A day I felt humble amongst world level para cyclists athletes and abled cyclists competing side by side in Warrenpoint Co-Down…The Thomas White Memorial 10 TT incorporated the 3R Mobility Irish Para-Cycling Series (Rd 8)
Some days you feel it is worth to be somewhere reporting on events and glad you did it, yesterday was such day in Warrenpoint
Only a short journey yesterday morning from Carlingford (overnight stay after my trip the day before to the Laragh Classic in Wicklow) to Warrenpoint for the Thomas White Memorial 10 TT who included the last round of the 3R Mobility Para-Cycling series. Promoted by Banbridge CC you knew that things would be in top organised fashion, which is evident each time I visit one of there many promoting events. The course was set just before the roundabout toward the carriageway to Newry, and back to Warrenpoint with a headwind in the first part of the course and a slightly tail Northwest to West wind (fishermen term) in the way back and a quiet fierce one too! Due to the incorporated para-cyclists event, they came from all corners of Ireland and included World and Olympic Champions, World and European Irish medal holders, multiple Irish Champs from different disciplines in the sport and the usual testers, what a mix of our top athletes in one place!!
The Thomas White memorial Cup was on display ( Thomas was one of the top riders in Ireland and the North and competed at a high level) His sister Barbara Wilkinson, brother in law Bertie and nephew Paul (who was competing) presented the brand new cup as the old one was replaced due to his age (photo below)
The event was something special as the order of starting was a mix of abled and para-cyclists each set off a minute of each other this in front of the Enterprise Center in Warrenpoint at the Northern side of the Carlingford Lough and the Newry Canal
Unfortunately, I have little knowledge of the Para-cycling sport and yesterday’s event helped me to understand the sport a small bit better but felt very humble amongst such athletes, some overcome the biggest hurdles in life and find the strength continue to compete no matter how there disability and mobility has affected them…my sincere respect to you all