Tralee Cycling Club is the oldest of the four cycling clubs in Tralee and one of the oldest in County Kerry. The following is an extract from the official programme for the 2-day 3 -stage cycle race held in 1987, organized and promoted by Tralee C.C.
‘Tralee Cycling Club was initially started as a Touring club in 1952. Its members at the time were Kevin Benner, Pierse Ryan, Paul Cantillon, Milo O’Meara, Brian Garvey, Roger Moran, Billy Griffin, Tommy O’Connor, and Paddy Barry. After Garvey, Moran and Barry had retired, the remaining members formed Tralee Cycling Club in 1953. Although lacking in experience and equipment this young club won the team prize in the first prestigious Rás Ciarraí – the Ring of Kerry race now discontinued. Later its members went on to win many more races during the years. No matter about the ups and downs of the sport, the TCC is still to the fore-front with many young cyclists taking part and building up the club all the time.
Tralee Cycling Club had a promising young group in the early years. Paddy Callaghan, from Killorglin, took a group of young cyclists in 1979 to Germany and Holland. Included in that group were Liam Dowd, Anthony O’Halloran, Pat Healy, Gerard McCarthy and Paudie O’Shea. These cyclists have brought many honours to their respective clubs. Gerard McCarthy had competed inthree All-Irelands very successfully. Many prominent names through the years have been none other than the Lacey Brothers; the O’Connor Brothers; Pete Landy and many others. The club is fairly strong at the moment and has come a long way since the early years.’
In late 2010 it was decided to embark on a publicity drive to raise the profile of the club in the town of Tralee. This included, among other things, an update of the club kit. The club colors have changed a number of times over the years, and the new uniform was to follow on from the previous kit in terms of colours, while amending the design to a more traditional one. Apart from the club name and sponsors it was agreed to adopt a club crest, which is surprisingly rare in cycling. The yellow shield bears the image of Rocky, the Great Dane, and club mascot. Rocky appeared at a number of club events to help identify the club in the public eye. Unfortunaltely Rocky went to his eternal reward in November 2011.