The clock started counting this evening at 7:42pm in Trim, Co.Meath, for the fourth time, to mark the start of Team Youghal’s participation in the Race Around Ireland. Ger Flanagan left the start line on route to Time Station No.1, which is located in Ballymascanlan, Co. Louth, to start Team Youghal’s epic journey around Ireland once again. The Race Around Ireland is part of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) World Cup series, which includes other huge endurance races such as The Race across America and is widely recognised as Europe’s most challenging endurance event. Team Youghal will have to travel 1,350 miles with someone in the saddle at all times until the clock stops on the finish line in Navan, Co.Meath. Last year Team Youghal completed the Race in 3 days, 17 hrs, and 25mins.
This year Team Youghal have changed the line up from an eight man team to a four man team. Team leader, Ger Flanagan and cyclist, Christy McCarthy have completed the Race Around Ireland with Team Youghal since the inaugural race started three years ago and they have also cycled with the team in the most gruelling challenge in the world, the Race Across America. Conor Coleman and Thomas Curran have joined the Team this year and will be bringing their wealth of experience from the triathlon circuit to enhance Team Youghal’s performance. They have completed the Nice Ironman Triathlon in France as well as the Bolton Ironman Triathlon. They have also completed numerous Olympic Distance Triathlons and have been very active with Youghal Rugby Football Club and Youghal GAA Club in the past decade. All cyclists are members of Youghal Cycling Club.
Team Leader, Ger Flanagan said; “Team Youghal are delighted yet again to have the opportunity to compete, for the fourth time, in one of the most challenging cycle races in the world. The dedication of all the cyclists and the support crew have, once again, made this endeavour possible. Also the ongoing support from all our sponsors, especially Pat Ryan and Youghal Credit Union, is vital to us and we are especially grateful for this in the current economic climate. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our family, friends and supporters for the constant encouragement that they give us on an ongoing basis and for taking the time and effort to travel to the start and finish lines to cheer us on. Finally a huge thank you to all the media who have helped to raise Team Youghal’s profile for this year’s race and previous races. It’s a great motivator for the team to see a story or picture published or to listen to a piece on the radio about Team Youghal.”
What makes The Race Around Ireland such a fantastic challenge is the constant flow of the race which runs 24 hours a day from start to finish, with little or no let up and that overwhelming desire not only to complete the race, but to win it. The 2012 Race Around Ireland has a large International line-up with racers from Monaco, UK, Austria, USA, Denmark, Switzerland as well Ireland.
Team Youghal will be raising funds for two local charities through their participation in this year’s race, Youghal Branch of C.A.S.A. and St. Vincent de Paul, Youghal. For the latest news and to follow the race progress keep an eye on the following website:
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By John Hennessy 10/08/2012