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Medals Galore for Men and Women from the Midlands

posted 5 Sept 2012, 14:53 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 12 Sept 2012, 13:22 ]
(By Mark Monaghan)   
Wednesday September 5th will forever be etched it the memories of every member of Lakeside Wheelers, for on this day a man who only took to the bike three years ago created a little bit of history for this club by claiming a fantastic third place and the bronze medal in the Individual Tandem TT as a pilot for the partially sighted James Brown. It was of course none other than Damien Shaw. 

After the disappointment on the track a few days earlier where the lads were narrowly defeated in the bronze medal ride off, they knuckled down to the TT like men possessed and put in an incredible ride to finish on a time of 31:13. After a bit of nervous wait while the last few teams finished off their time trials it became apparent that they had done enough to secure the bronze medal. This excellent result for Damien & James really got the ball rolling on what was to be an amazing day for midlands cycling clubs when next up in the Tandem TT women’s event Catherine Walsh who was piloted by Tullamore’s Francine Meehan also took a bronze medal on the technical Brans Hatch circuit. Not to be outdone by his fellow midlanders Shannonside CC’s Mark Rohan, who was hotly tipped for a gold medal, took to the track in the H1 hand cycling TT, and with the weight of the nation on his shoulders he duly accepted the challenge and brought home the gold in what was a superb performance.

Next up for the riders were the open road races in their respective categories, Mark was first up on Friday afternoon where he won his second gold in a very exciting race. On Saturday it was turn of the tandem pairings to take to the road. In the women’s event Catherine & Fran took a very creditable 9th place finishing in the main bunch in which was an event that they were not targeting. In the men’s race Damien & James got off to a great start and were to the fore in the early laps until the dreaded puncture fairy struck, if this wasn’t bad enough after getting their wheel changed they the suffered a mechanical with their gears and unfortunately had to withdraw from the race.
Well done to each and every one you in London ye have made us immensely proud of you and it was a pleasure to watch and support all of you over the past two weeks. Ye have done yourselves proud, your clubs proud and your country proud. Thanks for the memories!

Click here for pictures of the Civic Reception and homecoming ceremony in Ballinahown on Tuesday 11th September

The three midlands medalists
Fran Meehan, Mark Rohan & Damien Shaw testing the metal!