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Donal O'Connell

R. I. P.

May he rest in peace.

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our Honorary President and dear friend in cycling Donal O'Connell, who died on Tuesday, 26th January after a long period of illness.

Donal was a driving force behind the IVCA since it's foundation, as well as having been a great rider - and national Road Race champion - in his own right. Above all, he was a gentleman and a role model to us all in terms of his sportsmanship and fairness

The IVCA will be his lasting legacy. We will miss him.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, Lily, and his family at this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements:                                                                                                               
 Reposing at Our Lady’s Hospice Mortuary Chapel from 6pm on Thursday evening (28 January) prior to his removal on Friday evening (29
 January) to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenhills arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral on Saturday morning (30 January) after 10am Mass 
 to Palmerstown Cemetery.

Family flowers only please.
Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.                 

2016 IVCA
Dick O’Brien Leisure League
1st Round,
East Kildare Tour

On a dry and thankfully frost free morning, 9 members and 2 guests signed on for the opening round of the 2016 Leisure league. Following a short welcome and safety briefing, we headed off from Wheelworx car park in one group on the now familiar roads of East Kildare. As I am still off the bike, I drove the route with the group as support vehicle. With everyone in good form for the spin, we headed out towards Peamount, Newcastle and past Lyons Estate. Approaching Ardclough we were reminded of the previous days tragic event with Gardai on the canal bridge. The group made good progress towards Straffan, then into Sallins and up to Clane where we had a welcome tea stop. With everyone refreshed we continued on past Clongowes Wood College, through Rathcoffey, Maynooth, Celbridge and Hazelhatch with everyone finishing safely back at Wheelworx. The total distance was 75km and 2 Leisure League points were awarded to each member. I marked the route on Saturday and thankfully even though the roads were damp, the yellow arrows were still perfectly visible. Overall, the tour was enjoyed by all who took part and thankfully there were no incidents or accidents to report. Although on the Hazelhatch road, Paddy Davis showed us some great grass-track riding skills when he had to avoid a rough surface and ended up on the grass verge, before quickly rejoining the group. Well Done Paddy!!! The group was again reminded that the position of IVCA Touring Director is still vacant, and it is a position which urgently needs to be filled, as it is a very important role within the organisation. The next round of the Leisure League will be the North Dublin Tour on the 21st Feb departing from Airside Retail Park, Swords at 10am.

Jimmy Murphy

IVCA Membership
for 2016

Membership Application Form 1
Non Competitive

Membership Application Form 2
Racing Member

Membership Application Form 3
New Racing member

We are now accepting membership applications for 2016.  Separate Application Forms are available fo Non-Competitive Membership (e.g. touring/leisure) and for Racing membership. Please select the appropriate form for your membership type from the 3 forms on the left.  As was signalled at the 2015 AGM, insurance costs have increased this year and this is reflected in the fee structure.  However, the Board has endeavoured to keep the membership fee as low as possible and you can avail of a substantial discount on the full cost of membership by assisting in the running of the Wicklow 200.      

This year, there is an option to take out Racing Membership for TTs/Track racing only, or for all race types(road races, TT and track).  New applicants for IVCA Racing membership must complete a separate "New Racing Members" application form initially and submit it to the Race Committee for approval.  Applications for Racing Membership close on 1st February 2016, to allow adequate time for planning and preparation for the new racing season by the Race Committee.

Please note that IVCA insurance is compulsory to participate in any IVCA cycling events.  Further information is available on the application forms. 

Winter Training and the various characters

The annual article on the various winter training types. Have you ever ridden with any of these lads? I have met most of them over the years although strava man is usually way ahead of me.

Thanks to stickybottle and Tim Barry for the article.

Recognise these guys?


A good article which explains methods of cycling safely in a bunch/group of riders. This is worth a read regardless of experience but is especially important for novices to bunch riding.
Thanks to Aidan Ryan /

Safe Bunch Riding

Phone: 01 278 4555
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Lower Kilmacud Road,
Stillorgan, Co. Dublin,

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