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Large Turnout Brave the Elements for Uisneach Challenge

posted 16 Mar 2015, 13:59 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 29 Mar 2015, 13:37 ]
(By Graham Morgan)   
The inaugural Hill of Uisneach challenge took place on Saturday last (28th March).  There were lots of late nights, phone calls, emails, venue visits and preparation of the course with thanks to signage from Vambeck signs.  Most of all there were nerves.  Weather forecasts were checked hourly in the lead up to the event. Rain, wind and more rain was forecast. Thankfully on Friday evening, Evelyn on RTÉ confirmed there would be a break in the weather in the morning.

Getting to the Lilliput adventure centre at 8.45 it looked like Evelyn was wrong.  Thankfully though, the weather broke soon after, the rain stopped and people started to arrive. By 9.15 the car park was full, by 9.30 the other car park was full and then the late arrivals had to park anywhere they could get a spot. 

The event go under way at 10am with the ninety or so riders who opted to take on the Uisneach 80km Challenge ( http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/641250118  setting off followed by a support van - generously supplied by Grange Motors.  A smaller number chose the shorter route which took in the Lap of Lough Ennell ( http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/641269864 )

Thanks to O'Brien's Garages and Outdoor Escape,  participants were treated to sandwiches, biscuits, bars and gels at halfway stage at Tubberclair GAA.  Unfortunately no tea or coffee but we will look to address that next year. When everybody turned back towards Mullingar from Glasson they thankfully had the wind on their backs and quickly made their way back to event HQ where they arrived back to be greeted by friends and family and to some lovely curry supplied by David Smyth Catering, washed down with coffee supplied by Bell Lane coffee. 

The money raised will help with supporting our youths, juniors, ladies and senior racing teams at upcoming events.  The event also raised extra money that we are to donate to Blood Bike Leinster - a charitable not-for-profit organisation established by local volunteers to offer a free out of hours service transporting blood, breast milk and other medical supplies between hospitals or other agencies primarily but not exclusively in the Leinster Region. We thought this appropriate with the motor bike marshals who travelled from Fore to marshal the course for us free of charge. Thanks to all our members who contributed to the day by cycling, marshalling, suggestions and organisation. It was great for some of our senior riders to witness some of our stars of future in action and also it was a great chance for the A,B,C and D riders to cycle and socialise with each other and our friends from other clubs near and far who came to make the event such a success. Thanks again to our members for volunteering that continue to make Lakeside Wheelers events ones that are not to be missed. A special thanks to Philip Wade, John Raleigh, Peter Rimmer and David Nolan for their help in organising and the running of the event today.  Also thanks to the committee for backing the event from the start It couldn't have been done without you. 

Action from Saturday's Tour Of Usineach
Action from Saturday's Tour Of Uisneach.  More pictures HERE
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