Tuesday 12 December 2017

Up and Running: Cycling Ireland Awards

Cyclists celebrate big year

Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche with NITB's Fiona Cunningham at the Cycling Ireland Awards dinner in Dublin. Black Umbrella Photography
Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche with NITB's Fiona Cunningham at the Cycling Ireland Awards dinner in Dublin. Black Umbrella Photography

Jill Leonard

The Cycling Ireland Awards night, held earlier this month, was a true celebration, with cycling heroes past and present gathering for the 25th anniversary of Cycling Ireland.

Special guests, including legends Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche along with 2013 stars Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche, were amongst the 300 guests.

Cycling achievements past and present were celebrated throughout the night. Martin was awarded Irish International Rider of the Year, as voted by sports journalists; and recently retired Paralympian Catherine Walsh received an award for her outstanding achievements.

Interviewees included Darach McQuaid, who is responsible for co-ordinating next year's Giro d'Italia launch in Belfast.

Cycling Ireland's newly elected president, Denis Toomey, addressed the guests in his first official function, highlighting the hugely successful year that Irish cycling has enjoyed.

On the international stage, Martyn Irvine's world title in the scratch race last March, along with his recent World Cup win, bookended a year that included stage wins in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Tour of Britain, Paracycling World Championship medals, World Masters medals and Irish wins in the Junior Tour and Rás na mBan.

An important highlight was Martin's incredible win in the prestigious Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Toomey also outlined his main objective . . . a velodrome in Ireland!

Jill Leonard

Irish Independent

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