FOCUS: ALBERTO CONTADOR

Alberto Contador is a professional road bicycle racer of Spanish origin. He last rode with Team Saxo Bank of UCL ProTeam. Conatdor is a climbing specialist and stage racer, in fact one of the best in the world.

After achieving several victories in the time trial category he is considered one of the most accomplished. He is known as an all rounder since he has excelled in all the categories of stage racing and this ability is needed to get a rank in general classification. Winning with almost all the teams he has been associated with, Contador has acquired a place of his own.

Alberto Contador won the 2007 Tour de France when he was with the team of Discovery Channel. The 2008 Gior d’Italia, 2008 Vuelta a Espana and 2009 tour de France was won by him when he was with the team Astana. Though he has a remarkable career it is dotted with allegations mainly related to doping. In 2006 he was first accused in the Operation Puerto doping case and had to withdraw before that year’s Tour de France. He was later acquitted since there was no evidence against him but was again charged the following year after his victory.

After winning the tour de France in 2010 Alberto Contador was accused of doping. He was charged with the use of banned chemical Clenbuterol. He defended by stating that it was due to the consumption of contaminated meat. The Spanish Cycling Federation imposed a one year ban but later withdrew it after hearing his appeal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports stripped him of his 2010 tour de France title and 2011 Gior d’Italia. A suspension till 5th August 2012 has been given to the fifth racer in history of cycling to have won all the Three Grand Tours.

ENTRIES

WE WILL BE TAKING ENTRIES ON THE DAY
Preparations are ongoing and the forecast is good.

PLEASE NOTE
Dunmanway will be closed to traffic 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday diversions will be in place.

SHEEPS HEAD EXCELLENCE

Fáilte Ireland has announced the Irish winner of their “European Destination of Excellence” (EDEN) competition which is held in 22 European States. Sheep’s Head in Bantry has been awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence – Tourism and Protected Areas. The competition is funded and organised by Fáilte Ireland with support from the European Union.

The competition was designed for destinations that have developed the tourism potential of their protected areas in a sustainable manner. Sheep’s Head faced stiff competition from the other four finalists – Ballyhoura in Counties Limerick and Cork, Slieve League in South Donegal, Erris in North West Mayo and the Greenbox in the North West (including Leitrim, parts of Cavan, Sligo, Donegal and Monaghan).

West Cork Bike Festival have decided want as many families as possible to come and cycle from Kilcrohane to Durrus with us on Sunday 30th and have cut the sot of the event to €15 for adults with Free entry for children.

FREE T-SHIRT

We are offering a FREE Bike Fest T-Shirt to those of you entering both the Dirt X Challenge & Sheep’s Head Raid. Entry for both is €70.

So go on make a weekend of it!

T-Shirts are also available for ordering €10 each but we need to order the T-Shirts by Friday 21st August. Please see second page of entry form, email orders will also be accepted providing payment follows prior to the event.

Sizes S, M, L & XL all will be Black with white print as shown in the design above.

DIRTX CHALLENGE TIMETABLE

Sign on Saturday 29th 9am-10am
Stage 1: C2 (Downhill NPS 2003 track) 11-12.00
Stage 2: Motorway (DH) to middle ground (All mountain) 12.30 – 2
Stage 3: C4 (Downhill NPS 2009 track) 2.30 -4.00
Stage 4: Motorway (DH)- upper C4 (AM)- green road (XC Climb)- middle ground (AM) 4.30-6.00

Prize Giving as soon as possible after the last rider down.
So you can take your time getting to the stage finish and rag the stages
with time to spare, best combines time wins in 2 class’s senior and Junior (U-18)

LATE ENTRIES

Both courses are now sorted and those select few that have ridden the Sheep’s Head Raid course are really looking forward to next Sunday! The Dirt X Challenge will truly be a challenge for both XC & DH riders.

CAMPING
We have free camping at Dunmanway GAA pitch for the Friday Night and Saturday there is a small camp site by the Hostel in Kilcrohane Village, a very short stagger from the local pubs.
If you want Self Catering let us know asap.

ENTRY ON THE DAY
You can enter on the day for both events but there will be a small admin charge, and you won’t qualify for our sponsor’s free bet.
It would help us if you could email your entry forms to us in advance and avoid the charge.
Send your entry forms to matt@westcorkbikefest.com

SHEEPS HEAD RAID

This Marathon event promises to be truly epic, we are very greatfull to the land owners & The Sheep’s Head Way for allowing us to ride sections of the walking route for this event only.

The overall length will be about 52km and 1500 metres of ascent, in one big lap, which is very similar to the figures for the brilliant Carlingford marathon.

The scenery is truly stunning with Bantry bay on one side & Dunmanus bay the other, you‘ll have time to view them as the route climbs over the peninsulas hilly spine 3 times and there is a fantastic run along the ridge at the end of which is a tricky downhill not for the faint hearted!

Expected completion times 3 – 6 hrs. This is our first time running it and we advise you to be as self sufficient as possible (see Donncha’s post on the home page). There will be an open non-competitive event also which will be slightly shorter.