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VIDEO INTERVIEWS FROM SATURDAY'S CYCLING IRELAND AWARDS
By Shane Stokes
14 Nov 2011,

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Shane Stokes did four video interviews at the awards presentation which followed Cycling Ireland's AGM on Saturday. They feature an Irish world champion , the countrys current DH MTB champion and two officials in the sport.


COLIN LYNCH, C2 TT WORLD CHAMPION:


Colin Lynch is one of Irelands most successful paracycling riders, and in 2011 won both the C2 world time trial championships plus a gold medal in the TT at a round of the track World Cup. In this interview he speaks about his impressive season, as well as giving details about his background, his strong season, his training plus what programme he will follow in 2012 as he builds up towards a major target.


Mark [Rohan] and myself have already qualified to ride in London, he states. It is a bit of relief because it means I can now plan my next year with knowledge that I will be going, whereas some of the other riders are unsure if they will be going or not.


"It means that my preparation can be a little bit more focussed and targeted than some others.



DENIS TOOMEY, PARACYCLING TEAM MANAGER:


Rohan's team manager Denis Toomey was understandably delighted about the superb 2011 season the Irish team had. It was a fabulous year, it was beyond our wildest dreams, he says in this video interview. A historic six World Cup goals marked out how we would be going at the world championships, and we came home with all the goods from there.


It was really, really brilliant. You would be hoarse from singing the Irish national three times at a world championships; it was really unbelievable. When you see the medal tally for the world championships where Ireland was ahead of Great Britain, one of the biggest cycling nations, it shows we have made it.


Toomey speaks about qualification for the London Paralympics, predicting how many Irish will be part of the 2012 Games, as well as other topics.



GER WOLFE, IRISH DH MTB CHAMPION:


Ireland's 2011 national downhill champion Ger Wolfe spoke at length about his career and goals, and also discussed how his season went this year.


I achieved my main goal, which was the national champions title, he says in the video interview, then describes a tough moment when racing internationally in Italy. I had a life threatening crash. It was in the middle of August, ramping up towards the world champs.


I was in practice and I caught up with a slower rider, stayed committed around the outside and hit a hole on the side of the track. I went over the bars and down this really steep hill...


He talks about the injuries sustained in that accident, getting over the mental trauma of the fall and other subjects in the clip.



GEOFF LIFFEY, CYCLING IRELAND CEO:


Cycling Irelands CEO Geoff Liffey gives a rundown of some of the main points from Saturdays AGM, including board changes and what is likely to be a modified role for him in the future.


He also talks about some of the federations future plans including the efforts to open Irelands first indoor velodrome plus a major downhill course.




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