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2015 Tour Of The Lakes a Great Success

posted 14 Jun 2015, 13:12 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 Jun 2015, 07:15 ]
(By Kevin Monaghan)   
The curtain has come down on the 2015 Tour Of The Lakes.  And what an event it was, with over two hundred and fifty cyclists from far and near enjoying the summer sunshine and the glorious scenery of north Westmeath and west Meath!. Event headquarters was Columb Barracks, Mullingar, the new home of Lakeside Wheelers, from where the entire peleton were escorted down through the town in what made a very impressive and colourful sight, before being organised into their respective groups based on the course riders wanted to do and the speed they wanted to do it in.  

In keeping with the headquarters theme, the whole event went off with military precision. Once escorted through Mullingar, the riders were stopped on the N52 and assembled into their respective groups.  Those doing the longer 120km route were off first with the 80km route participants following a short time later.  The two routes were similar for the first part of the event, with riders heading out the N52 to Cloughan where they turned right for Killucan.  From there they heading up the long drag out of the village on the Delvin road until they encountered the N52 again where they turned off for Drumcree and Collinstown.  The 120km route headed right at Collinstown and headed for the Hills of Loughcrew and Oldcastle, while the shorter one took the direct route through Castlepollard to the half way refreshment stop in Coole Community Hall where a support crew ably tended to the hungry cyclists with teas, coffees, sandwiches and biscuits galore.

The second leg of the tour took the cyclists across the bog and the Inny (twice) to Multyfarnham.  There were collective sighs of relief when those who hadn't studies the route map realised that the dreaded piggery hill at Ballindurrow was bypassed this year, the route taking the riders to Crookedwood instead.  Once again there was a variation for the 120km cyclists at this point who took a quick left up the hill taking the "Crazy Corner" diversion while the 80k brigade (sorry about the military pun) again took a more direct route home, taking a right at Knockdrin to get back to the barracks across the N4 via Cullion and Irishtown.  Once back in HQ the tired but satisfied participants were treated to more refreshments including a very welcome serving of hot pasta.

Great credit is due to Roibeard and his team for putting on a great event - well done to everyone concerned.  We'll have a fuller report next week - so watch this space.

Just some of the large turnout in Sunday's Tour Of The Lakes
As far as the eye can see... Just some of the large turnout in Sunday's Tour Of The Lakes
More great pictures from the 2015 Tour Of The Lakes available HERE thanks to Joe Duffy NBCRI