MARK POWER WINS A2 AT SUIR VALLEY
He hasn’t done too much racing recently but Mark Power pulled off a fantastic result to win the A2 category at the Suir Valley 3 day over the August bank holiday. Class is permanent sham. He was 13th overall. John Hodge rode a great race to also finish top 20 overall, while the evergreen Pat Kenealy clocked up yet another Suir Valley.
ERRIGAL YOUTH TOUR
Also over the August Bank holiday weekend Mark McGarry headed to the rolling hills of Donegal to take part in the 2015 Errigal International Youth Tour. This tour which is in its fourth successful year attracts the top youth riders from as far as South Africa, Malta and Monaco along with the top riders from the UK. Four stages would be held over the three days of action around, up and over the spectacular hills of Donegal. The wet and windy conditions along with the terrain would prove to be testing for all the 250 youth riders that entered the Tour. On stage one Mark was unlucky to not bridge a gap that was formed by a three strong breakaway who managed to stay away, but he did manage to attain a comfortable fourth position. Stage 2 was the Time Trial where Mark produced a time that would hold him in 4th position. Stage three is where Mark went for it, he broke away on his own but unfortunately he was reeled in by a chasing breakaway and with a serious hill finish he lost his overall position due to the earlier breakaway effort. Mark was now 6th overall. The Crit was the final stage where the streets of Letterkenny were fenced off for what would be a hair raising sight for all spectators when riders were heading into corners at high speed in wet conditions. Despite a few spills all finished in one piece. There were five laps in Marks race where he had a lot of work to do to get to the front of the group of 60 riders after a poor start. Mark led the race in the penultimate lap where the inevitable attacks came hard and fast and where in the blistering sprint Mark came in 8th which didn’t affect his overall GC position of 6th place. A very creditable performance in what was field of top international riders. Besides the trophies and memories Mark brought home he has gained an invaluable experience from the 2015 Errigal International Youth Tour.
DAN O’DONOVAN MEMORIAL FERMOY
It was a short hop to Fermoy last Sunday for racing, and we were in the prizes yet again. Mark McGarry took the under 12 race with another strong performance. Conor Coleman rode another good race, 6th in the under 16. In the Senior racing Daryl Kearns took a good 6th place. Well done shams.
The annual club Time Trial competition takes place on Wednesday 12th August and will be on the Ballinroad to 5 Cross Roads out and back route. The competition is open to anybody with at least a club competition licence, but only club members can lift the cup. All categories will be catered for. No prizes, but for the ultimate test, surely the only prize needed is the honour and glory of taking your category. TT bikes are allowed but we will also recognise and bestow huge kudos to the fastest on a road bike, the athlete’s championship. Sign on will be at Ballinroad hall from 6:30, with first rider away at 7:00.
Saturday saw the club spin head up the Carrick road, back to Kilmac, the 5 cross roads, and Durrow. Chapeau also to the club members who went on an epic spin from Ballymac, to Passage, Dunmore East, Tramore, and the Coast road. A long way to go for some decent buns shams.
On Sunday we were well represented on Youghal CC’s annual Vee challenge as well as on the Martin Earley Tour of Kildare. There were options for those not travelling. Groups 1 & 2 took in both the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns going to Durrow, the Mauma, Ballymac, Newcastle, climbing over to Affane, on to Clashmore, and back the main road. Group 5 had 9 riders, along with some of the Bike4Life group as far as Lismore, coffee and back to Dungarvan. It was nice to see 4 new cyclists in the group. Group 4 had a 100k Sean Kelly training spin. Good weather, good scenery, and the craic was mighty. Kudos to all.
To be informed of the weekend’s routes please check the Facebook page on Saturdays or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be added to the list to receive the routes. Club spins leave at 9:00, from John Foley’s Kilrush on Saturdays, and The Square on Sundays.
“Tallow is like Heathrow, you must go through it if you want to go anywhere worth going to.” Frank justifies his route selection. I’m pretty sure Ray will back him up.
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