Category Archives: Cycling

anything to do with cycling mainly in Ireland and the south west

Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race

Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race an event that I used to read about way back in the days of Eric Stone and John Atkins. I was a young cyclo-crosser from the South East competing on Saturdays and Sundays in the late seventies. The allure of that race was great but I was still a schoolboy racer so it was not to be. All these years later and my friend John was having his fiftieth birthday the day after competing in this years event. I arranged to fly over from Ireland and we drove to the event and slept in his van.  The day arrived and the race was on, all I had to do was to go to two different spots on a spare bike and give him his water and gels.

I was very impressed with the speed of some of the riders not least the winner Rob Jebb, and am inspired to maybe sign up for the race next year, if Irish men are allowed 😉 . It really is a classic event and any one who completes it should be proud of their ability, well done.

Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race

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John at the finish
John at the finish

Watch a short video I managed to put together with a few clips…

My “focus” was on John so I was looking to be where I needed to be at each spot where he had asked me to pass him his “pouch” and water bottles and not taking photos.

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Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Beara Charity Cycle 2014 was a fun weekend with fantastic weather. We cycled from Castletownbere to Dingle taking in Molls gap which comes out to 146 KM on a scorching day. That is apart from the five lads who decided to do the ring of Kerry too which made their day a 220 KM day. Of course I was  cycling so only have a few shots on day one of the start in Town and the food stop at Kenmare and Castlemaine. There was plenty of food too so nobody bonked…

Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Hard Man…

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Puncture man…

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Hard man number two

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End of day man

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Garnish men

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The Young ones

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Paul O’Shea “main man” and John Joe “the legend”

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Matt and Mary

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Three of the long distance men

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Food loading

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Lets go

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Breda

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John and Susan

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Food

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Stop number two Castlemaine

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The Ozzie

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Kevin feeling it…

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Rodney

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If I lie down I may never get up again

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Pat phone home

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Shaun

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Thanks Paul

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Fuel for the end

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Lisa

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Jane

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Anne Marie and Carl

On day two after a few pints the night before we headed back but went a slighter longer route through Kilgarvin making it 156 KM and I think most people were happy with their fitness levels as we all felt good riding  again, at least after the first few KM.

Bike N Beara helped all the way as well as many others who will go unnamed (they know who they are) There are more photos on the bikenbeara website

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Stole this picture from Vera at Bike N Beara visit their facebook page here

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And this one Team West from Pat Kelly

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