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Grange Motors Mullingar Grand Prix

posted 10 Jul 2017, 05:24 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 18 Jul 2017, 02:45 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 16th July 2017)   
Lakeside Wheelers ran its annual Grand Prix race in Multyfarnham earlier today and yet again this combination basked in a gloriously sunny day.

The day started out early with the underage events kicking off at 9.45am. First away was the Under 16 race which saw the competitors faced with one lap of the 34km circuit. This circuit brought the race from Multyfarnham to Crookedwood, Castlepollard, Coole and back to Multyfarnham via the bog road. After a few kilometres, Cathal Gallagher of Errigal CC took his chance and went up the road never to be caught by the chasing bunch. This young braveheart arrived into the village well ahead of the peloton to finish solo and take the first podium of the day. The chasing bunch arrived three minutes later with local rider and newly crowned National Track Champion (see Youths News) Aaron Wade taking the sprint for 2nd place while Caoimhe O’Brien was 1st placed girl.

Aaron Wade crosses the line in 2nd place in teh Under 16 race
Aaron Wade crosses the line in 2nd place in the Under 16 race.

Next off were the Under 14’s followed by the Under 12’s with both groups racing on the shorter but very difficult “Mornington” circuit. There was a lot of local interest in these races and the spectators were not disappointed as young Tommy Hogan continued his good run of form coming home in 5th with Aoife O’Brien taking the 1st placed girls prize. The Under 12 race was won by Quinlan Donnolly of Kanturk CC with the Under 14 honours going to Darren Foy of Covey Wheelers. Full results below.

Well done to all the young stars of the future and it is hoped that you enjoyed your day.

With the youth racing completed, it was time for the adult races to get underway. Almost 250 riders signed on across all categories for the day’s racing which was an excellent turnout.

The A1/A2 race was set off at exactly 11am and as this was a round of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series there was great interest in how it would unfold. Surprisingly the break went as the race climbed up the Gartlandstown drag on the first lap and that was that. This small group stayed away for the day with just two smaller chase groups surviving. The leaders pulled out such a gap that most of the race withdrew before the final lap leaving the road clear for the run into the line which saw Aquablue Academy rider Mark O’Callaghan take the spoils.

The other National Road Series race of the day was the women's event which saw 30 riders take to the start line. Amongst these was Lakeside Wheelers rider Joanna Bula who rode a great race in strong company and eventually finished 10th behind winner, De Ronde Cork rider, Sinead Oakes.

Joanna Bula Finish Womens Race Mullingar GP 2017
Joanna Bula crosses the line in 10th place overall in the Women's Race

Most of the local interest in the senior races was centred on the A3 and A4 races. Lady luck certainly deserted the Wheelers on this occasion but there were some solid performances along with the hard luck stories. Chief amongst these was Shane Jessup who finished 12th in the A4’s whilst both Richie Lenihan and Brendan Kiernan performed very well in the A3 event. Meanwhile, Mick Reynolds who, in his own words was racing for “a last hurrah” was extremely unlucky to puncture in the early stages of the A4 race while Joe Kenny was slightly more unfortunate to get brought down in a crash, just metres from the line as he was preparing to sprint for what looked like a very high placing.

Shane Jessup, Ciaran O'Brien, Mick Reynolds and Tommy Casserly at the Mullingar GP
Shane Jessup, Ciaran O'Brien, Mick Reynolds and Tommy Casserly at the Mullingar GP

On behalf of the organising committee sincere thanks to the following people and agencies who helped make this event so successful. Westmeath Co. Council, Mullingar Gardaí, Civil Defence, Multyfarnham Community Centre, Tara Bottlers, Lenihans Motor Factors, Claire Garry and her catering team from Mullingar Youth Cafe and last but not least, the Lakeside Wheelers members for marshaling and driving.

Results and links to pictures of the action below...

Senior Races (Pictures HERE )

Place Name Club
Senior Category 1 & 2
1 Mark O'Callaghan Aqua Blue
2 Seán Moore Bikeworx
3 Dermot Turlock Lucan CC
4 Owen Morton UCD
5 Paul Kennedy Newcastlewest
6 Craig Rea Phoenix CC
7 Sean Lacey Aqua Blue
8 Cian Delaney Stamullen
9 Tim O'Reagan Aqua Blue
10 Adam Stenson Bikeworx
Senior Category 3
1 Barry McMahon Scott Orwell
2 Seán McCarthy Galway Bay
3 Adam O'Reilly UCD
4 Richie Rennick Usher
5 Oriel Carbo Henry J Lyons
6 John Priest Lucan CC
7 Sean McMahon Bikeworkx
8 Derek Humphries Swords
9 Tom Regan Seven Springs
10 Alan Malone Ardee CC
Senior Category 4
1 Cathal Mccormack Ardee CC
2 Karl McKenna Swords CC
3 Michael Cox Battechia CC
4 David Gleeson Usher
5 Alan Dempsey St. Tiernan's
6 Seamus McGovern Smugglers
7 Dwyer O'Neill Velocity
8 Peter O'Toole Scott Orwell
9 Jonathan Murray Clonard
10 Peter McColgan St. Tiernan's

Women's Race (Pictures HERE )
1 Sinead Oakes De Ronde
2 Eve McCrystal Garda
3 Fiona Guihen Black Rose
4 Sinead Molloy Tullamore CC
5 Lorraine Mullarkey Emyvale
6 Nessa Rochford De Ronde
7 Jennifer Bates Clondalkin
8 Niamh Stevens TC Racing
9 Julie Rea Phoenix CC
10 Joanna Bula Lakeside Wheelers
Unplaced Jnr. Orla Desmond TC Racing

Youth Races (Pictures HERE  )
Under 12
1 Quinlan Donnolly Kanturk
2 Shane Dolan Ballinasloe CC
3 Tom Kinsella Panduit Carrick
4 Shane Finn Newcastlewest
5 Tadhg Lenihan Navan RC
6 Charlie Kelly Covey Wheelers
7 Seamus Connor Drogheda Wheelers
8 Caolan McKenna Emyvale
Under 14
1 Darren Foy Covey Wheelers
2 Owen Cooke SERC
3 Conor Shaw SERC
4 Conor Gallagher Errigal CC
5 Tommy Hogan Lakeside Wheelers
6 Rory Byrne Scott Orwell
7 Aoife O'Brien Lakeside Wheelers
8 Conan Duffy Emyvale
Under 16
1 Cathal Gallagher Errigal CC
2 Aaron Wade Lakeside Wheelers
3 Ryan Geraghty Bikeworx
4 Danny McDonald Burren CC
5 Yannick Schaere Covey Wheelers
6 Caoimhe O'Brien Lakeside Wheelers
7 Robert Keane Carlow CC
8 Matthew Devins Yeats County CC