Bon Voyage Teresa

Club member Teresa O'Sullivan is departing Ireland and will be taking up a 2/3 year teaching post in USA.

Teresa has represented the club so well this year. Since the start of the season in February Teresa has raced nearly every weekend and has a list of seriously impressive results. Teresa has been a great club member and friend on and off the bike. We the committee and club members wish you every success on your new venture and you will be greatly missed at Tralee Manor West BC!!     

Kanturk 3 Day 2015

The 'Kanturk 3 Day' annual race held on the May Bank Holiday weekend finished up today in the North Cork town. There was a big attendance of racers over the different groups. Tralee Manor West BC was represented with 5No. riders.

Cian Smailes raced in the U16 category which had 3No. stages. The first stage was a hard 66km route including a tough climb from Freemount to Newmarket which the riders had to negotiate twice, Cian got away in a 3 man break that stayed clear for most of the race before being reeled in just before the finish line A 8km time trial was the second stage held that afternoon too. The 3rd and final stage was held on Sunday with 3 laps of the Kanturk-Ballymaquirke-Kanturk circuit with an uphill finish in the town. Cian finished a very impressive 15th overall in a very strong group of U16 riders. Well done Cian!!

Cian Smailes in action ( Photo : John Coleman )

Cian Smailes in action ( Photo : John Coleman )

In the A4 and Ladies category Teresa O'Sullivan represented the club and put in three days great racing. Being consistent all weekend and taking top 20 finishes in each stage, including a 12th place on Sunday meant that Teresa won the Ladies A4 category. Teresa has put in some great racing all season and richly deserved this win!! Congratulations from all members of the club.

Teresa O'Sullivan ( Photo : John Coleman )

Teresa O'Sullivan ( Photo : John Coleman )

In the A2/ A3 category the Tralee Manor West BC riders were Jerry McCarthy, Cormac Daly and Oran Pierse. With 4 stages totalling 270km including a 8km time trial, 3 days of hard racing was endured. All three guys raced very well all weekend. Oran took an excellent 7th place on Stage 3 in Banteer. Jerry was in the mix in each stage, putting in a great TT.

Oran Pierce ( John Coleman ) & Jerry McCarthy ( Brendan Slattery )

Oran Pierce ( John Coleman ) & Jerry McCarthy ( Brendan Slattery )


Cormac Daly, who has been consistently showing great form over the past few races, opened his account on Stage 1 taking 8th place, 10th on Stage 2 and very strong riding on stages 3 & 4, finishing 9th overall on GC, first A3 rider. Great result from the Kenmare man


With the quality of the field that had signed on, a huge congratulations to Cormac, Jerry and Oran. Well done lads !

Cormac Daly in the break

Cormac Daly in the break

A special word of thanks to Tony Daly and Riobard Pierse who provided the riders with team car support for the weekend.

Drumm Cup 2015

Great day's racing at the 50th Drumm Cup today in Currow in perfect conditions, hosted by Currow CC. Tralee Manor West BC were well represented with 8 riders racing.

First off was Cian Smailes in the U16s, who got into a 3 man break which almost stayed clear until the end, finishing in a bunch sprint with Cian taking a 4th place.

In the A4 race Teresa O'Sullivan was just pipped into 2nd Lady home, with Shane O'Brien (making his racing debut) and Mark Ryall finishing very strongly in the main bunch.

In the A3 race, Cormac Daly, Jerry McCarthy & Colm Austen O'Sullivan rode very strongly, with Cormac bridging across to the breakaway group on the third lap. The leaders then extended their lead to 1min 20 secs to remain clear to the finish with Cormac taking 10th place.

Well done to all our riders and thanks to Currow CC for putting on a great race. Big thanks to Tony Daly for driving the team car again today.

Cormac Daly missing from photo

Cormac Daly missing from photo

Visit Nenagh Classic 2015

Teresa O'Sullivan was in action at the weekend in the 'Visit Nenagh Classic'. This is the 4th running of this extremely tough event held around the roads of North Tipperary and with a town centre finish in Nenagh. There was a huge turnout in all race categories and a tough day's racing took place. Teresa who has already had an impressive 2015 season to date finished in a superb 4th place and a huge congratulations from all your fellow club members!!

