Popular early-season races called off over finance and volunteers

Posted on: February 8th, 2018

The Irish economy may be bouncing back but several races are struggling for sponsorship and hard cash to keep the show on the roads. A couple have already pulled the plug before the news season starts (Photo: Jimmy McElroy)


Having been postponed last year and later hit with a bad crash, the Seven Springs GP will not take place this year.

The news follows just a week after it was announced the Rás Dhun na nGall stage race in June is off this year. And it appears that event may not return

Seven Springs CC said the cost of promoting its GP races had risen of late. And it was also finding it difficult to find enough volunteers.

It had been scheduled to take place in Loughrea, Co Galway, on Sunday, April 15th.

Putting safety first, the club postponed last year’s edition; rearranging the races for July. But at the end of a day of great racing there was major crash in the A4 race.

And because the A1-A2-A3 event was still out on the course and hurtling towards the finish; it was decided that race would also be cancelled.

The club has now confirmed the 2018 schedule of racing will not happen. And in a statement the club committee sounded hopeful, but not certain, the races would return next year.

“In consultation with the club’s members, (the committee) has decided to withdraw the event from this year’s race calendar,” it said.

“We have informed Cycling Ireland of the decision. In line with experiences of other race organisers this year, we have found the rising cost and our potential inability to secure the required number of support personnel to safely stage the race as the main factors in our decision.

“Whilst we have reluctantly reached this decision for 2018, the committee will reassess the situation for 2019 in the hope of being able to stage another edition of the Seven Springs GP.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported our race over the years including our club sponsors, our local Civil Defence, bike marshals, Galway County Council, the Gardai and our own members who all collectively ensured our GP was a well organised one.

“We would also like to thank the riders and teams for giving us some great racing.”