News‎ > ‎

The Italian Job

posted 4 Jun 2019, 04:46 by Site Admin

( By Shay O'Toole )

The 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia came to an end last weekend in Verona with an individual Time Trial. The Giro is one of the most famous races in cycling and along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta d’Espana it makes up the trio of Grand Tours in professional World Tour cycling. Having started in Bologna three weeks ago it meandered its way all around Italy through beautiful towns and villages and over some of the toughest mountain passes in Europe before coming to a conclusion last Sunday after 3,550km of racing.

This year four members of Lakeside Wheelers made the trip to the Como region in Lombardy to soak up some of the atmosphere and support the two Irish riders in the race, Conor Dunne and Eddie Dunbar. The Mullingar contingent also used the trip to catch up with some friends from the Velo Club Oggiono with which Lakeside Wheelers has had a very strong bond for many years.

Robbie Kenny, Jack Nugent, Charlie Sheridan and Shay O’Toole were lucky to have been supplied with bikes by their Italian friends and so, enjoyed five great days cycling in the hills around Lake Como. The four lads also rode to watch the Giro on the famous Civiglio climb outside Como city which proved to be a major point of attack on stage 15.