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Wheelers represented in All Ireland Youth Championships

posted 1 Sept 2010, 06:21 by Kevin Monaghan
By Mark Eivers (31st August 2010)
The Lakeside Wheelers young racers, Cathal Tone (U14), Dylan Kennedy (U16), Evan (U12) and Luke Eivers (U16) competed in the All Ireland Youth Championships in Coalisland on 28th and 29th August. The Championship consisted of time trial, criterium and road race competitions for the U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16 age groups. There were a total of 150 cyclists competing from clubs from all over Ireland.

The fist event on Saturday morning was the time trial and it was contested over a distance of 1.9km of undulating roads close to Coalisland and each of our cyclists finished in respectable positions against the best cyclists in Ireland. Next up was the criterium held in Coalisland town centre on a 0.75km circuit and in this event Evan Eivers finished inside the top 10.

On Sunday morning the Road Race was held on a 7km circuit with various distances from 20km to 50km for the different age groups. All our youths finished in respectable positions with Evan finishing within 6 seconds of the winner.

The U16 competition was won by Ryan Mullen of Navan Road Club. Ryan won all U16 events by a large margin and my impression is that there is a bright future in cycling ahead for this young man. 

The Championships were a valuable experience for the youths because it proved to them that they are capable of competing to within seconds of the best youth riders in Ireland. They looked splendid in their Lakeside Wheelers jerseys and some of the organisers commented on how nice it was to have Lakeside Wheelers in youth competitions again. The race commentator was the same colourful character that commentated for the Mullingar Criterium.

In conclusion each of our competitors agreed that the championships were great fun and a fantastic exposure to high level youth cycling competition. They enjoyed the preparations, anticipation and fellowship among the youth cyclists. They each expressed their gratitude to all the Lakeside Wheelers who helped them with their training and support during the year. Now that their ability has been established I believe they are committed to continue with competitive cycling next year at youth and senior levels. On a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed working with these young ambassadors for our club and they are a credit to the club, their parents and themselves both on and off the bicycles.

Cathal Tone, Luke Eivers, Mark Eivers and Dylan Kenneddy at last weekends Youth Championships