Following the successful Vee Challenge 2010 the Youghal Cycling Club were delighted to repeat the same 130km and 90 km route in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Cyclists from various cycling clubs were present to support the event and took part in as outriders for part of the journey. The cyclists set off from the Youghal GAA centre at 10am, Sunday 7th August, behind the lead car and were escorted through the town under the supervision of Sgt. Orla Coughlan and Garda Eoin Hodnett in the Yougal garda car who marshalled the major junctions en route. The Youghal Cycling Club are very active in the local community and last October organised a charity fundraiser cycle from Youghal to Castlemartyr in aid of the local Keith Phelan Appeal as well as other charities.
THE VEE CHALLENGE
Taking in the ascent of the Vee from Lismore and descending into Clogheen before climbing the Vee again up through the wood’s,then heading for the food stop on the road to Cappoquin.Refueled the route will pass by the Blackwater taking in the beautiful Dromana drive before heading for the coast and the final sting in the tail offering fantastic views of Youghal town.
A route suitable for the regular cyclist with a good standard of fitness.A challenging route with several climbs offering some fantastic scenery along the way.
THE VEE ASCENT
This route covers most of the the roads that the Vee Challenge incorporates with participants climbing the Vee as far as Glenaknockaun before turning back for the R669 and the welcome foodstop along this gentle descent into the town of Cappoquin.
This route is ideal for those looking for a moderate challenge with the scenic climb of the Vee, along with the beautiful Dromana drive part of the route.A reasonable level of fitness would be required to enjoy your day in the saddle and the fantastic scenery that the area offers.
Youghal town has a proud tradition of cycling with a club in existence for most of the past 50 years. Over the years all disciplines of cycling have been particapted in by members from grass track racing in the early years to competitive road racing.A very successful underage section that challenged for national titles was in existence back in the early 1990s.
The current club which was formed in 2006 is focused on the leisure/sportive side of cycling taking part in the ever increasing number of events that form part of Cycling Irelands leisure calendar. Members also compete in Cycling Ireland’s Road race Calendar with strong performances in these events.The club takes full advantage of the spectacular roads and scenery that East Cork and West Waterford have to offer.
Club membership has grown strongly in the past number of years and actively growing with both male and female members participating in a wide range of cycling challenge events both at home and abroad.The club has hosted many leisure tours over the years with clubs travelling from around the country to participate on challenging and scenic routes.
Highlights for the club have been particpation in the following events:
SEAN KELLY TOUR OF WATERFORD
RING OF KERRY
MIDLETON TOUR DE CURE
ETAPE DU TOUR
MALIN TO MIZEN CHALLENGE
WEST CORK 200
TOUR OF FLANDERS SPORTIVE
RACE AROUND IRELAND
AN POST REBEL TOUR
CONNOR PASS CHALLENGE
MOUNT LEINSTER CHALLENGE
THE AIM OF THE CLUB IS TO GET PEOPLE ON THEIR BIKES TO PURSUE A
HEALTHY ACTIVITY AND TO ENJOY THE COMPANY
OF OTHERS WHILE
CYCLING THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Club training spins take place year round,
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The club hold a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month, in the hall of the Holy family church(next to Gaa club) @ 8.00pm.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ON THE ROAD
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Proceeds from the recent ‘Memories of The Voice of Youghal’ CD were donated to local charities at a function in Bertie’s Bar on Friday last. The CD was launched at a glittering function in Youghal GAA Centre last November. Some 500 copies of the album were produced and sold in the area over the last few months.
On Friday evening, cheques were presented to three local charities by Mark Ansbro and Jimmy Flanagan – who between them devised and produced the ‘Memories of The Voice of Youghal’ CD. The CD contained 16 tracks, including the many entrants into the legendary ‘Voice of Youghal’ competition and the song ‘The Night My Father Won the Voice of Youghal’, written by Mark Ansbro.
Cheques for €1,000 each were presented to Youghal Hospice and Community Radio Youghal. A draw was held on the night, with the proceeds going to Youghal Meals on Wheels. All three organisations expressed their thanks for the wonderful boost which the cheques represented to them. Also on the night a DVD ‘Memories of the Voice of Youghal’ was launched. Featuring archive film from the ‘Voice of Youghal’ down the years, it also includes extensive footage from the CD launch last November, at which the ‘Voice of Youghal’ host, Nooche Kenefick was honoured. The DVD is available for sale locally.