No Rest for Wheelers as Cyclocross Season Commences

Post date: Sep 10, 2018 12:21:3 PM

(By Shay O'Toole & Peter Rimmer - 9th September 2018)

After a long hot summer cycling the roads of Westmeath and beyond, most riders are thinking of a short break to allow the body recuperate and to allow themselves enjoy some treats without feeling too guilty. However, not for some as the Cyclocross season commenced with the first race of the season last weekend in Kiltirenan, Co. Dublin.

Lakeside Wheelers was represented by Peter Rimmer, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenihan and Joanna Bula. Thanks to Peter for the following report on their exploits.

Saturday 1st. September saw the first Cyclocross race of the new race session. "What is cyclocross?" you might ask... It's fast, frantic, spectator friendly and damn good fun. Cyclocross or Cross, is a cycle sport that takes modified road bikes off road in races that typically last for 60 minutes and includes obstacles where you need to dismount and run with the bike over your shoulder. The off road nature and short race format makes Cross racing very user-friendly and most people are fit enough to ride for an hour without worrying about doing any specific training. The competitiveness is always good natured as well, and apart from the top racers, most aren't taking it too seriously. They're just there to have a good time. Beginners can rub shoulders with elites and there are categories for all levels and ages of rider. There are usually races for Junior riders, Ladies, Veterans and Seniors, so everyone gets a good race against similarly placed riders.

After all the fabulous weather over the summer the ground was dry and dusty, which made for fast racing. The Lakeside Wheelers was represented by Joanna Bula, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenehan, and Peter Rimmer. First into action was Joanna in the Ladies race where she put in a great performance narrowly missing a place on the podium coming 4th overall. Next up were Paul and Peter, both got caught out when the race started 10 minutes earlier than advertised. However the guys managed to storm through the 100 strong field from virtually last place to 35th and 23rd respectively. Last up was Richie in the main race of the day. Richie struggled with his shoes during the race as the fastenings appear to be the worse for wear. He almost left his shoes and bike behind him over one of the jumps which was very entertaining for folks watching. Despite all, Richie came over the line in 18th place. Not bad in a race contested by a World Champion and the current National Champion.

Richie Lenihan deep in concentration at the Marlinstown Cyclo-Cross.