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Gran Fondo Westport

posted 28 Mar 2016, 14:36 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole)   
The Westport Gran Fondo was staged on Sunday March 12th and saw a large group of Lakeside Wheelers members participating in this inaugural event. Amongst these were two of our most experienced Sportive riders, Carmel Buckley and Claire Malone. The two girls went to this event with no great expectations but after some great team work they finished 2nd and their age group.

On a recent training spin for her next outing, Buckley gave a brief interview and stated that although they didn't realise it was a “race” until they actually turned up, both herself and Claire were really delighted with their finishing positions. The duo decided that due to Buckley having served the club as secretary for several years that she would be the “protected” rider in this very prestigious event. 

When asked for a comment on how the “race” developed, the Downs lady was very keen to compliment her team mate, Claire Malone, for her loyalty and hard work as they traversed the hills of Mayo in the mist and wind. 

Well done girls on this fantastic achievement and no doubt you will be aiming for greater things during the rest of the season.  

Carmel Buckley (3rd from left) & Claire Malone (2nd from right) under the Chairman's protection