National Championships Launched in Mullingar

posted 7 Apr 2014, 12:06 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 7 Apr 2014, 12:33 ]
Launch Of National Road Race and TT Championships 2014
(By Shay O'Toole)   
Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar, in partnership with Grange Motors Mullingar Toyota and Cycling Ireland staged the official launch of the 2014 National Cycling Championships in the beautiful surroundings of the Market House Mullingar on Wednesday, March 19th. This event will see the cream of Irish cycling talent coming to our town and neighbouring villages to compete for the coveted national champions jersey.

The list of invited guests and dignitaries included Mr. Geoff Liffey, CEO of Cycling Ireland, Mr Edward Tyrell, Grange Motors Mullingar Toyota, Cllr. Peter Burke, Chairman of Westmeath Co Council. Cllr. Aidan Davitt representing Mullingar Town Council and Sgt Ciaran Williams representing Mullingar Gardaí. Representing the competitors were world track cycling star and current ladies National Time Trial Champion, Caroline Ryan, National Team Champions, Team Aqua Blue led by former Lakeside Wheelers member, Damien Shaw and finally a selection of Lakeside Wheelers riders. Also in attendance were members of Westmeath Civil Defence, members of the local media as well as Lakeside Wheelers chairman and president, Mick Reynolds and Kevin Monaghan.

In opening the launch, Shay O'Toole chairman of the organising committee welcomed everybody to Mullingar and stated that it was a great honour for Lakeside Wheelers to have been selected to host these championships. He thanked Grange Motors Mullingar Toyota for their very generous sponsorship of this event and for their long running support of Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar. Cllrs Davitt and Burke both spoke of the importance of the event to Mullingar and its environs.. "Nothing happens by chance and the arrival of this event in Westmeath is a testament to Lakeside Wheelers and all their hard work over the years" said Cllr Davitt while Cllr Burke stated "The spin-off from the championships will be great for Mullingar, Rochfortbridge and Multyfarnham.

Previewing the trace circuit at Balllindurrow Hill
Chairman of Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar, Mick Reynolds, spoke with great pride as he described the importance of the National Championships to all riders and highlighted that this year's event falls very nicely for Mullingar as it comes between the Giro d'Italia starting in Belfast and the Tour de France which starts in Yorkshire England. Chairman Reynolds said that the opportunity to see the same professional cyclists such as Nicolas Roche, Daniel Martin, Philip Deignan and Sam Bennatt who will compete in these two monumental tours racing in our area will not come around too often. He also mentioned the four times champion Matt Brammeier and former World Track Champion Martyn Irvine who will both be favourites for this race. The final speaker Mr Geoff Liffey outlined the competitive process which clubs must go through in order to be selected to host Ireland's premier cycling race and stated that the attention to detail in relation to safety and the professionalism which Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar have displayed in the past were instrumental in them securing this years championships. In particular, he mentioned the National Criterium Championships which Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar hosted in 2011 and 2012 as examples of their ability to organise and deliver top class cycle racing.

Following the launch the host club took the visiting riders out to Multyfarnham where they cycled two laps of the undulating Road Race route under the watchful video and camera lens of Black Umbrella directors, Adrian and Jill.

On behalf of the event organisers Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar would like to thank everybody who attended the launch and give special mention to John Cochrane, Manager of the Greville Arms Hotel for providing refreshments. We hope to see you all in Rochfortbridge on June 26th for the time Trials and in Multyfarnham on June 28th and 29th for the Road Races.
Visit to Multyfarnham National School
Visiting Riders and Club members take time out on their laps to visit Multyfarnham School