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Tour Of The Lakes A Scorcher

posted 12 Jun 2017, 08:47 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 04:50 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Mon.19th June 2017)   
Yesterday, the club’s annual sportive was held in what can only be described as Mediterranean conditions. The “Tour of the Lakes” is now a well established cycle on the Irish cycling calendar and with close on 200 cyclists from all over the Midlands and beyond participating, it is great promotion for our club and the Mullingar area.

In glorious sunshine, the four different groups catering for all levels of cycling ability departed the clubhouse for routes of varying distances. The main route was 120km but there were options of 80km and 55km for those who didn’t fancy the longer spin. The 120km route wasdivided into 70km and 50km and brings the cyclists through some of the most scenic and cycling-friendly terrain in the locality.

Departing the clubhouse the riders headed through Crookedwood, Collinstown, Fore, Castlepollard, Coole, Multyfarnham and then back to base for coffee and snacks. The second half saw the groups cycle to Ballynacarrigy, Skeagh, Loughnavalley and Ballymore before finishing off a tough day out via Uishneach and Ballinea.

The feedback from visiting riders, some of whom traveled from Galway, Louth and Dublin was excellent so, Lakeside Wheelers is definitely giving the Irish cycling fraternity what it wants on the leisure scene. There were also several riders who stated that they were delighted to have the opportunity to cycle with Damien Shaw of the An Post Chainreaction professional team. Damien is home from the continent on a training block in preparation for the Irish National Road Race Championships which take place in Wexford next Sunday and he was delighted to be able to join in for what is the biggest day on the Wheelers’ leisure calendar.

As usual a lot of organisation is required to make events like this work and be successful, and Wheelers are very fortunate to have volunteers at will. Event organisers, Joe Duffy, Jerry Waugh and Jack Nugent put in a lot of hours to prepare for the “Tour”. Thanks also to Eddie Tyrrell for his excellent back-up service and for giving up his time on such a beautiful day. Further thanks to the Moto Marshal crew who kept everybody safe on the route. To Pairic Daly and Liam Lynn for driving back-up vehicles and last but not least, to Claire Garry and her team at the Youth Café in Columb Barracks for the fabulous refreshments and pasta.

Finally, thanks to everybody who cycled, whether you are a club member or whether you traveled a distance to join us, we cannot do these events without your support so, hopefully we will see you all back again in 2018.
Louise McCarra Damien Shaw Cathy O'Toole Dan O'Toole Eddie Tyrell Joe Kenny and Mick Devine enjoying the Tour of the Lakes
Louise McCarra Damien Shaw Cathy O'Toole Dan O'Toole Eddie Tyrell Joe Kenny and Mick Devine 
enjoying the Tour of the Lakes