The Emmyvale GP served us with a new course and headquarters this year, this on some smooth but demanding rolling roads in the Monaghan area. Very well organised race, plenty of marshals to keep the racers safe and a mix from all corners of Ireland, as far as Galway, Kanturk, Dublin, Belfast and Donegal to name a few counties present today. Great to see this gathering of same minded people as you have the chance of meeting new people and make new friends in the bargain. Find easy enough the new headquarters (Martins Fuels) but lost a bit of direction of the 24km loop and only met the racers in their 3thd lap, but managed to have some action shots and all winning shots to, but a bit annoyed with myself as I had already done the course in the morning watching the youth section of the GP (separate report tomorrow on our youth section of the site) First race the A1-A2 main race and some early breaks who came to nothing and all together in the last lap, some lively attacks started and a solo winner with Matthew Mc Cullagh (Sundrive Dublin) in the end. The A3’s and Juniors next on the road and the A4’s soon after. Last send away the masters and the ladies to complete the order of the day( a special feature tomorrow of the woman’s race) Gareth O’ Neil had a mechanical at the start and had to chase to get in touch with the bunch, but the revelation of this years Newry Wheelers team still managed to come a close second in the end..he is being knocking on the door a few times and a win very soon again!! A word of thanks of the organisers towards the sponsors, volunteers and all who supported this great event here below.Ardaghey Community Centre and Residents, the Fitness Habit, Universal Graphics, Emyvale Credit Union, Tommy Martin Fuels, Gardai , Red Cross, Commissaires, all our Marshals,Panic Hire , Murphy Videos Services, Killylough CC, Peadar McMahon (Emyvale . Net) Monaghan County Council and Councillor Sean Conlon and all our own members who helped out in every way to make today a success. Personally a thank you to Emmyvale CC for their donation towards my petrol costs..it is very much appreciated and help me to travel more to such events as theirs. There was a full program of races today from youth to seniors. The results are listed below (all afternoon races)
No borders in our sport..North and South meets in Monaghan for the Emmyvale GP
1st Matthew McCullagh Sundrive
2nd Gareth O’NEILL Newry Wheelers
3rd Richard Maybin Ballymena
4th Adam Ward Powerhouse
5th Darragh McCarter Donegal Bay
1st Unplaced A2 John Jordan
1st Unplaced Emyvale, Stevie McCann.
1st Dylan Traynor AAA( 1st Junior )
2nd Matt McLoughlin Phoenix
3rd David O’Sullivan Sports Room
4th Danny O ‘Connor VC Glendale
5th Leo Doyle DB Cycling Club
6th Keith O’Donnell Finn Wheelers
1st Unplaced Emyvale, Micheal Flood.
1st Mark Johnston Iveagh
2nd Martin Peters Gorey
3rd Kevin Doherty Carn Wheelers
4th Eugene Clarke BURC
5th David Connors Armagh
6th Ian Lampton Lakeside Wheelers
1st Unplaced Emyvale, Shay Mallon. (Gabriel Bell Cup).
1st Caoimhe May Orwell Wheelers (U16)
2nd Caoimhe O’Brien Lakeside Wheelers (U16)
3rd Sofie Loscher Sundrive
4th Ellie Kelso East Tyrone
5th Lisa Lamont Mellow Velo
6th Laura Wylie Maryland
1st Unplaced Junior Hannah Tilly Arcane.
1st Ian McClure Dave Kane.
2nd Fergal Magee Apollo
3rd John Rafferty Ards CC.