What's going on...

December 2015:

- 28th Dec - Hi all - for those lucky enough to be off work over the festive period, we'll have a few more club spins on. So this week we'll have a group ride on Tuesday and Thursday, then as normal for both Saturday and Sunday. 10am in the main square, Dunboyne. Hope to see you there!

- 20th Dec - Good showing by the club taking part in the Ratoath Wheelers St Vincent de Paul charity ride yesterday. They raised in excess of €1,000 and this will give Santa 3 bikes for Christmas Eve delivery as well as a cash donation to SvDP

- 19th Dec - This weekend Ratoath Wheelers are organising a spin in aid of St Vincent de Paul.
As a club we'd like to support such a worthwhile cause and as such this will replace Saturday's normal club spin. Sign on is from 8:30 and ride will commence at 9am from Centra in Ratoath.
Route is approx. 55km - please see their Facebook page for further info.

November 2015:

- 26th Nov - Just a quick reminder to all club members that this year's AGM meeting will take place on 26th November from 8pm in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle.
We would encourage all members to attend as there are some important aspects of the club to be discussed. This is YOUR club, so we need to take this opportunity to ensure the committee are reflecting the needs and wants of the membership in managing the club.

- As I'm sure a lot of you are aware, this weekend see's the inaugural Emerald Cycling Fund sportive taking place from home ground in Dunboyne.
It's main aim is to support the development of young Irish-based riders on to professional ranks, with applications available each year going forward.
We'll have members of the club taking part, but we'd encourage anyone who's free to try and show up and support in any way they feel they could contribute.
For anyone wanting to know more head over to their website (link below), but essentially there's a 44km route, a 70km route and, amongst others, Dan Martin, Ryan Mullen, Damien Shaw, Eddie Dunbar, Lydia Boylan and Sean Kelly will be around to both take part and mingle. There is also a banquet on later that evening with some impressive prizes/items up for auction.

- 7th Nov - Word reached us last night that Mark was signing for a professional team hardly surprising after his exploits in Taiwan. 
Needless to say we're all absolutely delighted for Mark to get this opportunity. He has worked tirelessly over the last couple of seasons to get back to the pro ranks. We're truly grateful for the effort Mark has put in to promoting Dunboyne CC and will continue to support him as he moves onto the next stage of his career. 
Must also thank Mick Dowling as well who has continually supported the club as well. 
Congrats to all in the Dowling household.
Mark Dowling is the latest Irish rider to sign for Dynamo Cover Pro Cycling

October 2015:

Stickybottle - Dowling: “Taiwan was devastating, Olympic spot now the goal”

Velo news - Irishman Dowling looking for Rio spot after Taiwan KOM showing

- The Bike Comes First article on Mark: Mark Dowling claims podium finish in Taiwan KOM Challenge

- 30th Oct - So Mark got a fantastic 3rd place in the Taiwan KoM race. He finished behind winner Damien Monier of France, who has ridden for the Cofidis team for nearly 10 seasons and is a former stage winner of the Giro d’Italia, and two-time winner and defending champion John Ebsen, who rode for the Andiron Giocattoli team last year and will move over to ONE Pro Cycling in 2016.
Here is a Stickybottle article on the race and below a few pics from Taiwan: Dowling climbs to career best result against top pros in Taiwan

- 30th Oct - Mark gets 3rd place in the Taiwan KoM race. We'll have more on the race shortly...

- It's not all hard work for Mark Dowling as he follows Vuelta KOM winner Omar Fraile:

- We think it's fair to say Mark's a hard taskmaster...
Stickybottle interview with Mark: Dowling: “I was disgusted and embarrassed with myself”
And more coverage from the42.com here - An Irish rider is aiming to win the richest race in cycling this week

- From all at the club, we'd like to wish Mark Dowling all the best for next weekends Taiwan KoM challenge. 
Mark is flying out this weekend for the unique race, which starts by the Pacific ocean and finishes 105km later at 3,275 meters above sea level. It is almost entirely uphill with an average gradient of 5% and Mark had an excellent result last year against a stellar field, including professionals, to finish 10th...and he's hoping to go even better in 2015. 


 - Clearly the concern on Mark and James' faces is gut wrenching here following Craig's accident earlier this year! Don't click through if you're squeamish! 

