With the sun shining and a only a slight chill in the air, all roads led to Castletown and the home of Adrian and Deirdre Murphy on Monday, January 3rd for the final round of our Christmas mountain bike league. This league started back in November at the home of Dave Fagan before moving on to stage two in Damien O’Brien’s house, two great events which set up today’s nail biting finale.
By the time we started at 12.30pm there were lots of enthusiastic young lads and lassies (and some not so young) racing all over the place on their new and not so new mountain bikes.
First up, it was the turn of the kiddies who did a short lap escorted by Paula Murray and Vera McCool and then the under 12’s who all managed to complete a full lap of the well designed and testing course. Next, it was the main event of the day with final round of the junior mini-league and with the top four all within a hair’s breadth of each other on points it was clear that we were in for an exciting race.
The lads didn’t disappoint as they hammered around the track on the first two of the 3 lap race. The last circuit began to tell in the legs though, with the eventual winner, Shane Hughes pulling well clear to take top honours from James Murphy 2nd, Ryan Sheridan 3rd and Evan Eivers in 4th. Well done to all competitors over this 3 leg event and keep up the good work that you are all obviously putting in.
Finally, it was the turn of the seniors who, although they were not racing for prizes of any significance, still put in a major effort on this all terrain track. Race director for the day, Robbie Kenny sensibly decided to handicap this event and we set off in three groups. With chivalry still alive and kicking in Lakeside Wheelers, Paula Murray and Vera McCool got a head start followed by a mixed bunch containing some of the less experienced rough riders. Last to set off were the “professionals” who didn’t take long to bring the whole race together...and then blow it apart again just as quick. After a half hour plus a lap it was pre race favourite, Damien Shaw who crossed the line first, ahead of Dave Fagan in 2nd and Paul Crowley in 3rd. Overall it was a great day of sport followed by some excellent gourmet burgers served up by Adrian Murphy and Pairic Devine.
So, with the mini-league now at an end it has to be said that it was a huge success, with everybody who took part full of praise for this inaugural event. The most positive outcome is that it encouraged many senior and junior members who would never otherwise have taken part to become involved, in what was pure fun cycling, which is exactly what we in Lakeside Wheelers are all about. Many thanks to the organisers, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenehan and Robbie Kenny and also to those of you who helped out in lots of ways at each of the three stages. Finally, on behalf of the committee and all participants I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Fagan, O’Brien and Murphy families for your continued support and assistance.
A section of the Kiddies event at Vestina House on Monday 3rd January
The Seniors Make their way uphill
Everyone's a winner in Castletown