Shay Elliott Memorial Race

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Shay Elliott Memorial Race
Race details
Date May
Region Ireland
Local name(s) Shay Elliott Memorial Race
Discipline Road race
Type One day race
Organiser Bray Wheelers
History
First edition 1958 (1958)
Editions 56 (as of 2013)
First winner Republic of Ireland John Lackey
Most wins

2 times:
Republic of Ireland Vinny Higgins
Republic of Ireland Paul Elliot
Republic of Ireland Joe Smyth
Republic of Ireland Terry Colbert
Republic of Ireland Sean Kelly
Republic of Ireland Alan McCormack
Republic of Ireland John Shortt

Republic of Ireland David O'Loughlin
Most recent Republic of Ireland Damien Shaw

The Shay Elliott Memorial race is a one day race held in Spring in Ireland. It is run in honour of former Irish professional cyclist Seamus Shay Elliott. The race was previously known as the Route de Chill Mhantain. It became the Shay Elliott Trophy in the late sixties, then the Shay Elliott Memorial after his death in 1971. The race is the most prestigious Irish one-day event after the national championships.

History[edit]

In 1958, the first Route de Chill Mhantáin was held, it was organised by Bray Wheelers an Irish cycling club from Bray, Co. Wicklow. It was devised by Joe Loughman one of the main organisers of the club who wanted to make a tough race over the Wicklow Mountains.[1] The race begins and finishes in Bray after taking a loop that goes over the Wicklow Mountains including the steep ascent of the Old Wicklow Gap, locally known as Croghan, as well as the Glenmalure climb where there is the Shay Elliott monument. The Route de Chill Mhantáin was the first open massed start race that Bray Wheelers had organised. The first edition was won by John Lackey. The race was renamed ‘The Shay Elliott Memorial’ in later years. The trophy presented each year was won by Elliott himself as a prize for best amateur in France in 1955. Winners of the race include the best of Irish cycling including two time champion Sean Kelly (who was the only rider to have won the race while still a junior), former professional Peter Crinnion, two time Tour of Ireland winner Pat McQuaid, Peter Doyle (the first rider to win the Tour of Ireland and the Ras Tailteann) and Phil Cassidy (a two time winner of the Ras Tailteann). In 2002 the race became an international race. The latest edition of the race was won by Conor Murphy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shay Elliott Trophy". Bray Wheelers. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 

Past winners[edit]

Rider Team
1958 Republic of Ireland John Lackey (IRL) Tailteann CC
1959 Republic of Ireland Peter Crinnion (IRL) Bray Wheelers CC
1960 Republic of Ireland Vinny Higgins (IRL) Obelisk CC
1961 Republic of Ireland Paul Elliot (IRL) Bray Wheelers CC
1962 Republic of Ireland Paul Elliot (IRL) Bray Wheelers
1963 Republic of Ireland Vinny Higgins (IRL) Obelisk CC
1964 Republic of Ireland Noel O'Neill (IRL) Bray Wheelers CC
1965 Republic of Ireland Terry Colbert (IRL) Tailteann CC
1966 Republic of Ireland Maurice Foster (IRL) Cyprus CC
1967 Republic of Ireland Hughie Davis (IRL) Lorraine
1968 Republic of Ireland Peter Doyle (IRL) Bray Wheelers
1969 Republic of Ireland Terry Colbert (IRL) Tailteann
1970 Republic of Ireland Smyth, JoeJoe Smyth (IRL) Cyprus CC
1971 Republic of Ireland Smyth, JoeJoe Smyth (IRL) Cyprus CC
1972 Republic of Ireland Macquaid, PatPat McQuaid (IRL) Emerald CC
1973 Republic of Ireland Peter Doyle (IRL) Bray Wheelers
1974 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) Carrick Road
1975 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) Carrick Road
1976 Republic of Ireland Alan McCormack (IRL) Eagle
1977 Republic of Ireland Mick Nulty (IRL) Tailteann
1978 Republic of Ireland Billy Kerr (IRL) Ballymena
1979 Republic of Ireland Peter Morton (IRL) Les Jeunes
1980 Republic of Ireland Alan McCormack (IRL) Eagle
1981 Republic of Ireland Earley, MartinMartin Earley (IRE) Les Jeunes
1982 Republic of Ireland Philip Cassidy (IRL) Team Tirolia
1983 Republic of Ireland Raphael Kimmage (IRE) Tara
1984 Republic of Ireland John Shortt (IRL) Lusk
1985 Republic of Ireland Frank Relf (IRL) Les Jeunes
1986 Republic of Ireland John Shortt (IRE) Lusk team
1987 Republic of Ireland Anthony O'Gorman (IRE) Clonmel
1988 Republic of Ireland Paul McCormack (IRE) Eagle
1989 Republic of Ireland Macquaid, PaulPaul McQuaid (IRE) Emerald
1990 Republic of Ireland Darach McQuaid (IRE) Emerald
1991 Republic of Ireland Colm Maye (IRE) Rapparee
1992 Republic of Ireland Robert Power (IRE) Waterford
1993 Republic of Ireland Kevin Kimmage (IRE) Navan
1994 Republic of Ireland Mark Kane (IRE) Northern
1995 Republic of Ireland Richard McCauley (IRE) Bray Wheelers
1996 Republic of Ireland Mccann, DavidDavid McCann (IRL) Phoenix
1997 Republic of Ireland Power, CiaranCiaran Power (IRL) Comeragh
1998 Republic of Ireland Michael O'Donnell (IRL) Bray Wheelers
1999 Republic of Ireland Brian Kenneally (IRE) Carrick
2000 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Sullivan (IRL) Team Clarke
2001 Republic of Ireland David Peelo (IRE) Irish Road Club
2002 United Kingdom Mark Lovatt (GBR) Compensation Group RT
2003 Italy Alessandro Guerra (ITA) Endura Sport.com-Principia
2004 Republic of Ireland O'Loughlin, DavidDavid O'Loughlin (IRE) Team Total Cycling
2005 United Kingdom Kevin Dawson (GBR) Planet X
2006 Republic of Ireland Andrew Roche (IRL) Murphy & Gunn-Newlyn–M Donnelly–Sean Kelly
2007 United Kingdom Elliot, MalcolmMalcolm Elliot (GBR) Pinarello
2008 Republic of Ireland O'Loughlin, DavidDavid O'Loughlin (IRL) Pezula Racing
2009 United Kingdom Matt Cronshaw (GBR) Rapha Condor
2010 South Africa Craven, DanDan Craven (RSA) Rapha Condor
2011 Republic of Ireland Timmy Barry (IRL) The Edge CC
2012 Republic of Ireland Lavery, PhilipPhilip Lavery (IRL) Node 4-Giordana Racing
2013 Republic of Ireland Conor Murphy (IRL) Eurocycles-Eurobaby
2013 Republic of Ireland Damien Shaw (IRL) Aquablue

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