The highlight of the year for our club is the hosting of our open races which is a huge undertaking but a chance to showcase the club and our area. This year the racing was centered around the village of Modeligo and the general opinion afterwards was that it was a good move. A much safer start/finish area and all the facilities alongside each other made life a lot easier for all involved. We are indebted to Modeligo Community centre for allowing us to use their hall and to the residents of Modeligo for allowing us to take over their village for the day. Weather wise we couldn’t have asked for a better day with summer like conditions all day. We held a full programme of races and what a day it was for our own DCC riders with someone from the club placed in 6 of the 7 races held!
The days racing started early with the underage racing. There was a good turnout of underage which is great to see as these young riders are the future of our sport. In the U12 race we had Cal Tutty who finished well in 5th place. In the under 14 race we had Mark McGarry fresh from his win in the UK last weekend and Aoibhe Power. Mark broke the race up early on and went clear with one other rider. As the finish line approached Mark unleashed his fearsome sprint winning the race by several bike lengths. Aoibhe was well up in the sprint from the main group and finished in 6th place overall. Great riding by all our young riders and we can be assured the future of our club is safe in their hands.
The main race was the A1/2 race sponsored by Cyclesports over 3 laps of the Millstreet circuit. This race was for the O Doherty cup in memory of a late great clubman Noel O Doherty. 75 riders took to the start line including DCC’s John Hodge, Daryl Kearns and Marc Flavin and the racing was fast and furious all day. A breakaway group of around 12 riders broke clear and stayed away all day. DCC had two riders in this move, John Hodge and Daryl Kearns. At the finish, it was the JLT Condor rider Robert Jon McCarthy who took the honours after going solo in the closing stages. Next to finish was our own John Hodge who also finished alone having left his breakaway companions close to the finish. The rest of the group fought out a tough sprint up the hill to the line with Daryl Kearns taking 6th in the sprint for 8th overall. Several minutes passed before the main bunch including Marc Flavin finished after a tough day in the saddle. Well done to the two lads, impressive results which were even sweeter in front of the home crowd!
The A3/Junior race also covered 3 laps and was sponsored by RTS Heating and Cooling systems. 65 riders started including DCC riders George Macleod and Ray Dwyer. This race stayed mostly together until the last lap except for brief forays off the front by various riders. In the closing stages of the race the pressure was beginning to show and the race started to splinter. On the hill up to the finish line a small group broke off the front and they fought out the finish coming over the line in ones. The race was won by Patrick Clifford of Killarney Cycling Club with our own George MacLeod taking a fine 4th place. This was a super result in only his second A3/Junior race and after being off the bike with a cold most of the week!
The A4 race was over 2 laps and had the biggest field with 98 riders and also had the biggest number of DCC riders with Alan Landers, Jason Travers, Patrick Power, Micheal Morrissey, Pat Dunford, Benny Flynn, Davy Nugent and Mark Radley. This race stayed together to the bottom of the finish hill and only stretched out during the sprint to the line. The race was won by unattached rider Trevor Montgomery. In form Alan Landers was well to the fore again needing a photo finish to separate 3rd and 4th with Alan taking 4th in the end. This is another great result for Alan and that A3 licence isn’t too far away now!
The ladies race was round 2 of the Ladies Munster League and 10 ladies took to the line to contest the race over 2 laps of the course. On the first lap 3 ladies broke clear and this was the winning move as they were never seen again by the others. At the finish Sinead Oakes from DeRonde club in Cork took the win with last year’s winner and local rider Emma Walsh in 3rd. Our own Niamh O Donovan took the sprint from the main group to take 4th place overall. A great result again from Niamh who is getting stronger with each race.
And so a great days racing concluded for another year and our chairman Damian Travers had this to say to all afterwards: A big thank you to all who helped out today to make the DCC Cyclesports GP the success that it was, from the sign on team to the Ladies who gave up Mothers day to be mammy’s to a lot of lycra clad babies, to our race director Mario Flavin and assistant race director John Coleman, to the commissaires and all the stewards out on course.If i’ve forgotten anyone I apologise but your help was appreciated. A big thank you to our 3 sponsors who supported us, so remember to support them back – shop local, keep your town in business by keeping your business in town. Cyclesports, Bob Troy and Co, RTS Heating and cooling systems. All the race results are as follows:
Cyclesports GP A1/2 race for O’Doherty cup.
1/ Robert Jon McCarthy JLT Condor
2/ John Hodge Dungarvan Cycling Club
3/ Richard Maes Killarney Cycling Club
4/ Jamie Blanchfield Panduit Carrick Wheelers
5/ Marcus Treacy Killarney Cycling Club
6/ Sean Moore Bikeworks
7/ Aaron O Brien Newcastle West CC
8/ Daryl Kearns Dungarvan Cycling Club
9/ Cathal Purcell Panduit Carrick Wheelers
10/ Clinton O Mahoney MSL Mercedes Benz Cork Giant
Unplaced A2 Alan Loftus Velorevolution
A3/Junior race sponsored by RTS Heating and Cooling Systems
1/ Patrick Clifford Killarney Cycling Club
2/ Tom Shanahan Limerick Cycling Club
3/ Ronan Twomey MSL Mercedes Benz Cork Giant
4/ George Macleod Dungarvan Cycling Club
5/ Rhys Kenny Comeragh Cycling Club
6/ Robbie Walsh Comeragh Cycling Club
Unplaced Junior Ciaran O Sullivan Comeragh Cycling Club
A4 race sponsored by Bob Troys lawnmowers and cycles
1/ Trevor Montgomery Unattached
2/ Tom Hickey Youghal Cycling Club
3/ Jason O Sullivan Killarney Cycling Club
4/ Alan Landers Dungarvan Cycling Club
5/ Shane Doyle Barrow Wheelers
6/ John Phelan St Finbarrs CC
Ladies Race sponsored by Cyclesports Round 2 of Munster League
1/ Sinead Oakes DeRonde CC
2/ Katie Earlie St Tiernans CC
3/ Emma Walsh Waterford Racing Club
4/ Niamh O Donovan Dungarvan Cycling Club
5/ Agnieszka Woznika Cork County CC
6/ Niamh O Dwyer Rock Pedelers
Underage races sponsored by Cyclesports Dungarvan
1/ Robert Keane Carlow Cycling Club
2/ Stephen Crowley Comeragh Cycling Club
3/ Ciaran Townsend Carlow Cycling Club
4/ Luke Thompson O Leary Stone Kanturk CC
5/ Michael Hayes Comeragh Cycling Club
6/ Luke Griffin Comeragh Cycling Club
1/ Mark McGarry Dungarvan Cycling Club
2/ Patrick Galvin Killarney Cycling Club
3/ Stefan Caulfield Dreier Killarney Cycling Club
4/ Rian O Riordan Cork County CC
5/ Ben Murphy Sliabh Luchra CC
6/ Aoibhe Power Dungarvan Cycling Club
1/ Shane Galvin O Leary Stone Kanturk CC
2/ Hayden Power Comeragh Cycling Club
3/ Sean Tarrant O Leary Stone Kanturk CC
4/ Tom Kinsella Panduit Carrick Wheelers
5/ Cal Tutty Dungarvan Cycling Club
6/ Shauna Finn Newcastle West CC
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