Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club launch new club kit

Mullingar-based cycling club Lakeside Wheelers have celebrated the start of a phased return to cycling with the launch of a new club kit.

The new kit arrived and was distributed to all members in recent weeks. “This is a major milestone in the history of the club, and will be just the fourth kit since the formation of Lakeside Wheelers in 1976, when it was known as Mullingar Cycling Club,” said long-serving clubman Shay O’Toole.

The original club kit was based on a maroon jersey with a white band, which was in use from the very early days in 1976. In 1985 the ESB came on board to support the club and so, the Cook Electric Racing Team was born.

The maroon and white kit was replaced with a blue and green outfit with the ESB logo emblazoned on it, and this remained in place until 1995 when Mullingar Cycling Club underwent a name change and became Lakeside Wheelers, Mullingar.

Along with the new name came a new kit, and the debut of the colour scheme which has become so familiar around the roads of Mullingar and beyond over the last number of years. The famous yellow, blue and red kit, which is actually enshrined in the club constitution, has been extremely popular with members and fellow cyclists and is still the basis of the new 2020 outfit.

Members of Lakeside Wheelers sporting their new kit. Photo: Donal Kelleher.

While there are subtle changes to the shades of each of these colours, the new jersey is more modern in design, with the major change being the replacement of the blue shorts with a black version.

With the country having moved into another phase of easing of lockdown regulations, Wheelers’ regular Sunday spins have recommenced, with the new kit launched this morning. However, the format for the Sunday spins is a little different, and will be for some time.

The Lakeside Wheelers committee would like to thank the kit sub-committee members (Joe Duffy, Henry Whitston, Mark Monaghan, Lorcan Caffrey, Lorraine Mimnagh) for the time and effort they put into designing the new kit over the past year.

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