Ulster Cycling News

Fun Order of the Day at Tolllymore

Fun was certainly the order of the day when the young riders, their families and the volunteers arrived at the Tollymore mountain bike centre today for the David McCall Foundation Youth Day.

Over thirty young people representing many clubs came along for a day's fun and that was what they got.

Glorious sunshine greeted eveyone and the setting was magnificent with the Mourne Mountains, bathed in autumn glory rising above you everywhere you looked.

There was lots on offer for the riders with both road and off road training sessions. Roger Aiken who is probably the best multidisciplinary rider in Ireland today was on hand for the morning off road sessions. One one young rider, more used to the road said it was the best day's fun he had ever had on a bicycle. Roger was ably helped b yet another icon, the one and only Willie Mulligan from Banbridge.

A great lunch of soup and paninis helped everyone gather the strength for the afternoon activities. One group headed for a road ride while the younger riders went orienteering and treasure hunting and I think some of the adult helpers had more fun than the kids. McConvey Cycles were onhand as well to giveĀ  a talk on bike maintenance.

For the older riders there was a high rope training session before heading up high into the trees. I didn't hear any adults ask to join in this activity which was taken by the staff at Tollymore. This was a great activity and it was wonderful to hear the boys and girls supporting each other saying, "Come on - You can do it. " and "Well done" when they did.

Tommy Lamb was also persuaded to try out the trails and some of the jumps although Nicola Oldham was on hand to catch him if he fell.

Gareth Mckee and Simon Currie followed a few seconds later to show him how it should be done - and at speed.

Many thanks are due to all the volunteers today. -

Phil Holland, Alan Hodgkins, Brian McCourt and Eamon Burns of the David McCall Foundation

Roger Aiken, Willie Mulligan, Nicola Oldham, Gareth McKee, Simon Currie (Banbridge CC)

Mickey Murray, Noel Mulholland (Clann Eireann)

Martin Grimley Cycling Ulster Off Road Officer

Joan Trengrove (Ballymoney)

Colm Watson (VC Glendale)

Dany Blondeel (Ards CC)

McConvey Cycles Team

However the day was the brainchild of Mark Greer, Chairman of the Foundation. Mark spent many sleepless night worrying about the day but it went very smoothly. Many thanks Mark for all your hard work.

Report and Pics Marian Lamb

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