- 16th Oct - This Sunday we’ll be heading over to Clonee for the Gerry Brannigan memorial, so there’ll be no ‘official’ club spin. Sign on for the event is from 9am in the Grasshopper in Clonee, with roll out around 10am. It’d be good to see a large showing from club members for the event.
Further info the Gerry Brannigan Memorial - Gerry Brannigan Memorial

- 9th Oct - Weekend spins to get going again from this weekend…10am in the square, Dunboyne. See you there! 

- 3rd Oct - Heads up. There's a few of us heading to Tullamore tomorrow to take part in the Sean Kelly tour of the Midlands. Let us know if you're interested. All in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation and a great day out!

September 2015:

- Please see below event taking place in Dunboyne supporting up and coming cyclists. It's for a very worthy cause...


- 26th Sept - Just a reminder that this Saturday Blanch Wheelies will be holding their annual Hospice fundraiser. It would be good to support a local club so we'll try and get a good group over.
Event starts at 10am from Strawberry Hall, so if anyone wants to ride over we'll meet in the square in Dunboyne at 9:30 and roll down. This will replace our normal club spin so it would be nice to see a good turn out...

- 20th Sept - Well done from all at the club to Cillian Whelan who today got first Junior in the Meath Championships hosted by Bohermeen Cycling Club

- 16th Sept - After a truly remarkable run of form, Mark Dowling finished as second overall A1 rider for 2015, taking in six overall victories in the year: http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/sean-mckenna-crowned-top-irish-rider-of-2015-full-a1-rankings/

- 13th Sept - Mark Dowling becomes Leinster champion by winning the Laragh Classic by over 7 minutes. Afterwards he said "Second time up the climb I just put in a hard dig and took Michael O’Loughlin with me. We tipped away for a lap together as the group broke up behind and on the second-last climb I went away on my own – I was just trying to keep warm: “It was absolutely savage; pouring rain, cold – it was only 11C average for the day. I’m only back from Lanzarote last Friday so I was well-wrapped up with the proper gear on and I was okay.
“I know the course, I train around these roads and I’m happy to get the win
Sponsors Friends First have committed to sponsoring the race for 2016, with a view to further establishing it as an end-of-season championship, a move Dowling backed up. He said: “It’s a good race. It’s savage every year. This is the second year the top riders have been allowed into it and I know it’s been hard to get the riders because it’s the end of the season, but I think they should keep putting it on this time of year. “It gives the people who want to keep going something to look forward to.”

Speaking about the future, he added: “I’m racing the Vuelta Galicia next week in Spain and then I will spend the next five weeks training for the Taiwan KOM at the end of October. “It’s a 105km climb, 3,500m of altitude, with €30,000 in prize money. I went last year, but didn’t have the gears. I never take a break in the winter.”

Here's some pics courtesy of Karen Edwards / St. Tiernans CC


Here's a couple ofStickybottle.com articles of Mark's victory

Anyone want to see footage of Mark becoming National Criterium Champion? Ok - here you go!

- 6th Sept - great spin out with the Bikeworkx lads today! As a reminder, we'll be trying to alternate every-other Sunday either them joining us or us joining them. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for further info.

August  2015:

- 30th Aug - Fantastic showing by Fintan Ryan at the National Senior Track Championships over the weekend. He placed 4th in the Men’s 4km Pursuit and 3rd in the Men’s 15km Scratch race. Not only that, but he also took Gold in the Men’s Kilo TT with a time of 1.09.017. A great achievement Fintan.

Also, another victory for Mark! He won this years Rás Kilmallock by over 5 minutes to add to his numerous victories so far this season. Mark now goes away to train for this yeas Taiwan KOM Challenge. We'll keep you updated on how he gets on.

- 23rd Aug - All at the club would like to wish Phil Cassidy a speedy recovery after being diagnosed with a blocked artery. He's successfully undergone surgery and should be back on his bike soon.

