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Mullingar Cycling late 1970s - 1980s

  • 15-09-2022 9:02pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2

    Hi All, i just wanted to post to see if I can re connect with any past cyclists that I cycled and raced with from Mullingar (or any of the towns or cities) in 1977 and 1978. I was a member of Mullingar cycling club (maroon and white jersey) in 1977, then a second club formed called Ennel wheelers (Jersey was based on the green brookland jersey) and I became a member of it for the 1978 season I was too young to understand the logic at the time, but both clubs dominated the schoolboy classes in 1978. Edmond Cooney, john Moran, Paddy Ronan, Ray Bracken (RIP) Bertie Morris (RIP) in the under 16 and (yours truly) Gerry Cantwell, David Shaw, David Morris in the under 14s. Kieran Moran, Chris Mason, Noel Delaney in the juniors. The club in Mullingar is now called Lakeside wheelers. We all raced at that time against people like Martin Earley, Paul Kimmage, Ray Kimmage, and a young Stephen Roche was returning to cycling that year. I found a cycling site (I.C.F) that has some old black and white pics of races finishing in Mullingar near the old post office. There is a pic of Stephen Roche winning (looking like he hardly broke sweat) and myself (who did break sweat) in the schoolboy race, with Brian Dowling 2nd and Ray Cullen 3rd. I found a bunch of old newspaper clippings in the loft from 1978. I believe the races happened when Mullingar used to have the Mullingar steak festival. A long time ago I guess now! Here is a clipping , sorry about it being on its side. Pat Mcquaid and Sean Kelly were both pros at the time, Stephen was to soon join them!