Cycling Ireland have this evening released the below statement about the previously defunct Road Commission, (via their Communications Officer, Heather Boyle).
Cycling Ireland is pleased to announce the re-establishment of a Road Commission which will take up the responsibility of all road racing activities for Cycling Ireland.
The Road Commission will act as a sub-committee to the Board of Cycling Ireland, and their responsibilities will include a review of the racing calendar with a view of increasing the overall standard of domestic competition.
The Road Commission will take the lead in the formation of a new National Development Squad to cover Junior and Under 23, which will include giving the development squad members opportunities to train together and race at international competitions in preparation for riding in bigger events at the higher senior level.
The Road Commission will be comprised of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people involved in the road racing scene in Ireland over the two decades:
- Daire Mooney (Sligo CC),
- Ger Campbell (Drogheda Wheelers),
- Frank Campbell (VC Glendale) and
- Timmy Barry (Aqua Blue).
Speaking about the resurrection of the Commission Barry was optimistic, believing this is a positive step forward for Irish road cycling saying:
“These are very exciting times for cycling in Ireland and this group aim is to improve the standard of domestic riders which should in turn make the jump to international racing less daunting. The guys involved have great knowledge and experience and these mixed with a bit of common sense will help to raise the overall standard of road racing.”
With the committee members representing each of the provinces, this newly formed commission have already met with their focus on 2016 and beyond.
Yes, the new Road Commission represents all four provinces… let’s hope it’s members make it a priority to also represent both genders of the road racing community. The Women’s Commission of Cycling Ireland wish them well with the task ahead!