Stickybottle have an interview with Phil here - http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/olympian-philip-cassidy-appeals-to-riders-after-blocked-artery-diagnosis/

In better news, this weekend see's the final round of the Cycling Ireland 2015 National Road series where Mark Dowling currently lies in second place. The North Down GP see's Mark return to Bangor where Mark is currently on 287 points. Brian McCrystal of Team Asea is seven points ahead on 294. This requires Mark to win the final round at the weekend and Brain to finish outside the top three if he is to take victory in what has already been a phenominal season for Mark. We, of course, wish him all the best.
Further details on the series can be seen here on the Cycling Ireland website - http://www.cyclingireland.ie/page/events/national-road-series-2015
and Stickybottle have an article here - http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/national-series-set-for-thrilling-climax-mccrystal-and-dowling-go-head-to-head/

- 15th Aug - Another good day for the club as Mark finished on the podium at the John Beggs Memorial which was promoted by Banbridge CC. Eoin Lynch also had a great ride, finishing in 10th place. Well done to both.

- 14th August - So, last night was the final round of the Seat Super 7 series up in Bangor were Mark Dowling was joint leader with on points with Jake Gray of NRPT-Magnet.ie going in to the event. Unfortunately the race was abandoned after the first lap after Craig Arrigan was involved in a nasty crash involving a parked car. He was taken to hospital and required around 60 stiches and suffered whiplash. We understand from Craig and his father that he was kept in overnight and thankfully there were no broken bones. According to Craig, he's "a bit cut up and bruised but nothing too serious". Either way, we wish him a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back out on 2 wheels very soon after what's been a very impressive season by Craig.
On a lighter note, we believe Mark has been confirmed as winner of the event,due to a greater number of high placings across the 6 other rounds in the series, so well done (again!) Mark.
Stickybottle article on last nights happenings available here - http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/horror-first-lap-crash-sees-police-cancel-super-7-bangor-crit/

- 12th Aug - Great riding by Fintan Ryan last night as he took victory in Round 8 of the 2015 Bikeworx Series. Nice one Fintan!

 - Mark Dowling interview with Sticktbottle: “I’m convinced I can win in Taiwan with good legs” - http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/i-want-to-go-to-taiwan-with-the-legs-im-convinced-i-can-win/

- 8th Aug - As if things couldn't be going any better for Mark right down, this evening he took victory in the Beechmount Cup in Kilmessan. Mark's in flying form at the moment!

- 7th AugMARK DOWLING IS THE NEW NATIONAL CRITERIUM CHAMPION!!! He's now a double national elite champion to add to his National hill climbing title. All at the club are very proud!

- 3rd Aug - Mark finished 5th in the Climbers classification whilst riding for Ireland and best of the six-man Irish team in the Kreiz Breizh Elite race (UCI 2.2) 

June 2015:

- 28th June - The 2015 National Championships saw Mark Dowling take a hugely impressive 6th place in the Men's Elite race.
All at the club are very proud of the result and all club members who raced. Javan managed to get in the break but unfortunately wasn't his day. Craig Arrigan took 11th U23 and Sean Grimes 13th.

Stickybottle article on the 2015 Seamus Kennedy memorial - Shaw leaves rivals standing in Meath one week out from national champs

Thanks to everybody who came out to support this years Seamus Kennedy Memorial, it was a great days racing all round. We would really like to thank all of our sponsors as well as everyone who contributed on the day, including club members, their families and also volunteers from surrounding clubs.
Below are the results of the 2015 Seamus Kennedy Memorial:

A1 (sponsored by Darcy Doyle Loss Assessors Limited):
1. Damien Shaw (Team ASEA)
2. Joseph Breheny (UCD CC)
3. Sean McKenna (Aquablue)
4. Stephen Murray 
5. Graham O'Brien 
(Shannonside CC)
6. Joe Fenlon 
(Team ASEA)
7. Chris Reilly 
(Team ASEA)
8. Ryan Sherlock 
(PC Tomac)
1. Gary Sheehan 
(Black Rose Racing)
2. Craig Arrigan 
(DID Electrical Dunboyne)
3. Luke Maguire 
(Wexford Wheelers)
4. Alan Brosnan 
5. Keith Walls 
(Navan RC)
6. Nial Doggett 
(Navan RC)
1.Cathal O’Donovan (Aquablue)
2. Paul McKenna (Murphy Surveyors)
3. Kenneth Conlen (Naas CC)
4. Paul Wood (Carlow CC)
5. Fergus Whelan (Adamstown CC)
6. Jake Gray (NRPT-Magnet.is)
7. Sean Bracken (Usher IRC)
8. Graham Thomas (Lucan CRC)
Unplaced Juniors:
1 Conn McDunphy (Lucan CRC)
2 Seamus Sinnott (Wexford Wheelers)
3 Stephen Bryan (Lucan CRC)

