Home town event to honour cycling star

Home town event to honour cycling star
A special event to honour the achievements of Donegal’s top international cyclist will take place this Saturday morning.

A special event to honour the achievements of Donegal’s top international cyclist will take place this Saturday morning.

Letterkenny man Philip Deignan is a international Team Sky professional rider and this weekend he will be at home for a very short stopover before he makes his way back to training camp for the 2015 season.

The event planned for this Saturday morning at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny is not only aimed at giving local cycling and sports enthusiasts a chance to meet the Olympian, ask question or have pictures taken, but is also a fund-raising event to support the local youth development cycling programme.

The question and answer event will be followed by a bike ride with the Philip and his girlfriend, top pro-cyclist from the UK, Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead.

One of the organising committee, well-known Letterkenny endurance athlete Sean McFadden said with Philip having so little time at home they decided to host an event to mark his achievements while helping raise funds for the next generation of local cycling talent to develop.

“A few of us got together to organise the event to mark Philip’s achievements. He has had a great year. He’ll be busy again shortly getting ready for the 2015 season but he has achieved so much, between the world championships, the Olympics, not to mention some of the biggest races in the world. I know he is passionate about developing local talent as well. The theatre event is open to everyone regardless if they cycle or not. There will be a question and answer session and this will be followed by a short bike ride,” Sean explained.

He says Philip has never forgot his cycling roots in Donegal and he has been an extraordinary ambassador to Irish and Donegal cycling and local sport while equally being a very modest and grounded person.

This event begins with registration at 10am at the theatre on Letterkenny’s Port Road.

Philip will address everyone in the theatre followed with the questions & answers before he leads the group as they group embark on a garda lead bike ride for a short distance to suit all ages before returning to An Grianan for refreshments and a personal opportunity to meet the man himself.

The cost is €10 for adult and €5 for children and all funds raise go toward the local cycling youth development team.