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Everyone Gets a Taste Of Mullingar Cycling

posted 16 Jun 2013, 10:33 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Jul 2013, 14:20 ]
(Family Cycle Day by Joe Duffy)   
The Destination Sport "Taste of Mullingar" on Sunday 23rd June was the place to be for all members of the family with even the slightest interest in cycling. From the tiny tots to their Lycra clad Mams and Dads, there was something for everyone on the Family Cycle Day run by Lakeside Wheelers.

The centre of town was closed off to traffic which allowed for a 1km route from the Market Square along Oliver Plunkett St, turning left into Dominick Square through Blackhall car park, down the back of the county buildings, returning up the Goal Hill and Mount St. 

Proceedings started with an inter firms team time trial which saw four riders doing three laps of the circuit with the third member's time to count. Teams from around the Mullingar area were joined by teams from Castlepollard and Rochfortbridge to produce some very lively competition. The "Boys in Blue" posted the fastest time of the day but "The Pink Ladies" and "Sidebrook Wheelers" gave them a run for their money.

The Westmeath Sports Partnership Meet and Spin group and tandems took to the road and enjoyed the freedom of the traffic free streets for half an hour. The Sprocket Rockets with riders from tiny tots to early teens then took over with their parents and grandparents cheering them along the route. What a wonderful sight to see the joy on the faces of the budding young cyclists as they made their way around on their tiny bikes. Some of the very younger ones had stabilizers on their bikes while the older ones enjoyed the freedom of racing around the empty streets.

The evening ended with two very exciting invitation races confined to cyclists from clubs around the midlands. Local rider Brendan "Tosh" Kiernan rode a very smart race to go clear from Clonard CC rider Luke McVeigh, in the final two laps, for a comfortable win in the first race. 

Lakeside Wheelers rising young star Eoin Lynch showed a great turn of speed as he powered up Mount St to pip the very experienced Robbie Kenny to win the second race.