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A Weekend Racing & Touring in Meath

posted 25 Jul 2011, 07:01 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 07:14 ]
(By Sarah Piner) 
Lakeside Wheelers racing team focused their attention on Co. Meath last weekend with a large presence in Robinstown, between Trim & Navan, on Saturday evening and the following day a number of riders using the challenge of the An Post Tour Of Meath as preparation for their next stage race outing in Ballinrobe.
Saturday Evening Racing in Robinstown
There was a good number of Lakeside Wheelers at this Saturday evenings race in Meath. First off in the Junior section was Eoin, it was Eoin's first race and he certainly did a fantastic job for himself and the wheelers. He was unlucky to come down in the early part of the race, undeterred he got back up and continued racing! I spoke to him after and it seemed the race had been an eye opener for Eoin in terms of racing in a bunch and he was keen to be on the start line again.

In the combined 64km race later that evening we had an A1, a couple of A2's, an A3 and four A4 riders so surely we were in with a good chance! The wheelers race team didn't disappoint, the racing was extremely fast and once the groups were together the A1 riders wasted no time in starting the attacks. From where I was watching in the village the group was lined out every time it came passed and there was always a break group away, Craig Sweetman (Stamullen) and Philip Lavery (An Post) instigating alot of the moves.

Damien O'Brien (right) in action in the recent Mullingar 2-DayHowever it was great to see that the final and winning attack of the day came from Lakeside Wheelers John Murray, with just over a lap to go he left the break group, which included Stuart Cox and put his head down to time trial to the finish. John was almost to the finish when the chase group caught him, John finishing forth overall. Stuart Cox rode another strong race finishing first unplaced A2 and outsprinting some strong riders to the finish.

Our A4 guys did a great job staying with the main bunch until the finish, with Damien O'Brien picking up second A4 after a super lead out from Robbie Kenny. This is the latest in a string of great performances by the A4 strongman, having taken first A4 last week in Ballivor in a very fast, competitive evening's racing.
Damien O'Brien (right) in action in the recent Mullingar 2-Day
An Post Tour Of Meath
I have only heard from two wheelers who completed the tour, John Murray and Stuey Cox who with tired legs from the race the night before managed the 160 km Royal route. They along with Shannonside rider Billy Walsh and Simon O'Dea from Navan cycling club used the spin as a tough endurance ride in preparation for the Ballinrobe 2 day which is just around the corner. They really got into the spirit of leisure riding and thoroughly enjoyed their three course meal of Pasta, Sandwiches, Carrot Cake and a nice cup of tea at the food stop! Stuey insisted that although the spin was a leisure ride it was still very tough and when the first group rolled out at 8.30am led by super endurance rider Joe Barr he knew they were in for a tough day in the saddle!