Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar has been selected by Cycling Ireland to host the 2014 National Cycling Championships. The event consists of a time trial for ladies, under 23s, and elite senior men along with road races for ladies, veterans, under 23s, and elite senior men.
Racing commences with the national time trial championships on Thursday June 26 at 6.30pm and will see the riders test themselves against the clock on a rolling 37km course between Kinnegad and Tyrrellspass on the old N6, starting and finishing in Rochfortbridge.
On June 28 and 29 the focus of attention turns to the award winning village of Multyfarnham which is approximately 10km north west of Mullingar. Saturday will see the ladies and veterans take to the start line for six laps of a 19km circuit that brings them through some picturesque Westmeath countryside via Ballinafid, Crookewood and back to Multyfarnham.
On Sunday, the u23s and elites including four time champion Matt Brammeier will line up for nine laps of the same challenging route.
Race Director, Joe Duffy, stated that, “over the three days of this years National Championships we expect in excess of 400 racers, together with their families, friends, support teams, and thousands of cycling fans to visit the Mullingar area.
Chairman of the organising committee, Shay O’Toole, stated that they were indebted firstly, to the local people in both Multyfarnham and the villages along the N6 such as Rochfortbridge and Milltownpass for their cooperation and wonderful assistance but also wanted to thank local businesses especially Grange Motors Toyota who came on board as title sponsors. They were also delighted to receive support from Mullingar Credit Union and Green Farm Foods of Rathowen.
Support from the local authorities such as Westmeath Co Council, Mullingar Gardaí, Westmeath Civil Defence, and Westmeath Community Development Ltd is also appreciated.
Due to the nature of the event there will be some disruption to local traffic with road closures in place along the route.
For further details log on to lakesidewheelers.ie