2005 Tour of the Lakes Event Report

Glorious day makes for great cycling
by LIam Horan

Date: July 9th, 2005.

Glorious weather made for spectacular and enjoyable cycling in the inaugural Tour of the Great Western Lakes, held on Saturday (July 9th.)

The event – hosted by Western Lakes Cycling Club – attracted 60 cyclists, including some who travelled from as far away as Dublin, Kildare, and Co. Down.

“The success of this event shows that there is a huge market out there for people who want to take part in leisure events,” said a spokesperson for Western Lakes Cycling Club.

“We aim to make this an annual event and to build on it in the coming years. Two tandem riders set off from Co. Down at 4am on Saturday to be here – and they really enjoyed it.”

The beautiful weather meant the lakes and mountains were at their best, and first-time visitors to the remarked on the breath-taking scenery. Cyclists completed either the Grand Tour of the Western Lakes (140km) or the Mini Tour of the Western Lakes (70km.)

Western Lakes CC would like to thank the following for their help in making the event a success: Fior Uisce, Tourmakeady (sponsors of water), Rogan’s Gala Supermarket, Tully, Co. Galway (banana sponsors), Lyons’ Tea (sponsors of tea-bags), and Ballinrobe GAA Club (who made their excellent facilities at Flanagan Park available for dressingrooms and showers); John Gilrane; and the media who afforded the event great publicity.

On the organisational front, a large number of people worked hard, including: Lead car drivers Ray McHugh and Eugene O’Malley; co-pilot Stephen Gibbons; marshalls Gerry Butler, Eugene O’Malley Jnr, John Flannelly, Liam Horan, John Culhane, Martin Ayres, Breege Connolly; Sign-on and Food co-ordinators Clare O’Neill, Pauline Joyce, Aimee Munroe, and Mary Munroe; club riders who assisted with the marshalling while cycling; route co-ordinators Pat Grimes and Noel Gibbons; and Tullamore rider Conor McHugh, who also assisted with the transport.

They would also like to thank motorists in the region who were courteous and co-operative throughout the day. Cyclists who wish to obtain pictures taken by club photographers should contact Liam Horan at 087 9185867, or email liamhoran04@yahoo.ie.


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