Started his life in Newtownards in 2002, and became my transport since 2017, passed away after 289.237km and is now in Car heaven…crushed in peace in Nenagh…goodbye my loyal friend

Foreword Dany: ” A week of joy and sadness, that’s life…my apoligies for the lack of reports in the last week, just a rollercoaster of emotions, seeing some off the girls and lads I choose this year getting on the podium, and panic at the motorway (M7) but made the TT on Thursday just on time, while saving some petrol with getting a lift of a recovery van to deliver me in Nenagh…tens of phonecalls followed to get me sorted, getting a lift after the TT to Limerick to collect a hired car, this from a gentleman called Robert of Nort Tipp Wheelers (some yoke it was…a new Ford Puma Hybrid) and continue my road trip in style to my B&B in Newcastle West (The Orchard, Limerick road) The owner Eileen stayed up to greet us just after midnight, and I landed in heaven, home made bread, jams, yougurt, cheeses in the morning, lunch pakkets (ham off the bone and home made cheese sarnies) and this for 3 days in a row…highly recomended place to stay in beautifull surroundings of the country at very reasonable prices…Our sincere thanks for all the care and kind words towards us all weekend, very much appreciated such kindness towards Jerome, my brother in law and myself off-course, also Caroline Kerley for her mad company on the course, and bringing me home after delivering the hired yoke in Drogheda yesterday, buying my lunch in Blackrock on the way home, and meeting my wife Maggie for the first time…now trying to get a replacement car as fully booked for July and August as commentator, and will make sure I can keep my appointments, this my main concern for the moment…as it comes on the wrong time, but such things always do…but giving up is not in my nature, and with such friendship and care received from the Irish cycling fraternity, it gives me a big boost…thank you all!!

Thursday 23rd June: The Para-cycling, Junior men and women, elite men, U23 and women 2022 National TT Champs (Nenagh) results

Elite men: 

1, Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost) 37 mins 50.33 secs

2, George Peden (Team PB Performance) at 1 min 32.56 secs

3, Eddie Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1 min 32.61 secs

4, James Jenkins (Richardsons Trek DAS) at 2 mins 4.75 secs

5, Marcus Christie (Banbridge CC) at 2 mins 43.52 secs

6, Dillon Corkery (CC Etupes Le Doubs, Pays De Montbeliard) at 2 mins 46.91 secs

7, Mitchell McLaughlin (EvoPro Racing) at 3 mins 33 secs

8, Cian Keogh (EvoPro Racing) at 4 mins 18.85 secs

9, Michael Phelan (Spellman-Dublin Port) at 5 mins 3.63 secs

10, Cian Ibbotson (McNally Swords CC) at 5 mins 51.54 secs

Under 23 men: 

1, Darren Rafferty (Hagens Berman Axeon) 39 mins 36.8 secs

2, Kevin McCambridge (Trinity Racing) at 23.19 secs

3, Adam Ward (Team SmartDry Girona Cycling City) at 3 mins 44.63 secs

4, Jason Kenny (UCD Cycling Club) at 3 mins 59.52 secs

5, Stefan Caulfield-Dreier (Spellman-Dublin Port) at 5 mins 4.44 secs

Elite Women: 

1, Kelly Murphy (Unattached) 44 minutes 5.43 secs

2, Joanna Patterson (Independent Pedaler – Nopinz) at 1.12 secs

3, Eve McCrystal (Bellurgan Wheelers) at 58.4 secs

4, Annalise Murphy (Unattached Leinster) at 1 min 59.78 secs

5, Lauren Creamer (Velo Fixers) at 5 mins 19.39 secs

6, Jennifer Neenan (Sundrive Track Team) at 6 mins 11.46 secs

7, Jennifer Bates (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar) at 7 mins 58.62 secs

8, Caoimhe May (Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club) at 8 mins 52.28 secs

9, Eve McDermott (Lynx Cycling Club) at 17 mins 34.62 secs

Junior men: 

1, Conal Scully (Carlow RCC) 41 mins 51.91 secs

2, Quillan Donnelly (Usher Irish Road Club) at 15.72 secs

3, Adam Rafferty (US Colomiers) at 39.95 secs

4, Liam O’Brien (Fermoy Cycling Club) at 1 min 21.26 secs

5, Curtis Neill (Carn Wheelers) at 1 min 27.49 secs

6, Finn McHenry (The Cycling Academy) at 3 mins 32.09 secs

7, Sean Tarrant (O’Leary Stone Kanturk) at 7 mins 55.52 secs

8, Timothy Lane (JRC Interflon Race Team) at 8 mins 4.09 secs

Junior women: 

1, Shauna Finn (Newcastle West Cycling Club) 52 mins 26.94 secs

2, Katie Reilly (Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club) at 1.8 secs

3, Erin Grace Creighton (McConvey Cycles) at 39.9 secs

Handbikes – Factored 

1, Declan Slevin (Rosemount Cycling Club) 

2, Allister MacSorley (Unattached Ulster) 

3, Ray Murnane (Unattached Munster) 

C Class – factored:

1, William Clifford (Galway Bay CC) 

2, Richael Timothy (Castlerea Cycling Club) 

3, Scott Drummond (Cork County CC)

4, Chris Burns (Banbridge CC)

5, Ivan Naluswa (Reservoir Cogs)

6, Aidan Mullane (Bottecchia Racing Club) 

7, Thomas Murphy (Clonard RC) 

Para Tandems – factored: 

1, Katie-George Dunlevy and Linda Kelly (Donegal Bay Cycling Club)

2, Damien Vereker and Marcin Mizgajski (Comeragh CC)

3, Josephine Healion and Francine Meehan (Tullamore CTC) 

Ben Healy and Ivan Naluswa (Reservoir Cogs)
A proud dad with his sons Darren and Adam Rafferty