CYCLING: Foyle Cycling Club celebrate great year

Simon Gill, Foyle Cycling Club Chairman.
Simon Gill, Foyle Cycling Club Chairman.

Foyle Cycling Club celebrated a monumental year in style last night at a glittering Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening held in Da Vinci’s Hotel.

The Club had a number of significant successes to enjoy and Club Chairman, Simon Gill, played tribute to all those involved.

“Foyle Cycling Club endeavours to be the friendliest and most welcoming Cycling Club in the North West of Ireland.

“It now seems that we are also capable of producing cyclists who can claim to be amongst the very best around.

“The Club won the Donegal Inter Club League for the first time, Foyle Cycling Club rider Billy Evans soloed to complete the mammoth Race Around Ireland and we were able to add to our list of special events.”

He continued: “On this special evening I would like to pay tribute both to those who succeeded on the road and to those who made it possible – the Club volunteers who give up their time so that others can race and compete.

“The Club is only able to put on so many races because of these dedicated men and women and we are thankful to them. This is what tonight is all about.”

The Club added to the calendar more high profile races last year: the Ulster 25 mile Time Trial Championships, the Ulster Cyclo-Cross, which was for the first time held in the city; and the Ulster Road Race Championships.

Gill continued: “Without our committed roster of volunteers the Club would be much poorer. Teamwork helps to make all of our races come together and work safely and without this sort of endeavour it simply wouldn’t be possible to have so many competitions.”

Winners of 2015 Club Competitions

Foyle Cycling Club Time Trial League Men’s Winner - Adrian Devine

Foyle Cycling Club Time Trial League Women’s Winner - Lucia Mullan

Foyle Cycling Club Inter Club Rider - Mark McKinney

Foyle Cycling Club 3-Day Race Men’s Winner - David Doherty

Foyle Cycling Club 3-Day Race Junior Winner - Oisin Boyle

Foyle Cycling Club Campsie Race Series Men’s Winner - John Quigley

Foyle Cycling Club Campsie Race Series Women’s Winner - Liz Quigley

Foyle Cycling Club Most Improved Rider Men’s Winner - Gavin O’Neill

Foyle Cycling Club Most Improved Rider Women’s Winner - Liz Quigley

Foyle Cycling Club Rider of the Year - Billy Evans

Foyle Cycling Club ‘Club Man’ of the Year – Chris McElhinney