By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
MyHome.ie is the latest recruit to the sponsorship of a cycling team which augurs well for the domestic scene in Ireland. Since the beginning of 2006, there has been an unprecedented interest in the sport as they have joined Cycleways.com who have been heavily involved in cycling for many a year.
"The opportunity came about as a result of the interest that has been shown in the Sean Kelly Racing Team and the Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn Group that were launched in last couple of months," said Aidan Crowley of MyHome.ie. "Okay, we might not be in the same league for starters, but hopefully we can progress to that stage. It will afford us to travel to a number of events abroad, but basically we'll be looking at the FBD Insurance Ras and the Championships in various disciplines which are held in June/July onwards.
"This sponsorship in conjunction with Cycleways, hopefully will promote the sport of cycling and raise awareness of the many facets of the sport, both competitive and non competitive from road racing through to mountain biking, touring and the leisure side of the sport," he continued. "The team will be led by Philip Cassidy, no stranger to the sport. Also included in the 14 person squad will be Brian Kenneally, an extremely talented young man and Miceal Fitzgerald, who I would regard as an ace sprinter. Miceal has already got the team off to a great start with a stage win last weekend in the Credit Union Ras Mumhan."
Next Sunday at the Shay Elliott Memorial, hopes are high that Kenneally, winner of the trophy in 1999, could oblige. "As I would say, 'watch this space,'" added Crowley.