A NUMBER of local businesses have weighed in with valuable support for this year’s Irish National Cycling Championships which will be held in Omagh for the first time.
The Championships are being hosted by Omagh Wheelers in association with Cycling Ireland from June 25-28 and at last week’s official launch in Omagh Leisure Complex, race director Stephen McKenna said the response from local business had been ‘overwhelming’.
Newly-formed Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is a key partner in staging the championship both in terms of finance and support. Race headquarters will be located at Omagh Leisure Complex while the newly developed Oasis Plaza in the town centre will become the ‘cycling village’ for the weekend
David Prentice Motors, Portadown will provide vehicle support for the event, Sallys of Omagh have been announced as ‘official hospitality’ partner while Omagh-based engineering firm JMG have also provided financial backing.
Enniskillen based Lakeland Bikes, huge supporters of racing in the North West, have added their name to an impressive list of sponsors.
Cycling Ulster, the provincial cycling body, have provided significant support to the event and are delighted to be assisting Omagh Wheelers in hosting the series of races.
In welcoming the various sponsors race director McKenna said, “David Prentice have been long time supporters of cycling in Omagh, and we are delighted to have them as partners for this very prestigious event.
“As a club we believe in doing things to a very high standard, and the quality of car provided by David Prentice perfectly reflects our approach.
“Running the National Championships can only be a success with businesses like JMG being willing to support the event,” he added.
“ JMG have been a fantastic supporter of many different events in Omagh and we are delighted they have chosen to sponsor the national championships.”
“As for Sallys of Omagh they have been the long-term key sponsor for our cycling club, and it is fantastic to have them on board as our official hospitality provider for this major event. We believe in doing things to the best we can to the highest quality, as do the Sallys of Omagh team, so it’s a great relationship. Sallys of Omagh is a very well known brand locally and across the country, and together our teams have gone from strength to strength over recent years having won many awards and accolades.”
Sallys will provide entertainment each night during the event, offering their famous hospitality and quality service to visiting supporters all weekend. Omagh Wheelers are also planning to stage a number of social events in Sallys during the event. Sallys will also be at the very heart of the planned Nationals cycling village, providing food and refreshments for the visitor who will flock to the town for the event.
Sallys of Omagh have been a major supporter of cycling, and sport generally in Omagh, and they assist Omagh Wheelers in the promotion of key leisure events every year such as the Southwest 200 which is in support of the John McGirr fund.
Oonagh McGirr of Sallys says she greatly admires Omagh Wheelers.
“ To bring an event of this magnitude to Omagh this summer is a fantastic achievement a real boost for the town. Sallys of Omagh, as hospitality provider, look forward to helping showcase Omagh as a town to visit again in the future. We have worked with Omagh Wheelers on previous events and know that they will deliver a quality event.”
Michael McCaul, of Omagh based JMG systems, was also delighted to be on board.
“As a sponsor of one of the biggest sporting events in Omagh for years, by sponsoring the event, we get to help promote Omagh and its people. We know people from all over Ireland will attend, as spectators and get a real flavour of what Omagh is about. We are a sponsor of the Tour of Omagh and know just how much effort Omagh Wheelers put into promoting the town of Omagh and delivering top class events.”
Meanwhile Omagh Wheelers has been praised for taking the lead role in hosting this year’s Irish National Cycling Championships.
At Friday’s launch both Cycling Ulster and Cycling Ireland lavished praise on the progressive Omagh club.
Marian Lamb, Cycling Ulster said, “Omagh Wheelers is a super club and will do a fantastic job in hosting the National Championships.”
Cycling Ireland CEO Geoff Lilley also gave the Wheelers a massive thumbs up. “The National Road and Time Trial Championships are one of the premier events on the cycling calendar and is a unique opportunity for Irish based riders to compete against professional riders.
“Omagh Wheelers have shown incredible energy, drive and innovation since coming on board as the host club for what is guaranteed to be an exciting 2015 National Championships.”