Darragh O’Mahony (O’Leary’s Stone Kanturk) was a clear winner in the Lacey Cup last year, beating Cathal Moynihan (Manor West Hotel Tralee BC/iBike) and Conor Hennebry of Aquablue (Photo: Brendan Slattery)
With a couple of traditional early season fixtures put back until later in the season, the Lacey Cup in Kerry is retaining its spot at the start of the campaign.
And in keeping with Cycling Ireland’s rules around creating new races for A4 riders there will once again be two races; one for the A4s only and another for the A1-A2-A3 riders.
Twelve months ago Darragh O’Mahoney showed he had wintered very well; jumping from the junior ranks into the elite category and taking victory in the main event.
In the past Sean Lacey – one of Kerry’s very best riders in recent decades – has made his own of his event, winning all five editions between 2009 and 2013. And another from the region, Matt Slattery, has also been victorious.
Damien Shaw took victory in 2014 followed by Sean McKenna a year later. And though those two have moved on to compete with An Post-ChainReaction since then the competition on Sunday week will be as fierce as ever.
Promoting club Tralee Manor West iBike is expecting over 200 riders across both events, which will be held in the usual challenging 75km circuit.
The course and the enthusiasm for the early season races always throws up frantic aggressive racing and produces great winners.
The racing will have a neutralised start from the Manor West Hotel, sponsors of the Tralee Manor West iBike Club and will be the main headquarters venue for the race.
Departure from the hotel will be at 12:15pm sharp. Racing will officially commence from George Poff’s Garage on the Dingle road at 12.30 pm.
The action and will pass through Blennerville (12.20), Camp (12.45), Upper Camp, Gleann na nGealt (12.55), Annascaul (13.10), Inch (13.15), Boolteens (13.35), Castlemaine (13.40), Sliabh Mish (13.50) and finishing at 14.00 at 60km signs at Skehanagh Cross on the Killorglin road in Tralee.