2017 Derry Finish
2017 Derry Finish
2017 was Ireland’s eighth year taking part in The Easter Fleche and our first finish in Ulster. This year saw 2 Irish teams take part, joining fellow cyclists 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, Carmel Claffey, Andrew Fay and Dermot Hogan rode an unofficial Fleche from Mullingar westaward and back to Mullingar.
Team A, 3 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
Join cyclists all over the world in searching for the Golden Arches on Good Friday. Find a 24hr restaurant and be seen as a prophet by the rest of your team.
Anyone planning on riding PBP this year should seriously consider riding a flèche this Easter. This will give invaluable experience in planning, night riding and working as a team. The minimum distance is 360k as part of a 3-5 person team, which should be within all PBP hopefuls sights by early April.
Entry details from organiser are below, along with ACP rules. If you are looking for a team send your details to the forum, stating where you are based and your desired finishing distance.
Just a reminder about the Easter Flèche 2015. Would those who are planning/trying to get a team together please let me (Niall email@example.com) know, together with a rough idea of the route – it doesn’t have to be a final version at this stage. I would like to have an idea how many teams to expect. I hope to ride myself, and to be at the finish in Mullingar on the Saturday morning from about 9am. I would like to be there for finishing teams, but I don’t intend to stay for the whole weekend, so it would be great if the majority of teams could try to finish on Saturday, preferably by about 1pm. If you can’t do that it’s not a problem, you will just have to make arrangements to get your teams Brevet Cards and proofs of passage to me afterwards.
At the moment the Finish will be in Reynos Café again, assuming they’ll have us.
So please get back to me with details of current team members (more can be added, minimum 3 max 5), team name if known, and rough route. Minimum of 3 team members must complete at least 360km in 24 hours, including at least 25km in the final 2 hours in order to be homologated as a finishing team.
ACP Rules for info.
More details – http://www.audaxireland.org/calendar/gazetteer/easter-fleche/
Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly, has written an excellent account of their 600km Flèche organised by the Seattle Randonneurs.