Cyclists Gear Up For ‘Lacey Cup’ Race In Tralee This Sunday

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Anthony Walsh of UCD on the attck in the early stages of the 2014 Lacey Cup

Anthony Walsh of UCD on the attack in the early stages of the 2014 Lacey Cup.

THE 2015 Lacey Cup, the grand opener in the cycling season here in Munster, is all set to kick off this year on Sunday, February 22.

The event, which is being be hosted by Tralee Manor West Bicycle Club with the headquarters for cyclists at the Manor West Hotel who sponsor the club.

With over 240 riders competing in last year’s event, the field is sure to be packed with many racers anxious to show off some good early season form and who are all intent on taking home the coveted Lacey Cup.

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Spectators should be on the look-out for a host of top Irish riders who will be taking part. Amongst these will be Damien Shaw who was the undisputed victor in lasts year’s race, and also a pre-race favourite for this year’s again.

Amongst the other pre-race favourites are Seán Lacey, already an incredible five in a row winner of the Lacey Cup, Paidi O’Brien who finished the season very strongly last year , Keith Gator and Robin Kelly of Waterford Racing Club.

Strong competition also from Barry Horgan and Cian Hogan from host club Tralee Manor West BC.

Riders ready for the Roll out of the 2014 Lacey Cup

Riders ready for the Roll out of the 2014 Lacey Cup.

Departure from the hotel will be at 12.10pm sharp. Racing will officially commence from George Poff’s Garage on the Dingle road at 12.30pm and will pass through Blennerville (12.35), Camp (13.00), Upper Camp, Gleann na nGealt (13.10), Annascaul (13.25), Inch (13.30), Boolteens (13.50), Castlemaine (13.55), Sliabh Mish (14.05) and finishing at 14.15 at 60km signs at Skehanagh Cross on the Killorglin road in Tralee.

Sign On will be open from 10.00am to 11.30am sharp at the Manor West Hotel, who will provide parking and facilities for the presentations following the race.

It promises to be an intriguing and exciting day’s racing for all, with plenty of exciting action along the route to keep spectators entertained.

For further information contact Matt Lacey (087) 2258159, Barry Murphy ( 0872352200 ) or log onto the club website which can be found here.

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