"Children of Lir" enjoy First in Mountain Biking Series

posted 29 Nov 2010, 14:53 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 May 2011, 14:22 ]
(By Sarah Piner)
For the first Sunday so far this winter the Wheelers spin was cancelled due to the icy cold weather. It was good timing that the first fun mountain bike club race was scheduled for this Saturday giving club members an opportunity to get a spin in
off road. Here is a report from Robbie Kenny our Youth Officer:
“We had the first of our mtb events for the over 12’s of the youth section of the club at the scenic surroundings of “Teach Lir” on the shores of Lough Derravaragh, otherwise known as Dave Fagan’s house. Now I had promised a course, that Paul Crowley had promised me would be more fun than difficult. Well, Paul is from Cork and has a quirky meaning of fun. Yes it was fun but only after it was over. It was painful fun if there is such a thing.

15 hardy lads turned up and wrapped up with their mountain machines ready to tackle a 2 km course with superb opportunities for the lads to improve their bike skills. There were slow technical bits through a wooded trail by the river with fast downhill bits out on the open fields where the lads showed absolutely no fear. After some consultation with the boys a decision was taken that 2 laps of a race were enough. And it was enough, judging by the heavy breathing and bright red faces after it.

After 20 minutes of racing it was the 3 12 year olds that took the podium spots. In a closely contested finish Evan Eivers pipped Shane Hughes and Ryan Sheridan. They were closely followed by Luke Eivers, Cathal Tone, Shane O’Keeffe, Eoghan Fagan, Conor O’Keeffe, Brendan Keaveny, Daragh Tone, Andrew mc Dunphy, Eoin Ashe, Eimhin O’Donnell. Ruairi Fagan and Roisin Fagan.  
Tea and biscuits were a deserved treat for the lads efforts afterwards and in fairness they did leave some for the adults albeit the nicest ones were gone. Overall it was a great work out for the lads and will stand them in good stead for the next event on the 18th December.

A big thank you goes to the lads themselves for making the effort to come out in 0 degrees weather conditions and for their support and encouragement to the adults in their race. A big thank you to the parents for shipping the boys and their bikes out and for making this a successful outing for the first of these new additions to the Lakeside Wheelers calendar. An equally big thank you to Paul Crowley for organising and designing a very enjoyable course and for the non-cyclists who contributed to the event on the day.

The biggest thank you has to go to Dave and Anne Marie and the young Fagan gang for allowing us to invade their home for 4 hours. Their hospitality and welcome for us all is greatly appreciated from all members of the club.”- Robbie Kenny.