This report is made in memory of Gabriel Howard (RIP) the ultimate “Man of the Ras”
Kate Howard, Gaybo’s loving wife still active in races as part of the time team, more than 50 years involved in Irish Cycling and keeping her husbands legacy alive
Hard climb midway the course as part of the 21 climbs in the 7 lap race A1-2-3 race

Day 2 of my visit to some races held in the Cycling Leinster fraternity (Technically Saturday’s visit to the Mountnugent GP was in the Ulster region of the sport) was at the Racecourse of Bellewstown in Co-Meath, close to Stamullen, the village known in the Irish Cycling Fraternity as the place Gaybo lived and tragically killed due to a farming accident. Also known for some of the climbs used in the Ras on the last stage to Skerries and mostly split the race in the finale. A 12km pure climbers course with 3 hills to conquer each of the 7 laps. I studied the faces halfway through the race and saw some desperation in many of them and by the end, relief for many to hear the last lap bell sound and hearing one rider shouting at the top of his voice passing the finish line “Thank the Lord for this” I had to smile as a non believer but hey…each to their own I say. Thanks and appreciation for the donation received of Drogheda Wheelers to help with my fuel costs, a gesture who keeps me going, not forgetting Paddy Doran from who donated some cash to keep the project on the rails! A weekend who made me tired due to the miles of driving but something I had to do for the followers of the project at the other side of the now world-known border. Thanks so much for the welcome as it inspires me to keep going, yours in sport Dany

Heads down and hoping for some relief in the downhill section of this cruel climb
This is what pain can look like and Ian Mc Lure of Kaner’s will agree…photo of Sean Rowe and his take on the race >> The Leinster Classic was run over a 12km hilly course around Bellewstown which promised a tough day in the saddle for all classes and so it proved. From lap1 there were riders all over the course as the various groups spat riders out the back on the succession of stiff climbs which were a feature of this course. This was run as a handicap and although the A3/Jnr bunch was given 4 minutes the A1/A2 bunch had whittled this down to just 30 secs after 3 of the 7 laps and the A3’s were caught shortly into lap 4. From then on it became a race of attrition as the strongest riders in the combined peleton pushed on and this led to small groups all over the course. The lead group had by this time been reduced to just 4 riders, James Davenport, Strata3 Velo Revolution, Jody Wright, Pheonix CC and the Lucan pair of Cian May and Dermot Trulock. These 4 built up their lead to over 2 minutes by lap six of seven laps and it was obvious that these 4 riders would decide the result between them. Then coming to the line for the bell Jody Wright jumped his breakaway companions and struck out for home on his own and although the other 3 riders got close to him out on the circuit it was Wright who came to the line alone to take a fine win. James Davenport proved best of the rest to take 2nd with Cian May coming home 3rd << )
A1-A2-A3-Junior Race
1. Jody Wright Phoenix CC
2. James Davenport Strata 3-VeloRevolution
3. Cian May Lucan CRC
4. Dermot Turlock Lucan CRC
5. Michael McGlynn Omagh Wheelers
6. Aaron Rafferty Bohermeen CC
7. Arek Klus Stamullen RC
8. Cian Sutcliffe Bio-DHL-FRS
9. Conor Murnane UCD Cycling Club
 10. Billy Crosbie Sundrive Track Team
Unplaced A2s
1. Sean Molloy Nenagh CC
2. Des Woods Newry Wheelers
3. Thomas McCabe Unattached
Unplaced A3s
1. Billy Crosbie Sundrive Track Team
2. George Nutty Lucan CR
3. Samuel Luke Greenmount CA
Unplaced Juniors
1. Dylan Traynor Vitus-Chill-NRPT
2. Johnny Foster Ciclotel
3. Conor Farrell Lakeside Wheelers
A4 Race
1. Tim Downing Clontarf CC
2. Loughlin Campion Ashbourne Wheelers
3. Alexandru Florea Dublin wheelers
4. Olivier Dupuits Tullamore CTC
5. Gergely Garamvolgyi Epic MTB
6. Jason O’Toole South East RC
7. Padraig Flynn Scott Orwell Wheelers
8. Alan Allman Redmond Scott Orwell Wheelers
More photos of the Classic here on the link below