Results courtesy of Youghal CC, all photos from Michael Buckley Photography, poem from Brendan Hennessy with thanks to all

“Nothing Compares to Glue” by BRENDAN HENNESSY (Old Velos cyclist and Poet)

Brendan Hennessy…a poet on a Velo

God knows what the late Prince would make of the Irish CX scene, but I would truly love to hear the great Sinéad O’Connor sing this. I am sure if she knew about the dangers of tubular tires rolling off the rim during a bike race she would have an opinion on the merits of gluing on your tubs rather than taking the easy option of using rim tape. You might just want to revel in the original before you read below!

It’s been eighteen months and 30 days
Since they took CX away.
I spent nights on Zwift & Strava all-day
Since I put my tubs away.
Since it’s been gone, I’ve put on all these pounds
And I have this glue I won’t use
I began to eat my gels for breakfast
But nothing
I said nothing could replace my CX blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to glue
It’s been so clean since the CX scene
Left so much mud in my wash machine
Nothing can stop my wife from saying
Tell me, baby, why is your gear so clean?
I could put my arms around her after every spin
Without her going ‘get out of here
I went to an oldtimer, guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said, “Boy you should try some rim-tape, don’t matter about the glue…But he’s a fool.
‘Cause, nothing compares,
Nothing compares to glue.
All the training that I planned
When I said I’d work so hard
All seemed in vain until I heard the news
The sun would shine in East Cork again
All it took was Kenneally and Youghal CC.
Nothing compares,
Nothing compares to glue.

I said to Dave Baily, Will Rock, and Daire Breathnach
We’ll have a cut of this, woo hoo hoo
I took my Alan from the back of my shed
And a set of sew ups I thought I’d never use
‘Cause nothing
Nothing compares to glue.
Went down early to the morning sea
And breathed in the salty air,
The sand look fine, but the turns were bare
Pat McHugh said I better be careful with what I choose
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to glue.
It’s been so long since we rode along
The tracks and turns,
Sean Rowe said cheese while I’m sure
I heard Michael Buckley say he’s pleased
The juniors are seniors now
and infants are now at their ease
Brendan Coakley’s kids are on their feet
Guess what they told me, Guess what they told me,
You look like Santy,
But Brendan said see his tyres, don’t be fooled
Cause I know,
I know he doesn’t use glue
Micheal Corkery paid the price,
And David too boo hoo hoo
Tyrone and Terry said ochone
While Robin Seymour had a slice of ill-fate too,
Cause nothing,
Nothing compares to glue.
So pump up your tyres
To 3 bars or 45 PSI
The Munster league is back, yahoo hoo hoo
De Ronde, Limerick, Upper Church, and Greenmount too
But Just remember, Just remember,
Nothing compares, Nothing compares, Nothing compares to glue!

The results and some more brilliant pictures of Michael Buckley

Ladies Race (5 laps) Winner 41m 48 s
1st. Young Grace Female Cyclist All human/VeloRevolution Racing Team
2nd. Salvador Marcia Female Cyclist TC Racing

Grace Young (All Human/Velo-Revolution)
Salvador Marcia ( TC Racing)

A-Race top 10 (7laps) Winner 48m33s (30 entries)
1st. Maes Richard Male M30 All human/VeloRevolution Racing Team
2nd. Seymour Robin Male M50 Team WORC
3rd. Barry Richard Male Senior St. Finbarrs CC
4th. O’ Brien Paidi Male Senior Verge Sport PI Cycles
5th. Hennebry Conor Male Senior Team Dan Morrissey – McCarthy Ins Group
6th. Woods Trevor Male M50 All human/VeloRevolution Racing Team
7th. Blanchfield Jamie Male Senior Panduit Carrick Wheelers
8th. Mccarthy David Male Jnr Verge Sport PI Cycles
9th.Flavin Marcus Male M40 Panduit Carrick Wheelers
10th. Clifford Patrick Male M40 Killarney Cycling Club
Junior Race (6 laps) winner 44m 45s
1st. Bolger Sam Male Cyclist Killarney Cycling Club
2nd. Mc Gee Daragh Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC

B-Race Top 10 (6 laps) Winner 45m 28s (55 entries)
1st. Lyons Alan Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
2nd. Minogue Dean Male Cyclist Dolmen CC
3rd. Travers Jason Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
4th. Lyne Keith Male Cyclist Killarney Cycling Club
5th. Hanrahan Declan Male Cyclist Panduit Carrick Wheelers
6th. Kennedy Dylan Male Cyclist Acme CC
7th. Rutecki Piotr Male Cyclist
8th.Phelan John Male Cyclist Cork Triathlon Club
9th. Condon Brian Male Cyclist Blarney Cycling Club
10th. Taylor Joe Male Cyclist Acme CC

Under 16 Boys Race top 10 (4 laps) winner 30m 13s (16 entries)
1st. Mc Carthy Ryan Male Cyclist Verge Sport PI Cycles
2nd. Tutty Cal Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
3rd. Gaffney David Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
4th. Kinsella Tom Male Cyclist Panduit Carrick Wheelers
5th. Collins Michael Male Cyclist Newcastle West Cycling Club
6th. O’Connor Donagh Male Cyclist Killarney Cycling Club
7th. O’Connor Willem Male Cyclist O’Leary Stone Kanturk
8th. O’Keeffe Ben Male Cyclist Killarney Cycling Club
9th. O’Connor Philip Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
10th. Mc Manus John Paul Male Cyclist Dungarvan CC
Under 16 Girls Race (4 laps) Winner 37m 47s (3 entries)
1st. Murphy Kate Female Cyclist Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club
2nd. Bennett Chloe Female Cyclist Comeragh CC
3rd. Hayes Hannah Female Cyclist Comeragh CC

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