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All set for Annual Ned Flanagan Road Race and Leisure Cycle

Cycling action shot  from last year's Ned Flanagan Memorial.

Cycling action shot from last year's Ned Flanagan Memorial.

Newbridge Cycling Club is delighted to announce the second Ned Flanagan Memorial Charity Event in association with Dave Maher of the Bellyard Pub Monasterevin and Matt Browne of Rehab.

This Memorial event is scheduled for Sunday, February 17. The event last year was a big success which saw over 120 competitors line out on the streets of Monasterevin to pay respect to one of Ireland’s and Kildare’s distinguished bike men, Ned Flanagan.

Of course Ned was a vital part of Kildare cycling team and in his day winning stages in 1966 and 1967 of the Rás and played a huge part assisting his brother Paddy who won the event outright in 1960, 1964 and again a remarkable eleven years later in 1975.

A devoted brother, Ned undeniably sacrificed his own ambitions, not only in the Rás but in events throughout his distinguished career.

It is fitting that in conjunction with one of Ned’s great friends, David Maher of the Bell Yard Monasterevin and Newbridge Cycling Club in association with Rehab that his memory will be honoured in a tribute to his prowess on the bike, by both Racing and Leisure Cyclists in Ireland’s first competitive action which kicks off the 2013 cycling season.

Last year’s winner, Robin Kelly from the Waterford City Club, is expected to return to defend his title and its also expected that the numbers will be even grater for this year’s spectacle.

Both events will be run over the same circuit which was Ned’s training ground crossing over the Laois border and back to Monasterevin for the finish at approximately 2pm.

One thing for sure is that Ned will have travelled over this circuit many times putting up a staggering amount of miles during his time as a competitive rider and in his later days as a leisure cyclist over this 70km circuit that will do justice to him on February 1 next.

Whilst he was a man who trained hard in his day, his later days were cycling throughout the county at a ‘leisurely pace’ so it is fitting that he also found time to unwind on the bike that he loved so much which gave him the independence he deserved having ridden into the history books while doing his family, county and country proud along with his brother Paddy in this great sport of cycling .

David Maher who knew Ned well is very happy that Newbridge Cycling Club have added their name and expertise again to this unique event.

All those who knew Ned Flanagan either through cycling or friendship can now lend their support to this special day, plus the significant importance of raising the much needed funds for the work that Rehab do in Kildare.

Mat Browne Rehab said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic cycling event that will support our services in Rehab Care, Kildare. We hope that all the cycling enthusiasts will join us on the day.”

The road race event is for all Cycling Ireland Categories and will be run on a handicap bases .

Start time is at 11.45am outside the Bell Yard Pub in Monasterevin.

The race route is one 70km loop and will travel from Monasterevin, to Ballybrittas, clipping the outskirts of Portlaoise on to Stradbally, Athy, back through Kilberry with a Prime at Flanagan’s Rest, Kildangan, turning for Kildare via Kildangan Stud and at Sillott the outskirts of Kildare turning back to Monasterevin for the finish at the Bell Yard Pub on the main street Monasterevin at aroundy 2pm.

Sign on for both events at the Bell Yard, Monasterevin will close at 11,30am.

The Leisure Spin will leave Monasterevin at 12.15pm and will travel the same route as the competitive event and while the majority of these participants will pace themselves for the reasonably flat course some no doubt will be testing themselves over this 70km circuit.

 

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