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Tralee Bicycle Club is a cycling club based in Tralee, Co. Kerry ( arguably the best cycling terrain in Ireland! ). The clubs primary focus is road racing, and has built a very impressive racing pedigree since its formation. The club hosts the Lacey Cup each year, the first munster race of the Irish Road Racing calendar.
The club has a vibrant membership spanning from Juniors to Vets, who meet three times a week for training. In addition to competing in races around the country, each year the club participates in various charity rides, raising much need funds. 2011 also saw the club’s first ‘Tralee to Dublin in a Day’ charity cycle, which, based on the positive rider feedback, will become part of the club’s yearly calendar. Every October, the club also organises an ‘end of season spin’ for members, which involves an 100km cycle with overnight stay somewhere in the Kingdom … followed by a slightly slower spin back the following day !
The 2012 season sees the club entering a new era, with Manor West Hotel becoming the new main sponsor, in addition to this, a completely new club kit has been launched, along with the new website which you are currently looking at. Our racing ethos still remains the same, however we are also concentrating our efforts to develop a strong junior squad and hopefully discover a few rising stars.
The Tralee Bicycle Club was officially launched in 1992. The original racing team was Paul Griffin, Seán and Brendan Lacey, Kieran McMahon (RIP, 2004), Thomas Hogan and John Dempsey. This team proved very successful with many victories to their credit. Each one of these riders wore the Green jersey for Ireland at one point in their racing career.
Paul went on to race in the professional ranks with Giant Asia where he distinguished himself as one the teams star performers. Paul raced with Giant Asia for several years before returning home where he races again with his home team Tralee BC. He has several All Ireland Hill Climb champions medals and is also the proud winner of a Rás stage. Paul has represented Ireland over 100 times from 1995 to 2011.