The tougher the better – Fran Meehan ready ahead of the Cyclocross National Championships

by Caroline Martinez Reigning National Cyclocross Champion Fran Meehan has been dominating the domestic scene for the past few years. With five national jerseys under her belt, the Tullamore woman, fully intends on keeping her green and white skinsuit for another year. Competition is however as big as ever with even more women taking on the sport recently. The battle...

“He was a real vindictive piece of work” Chris O’Dowd talks about his role in Lance Armstrong film

Roscommon-born actor Chris O'Dowd has been cast as David Walsh in the film Icon, which is based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins. He spoke to Newstalk about the forthcoming film. The film will tell the story of Walsh's pursuit of Lance Armstrong and is directed by Stephen Frears. It will also star Ben Foster as Armstrong, Guillaume Caney as...

Sam Bennett set for early season test at Tour of Qatar

Sam Bennett has been named amongst the provisional starters for his Bora - Argon 18 team for the Tour of Qatar in February. However, the Carrick-on-Suir rider will be up against it, as amongst the other names listed as provisional starters are many of the best sprinters in the World. Included amongst those set to start are Marcel Kittel (Team...

“If five positive cases in one season are not enough for further investigation, then it’s over”

The organisers of the Dutch race, the Arnhem Veenendaal Classic have said that cycling teams with a doping past are no longer welcome at their race. They made this statement on Friday out of dissatisfaction with the decision to grant a license for the World Tour to Astana, a team with five recent doping cases. Race Director Thijs Zonneveld said that...

For the Love of Mud – A Film about Cyclo-Cross

A new film "For the Love of Mud" is set to be released next month. It will premiere in Austin, Texas on the 9th of January. The film includes coverage from the US Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Boulder 2014, the World Championships in Hoogerheide, along with numerous Superprestige races across Europe. Interviews include top pros Sven Nys, Helen Wyman, Gabby Durrin,...

The best moments from the 2014 UCI Women’s Road World Cup

The UCI Women Road World Cup has seen nine different winners in nine events. Lizzie Armitstead was the overall world cup winner, Rabo-Liv was celebrated as best team, Alena Amialiusik as best climber, Elena Cecchini as best young rider and Iris Slappendel as winner of the UCI sprint jersey in this year’s UCI Women Road World Cup series. Here are...

Well known Dublin cyclists win GSK App Challenge for their cycling app

Well-known UCD CC members Anthony Walsh and Ciarán Ó Conluain have won the GSK App Challenge 2014 at the Appys in November, which gives them an app development package worth €40,000 from ProductFitter.com and a €10,000 PR and media package from Digital Times. The award was for their PocketCoach app which builds a profile of the user through the utilisation...

How to get a fast start in cyclo cross

A fast start in cyclo cross can be so important, and this video from Global Cycling Network aims to help you achieve that fast start. Amongst the factors which they take into account are ensuring that your effort at the start is measured so that you don't go into the red, and your gear choice and the factors that affect...

Wanna ride with Mark Cavendish?

Want to ride with Mark Cavendish? The Manx Missile is offering the following opportunity for two people to the highest bidder. The money raised from the bid will go to support Right To Play which helps to transform the lives of over one million disadvantaged children across Africa, the Middle East and Asia every week through the power of...

Jakob Fuglsang told to consider his future with Astana

Following on from the four-year doping investigation, and the publication of the Padova report, Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang has been told he needs to consider his future with the Astana team. It was revealed this week that 17 Astana riders over the years has been associated with the doping doctor, Michel Ferrari. In addition, Astana had five doping cases this...

100 years ago, the first Australians took part in Paris-Roubaix – This is their story

By Graham Healy One hundred years ago, a group of six intrepid Australians travelled to Europe to race as professional cyclists. Unfortunately, they missed out on their chance to make it, due to war breaking out a few months after their arrival. However, they did have a chance to take part in some of the biggest races, and this is their...

Gediminas Bagdonas signs new contract

The Lithuanian rider Gediminas Bagdonas has signed a new contract with the French team AG2R-La Mondiale. This means that the 2012 Lithuanian champion continues with the team for a third consecutive year. He has stated that his main aims for 2015 will be the Spring Classics, and the team have strengthened their classics team with the signings of the...