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Fleche 2017


IMG_14582017 Derry Finish



2017 Derry Finish

2017 was Ireland’s eight year taking part in The Easter Fleche and our first finish in Ulster. This year saw 2 Irish teams take part, joining fellow cyclist the world over by riding a minimum of 360k over a 24hr period. Both teams started in Dublin and finished in Derry. A third team consisting of Bernard Flynn, Camel Claffey, Andrew Fay and Dermot Hogan rode an unofficial Fleche from Mullingar westaward and back to Mullingar.

Team A,4 Men and a Lady, consisted of Niall Diamond, Andreas Voigt, Helen Kerrane ( St Tiernans) and Aidan Creaner.

Team B, Last Ditch Attempt, consisted of Conor Daly, Danny Moriarty (Orwell Wheelers) and Seamus O’Dowd

Congratulations to all the participants and a special mention to Niall and Andreas who have completed every Fleche since its inception in 2010. Aidan is also notable for completing his seventh Fleche. A special word of appreciation to Eoghan Barry, now U.S based, who had the foresight and energy to get the Fleche up and running as part of the cycling calendar.


Inaugural Fleche pulls into Aughrim, Co Wicklow for a welcome cup of coffee. Mark Tyrrell, Eoghan Barry and Niall Diamond. ( Andreas absent).


Anywhere, anytime, any Fleche

Clothing order

Hi all,

After receiving a few queries, we’re putting together another order for clothing. To ensure the delivery of the clothes in time for LEL, the order has to be placed with Watt Custom before the end of the month. Therefore, I’ll be closing orders on Friday 21st April.

To make life a bit easier for everyone (except probably Gary at Watt Custom), instead of having everything shipped to me and then redistributed to each of you, Gary will instead send your items directly to you. This will cost approximately an additional €8 for a standard order – it will be more if you decide to buy two of everything.

The procedure for placing orders is as follows:

1) Browse the price list and size guide and decide what you wish to order. Note that Niall has adjusted this list so that VAT is now included in the prices quoted.

2) Email your order to Be sure to include size and gender of the garments you wish to order and the address where you would like them sent to.

3) As the price list shows, the prices vary according to the total quantities we order, so when I have the full list of desired items, I’ll be able to figure out the final prices and let each of you know your individual total.

4) When I email you your total cost (including shipping), you can pay the owed amount to the club’s PayPal account (

5). Once everyone has paid, I’ll place the order with Watt and then we all sit back and wait for our shiny new jerseys etc. to arrive at our door.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Happy shopping!

All the best,


WATT Custom Clothing-Audax Ireland
  prices incl 23% vat  
Product 1 to 4 5 to 20 21 to 50  
Elite Race Jersey, Micro Material, Full zip €49.96 €41.01 €38.67 Mens or Womens Fit
Long Sleeve Jersey, Warm €55.41 €45.47 €42.89 Mens or Womens Fit
Gilet €55.41 €45.47 €42.89 Mens or Womens Fit
Gilet, Winter €68.67 €56.36 €53.15 Mens or Womens Fit
Autumn Jacket €94.24 €77.34 €72.94 Mens or Womens Fit
Winter Jacket €100.87 €82.79 €78.07 Mens or Womens Fit
Bib Shorts €58.36 €47.91 €45.18 Mens or Womens Chamois
Waist Shorts €49.73 €40.81 €38.49 Mens or Womens Chamois
3/4 Tights €67.83 €55.68 €52.51 Mens or Womens Chamois
Winter Tights €74.82 €61.41 €57.91 Mens or Womens Chamois
Arm Warmers, Warm €17.28 €14.18 €13.38  
Leg Warmers, Warm €24.86 €20.41 €19.25  
Roubaix Hat €14.92 €12.24 €11.55  
Bandana €12.55 €10.30 €9.72  




Titanic Torr Details

I have just sent details to all registered riders. If you don’t receive anything in the next ten minutes or so, let me know as it means my slick administrative system has failed.

