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by Mark Zalewski
March 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
In a bid to raise sufficient money to broadcast a number of the top Irish domestic events, an online fundraising project has been established by the Irish Cycling Network company. It is aiming to film and then screen the VisitNenagh.ie Classic, the Shay Elliott Classic, the Suir Valley Three Day, the John Beggs Memorial and the Friends First Laragh Classic, as well as release an Irish Cycling Series show.
The company has already inked agreements with the Bike Channel, Eir Sport and TG4 to broadcast the events, with other programmes also possible. ICN has set an initial target of 5,000 euro in order to broadcast the VisitNenagh.ie Classic.
“For Irish bicycle racing to reach national television audiences in Ireland, we need to restore the levels that were achieved in the mid to late 80’s,” states director/producer Adrian O’Connor. “We need to see bicycle races like the Shay Elliott Classic and the Visit Nenagh Classic broadcast on national and international levels. This has been my goal from 2011 onwards, and this year I’ve secured that level of coverage on eir Sports, TG4 and Bike Channel UK and Italy.”
Shay Elliott Memorial Race Director John Spain said that such coverage has an important knock-on effect for organisers.
“It takes an enormous amount of time and hard work to attract a headline sponsor in the current economic environment. Without this vital funding a race like the Shay Elliott Memorial cannot take place. To have it broadcast on TV is invaluable to retain that sponsor or attract another.”
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