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Destination Sport Mullingar Criterium

posted 14 Jun 2017, 14:13 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 04:56 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 19th June 2017)   
Last Wednesday the club hosted its annual criterium in the centre of Mullingar and thankfully, this year the weather Gods stayed on our side. This event had to be cancelled at the last minute in 2016 due to torrential rain.
This year there were three races catering for the A4, A3 and A1/A2/A+ categories. Racing got underway on schedule at 7pm with the A4’s who raced the 1.2km circuit for 20 minutes plus 2 laps. This was an excellent race with victory going to a Lucan Road Cycling Club rider with our own Ian Lambden a very close 2nd.

The A3 race was a different type of race with two juniors going off the front from the gun. The strongest of these was Ben Walsh of the Nicolas Roche Performance Team who simply rode the field off his wheel with a display of power riding which was a pleasure to watch. His teammate and former Lakeside Wheelers member Sean Kennedy rode very well in his first criterium race and finished a very creditable 5th. 

The main event of the night was the A1/A2/A+ race which got away at 8.15pm and included some of the best riders in Ireland. Current National Criterium champion, Mark Dowling (Strata Velo Revolution) was there but so too was the leader of the National Road Race series, Matteo Cigala (Aqua Blue Academy) and Damien Shaw (An Post Chainreaction). The tactics were very obvious from the start with all of these main players keeping a close eye on each other. However, they were so concerned with each other that they let Dermot Trulock (Lucan Road Cycling Club) off the leash and by the time they tried to reel him in again he had too much road on them and he powered to victory. Dowling was eventually 2nd with Cigala coming home in 3rd.

On behalf of the committee a big thanks to the local business owners, the Mullinagr Gardai, Westmeath Co. Council and the local Civil Defence crew. Without the support of all these agencies the club could not run events like this. Thanks also to the members who helped out on the night with marshaling and general organisation.    

Full results of the three races...

Category 1 & 2
1st    Dermot Trulock, Lucan CC
2nd   Mark Dowling, Strata3
3rd    Matteo Cigala, Aqua Blue
4th    Adam Stenson,Bikeworkx
5th    Damien Shaw, An Post Chainreaction
6th    Philip Lavery, Unattached

Category 3
1st    Ben Walsh NRPT
2nd    Seán Landers, Stamullen RC
3rd    Callum O'Toole, Scott Orwell
4th    John Priest, Lucan CC
5th    Seán Kennedy, NRPT
6th    Eoghan McArdle Ruane, NRPT

Category 4
1st    Paul Heynen, Lucan CC
2nd    Ian Lambden, Lakeside Wheelers CC
3rd    Raymond Daly, Lucan CC
4th    Mick Reynolds, Lakeside Wheelers
5th    Alan Flynn, Team 905
6th    Aidan Farrell, Lakeside Wheelers

Ian lambden who was 2nd in the Category 4 Race
Ian Lambden Lakeside Wheelers who was 2nd in the Category 4 Race
Click HERE for a full set of pictures from Wednesday night, courtesy of Club Chairman Joe Duffy
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