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LEINSTER ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
CYCLING IRELAND NEWS - AUGUST 2017
19 Aug 2017,
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Cycling Leinster are promoting the Leinster Road Race Championships as a stand alone event for the first time since 2014.For the past two seasons the championships have doubled up with the Laragh Classic.
On the day the champs will be a massed start event with separate sets of medals for A1, A2, A3, Women, Juniors and Vets.
There will also be a non championship open A4 race which is open to riders from all provinces.
Venue is the Dunsany GAA Grounds Co Meath
Circuit is the well known and well raced green sheds which is a 17k circuit
Championship race will be cover 5 x laps 85km total
A4 race will be 3 x laps 51k total.
Sign on opens from 9am with a 10.30am start time for both events
Leinster Road Race Championships Saturday 26th August
KILLIAN CALLAGHAN MOUNTAINBIKE WORLD CHAMPION
20 Year old Killian Callaghan has just scooped the Under 21 Enduro World Series at the penultimate race on Sunday in Whistler , Vancover.
In what is known to be the toughest one day mountain bike enduro in the World a determined Killian held nothing back as he scored top placing in all 5 stages throughout the day.
From the outset Killian's goal was to earn a podium position to follow up his victory two weeks earlier in Aspen .In the opening stage after pulling back and overtaking his championship rivals ,he continued to post ,second ,fifth,third and first in the opening four stages.
On the long transaction to stage 5 Killian calculated his earlier stage times and rode a steady final stage to post fourth fastest time, knowing this would be enough to place himself second overall behind local favourite Max Leyen.
Callaghan's closest championship rival Vojtech Blaha endured some problems in the opening stages and the Czech rider never materialised as a threat to Killian over the tough Whistler mountainous stages.
After scoring a strong second place on Sunday Killian has now scored enough points to put himself in an unbeatable position with just one round remaining in Italy come September.
Ironically Killian was unaware of his success until he phoned home after the race to be told by his parents that he had just become World Champion.
Just four years ago Killian took up mountain biking ,however with no factory support for his 2017 campaign he set about compiling his own sponsors with a hope of competing in the World Series. Through the kindness and faith of some very supportive brands within the industry and gaining some personal sponsors he headed off to the opening rounds in New Zealand and Tasmania , unsure at the time if he had enough finances to complete the season.
Along with holding down a full time job Killian now holds the title of Under 21 Enduro World Champion,and in the process becomes Ireland's first ever Enduro World Champion.
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - TOUR DE L'AVENIR
The Irish team for the upcoming Tour de l’Avenir stage race running from August 18th-27th has been named as:
The team will be managed by Neill Martin.
This is the final of the U23 UCI Nations Cup and full details can be found on the official website at: https://www.tourdelavenir.com/en/