Primal Europe partner with Team iTap

Primal Europe partner with Team iTap.

As we finish up our 2016 Season we turn our attention to 2017. Our focus over the next few months is build faster & stronger bike riders. In doing this Team iTap need support. This comes in the form of Partners & Sponsors and without such commitment from business and individuals our U23 Development wouldn’t exist.
Today we would like to introduce Primal Europe. Primal Europe will be Team iTap’s Racing, Active & Lifestyle Clothing Partner for 2017 and beyond. Primal Cycling Apparel is a passion within Primal. A Passion that is reflected in everything they do, from apparel they design and produce to their outstanding customer service. Primal’s collections are for those who ride that extra mile.
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Primal Europe will design, manufacture and supply the Team’s clothing showing their support for U23 cycling development in Ireland.

Primal Europe also understands that some of us are weekend warriors and some of us are serious athletes and that some of us like to jump off things other people call cliffs. But that we all share one thing that we worship at the temple of raw, wild fun.That sacred place where time stands still or stretches into infinity. At Primal, they make the clothing and accessories you need to answer that call, so you can get out there and make life as fun as it can be. From fabrics that enhance your performance to t-shirts you can wear on your day off. So throw on your Primal and go play nice with the other wild, crazy animals.

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Primal offer a free no obligation custom design service, just contact Europe-sales@primalwear.com for your quote.
As they say at Primal,
“Happy Trails”
Team iTap.
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An Post Ras 2016 Report

With the weather promised good and a bunch of good guys including riders and crew, Team iTap was always going to have a good An Post Rás. The compliment consisted of Colm Cassidy, David Brody (U23 Developement), Liam Dolan, Daire Feeley(U23 Developement) & Derek Joyce riding their bikes with Jonathan Gibson (Team Manager & Soigneur), Noel Feeley (Mechanic) and Christine O’Connor (Chef/Soigneur) providing the back up & support.

Team iTap, An Post Ras 2016

L/R Liam Dolan, Derek Joyce, Colm Cassidy, David Brody, Daire Feeley, Jonathan Gibson

Stage 1.

Dublin to Multyfarnham (145km) was always going to be a nervous start but with a long neutralised section it gave a chance to the riders to settle. We had a couple of mishaps on the stage with the unfortunate Liam Dolan coming to grief on a decent but he remounted and finished the stage. Considering his face plant the previous week at another race it was not the ideal start for him but to his credit he got on with it as any good athlete would do and finished out the stage. Daire Feeley and David Brody were also to get caught up in the big crash which happen at the 7km to go marker and this loaded both riders with GC time of over 2:30. Lucky for both there were no injuries. Colm Cassidy finished best on the day

Stage 2.

Mullingar to Charliville was again another flat stage and the goal was to try get into the break of the day. Daire Feeley made the break of the day but as was the pattern for the week they weren’t given any room with the race being well controlled by the Continental Teams especially the Australian Development Team. Again all riders finished the stage. It proved to be a great day for Eoin Morton who won the stage from Bryan McCrystal. Great to see some working guys up there doing the business.

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Stage 3.

Stage 3 was to be flat until the finishing few kilometers. The Conor Pass was positioned very close to the end of the stage and would split the riders. It was another stage where we tried to get into the break but the control by the bigger teams wasn’t allowing anything away unless the compliment was right.

 

Stage 4.

Todays stage was to be full of climbing and hard from the gun. It didn’t go accordingly to any plan and was the stage we most wanted to forget in the 2016 Ras. Colm Cassidy was to abandon the race courtesy of a lift to hospital in the ambulance with a fracture to his tibal platform and underwent surgery the following morning. His unfortunate moment came on the decent of Ballaghisheen Pass Category 1 where on one of the tight bends it all went pear shaped for him. Thankfully all is well with Colm and we’ll see him racing again in 2017. All of the other riders finished the stage and welcomed a warm hot meal cooked up by Team Chef Christine while mechanic Noel assessed the damage to equipment.

 

Stage 5

From Sneem to Clonakilty Stage 5 was always going to be an undulating  day with 3 x Cat 3 and 2 x Cat 2 climbs and few others that should have been on the sheet. A very uneventful day on the road which only saw the bunch split up the climb for the first time through Clonakilty. A big group formed the bus early today and rolled in some 30 mins down.