1. Neil Power Dungarvan CC)
2. Jonathan Boyle (TC Racing)
3. Peter Gibbon (Lucan CRC)
4. Scott Gilchrist (Orwell CC)
5. Tony McGowan (Square Wheels)
6. Kieran Condon (Kells CC)
Women’s (sponsored by Kube Interiors): 
1. Mel Spath (Team Tibco)
2. Shenna McKiverigan (Banbridge CC)
3. Eimear O Reilly (Towers CC)
4. Catherine McAteer (Garda CC)
5. Emily Birchall (NRPT-Magnet.is)
6. Sandra Telford (Orwell Wheelers)

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, 21st June will see Dunboyne Cycling Club holding its third annual Seamus Kennedy memorial race. For further info, click here or visit the link for Seamus Kennedy memorial under Race Results / Events, above.

We are also very pleased to announce that Darcy Doyle Loss Assessors Limited will be sponsoring the A1-A2 Seamus Kennedy Memorial race this weekend and Conor from the company who is an avid cycling supporter and will be on hand to award the prizes.

In addition, the underage and ladies races will be sponsored on Sunday by Kube Interiors.

- 7th June - Mark continues his good form by taking 2nd place in the Meath GP

- 3rd June - Mark Dowling takes 2nd place in round one of the inaugural SEAT Super 7 Crit Series in Newry.

May 2015:

- 31st May - Good day for the club yesterday with Javan taking third place and Mark taking fourth in the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny. 
Well done to both.

Mark reflects on what was...and what might have been on stage 6 of the Ras:

JP shares his story of riding his very first Ras, unsupported...

Congratulations to the whole team now the dust has settled after a grueling 8 stages of this years Ras.
After Mark finished 3rd County rider on yesterdays final stage in to Skerries, it meant the team finished 4th County Team overall. The final County Rider Classification were as follows: Javan finished in 5th place, 13:32 back, Mark finished 19th, Andrew Meehan 25th, Eugene Moriarty competing in his 18th Ras finished 29th and Tim finished in 59th.

In the OVERALL Climbers’ Classification, Mark finished a hugely impressive 4th place.
A big thank you also goes out to all the support staff over the week and well done to all the riders. 

Stage 6 saw Mark Dowling finish the stage in 4th place. Not only that, but he also took two KOH's on the days stage! 
Highlights of stage 6, with Mark featuring very prominently

After another tough stage, Javan has moved up to 6th County Rider. Well done to all the team battling the wind and rain today brought.

Well done to Javan, who got 4th County rider on yesterdays stage meaning he’s now 8th County rider overall, 9:04 back with 4 stages remaining. The team are now 4th in the County Team Classification.

After 3 tough stages of this year's Rás, Javan Nulty is currently our highest placed rider on the County Rider Classification in 9th place – 9:04 back. Mark Dowling is in 17th at 12:28, Andrew Meehan at 15:41, Eugene Moriarty at 23:02 and Tim O’Regan at 34:37.

Overall, the team lies in 7th place on County Team Overall Classification, with 5 stages remaining.

Stage 2, Carlow to Tipperary (137.2km) saw Mark Dowling claim 11th County rider on the stage, 45 seconds back from the County leader on the day.
Javan has moved up to 10th place overall in the County rider classification, 9’04 back. Mark Dowling sits in 19th place (at 12’28), Andrew Meehan at 46th (15’41), Tim O’Regan at 21’10, Eugene Moriarty at 23’02 which means the team now moves up to 7th overall in the County Team Classification.

After day 1 of the Rás, Javan is our highest place County rider in 13th place, 7’42 behind the leader. Andrew Meehan and Mark Dowling are at 11’43, with Tim O’Regan at 18’59 and Eugene Moriarty at 19’04. Overall the Meath DID team is in 8th place in the County Teams.  

So, with the biggest race of the year just a few days away we’re pleased to announce our team for the 2015 An Post  Rás is as follows:

Mark Dowling
Javan Nulty
Andrew Meehan
Eugene Moriarty
Tim O’Regan

Support to be provided by:
John Wall (Manager)
Colm Nulty (Mechanic)
Maura Claffey (Soigneur)
Megan Davenport (Soigneur).

Race departs Dunboyne this Sunday (17th May) and we wish the best of luck to all involved.

