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Successful Mullingar Grand Prix Despite Change in the Weather

posted 2 Jul 2018, 08:17 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 15:07 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 15th July 2018)   
Mullingar GP:
The Lakeside Wheelers promoted Mullingar Grand Prix, in association with Grange Motors Toyota, was run off last Sunday in Multyfarnham. Once again this was a very successful event for the club with over 200 riders participating across all categories. Unfortunately the beautiful weather of recent weeks and indeed months, deserted us on the day, as the heavens opened and delivered persistently heavy rainfall throughout the days racing. Notwithstanding this, the racing was of a very high standard with both the Ladies and the A1/A2 races designated Cycling Ireland National Road Series events. 

The day commenced with Youths races which were staged over the 12km Mornington circuit. There were three races in total with U12’s, U/14’s and U/16’S competing over 1, 2 and 3 laps respectively. Nine Lakeside Wheelers members competed on the day and all represented the club colours very well. Aoife O’Brien took home the prize for 1st girl in the U/14 race and in doing so she beat some of the stronger boys. Tommy Hogan rode an excellent race and was the first Lakeside Wheelers member home in the U/16’s while Mikey Flaherty continues to improve and came home 6th overall in the U/14 Boys race. Well done to all our Youths, keep up the good work in training and the rewards will come for you.

Following the Youths events the senior races began at 11.05 and Lakeside Wheelers was once again well represented in the A3 and A4 competitions. The A1/A2 race was first to set off and after some very aggressive racing htis came down to a two up sprint up the hill with Sean Moore of Gerrard DHL taking the spoils from Conor Hennerbury of Viner Caremark Pactimo. The other feature event of the day was the Ladies race which was won by current Irish champion, Eve Mc Crystal of the Garda CC-Richies Bikes outfit. 

Lakeside Wheelers had a good contingent of riders in the remaining A3 and A4 races with Jack Moran bringing home the best result with a fine 5th place in the latter. He was followed closely by Lorcan Caffery who rounded out the top ten in that event. All other local riders acquitted themselves very well despite some encountering mechanical and puncture issues. Well done to all who competed.

The GP is the club’s biggest event of the year and requires a lot of background work to ensure it runs off as smoothly and safely as possible. Alongside the members who help out there are several people who are not club members but who do assist, and without their help this event would not happen. 

In this respect, the organising committee of Shay O’Toole, Joe Kenny, Jack Nugent and Joe Duffy are very thankful to the following people and organisations; Grange Motors Toyota Mullingar, Westmeath Co. Council, Mullingar Civil Defence, Frank McDonagh (Mileage Tyres), Oliver Scally (Fencescape), Karyn Morgan (Youth Cafe) and Multyfarnham Community Centre. Thanks also to all club members who turned up to marshal the event, this is an extremely important role and without your help there would be no GP. The committee would also like to thank Mary Taffe and club Chairman, Henry Whitson (Commissaire) for their services.  

Tales from the day were told, exchanged and most importantly, lied about over a few beers, some good food and music at a club BBQ in the Chambers pub on Sunday night which was organised by Social Officer, Ulrika Maher. So, on behalf of the Events Committee, until June 2019, that’s the Big 3 (Mullingar Criterium, the Tour of the Lakes and the Mullingar GP) done and dusted for this year, thanks for helping out, participating and supporting.

Aoife O'Brien (R) looking totally focused before the Mullingar GP with Mikey Flaherty behind.
Aoife O'Brien (R) looking totally focused before the Mullingar GP with Mikey Flaherty behind.