Ulster Cycling News
3Nov/130

Stars of Irish Cycling Gather in Dublin

10It was a glittering gathering of Irish cycling stars, past and present last night in the O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dubln. Over two hundred and eighty people came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cycling Ireland. The night also doubled as the annual prize giving dinner.

For those who are new to cycling the names from the present international road race which stood out were Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and Matt Brammeier, the current National Elite Road race champion.

Each of them were interviewed about their achievements and their hopes for the future. They spoke in a positive way about the Giro d'Italia coming to Ireland next May and hoped that they would be on the start list.

Kelvin Batey, the current World BMX Champion, was also in attendance and it is indicative of how cycling has moved on that there was a large crowd of BMXer's there to receive their awards from Kelvin.

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Unfortunately Martyn Irvine was not able to be present as he was competing in Manchester at a World Cup event. However he sent a video tribute and said how proud he was to be able to win medals for Ireland. Ironically, a short time after this was played the guests received news that Martyn had just won the points race in Manchester.

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Other big names who spoke of their hopes for the future were Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Darragh McQuaid. Darragh is responsible for bringing the Giro to Ireland next year.

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Pehaps one of the most interesting parts of the evening was when the first Cycling Ireland Hall of Fame Awards were announced. It was also great that so many of those mentioned were in attendance. Among these were Morris Foster, Isabel Woods, Shay O'Hanlon, Peter Crinnion and Dermot Dignam. Dan Curtin, Alice Sheratt and Jack Watson were also included in the Hall of Fame.

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In the members awards Ulster did us proud with Stephen McKenna taking Volunteer of the Year, Omagh Wheelers - Club of the Year, Amy Brice - Female Cyclist of the Year and the Giant's Causeway Sportive the Leisure Event of the Year.

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All in all it was an excellent evening and good to see so many Ulster cyclists receiving awards across all disciplines.

Report and Pics Marian Lamb

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