Here are the details anyway in case:


Thanks for registering for Titanic Torr 2017.  There are 37 riders registered.

Richard Guthrie is out today riding the route today so will give last minute feedback in the morning.

A few notes for the day.


  • Make sure you and your bike are well prepared for the conditions.  Hopefully we won’t get last year’s snow but check the weather and times of darkness.
  • due to logistical reasons I am unable to supply sarnies or moral support at Hunters this year – sorry.
  • If you can’t finish txt and let me know +447966255887. But don’t expect me to come and get you!


Main entrance to Stormont estate, opposite Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road,-5.8400886,18z

Parking at gate or opposite in car park.

Sign on starts at 7:30.

When you finish – post your completed brevet card, receipts etc. into my car through open window. 

If I am there I should have medals for those ordered – if not you’ll get them in the post (some weeks) later.



Due to the high number of riders – I will be starting in 2 groups separated by a couple of minutes.  This is to get everyone through Belfast.  Group allocations are at the bottom of this email – if you want to be with your mates just jump in with them – so long as no group is too big!


Please look out for each other – signal holes etc. and always join/overtake on the right.  THIS IS NOT A RACE!

It gets dark about 8:30pm, cut off time is 9:30pm so you might want to bring some lights. 

Remember, this is a self-supported event.

If you drop out please text me on +447966255887 so I’m not waiting for you at the finish.


Route is the same as last year.

Apart from where noted below or unforeseen events – ACP rules state you should follow the route and, if you leave it, re-join where you left.

You are free to use any route from Straid (180km) back to Stormont e.g. Loughshore cycle path, Comber Greenway etc.  I have routed in same way as out.

The loop around the back of Odyssey to cross the Titanic Launch slipway is optional.

There are currently road works/road closed signs from the coast up to Ballynure on the return leg.  I’ve been up this route the last two Sundays and the road is open with a nice shiny new surface but has sticking out ironworks and some ramps.

I will provide printed route sheet on the day.  Attached is excel for those who like to play.

TCX  –


Routesheets will be available at sign on.

Roads are generally fair to good.  Please watch for surface gravel on Torr Head.

You will need to obtain proof of passage (Receipt or signature of Audax Ireland Committee member) at controls.


200km BREVET

Checkpoint       Date  Time

==========       ====  ====


    0km   start: 08/04 08:00

          close: 08/04 09:00


   65km    open: 08/04 09:55

          close: 08/04 12:20


  106km    open: 08/04 11:07

          close: 08/04 15:04


  177km    open: 08/04 13:12

          close: 08/04 19:48


  210km    open: 08/04 13:53

          close: 08/04 21:30


Good availability of shops along the way/at controls. Mary McBrides pub in Cushendun does great seafood chowder.  Also soup and a sandwich if you ask for it.  I believe the Café on the left just past hunters (towards B’Castle) is good – but I’ve no experience myself.

See you Saturday,


Stuart McLean

Mobile:  +44 (0) 7966255887



Group 1:

Kevin     QUINN

Chris     BLOOMER

David    LAWLESS

Dean     BRADLEY

Stephen              SWEENEY

Paddy   O’CONNOR

Paul      Phillips

Brian     Fitzpatrick

Brian     Weadick

Kevin     DOYLE

Jonathon            VERRY

John      HIGGINS


Andrew              Beattie

Andrew              JESS

Adrian Finnegan

Brian     MCCOOL

Group 2:

Anthony             WALSH

Brian     GREENE

Andrew EVANS

John      FINNEGAN

Seamus O’DOWD

Ryan     BEAGAN

Andreas              VOIGT


Joe        Fitzpatrick

John      Mc Elroy

Mark     KETTLE



Darran  LAGAN

Martin  SAMM

Peter     HARTY

Martin O BRIEN


Mark     PALMER

Eddie    Molloy

Stuart McLean