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Huge Turnout for Spring Spin Family Cycle

posted 16 Apr 2012, 13:38 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Mark Monaghan)   

For the fifth year in succession, the numbers were up for the Spring Spin Family Cycle.  With over one hundred and forty cyclists turning up at The Downs GAA club on Sunday last, this was the biggest and best Family Cycle to date.

Once again the weather gods were smiling on the event organisers, stewards, marshals and cyclists alike, with a bright sunny if slightly chilly afternoon, making for almost perfect cycling conditions.  The participants were broken up into two groups and headed out from The Downs clubhouse under expert stewardship by the Gardaí and supported by Civil Defence, Order Of Malta and some very experienced Lakeside Wheelers Cyclists.  From The Downs, the cavalcade made its way to Killucan, turning left in the village in the direction of Cloughan.   It was here that the cyclists encountered the most challenging part of the course as they took on the mile or so of a climb to Greenhills.  Everyone overcame the challenge however and made their onwards to Drummond cross where they swung left and back to The Downs to complete the route.

Back at base, a full spread of refreshments was waiting for the hungry and thirsty cyclists.  It was great to see so many cyclists and their families enjoying both the cycle itself and the social gathering afterwards.  John Shaw, chairman of North Westmeath Hospice, who did the cycle himself – well done John, was blown away by the huge turnout and was fulsome in his praise for the organisers, supporters and participants.

Paraic Devine, organising committee chairman, was also delighted with how the afternoon went. "It was an absolutely fantastic turnout and I'm extremely grateful to everyone for their efforts, be it raising funds, helping out in the many tasks associated with an event like this and of course the cycling itself".

The organising committee has asked me to pass on its appreciation to Lakeside Wheelers members for the level of support for the Family Cycle, in terms of participants, provision of experienced cyclists to help as group leaders and support and of course their fundraising. The Family Cycle is only half the battle.  This weekend (21st & 22nd April) the second event of The Spring Spin Cycles takes place that is the 260km two-day round trip from The Downs to Sligo and back.  Best of luck to all taking part and good luck in the final few days with the fundraising for North Westmeath Hospice.
John Shaw and Paraic Devine
Paraic Devine and John Shaw (Chairman of North Westmeath Hospice)