LIKE many other sports, cycling has suffered because of the recent weather with cancellations.
St Patrick's Day saw the cancellation of the Usher Irish Road Club promotion in Batterstown, Co, Meath.
But this week the loss of The P&O Tour of the North, which was set for this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, has been the single biggest loss on the cycling calendar in many a long year.
This race was one of the biggest and most professionally run on the domestic calendar.
Thankfully, the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan got under way yesterday.
The An Post Gorey Three Day starts in Bessington, Co Wicklow this afternoon. Both stage events will have a significant impact on the selection of cyclists who have ambitions of making the grade for selection for the county teams that will on duty in the An Post Rás in May.
Whilst the weather has been the ill wind, at least the triumph of Dan Martin in the Volta a Catalunya has brought cheer not only to the Irish cycling fraternity but the general public, who now have a new household name in the making.