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Shimna Wheelers Club News For 12th April 2016
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Successful Night At Shimna Wheelers Pub Quiz

A large crowd turned out for the pub quiz to raise funds for junior club member Aidan Hawkins who is competing at the Enduro World series in Wicklow later this year.

The Wheelers general knowledge was tested to its limit which as I understand isn’t quite as far as some of the members thought! Although one thing that was in great abundance was the craic and banter which accompanies the Wheelers no matter where they go or what they take part in.

Danny O'Boyle, Dame Mary Peters, Mayor of Lisburn Castlereagh, Jimmy McVeigh @ the SMCC Sportive.

Shimna Wheelers Danny O’Boyle and Jimmy McVeigh with Dame Mary Peters and the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh, Councillor Thomas Beckett,  at the SMCC Sportive event last Saturday.

Thanks to all club members, friends and family who came to show their support for our fellow Wheeler Aidan. The club would like to wish Aidan the very best of luck for the race.

A Busy Weekend of Cycling

Shimna Wheelers club members with Rudolf.

Shimna Wheelers club members with Rudolf.

The club was very active over the weekend with members covering almost every corner of Ireland north and south.

Three Wheelers were doing their bit for charity, cycling from Cork to Dublin, raising funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin.

The Wheelers recited stories of a “brutal headwind” all the way which made for a few tough days in the saddle. Fortunately, they had a few recovery pints of Guinness with an old pal of Lance Armstrong! For those who are unfamiliar with the world of cycling David Walsh was a journalist who for many years investigated cheating within cycling and uncovered the doping scandal involving Lance.

On Saturday morning a strong group of cyclists guided by an energetic Ronan took to the Dromara hills. The group climbed over 4500 feet, and then had a tasty breakfast in Dromore, courtesy of the Terrier! Home early from the Dromara hills the group came across motorcycle racer Guy Martin who is currently cycling across Ireland and Scotland to raise funds for charity.

The early Saturday group came across Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer on the Sandbank Road. The Wheelers said that he was in fine form and was currently enjoying his break from pulling the sleigh but was looking forward to returning to Lapland in the autumn.

Club Racing

Christopher Neill after his race in Dundalk,

Christopher Neill after his race in Dundalk,

Shimna Wheelers junior rider Christopher Neill came 15th out of 50 riders in the prestigious Youth Ras na n’og 2 day stage race at Bellewstown, Drogheda. This was Christopher’s first race of the season in a quality field of riders from all over Ireland.

It was a tough event with an opening criterium followed by a hilly afternoon road stage. The race finished on Sunday with a very fast road stage. The racing was made all the more difficult when combined with heavy hail stone showers giving testing conditions for all the riders. Christopher is looking forward to building on this performance for the rest of the season.

In the Lakeland Cycling Club 2 day race Shimna Wheelers senior rider Stephen Cunningham came 11th out of 62 riders only 44 seconds down on the overall winner. Chapeau to Stevie and Christopher.

And finally on Sunday, Dame Mary Peters asked Jimmy McVeigh and Danny O’Boyle for a photograph before the start of the SMCC Sportive in Lisburn!