Carn Wheelers take part in gruelling Wicklow 200

Carn Wheelers at the Wicklow 200
Carn Wheelers at the Wicklow 200

Some of Carn Wheelers finest took to the road for the challenging Wicklow 200 race in the Wicklow mountians.

Any belief that Wicklow was just a wee county south of Dublin was soon banished as the riders discovered that the Wicklow Mountains range is the largest continuous upland region in Ireland, and on Sunday we got to see most of that upland close up.

With an early start required in order to complete the grueling 125 mile, 9300 foot cycle, the Wheelers decided to travel down the night before and stay in Bray.

From the starting point in Greystones a huge crowd of 3000 entries had gathered meaning a slight delay in getting parked, and checked in, but the Wheelers were ready for the off at about 7.25am.

On a showery day, the group took a break in Avoca where Barney had to get the whole crew halted to get his photo taken outside Fitzgeralds– the Ballykissangel pub. He was saying that the whole inside of the pub had changed since the days that Assumpta used to pull one for Father Clifford.

Well done to Adrian, Anthony, Barney, Ciaran, Decky, Jim, Tony and Vincent on completing this challenging pedal.

A huge thanks to the support team, Fiona and Sinead, who shadowed our route and were on hand with food and water, and to Clare and wee Dáithí who were there with us to make this a really great and enjoyable weekend.

Well done to the five Carn Wheelers David Barton, David Heagney, Jody Evan, Marc Heaney and Rodney Young who were among a field of 32 riders who competed in the final stage of the Spires CC Trilogy time trial on the Toome circuit on Thursday. The results on the night were:

2nd David Barton 21.48

3rd David Heagney 22.07

14th Jody Evans 23.40

15th Marc Heaney 23.53

18th Rodney Young 24.28

After all three rounds, David Barton occupies first place with David Heagney in second. Marc was the winning road bike category ride of the night and he also won the road bike category overall for the series.

This Sunday Carn Wheelers welcomes all to Garvagh Forest for Round 4 of the Ulster cross-country mountain bike series.

This round also doubles up as Round 5 of the National Point Series (NPS). This venue was last used in 2013 to host the Irish National Mountain Bike Championships 2013.

The low level, forest floor course has everything you could want from a XC course: short sharp technical climbs, fast flowy single-track, plenty of fire roads lots of passing opportunities and we have added even more technical features than last year.

The course itself, aside from the fire roads, is all natural forest floor so expect to see the same mud, roots and rocks as last year but thankfully Garvagh holds up well in poor weather conditions so don’t let a few days rain put you off.

Details of the course and sign in can be found on the club’s website. Pre-registration is encouraged so everyone can get a practice lap or two in before the races begin. Anyone interested in taking part in an XC race is welcome to come along, one day licences are available and you can race provided you have a helmet and an adequate bike.