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Lough Derg MTB Challenge April 21-22

posted 15 May 2012, 10:54 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 May 2012, 10:55 ]
Killaloe was the setting for this cross country mountain bike race, with two stages per day and with 170 riders taking to the start line on Saturday morning. Richie Lenehan, Paul Crowley & Philip Wade were flying the flag for Lakeside Wheelers.
The first stage started from Flanagan’s Bar in Killaloe and from there the course took us into some nearby woods where the real fun started. The beautiful scenery nearly made up for the serious climbing and technical descending for this 29km stage.
This trend was not to change until day two, where the racing was finished off with a difficult 6km time trial. The stage took in a 3km gut bursting hill climb followed by almost downhill type descending!! Our three guys finished inside the top 30 which brought smiles all round