Coming second to Lindsay is not a shame I told Donal Shearer, as many did already this year and would not rule out a double this weekend with the Noel Teggart Memorial tomorrow. The Powerhouse sport athlete is lethal when he sees the finish line, and even a Phoenix CC attempt to work him over by Donal Shearer and Jody Wright in the last lap was in vain and it came to a sprint that was narrowly won by the nr 1 in Ireland. The main race of today saw the A1-2’s having a 5-minute handicap to the A3’s and juniors and it took about 3-4 laps to rectify that, and soon the big hitters took the front for the remainder of the race. The youngest one of the race (U16) Darren Rafferty got special permission to enter the A3 section of the race and do what he does in the youth racing…being upfront when it matters, he had to let the 3 go, and settled in the chasing group which included Mark Dowling and left a lot of A1’s and A2’s behind him finishing 6th! I can not wait to see him with the juniors next year, unfortunately, he will have to start as an A3 next year, and for lads with such talent a bit of a downer but with such form, he will not long be held up to reach the higher categories.
We had also an A4 race including ladies and it was the usual outcome with a bunch sprint after the 70km race. The winner came all the way from the Swords cycling club in Dublin and got his expenses back and full points to take home…well done Brian Kennedy, well worth the 2-hour trip