Stage race cancelled, organisers warn about future of Irish road racing

Posted on: May 20th, 2019

Connacht Three Day cancelled: Western Lakes Cycling Club has cited lack of support from the road racing community. The event was set to replace the Ballinrobe Three Day (above) and the Bogman Two Day (Photo: Jimmy McElroy)

The planned new Connacht Three Day has been cancelled as the event organisers said far too few entries had been received.

Western Lakes Cycling Club explained that just six teams had entered, though it needed at least 20 teams of five to break even.

The club also said that running events in Ireland was not becoming increasingly difficult. And it believed more races would be lost each year.

News of the cancellation comes in the same week Rás Tailteann should be unfolding around the country. It has been called off this year due to a lack of sponsorship.

Entries for the Connacht Three Day closed last Friday. The event was due to go ahead on the June Bank Holiday Weekend; from June 1st to 3rd.

It was set to replace two events that had been held in Connacht in recent seasons; the Ballinrobe Three Day and Bogman Two Day.

Unfortunately, Western Lakes said it had been left with no option but to pull the plug in advance for lack of interest.

The club had done well in putting the event in place with several sponsors, including the Renvyle House Hotel, Marrey Bikes, Sweeney Oil and Connemara Fisheries.

“It’s with great regret that we, Western Lakes CC, wish to inform you that our proposed cycling race, the Connacht Three Day, will no longer be going ahead,” the club said .

“As of this morning we have only received six team entries which makes the race unviable,” it added of the event that was to be headquartered in Tullycross.

“For a race of this size to work we would have needed at least 20 teams of 5 riders just to break even.

“And with only entries coming in from Connacht clubs we have made the tough decision to cancel.”

The club then thanked the sponsors that had been willing to back the event before warning the Irish road cycling community about the future.

“Staging cycle events in Ireland is becoming increasingly more difficult. And without the support of the wider cycling community there will be less and less events each year,” it said.