OldVelos Concours d’Elegance 2022
The Concours d’Elegance at the OldVelos Cycling Festival always attracts some outstanding bicycles and this year was no different. The judging is by a panel of experienced judges operating to a very strict marking system covering the different categories. The results are sometimes surprising but we hope they accurately reflect the hard work, dedication and love that participants put into their bicycles. One thing we are certain of is that this event brings a lot of pleasure to both visitors and participants and sometimes inspires potential OldVelos to resurrect their first love and once again experience the joy it gave them in earlier days.
Every year we also allow public have their say and select the ‘Peoples Choice’. This year the winner of this category was enjoyed by three generations of same family before undergoing a full restoration. We feel this really reflects what OldVelos is all about, the joy of resurrecting and riding pre-loved bicycles
Here are this years winners being presented with their awards by Paul O’Carroll of sponsor O’K Cycles, Carrick on Suir :-
Eamon Diver and his Raleigh Road Ace. Best in Show
Martin O’Rourke and his Koga Miyata. Best Dutch/Belgian
Martin O’Rourke with his very rare Crescent. A Swedish brand that has its roots in Chicago. Best Original
Fintan Foley, twice winner of the ‘Best in Show’ with his beautiful Cinelli restoration. Best Italian
Eamon Diver with his Raleigh Dynatech. Best UK/Irish
Christian Stan with his Colnago. Best Restoration. This award was sponsored by the Bicycle Engineering Academy
Kevin Davidson with his ‘Davidson’ built by himself from scratch! Winner of the ‘Keeper of the Flame’ trophy sponsored by Donard Cycles . Best Neo-Retro
Lorna O’Connor with her Grannies Raleigh restored by Kevin Davidson of the Bicycle Engineering Academy. The Peoples Choice
Kevin Davidson of ‘The Bicycle Engineering Academy ‘ deserves special mention for being one of a small group of riders who have taken part in the event on a bike with a frame they have built themselves from scratch!