An event celebrating the life and career of one of Ireland’s most promising cyclists who died tragically 10 years ago, will be held in Co Clare on Sunday, June 22nd.
Kieran MacMahon, from Clonlara, Co Clare, considered an elite cyclist of national standing, died along with a colleague in a road traffic collision in 2004.
Kieran began his cycling career in his late teens with Limerick Cycling Club and went on to join the Carlow Dan Morrissey Club and later the Earl of Desmond Cycling club in Tralee.
He competed in the Rás Tailteann for 10 consecutive years from 1995 to 2004 and achieved his first Irish cap in 1998 when he was called up to the Irish team for the Tour of the Peaks in Manchester.
Tomorrow, the south-east Clare village of Clonlara will host the first Kieran MacMahon Memorial Classic an event organised by the MacMahon family and Kieran’s cycling friends.
The race course will run over a distance of 150 kilometres and has been selected as a serious challenge to all but the strongest riders.
The event has attracted several of the country’s most successful cyclists including Ciarán Power who achieved the highest ever placing of an Irish cyclist in the Olympics, coming 13th in 2004.
Ciarán also won the Rás twice in 1998 and 2002 and competed in the Giro d’Italia in 2000, placing in the top 20 on four stages.
Others include Paidi O’Brien, one of the highest profile riders in the Irish peloton for the last few years and winner in 2014 of Rás Luimni, Bobby Power Memorial Race and Stage 3 of Rás Mumhan.
Kieran’s good friend and team-mate Sean Lacey, who was part of the victorious Kerry county team of 2004 and is currently one of the strongest riders in the country, will also take part in the event.
Race Organiser Brian MacMahon said “Following the excitement of the Giro and the Rás we’re delighted to see such a huge interest in this local event from some of Ireland’s best known professional cyclists.”
“Kieran loved cycling, and spent much of his life racing competitively throughout Ireland and across the world. We’re delighted to be able to bring this event to his home county for competitors and spectators alike,” he added.
Among the teams that will be competing are Aquablue and Liquidworx CC team, which includes Michael Storan the current Clare county champion and Paddy Clarke, currently 6th in the Irish rider rankings.
This event is taking place with the support of Cycle 4 Sick Children (C4SC), a Limerick cycling club whose aim is to help to raise funds and promote awareness in helping kids with severe neuro disabilities.