Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers will once again promote a Beginners and Underage League in May and June this year for ten to sixteen year olds. It will run for 6 weeks commencing on Monday evening May 14 in Faugheen village, Carrick-on-Suir. All that participants need is a roadworthy bicycle and a helmet.
2012 is the 5th year of this league which has been generously sponsored since the beginning by Ó Ceallacháin’s Bar and Bistro. In 2010, the South Tipperary Sports Partnership also came on board and the final race of the series was held in National Bike Week for the last two years.
There will be two races each week – one lap and 3 laps of a safe 2.2 miles circuit used for the ‘Faugheen 50’ race. Registration takes place at 7pm, with racing beginning at 7.15. All racing will end at approximately 8pm.
The handicapper has a knack of ensuring that a number of riders will still be in contention for overall honours up to the final week of the league. Week 1 will be an individual time trial, and the other 5 weeks will be road races. To facilitate those who may have to miss one event, the best 4 performances will count for points.
Please note that for insurance reasons, no under 10s are permitted to race on the open road.
In 2008, our winners were Paddy Bartley and Eamonn Maher. Jack Hickey and Kellie O’Donnell were victorious in 2009 and in 2010 Jack Conroy and Sean Hahessy topped the podium. Last year, Luke Dunne and Elizabeth Moloney emerged victorious.
Both Sean Hahessy and Michael O’Loughlin who have raced in the league for the last five years have received call-ups to the Irish National junior and youth squads.
As the event is generously sponsored, entry is free. All that is required is a roadworthy bicycle and a helmet. Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers even has a limited number of racing bikes which we will loan to promising cyclists who are interested in racing. So, on Monday evenings, Faugheen is the place to be.
For further information, contact Paul on 086 8718433 or see www.carrickwheelers.com.