Post date: Jul 04, 2016 7:35:19 PM
Most people associate mountain biking with the mud and rain of winter and not the sunshine of mid July but in three weeks Paul Crowley, Pete Rimmer and Richie Lenihan are heading to Poland to participate in the Sudety stage race. This event is named after the mountain range which hosts the riders for the five stages and it stretches from Eastern Germany along the northern border of the Czech Republic to the south western region of Poland. Why do a mountain bike race here? The experts suggest that the trails in this region show off nature at its wildest as they have been used for centuries to connect villages, fight wars and pick mushrooms. Basically it sounds like a piece heaven in the unspoilt Polish countryside. The race begins on July 24th and covers five stages with distances ranging from 36km to 93km. Paul Crowley is a vetern of these events and has actually competed in this particular event before. Pete has experience of stage racing on mountain bikes but his memories will not be great as his last trip was to Trans Wales in 2008 and like his team mates he contarcted a serious virus from Sheep droppings of all things. Here’s hoping the lads have better luck in Poland. Rumour has it that the lads are making the trip to commemorate Richie’s 40th birthday which coincides with the race so hopefully he can get some silverware to celebrate. Best of luck lads and we look forward to a report on the race when you return.
This Thursday sees Lakeside Wheelers host another round of the Midland League for 2016. The club is responsible for two events of the league this year and the Dalystown route will be used again with Wallace’s pub on the old Kilbeggan road being the race HQ. Marshals are required to ensure that the event runs off safely so if anyone is available to help out please contact Derek Sheeran. This is a great race league so if you have never experienced it please do not be shy and helping out can often lead to racing so, if you have time, why not come out and see the race at first hand.
Richie managed to avoid the spill and was happy to finish safely in the bunch.
On Saturday evening he was joined by Richie Lenihan at the Ballivor GP but on this occasion his luck was different as he was involved in a major crash which marred that race but suffered no injuries.
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 3rd July 2016) Newly promoted A2 rider David Casserly is continuing to make progress and rode a great race last Tuseday in Mondello where he finished 1st A2 rider.