Photo by Brendan Slattery

Ras Mumhan 2015

Stage 4 - Killorglin-Beaufort-Killorglin Town Centre Circuit. 117km.

The final stage of Ras Mumhan was held earlier today in Killorglin in glorious sunshine. Jerry, Cormac, Neil and Gareth again lined up for Tralee Manor West. The stage pace was frantic from the start and never let up for the 117km stage. Padi O'Brien made it 3 stage wins from 4 and Lacey Cup winner Sean McKenna won the overall event. Congratulations to Cormac, Jerry, Neil, Gareth and Brian who raced superbly over the event. As mentioned on an earlier post we wish Brian Harte a speedy recovery following his injury. A special mention to Cormac Daly too who racing his first Ras Mumhan finished 2nd in the A3 category which is some achievement. Thanks to Killorglin CC for running such a great event.

A big thanks now to Tony Daly who volunteered his time and provided back up to the riders all weekend. Also to Cian Hogan Sports Massage who looked after our riders ensuring their maximum recovery and being fresh for each stage start. The riders mentioned on numerous occasions that the support they got from our club members on each of the 4 stages was exceptional. It gave the guys a huge boast so thank you to all that came out and supported them. Finally, a massive thank you to team manager Barry Murphy. Barry has yet again gone beyond the normal call of duty in preparing the team for this years Ras Mumhan, The months of hard work ensured everything went smoothly for the team. 


Lacey Cup Accommodation, Race HQ Manor West Hotel, Almost Full !

Just a quick heads up to anyone still considering staying in Manor West Hotel for the Lacey Cup, there are only a handful of rooms left, so give them a call on 066 7194500 asap ! Full details below.


Our main sponsors Manor West Hotel have put together great package deals for cyclists and their families / partners who may wish to travel to Tralee the day before the Lacey Cup. The packages are as follows:  Bed & Breakfast €40pps. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast €59 pps. Single room, Bed & Breakfast €50. Single room, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast €69.

Manor West Hotel has underground parking with a secure bike lock-up facility . Special late Check-out at 4.30pm to allow cyclists shower and change afterwards. Full use of leisure facilities including 18m pool, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel is located adjacent to Manor West Retail Park (Kerry's largest shopping complex). For anyone interested in booking please contact the hotel at 066 7194500 and quote "Lacey Cup".

Secure Underground Bike Lockup Facilities at Manor West Hotel

Secure Underground Bike Lockup Facilities at Manor West Hotel

Lacey Cup 2015 - Sun Feb 22nd


Its Lacey Cup time again, the grand opener to the Munster racing season. This year again, due to CI rule T5.1.11 there will be a separate A4 race should the entries exceed 140 riders. The A4 Race will be immediately AFTER the A1/A2/A3  race. Total Prize fund is in excess of €1000.

Tralee Manor West BC's annual race the "Lacey Cup"  is a 75km race. The A1/A2/A3 race is run on a handicap basis ( A4 run individually ) and starts from Manor West Hotel, Tralee with a neutralised roll out at 12:10pm.

The race is held on the Dingle Peninsula and takes the riders from the Dingle road outside of Tralee through Blennerville, on to Camp and up Gleann na nGealt for the first Prime, this climb comes after 15km of racing and is 4km long averaging 3% gradient. Once over the top of Gleann na nGealt the race continues to Annascaul where the riders will turn left just outside the village on to Inch and Castlemaine. Then another left turn at Castlemaine and onto the start of the prime at the top of the Slieve Mish climb after 62km for the Teddy Griffin Trophy, the climb is also 4km long and averages 2.8% gradient, before the descent to the finish at Skehanagh just outside the town of Tralee on the N70 (Tralee-Killorglin Road).

The 75km route is one complete loop of a challenging route and tests the strongest of riders with the two climbs and rolling roads from start to finish. Click on link below for race route:

Lacey Cup Route

Lacey Cup Route

For full info, times and pre-registration and accommodation packages, please go to