They were given the responsibility to host the 2011 Championships, they decided on the plans, they executed them to perfection and Emyvale CC can now take a bow for the manner in which the entire four days were so successful. Patsy Brady, President of the Emyvale Cycling Club, had a dream to host this prestigious event and he took on the mammoth task of Race Director. He worked hard, he cajoled, he persuaded, he enticed, he encouraged and, in a few cases, begged and he got things done. The entire Club came out in force and every man and woman accepted responsibility for certain aspects of the requirements and all fulfilled their jobs flawlessness. A host of other people came on board, local residents cooperated fully and local organisations helped out in this massive event. The Club will likely issue a big Thank You to all but it was marvellous to hear the competitors and officials praise this year’s event and congratulate the club for the terrific method in which they hosted these championships. Many of the hard workers were to the fore and could be seen doing their jobs but there were so many whose tasks were not so evident but vital for the success. I refer to marshals,organised by Barry and Fergal, who stood alone for hours at the end of a lane to ensure the safety of competitors and the public, I refer to the ladies at the Sign -On desks who had to ensure that the paper regulations were completed, I refer to car drivers and motorbike riders who had also made sure that roads were clear and safe. Club officials like Paul Gormley, Mickey McKenna, George McCarron, Ann-Marie McCarron, Declan McKenna, etc were on trial here too and they bore the stress and demands of the weekend like professionals. One former cyclist from a Northern Ireland Club summed it up when he said - John and Molly Colton would have been so proud. The big day was Sunday when the Senior Mens and the U23 RACE was held. The weather was good and the crowds came out. Gabriel Howard kept everyone informed of the progress of the Race and introduced the public to the well-known names and the local riders. The final sprint to the line was a tremendous finish with a few millimetres separating first and second. It was a great weekend for Matt Brammeier of the HTC Highroad Club as he had the double of Time Trial and Road Race Championships and will now wear the Shamrock jersey with pride. Dan Martin from Garmin-Cerélo was second and David McCann, of the Giant KendoPro Cycling was third having taken second in the Time Trial. Dectek was the winning team. The U23s was won by Sam Bennett of An Post team and An Post was the winning team.