Island Wheelers

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IT was a busy week for the Island Wheelers with mixture of racing and leisure events taking place. Firstly, a number of Wheelers were in action at the Emyvale GP with Paul Hughes, and junior, Nathan Weir putting in fine performances to finish in the points in their respected races. In the A3 race, Peter Hughes broke clear along with five other riders on the penultimate lap, and together they worked tirelessly to establish a 30 second advantage over the chasing peloton behind going into the last lap. Peter rode hard till the finish, and came home a fantastic fourth place. In the under 14 race, Nathan Weir rode a great race and finished sixth. Nathan has been going from strength to strength recently and was also in action again last Sunday at Newry where he came a fantastic 3rd in the under 14 race. Let’s hope Nathans good run of form continues!

On Tuesday night, the Wheelers were in action again at round 8 of the Inter Club League along the Bluestone Road circuit. Once again, the Wheelers showed their dominance by having no less than five riders in the top 10. Paul Quinn came close to grabbing his first win of the season, only narrowly missing out in the sprint by half a bike length and had to settle for still impressive second place. Richard Davidson was the next Wheeler in the placing’s, finishing fourth, with Peter Hughes recovering well after his Emyvale success to finish sixth. Alan McKeown came eight and Owen Campbell tenth to round up the top ten. The next race in the league is a time trial on Tuesday evening along the Dromore Road.

After officially launching the cycling for beginners’ scheme last week, the Island Wheelers escorted its first group of beginners out last Wednesday evening. It was great to see people getting active and taking advantage of this fantastic initiative, the group did a nice steady cycle and everyone enjoyed themselves! If you would like to find out more information about the cycling for beginners’ initiative, please visit for more information or contact James on 07714696789 to book a seat!

This week, the Island Wheelers have been taking a walk down memory by digging out cycling photos from yesteryear. What was discovered was a lovely treasure trove of memories from cycling in the area, these classic photos can now be found on the clubs website. Some of the photos date back to the 1950’s, like this one from the Matt Sands Cup, in the background directly behind cup is Seamus Devlin and to his left Brian Monaghan. Many of these children in the photo are now Coalisland’s senior citizens; wouldn’t it be great if they could be identified? If you recognises anyone please get in touch through our Facebook page or email with information.