 52,43
31 Hans Maltete 12 04:34.893 52,38
32 Thomas Vallé 40 04:35.300 52,31
33 Phillipe Chabert 10 04:37.118 51,96
34 Sebastien Castagne 38 04:37.693 51,86
35 Julien Yvenec 34 04:37.703 51,85
36 Sebastien st Criq 16 04:37.934 51,81
37 guinand 65 04:38.411 51,72
38 Maximilien Roblet 19 04:39.978 51,43
39 Joris Favennec 11 04:40.710 51,30
40 Julien Sorhabil 24 04:41.899 51,08
41 Steve Borloz 22 04:43.348 50,82
42 Clavairolles 48 04:45.453 50,45
43 Jerome Couppey 9 04:46.117 50,33
44 Pierre Castagne 8 04:46.726 50,22
45 Augelet 61 04:47.386 50,11
46 Stpartaro 57 04:47.564 50,08
47 Vincent Delveau 26 04:47.639 50,06
48 Laplace B 58 04:50.941 49,49
49 Mercier 60 04:52.985 49,15
50 Esthere Leroy 20 05:01.753 47,72
51 Benoit Ricart 23 05:04.461 47,30
52 Cyril Cabiac 41 05:39.276 42,44

 

1/4 finals – First round under heavy rainfall which persisted until the finals. 2nd fastest time of the round with 4m33s964.

Pos. NAME # 1/8 finals time Avg. km/h
1 Cédric Gracia 2 04:32.370 52,87
2 Janos Köhler 25 04:33.964 52,56
3 Romain Mazure 21 04:34.060 52,54
4 Guillaume Gaulandi 15 04:34.276 52,50
5 Fabien Christen 31 04:35.277 52,31
6 Cyril Despres 110 04:37.715 51,85
7 Christophe Osmont 33 04:39.628 51,50
8 Frédéric Mazières 1 04:40.523 51,33
9 mathieu Carrer 44 04:41.695 51,12
10 Christian Taifler 35 04:43.516 50,79
11 Frédéric Moncassin 17 04:45.290 50,47
12 Laurent 52 04:46.612 50,24
13 François Xavier Plaçais 18 04:47.793 50,04
14 David Lacoste 13 04:48.154 49,97
15 Mariani 54 04:49.595 49,72
16 guinand 65 04:49.797 49,69
17 Fabien Pedenanau 43 04:49.929 49,67
18 Hans Maltete 12 04:50.700 49,54
19 David sabatie 28 04:52.622 49,21
20 Thomas Vallé 40 04:53.031 49,14
21 Philippe Cau 27 05:07.791 46,78
22 Jean phillipe cerquiera 46 05:14.692 45,76
23 Guillaume cadroas 39 05:14.973 45,72
24 Raphael Pomies 7 05:25.981 44,17
25 Robert G 45 06:07.274 39,21
26 Gualandi Gregory 53 06:14.038 38,50

 

1/2 finals – 4th fastest time of the round with 4m32s434. Mid race format change resulted in only the group winner going through to the final, thus shortening the race by one round. Missed out on a place in the final by a photo finish: 0.307s! Identical situation for Cédric Gracia who was beaten by 0.02s, but adjudicated to be close enough to be called a draw and allowed race in the final. Result: Overall 6th place.

Pos. NAME # 1/4 finals time Avg. km/h
1 David Lacoste 13 04:31.207 53,10
2 Cédric Gracia 2 04:31.227 53,09
3 Guillaume Gaulandi 15 04:32.127 52,92
4 Janos Köhler 25 04:32.434 52,86
5 Frédéric Mazières 1 04:34.768 52,41
6 mathieu Carrer 44 04:37.364 51,92
7 Christian Taillefer 35 04:42.363 51,00
8 François Xavier Plaçais 18 04:42.864 50,91
9 Frédéric Moncassin 17 04:43.622 50,77
10 Fabien Pedenanau 43 04:44.252 50,66
11 Laurent 52 04:44.754 50,57
12 Cyril Despres 110 04:45.605 50,42
13 Hans Maltete 12 04:52.674 49,20
14 Romain Mazure 21 05:01.007 47,84

 

Final – Frédéric Moncassin is victorious! Fastest man all day and a deserved winner!!

Pos. NAME # Finals time Avg. km/h
1 Frédéric Moncassin 17 04:25.210 54,30
2 Guillaume Gaulandi 15 04:25.441 54,25
3 David Lacoste 13 04:25.551 54,23
4 Frédéric Mazières 1 04:28.055 53,72
5 Cédric Gracia 2 04:40.683 51,30