The 3rd Cycle Superstore Sail / Cycle Challenge was held in the Royal St George Yacht Club last weekend in glorious weather conditions. The unique event comprised of a 60km cycle over the Wicklow mountains with three time trials and three Laser races. 

35 cyclists lined up in the club for the start of the cycle. The route took them over the Vico road towards Enniskerry village. Competitors used the cycling app Strava to automatically log their individual times on each time trial segment. It was clear from the start that Neil O'Toole was fast and when the results came in, he had won the first leg by over a minute!  O'Toole went on to win the next two time trials, followed closely by Gordon Judge and Helena Barrett. The route took cyclists up to the top of Glenncree and onwards over the Featherbeds, a total altitude gain of over 1,000 metres.  

On Sunday morning three Laser races were scheduled by PRO Frank O'Beirne. The format required that the races were a maximum of 30 minutes in length, so in less than 3 hours, three great races were sailed in sunny 10-15 knot conditions. Race one saw Sean Craig steal an early victory followed by Paul Keane and Theo Lyttle. Race 2 saw a complete change with Ross O'Leary leading from start to finish. Neil O'Toole, the clear favourite going into the sailing leg of the challenge, was placed 6th and a 7th throwing the competition wide open. Going into the final race Craig, Keane, O'Leary and Lyttle  were neck and neck for the sailing part of the competition and overall O'Toole and Lyttle had to battle it out for the trophy in the last race. Craig once again led around the windward mark only to be overtaken by Keane and Lyttle on the first run. As the wind died down Lyttle squeezed ahead of Keane to win the Cycle Superstore Sail Cycle Challenge 2013. 

Cycling Results
1. Neil O'Toole
2. Gordon Judge
3. Helena Barrett
4. Francis Barry
5. Theo Lyttle
6. Chris Arrowsmith 

Sailing Results  
1. Theo Lyttle
2. Sean Craig
3. Paul Keane
4. Ross O'Leary
5. Dan O'Connell
6. Chris Arrowsmith
7. Neil O'Toole
8. Will Nesbitt
9. David Dwyer
10. Frank Heath
11. Richard Tate
12. Alain Deladienne
13. Pat O'Brien
14 Francis Barry
15 176280
16 John O'Keefe

Overall Winners  
1. Theo Lyttle - 11 points
2. Neil O'Toole - 13 points
3. Chris Arrowsmith - 23 Points
4. Frank Heath - 32 points
5 Francis Barry - 33 points
6 Richard Tate - 35 points

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12th September 2013

The Royal St George Yacht Club will host their annual  Cycle Superstore Sail Cycle Challenge on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of October.

Start training now!
Day 1 Saturday 5th October
Start time: 1.00pm sharp from the club forecourt
Route: The event will feature a cycle of 64 km, starting at 13:00 on Sat 5th October from the club. The cycle will finish back at the club at about 17:00. You may participate in the cycle or the Laser racing alone, but as the weekend is all about the social we would encourage everyone to jump on a bike and do a few km. The cycle route is to Enniskerry in the Wicklow mountains with quiet roads and great scenery.
This year the event will use the popular cycling App Strava, which can be downloaded to your smart phone. Along the route there are three short stages or segments that have been defined as time trials. Your time along these stages will be automatically recorded by Strava and your time ranked against the other competitors.
Strava can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store or the Google Play Store.

There are good places to stop for coffee (or other drink) in Enniskerry and Glencree.
Scoring for the Cycle: The scoring will be divided according to fleets, namely Standard and Radial. Each of the cyclists will be scored according to their finishing position in their fleet for each segment or (race). There are three segments and you can discard your worst one.
There will be a superb three course dinner in the club at 20:00 with some  prizes for the cycling afterwards. The dinner is €25 per person. Book early as the dinner was popular last year and we are limited  to 35 people.
Day 2 Sunday 6th October

This year there is a start for Standard and Radial. First gun will be 11:00. The races will be short (about 30 minutes), with the emphasis on skill rather than endurance.
The aim is to finish at about 14:00 followed by a prize giving. If three races are sailed there will be 1 discard. Overall results will include 2 cycle races and 2 Laser races.
Organisers hope to have prizes for :
  • Radial Mens 
  • Radial Womens
  • Standard Overall
  • Standard Apprentice Master
  • Standard  Master 
  • Standard  Grand Master

Entry Fee
The entry fee for the sailing / cycling is €15 and for the cycling alone is €5.

Online entry will be available shortly.

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