2016 will be a big year ahead for the Tralee BC. Since the club was launched in 1992 it has had a distinguished history as Kerry’s leading race club providing an established structure to develop riders across all age categories. The original racing team was Paul Griffin, Seán Lacey, Brendan Lacey, Kieran McMahon (RIP 2004), Thomas Hogan and John Dempsey. The original team proved very successful with many victories to their credit. Since then the club has excelled producing exceptional results at both National and International levels including a Rás Mumhan Stage winner, National titles and multiple wins across Ireland’s most challenging races.
We wish to thank our main sponsor Manor West Hotel for their continued support , and we’d also like to welcome iBike onboard as an additional sponsor. To reflect iBike’s sponsorship, the club will now be racing under the title of Tralee Manor West iBike .We would also like to welcome the riders from the former Team iBike joining the club who will strengthen the club’s racing presence considerably.
Manor West Hotel has provided Tralee BC with a perfect base for the club over the past 4 years, with its superb facilities and has been the ideal venue to host the club's two national races, events & workshops. iBike is the foremost bike shop in Kerry, with outlets in Killarney & Listowel, providing the cycling community with cutting edge service and advice, and will give the club’s racers invaluable top level support throughout the season.
The club now has over 90 active members across all age categories from U14 to Veterans. The club offers members structured training spins three times per week with focus on developing fitness, safety, group-riding and racing skills. The club organises regular training camps both locally and abroad. Educational evenings are also delivered by experienced individuals across a wide range of subjects including nutrition, strength and conditioning, training with power etc.
For 2016, Tralee Manor West iBike members look forward to competing weekly across Ireland. A1/A2 riders will pit themselves against the best of Irish and international riders in the local prestigious 4-Day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan stage race over Easter weekend, while A3/A4 riders will be pushing for results in the Corkman 2-Day in May and Charleville 2-Day later in September. Junior riders will be focused Sunday races as well as gaining selection for the Junior Tour of Ireland.