Feature photo and some others as indicated of Sharon Mc Farland, with thanks, as I was stuck to the podium as MC
The Elite men’s race (A1-A2)
The Irish National Road series visit Dromore yesterday and was incorporated in the “Classic John Beggs” a race held since 1972 and now 2 short of the 50th edition in 2021. The A1-A2 race had a very strong field, only the lads on National duty in Alkmaar missing and already in the first lap some serious players got in the break wich 4 survived in the end.
A very demanding circuit with some serious climbs thrown in for good measure, and while a chase group was about 1minute 30 seconds away, the early leaders worked well together and fully controlled by the Dan Morrissey-Mig-Pactimo to keep the Caldwell boys at an arm’s length.
The Women’s Race
The girl’s race was very similar to the men’s as 8 girls went up the road in the first lap of 30 km and 3 dropped back in the final laps to leave 5 upfront, they worked well together, the finish hill made the results as Eve Mc Crystal saw her chance at the bottom of the hill with 500 meters to go, driven by a tailwind, winning in convincing style, a trademark Eve has shown at many occasions in the past, with Moira Claffey second and Katharine Smyth rounding off the podium, followed closely by the series leading woman Grace Young in 4th and keeping her jersey for another day. Yvonne Doran was a brilliant 5th and one of her best results so far
The Pedro mc Bride story >> His last A3 race is a fact!! << The Sean Mc Greevy Memorial Cup
The A4 race support race
And finally a well done to the promoter of the races Banbridge CC and Cycling Ireland with thanks to all the volunteers, the sponsors Turner Grain Engineering LTD & Boyles of Dromore and the support of Galibier and Environmental Fabrications LTD not forgetting the families Beggs & Mc Greevy. Also a big thank you to Banbridge for the donation towards the Belgian Project…it keeps us going and it was a pleasure to do the announcing of the race