A couple of articles from the Meath Chronicle and the Belfast Telegraph on Mark's most recent win:
Dowling supreme in Tour of Ulster
Mark Dowling reaches top gear to clinch Tour of Ulster glory

Mark Dowling on his Tour of Ulster win. Also need to say a big well done to Andy Meehan, riding for the club, who helped Mark achieve the win too: http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/morton-wanted-it-more-than-me-so-i-could-gamble-the-most/

Stickybottle articles:
Top gun Dowling hits out late to break Morton’s heart in Ulster
Dowling: “I was getting quite frustrated but I just bided my time”

Stage 4 results and final general classifications for Tour of Ulster

- 4th May - Mark Dowling wins the AmberGreen Energy Tour of Ulster!

April 2105:

 - 26th April - ANOTHER well done to Mark Dowling who takes 2nd place at the Waller Cup in Bohermeen, only beaten to the line by former world track champion Martin Irvine. Also congratulations to Ciaran Hallinan who got 8th unplaced A2

 - 19th April - Well done to Mark Dowling who just finished 3rd in the Nenagh Classic!
Also congratulations to Kevin Owen who got a well placed sixth in Drogheda today. Great result Kevin and his second placing so far this season.

Also a great showing by the club to support the Ratoath GAA fund raising cycle today:


- 13th April - Well done to Fintan Ryan, who took 7th place in Pat Howard Memorial race over in Stamullen over the weekend. Also well done to Owen Lynch who was 1st Unplaced A2

The secret to our success is out...

Some photos of the weekends racing, along with plenty of support from the club riders!

- 5th April - Mark had another good day in the bike and is 11th overall. Eugene John and James all having a great race. The team are 10th overall. The guys in the Cycle 4 Life team going great as well. We'll done to all on a tough day.

 - 4th April - Well done to all the lads in Ras mumhan and Gorey today. Mark was 8th on the stage into Kenmare and Fintan was 11th in Gorey.

 - 3rd April - Well done to Eugene Moriarty who was 9th in the first stage of Ras Mumhan. Eugene, Mark, Tim, John & Seán all finished in the first group with James coming in soon after. They were followed by Craig, Will, Andrew and Stephen. Good luck for the rest of the weekend folks.

March 2015:

A date for your cycling event calendar: Saturday 17th May. (See below)
North Tipperary Cycling Club are running a very popular event in the sportive calendar "The Tour of Lough Derg". This is a very well run event and a great route with full support for all riders. Showers and food available after the event at the Lake Side Hotel.
Hopefully see as many Dunboyne CC members as possible take part. Great value at only €15.00 with a CI Licence


- Massive well done to John Mason on completing the ABSA Cape Epic in South Africa last week, him and Colm Crowley finishing 127th out of 512 teams: http://www.stickybottle.com/…/its-harder-than-the-ras-you-…/
 - 22nd March - Mark Dowling wins the Des Hanlon over in Carlow!

- 17th March - good showing by the club at the St. Patricks Day race in Summerhiil with representatives in all race categories. Unfortunately no winners and a few lads in a crash on the home stretch in the A3 race. A few battered bodies but nothing broken, touch wood. 

- 15th March Craig Arrigan gets 4th A2 at the Boyne GP and Sarah Dennedy bags 8th in the Women's National League in Blarney
- 8th March Tim O'Regan  takes 5th place at the Newbridge GP and Fintan Ryan bags 3rd A2 

February 2015:

- 28th Feb Kevin Owen 9th in Dublin Wheelers GP over in Summerhill

- 22nd Feb Ciaran Hallinan takes 2nd A2 in the Traders Cup in Dundalk

22nd Feb Sportive from the GAA club in Trim. See below for more details:

 - 1st February is the Junior Tour Sportive from Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.
There are two routes – 50km and 100km with sign on from 9am, departing 11am.
This is a very worthwhile fundraiser with proceeds going towards keeping the Junior Tour alive. It would be good to see as many from the club taking part as possible to show our support.
Please click for more details. Below are the routes:

January 2015:
 - 11th Jan: Tim O'Regan takes the Silver medal at the men’s elite National Cyclocross Championships
 - We'd like to introduce one of our new members to the club for 2015 - Sean Grimes.
Sean is a current member of the Irish Junior Track Team. We look forward to having him as a member of the club and wish him all the best for his 2015 racing and beyond.