The growwth of cycling continues apace, as evidenced by the launch of a new club, Cookstown Cycling Team at the town’s Bluebells Restaurant last week.
The club has affilitated to Cycling Ireland for 2014 and they used the evening to thank all the club sponsors and welcome on board the new team members.
The secretary of the club Carmelanne Hunter, along with her mother Carmel, had spent all day adding the ‘bling’ to the already cosy restaurant.
The effect would have put many a professional dinner dressing to shame and everyone who attended the special evening was very impressed.
Chairman John McGlaughlin, of McGlaughlin’s Bakery, welcomed everyone and said it was an exciting time for the new club.
He explained that the club hoped to target a number of high profile races in the coming season.
He welcomed Cycling Ulster’s treasurer Oliver Hunter, chairman Tommy Lamb and secretary Marian Lamb and thanked them for taking the time out of their busy schedule to attend the event.
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the representatives from all the sponsors who have come on board to help us.
“It is very difficult in ths day and age to get backing and we are delighted to welcome them. We are grateful to McGlaughlin’s Pharmacy Magherafelt, McGlaughlin’s Bakery, RT Autoparts, Hill Top Fuels, Bluebells Restaurant, Performance Nutrition Plus, RG Alarms and EJB Car Sales, Garvagh. I am also pleased to welcome Cookstown District Council good relations officer Sean McElhatton and Cookstown Rotary Club president Brian McGlaughlin.”
Tommy Lamb welcomed the club to the Cycling Ulster family.
He wished them every success in the coming year and knew that with the experience of riders such as Stephen Hutchinson, Alaister Steele, Geoff Seffen and Jonny Dempsey that the club would be real players in the upcoming events.
He went on to say: “It is indicative of how professional this club means to be when four of their committee members attended as Safeguarding Awareness Course last night in Randalstown and have submitted AccessNI checks already.
“I wish them a very safe and successful 2014”. Marian Lamb was then presented with a token gift by Stephen Hutchinson.
The club has chosen purple, white and black which looks very crisp and clean. There are very few, if any, similar kits in Ireland.
There is also enough white in the kit to help keep the riders bright and easily seen.