 

Stage 6

Stage 6 was a day where we thought we might have had a chance at a stage win or even a podium. The DS had previewed & ridden the stage a few weeks before and with it being narrow, twisty and undulating it seemed like a good stage for us. Also being prior to the penultimate Stage 7 which encompassed Mount Leinster we hoped the main GC guys would give a break some room. Unfortunately for us on the day we ended up in a break with the wrong selection. With the stage being on tight roads we decided to push on and stay out of trouble and hope some of the leaders would come across. This did happen and in the last 30km a split coming off the front of the bunch off around 35/40 riders swollowed up the break and scuppered our attempt at the honours on the day. Good effort by all the team on the day and another stage in the bag

 

Stage 7

Today was always going to be a day for the GC guys to give it all. An they did. The race stayed together to the foot of Mount Leinster and went to pieces there after. Our highest placed rider  ended up in the third group on the road and all riders finished well on what was a hard stage. Next stage up and final stage into Swords for the “Men of the Ras”

 

Stage 8

Last and final stage of the 2016 An Post Ras and the traditional finish into Skerries with a few laps of the town to add to the excitement. After a great week for Derek Joyce he was to crash on the final stage and end up finishing on a spare bike. After a super week from the 44 year old veteran rider it was a shame to have the spill on the last day. A credit to him on finishing and completing another An Post Ras. All of the other riders on the Team, David Brody, Liam Dolan & Daire Feeley all finished and a great credit to each and every one of the for the efforts. No podiums but gold stars for effort and commitment.

 

A Big Thank You

During the 8 Days of the Ras every team needed support the get it through till the end.

First off the people who assisted the riders this week were our mechanic Mr. Noel Feeley who keep all the equipment in top condition with not one mechanical. Noel was assisted by O’Neill Cycles Tuam who provide all the equipment and Moda machines to our riders. All of the spares and equipment arrived to the team in 100% condition for the start with Noel doing his usual sterling work keeping it that way.

Christine O’Connor was our soigneur, chef and equipment van driver and what a super job she did all week. At the end of every stage Christine had a hot meal prepared for the riders (better than most restaurants) and the equipment van unloaded with bags in rooms, directions for riders to rooms and massage room ready to go. For a women on her own she’d put most men to shame.

Last but not least the Team Manager and DS Jonathan Gibson who did a bit of everything from driving the team car int he stage, treating 5 riders legs every night until Colm went home, Team Manager Duties, pointing to where the coffee was as the riders landed for breakfast, repeating rollout times, hotel names, dinner times and generally living the same day over about 5 times over.

Our sponsors O’Neill Cylces Tuam for the equipment, The Bike Clinic Castlebar for the race food and race shoes, Galway Water for the teams water, Bright Promotions for our Team Polo Shirts and labeling,  Telegael Teo for their finacial assistance and The Athlete Clinic for their Athlete Services throughout the 8 Day Event.

Final General Classification and all the Resuts Here

Team iTap is a development program for young bike riders who wish to become professional cyclist. We are always open to partnering and sponsorship proposals to assist in our support of these you riders. Why not join us in making these dreams a reality. Contact us now on +353 87 2453114 or irishTalentedAthleteProgram@gmail.com

See you on the Road!

Team iTap

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Team iTap An Post Ras Team 2016

With the team moving through it’s second year in existence, developing & improving with every race we are proud to announce our 2016 An Post Ras Team.

 

Rider 1. Daire Feeley Elite U23

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Daire currently sits 2nd in the Cycling Ireland rankngs and 2nd in the National Elite Road Series. He’s is 19 years and won’t be 20 until December which puts him as one of the youngest riders in the Ras. He’s has a host of placing’s and 2nd’s this year and he’ll be looking to claim a big result and break his “duck” in the Ras


Rider 2. David Brody Elite U23

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 19.08.06David Brody is also a young rider just turning 20 in January and has only been rider the bike for 2.5 years. David is currently sitting top 30 in the Cycling Ireland rider rankings and 4th overall in the National Elite Road Series. David won the first race of the year in great style  is hoping for some good results during the week.

Rider 3. Derek Joyce Elite A1

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 12.00.52Derek has been on the road a few years and had been quietly preparing for the 2016 Ras with the assistance of The Athlete Clinic. Derek who works full time and has a wife and kids to mind is one of the Irish domestic riders who get that chance every year to ride against the pro’s in the Ras and again this year will do so hoping to have his highest placing yet.

Rider 4. Colm Cassidy Elite A1

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Colm is a National Elite Time Trial Champion in the past and has been in the Cycling Ireland elite rider rankings for a number of year. Returning after missing last years Ras through injury & sickness Colm will no doubt part his knowledge and experience on the younger riders and give it a go on a few stages that suit his TT’ing prowess.

Rider 5. Liam Dolan Elite A1

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Liam comes from the triathlon world and was a National Irish Ironman record holder for a number of years and a valued member of the National Team. Liam switched to road racing a number of years ago and has been steadily improving year on year and will be improving as the week progresses where his big diesel engine will come into play.

The riders will join 160+ other riders and teams from around the world. They will tackle the 8 Day UCI 2.2 ranks International An Post bike race starting from Dublin Castle on the 22nd May 2016 and travel in and anti clockwise route around the southern half of the country.

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The Team will be supported by Jonathan Gibson as Team Manager, Noel Feeley as Team Mechanic and Christine O’Connor as Soigneur & Chef. All of the team support staff have valued experience from supporting riders at World Championships & European Championships level and the whole TEam are looking for some good results over the 8 days.

Support us in our journey either through sponsorship or on social media. All links to our social media platform etc are on the right of the page and we’ll be bringing you live tweets and video from inside the team car and race bubble during the week so stay tuned.

See ye on the road Guys.

Team iTap

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