45th annual John Drumm Cup

160 riders across all the categories went to the line in Currow over the weekend. The Sliabh Luachra 15km began the proceedings on Saturday evening and was won by Kevin Shelley in a time of 20.14. Second was Robin Kelly of the Comeragh club and Third was Laurent Dumolin of Kanturk CC. In total 28 cyclists completed the course.

The main event of the weekend, the John Drumm Cup was dominated by an early break away of 4 riders which consisted of the eventual winner Michael Fitzgerald of the Edge. He worked well with his teammate Brendan Lacey (eventual third) to secure the victory in a jump inside the last 500 metres. Second over the line was Mike Storan of West Clare who gave the race his all. Fourth was Denis Lynch (Kanturk) who tried in vain to get away during the race but did not suceed. Robin Kelly of Comeragh rode strongly all during the race and led in the chasers to claim fifth place ahead of Jarleth Hassett (West Clare), Rory Wyley (Dan Morrissey) and Adrian Gallery (Limerick CC).

The separate A3 race had a breakaway group of six riders who contested the finish with Edmund Barry (Blarney) winning a tight sprint for the line.

The A4 race saw a bunch sprint after all the attacks failed out the road. Here John Brady (Fermoy) had too much power for the fast finishing Kerrymen Darrragh McCarthy (Cycling Pursuits) and Currow native Donnacha Clifford (Chain Gang) in second and third place.

The underage winners were U16 – Francis Sheridan (Covey Wheelers), U14 Shane O’ Hara (Limerick) and U12 Healy (Fermoy)

Day Care Leisure/Fun Charity cycle

With Sept 27th fast approaching we hope that everyone is taking advantage of the recent good weather to get some training spins in for the Castleisland Day care center Leisure cycle.

There are 3 distances of 16km, 50km and 80km so there should be a comfortable route for all cycling enthuasists,The leisure cycle and we stress leisure cycle starts at 10.00am from the Castleisland Rugby Club. Sign on from 9.00 to 9.45. aside from being a great fundraising opportunity its our attempt to encourage people to join us for a great social occasion and get some gentle exercise.There will be refreshments, changing facilities, and spot prises back at Castleisland Rugby club after the cycle.Entry/Minimun sponsorship 20 euro and in the current economic climate all funds raised will be gratefully appreciated to help with the day to day runnings of this worth establishment.

we would also gratefully accept any help from locals and cycling supporters to help promote and organise this worthy event.Helmets are compulary and will be available on the day for a deposit of €20,all participants U-18 must provide a parents/guardians signature on the day.
So with a week to go start cleaning off the cobwebs and oiling those chains  and join us on Sun 27th for this LEISURE/FUN cycle.

Route Details

30k – castleisland-currow-lower dromoulton-castleisland
50k – same as 30k then onto ballycarthy-farranfore and back to castleisland
80k— leaves 30k at ballycarthy onto tralee over hill to castlemaine-ballyfinnane-ballycarthy-castleisland

John Drumm weekend duties

With the Drumm cup weekend almost here we hope to have a great show of force from all club members on sat evening and sun morning to help with what needs to be done,the route needs to be gone over on sat evening and given a tidy up and all the signs and buntings need to be put up early sun morning… we’ll gratefully accept any help from locals and cycling supporters to help promote this great event and have the village looking its best on the day.