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Busy Weekend On The Racing Front

posted 12 Mar 2012, 15:19 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 12 Mar 2012, 16:51 ]
Clonard Turns Yellow, Blue & Red!
Eoin Lynch Powers Up Gneevebawn Hill
If you were to turn up to spectate the third annual Rás Naomh Finian race on Saturday last you would be very surprised to hear that this was in fact not a home race for Lakeside Wheelers but for our neighbours Clonard C.C, such was the number of racers ( almost 30 Riders) taking part in races. 

This year saw the formatted changed from a handicap race to three separate races, but the course was the same as the previous staging’s of the event (Clonard – Kilbeggan – Clonard), which helped to swell the size of the total entries to approx. 300 competitors.

A4 Race climbs Gneevebawn Hill

Yet again the A4 race saw the most of our competitors taking to the line (many of whom was their first ever open road race) for what was a cagy race. Starting out from Clonard the team tried to take control of the peleton with a number of riders working together to keep the field safe as we passed through the tricky section of roundabouts in Kinnegad. 

With a strong headwind to deal with on the way out along the old N6 through Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, over Gneevebawn Hill to Tyrrellspass and Kilbeggan, the bunch stayed together where we turned at the roundabout and made our way back along the same route, this time with a strong tailwind. 

The attacks began to be more and more frequent but to no avail and as we headed towards Kinnegad it became more and more apparent that the race would be decided by a bunch sprint. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get anybody into the prizes in the mass sprint although Charlie Sheridan & Gareth Butler did manage to finish in the top ten.

Charlie Sheridan takes 7th in the A4 Race
Charlie Sheridan takes 7th place in the mass bunch sprint

In the A3 race we were represented by the trio of Ronan Bracken, Robbie Kenny & Eoin Lynch, who was riding his first race as a junior (U18). Again this was a bit of subdued affair with nobody willing to attack too early and burning up too much energy into the wind. This race also came down to a bunch sprint with Ronan & Robbie finishing comfortably in the bunch and by all accounts Eoin Lynch would have also done so (or better) had it not being for an untimely visit by the puncture fairy just outside of Milltownpass.

The A2/A1 race was the first race off on the day with the A2 riders getting a slender one minute lead on the A1 riders where we were represented by Damian Shaw & John Murray. This is where all the action took part on the day, when after being caught by the A1 riders the race took up with attack after attack taking place. Eventually one stuck when a group of 5 managed to stay clear till the end. Unfortunately neither Damien nor John managed to make it into the break. But all was not lost on the day Damien managed to get away from the now splintered bunch to take 6th place.

Bohermeen Sunday 11th March
Ryan Sheridan lines up in Bohermeen
While writing this week’s notes I got a couple of quick text and emails letting me know that we had a number of riders taking part in Bohermeen. 

We had the father and son combination of Charlie (A4) & Ryan Sheridan (who took part in the U14 race). Paula Murray took part in the Ladies race & finished a very creditable 12th place in her first race of the season. 

In the main event of the day - The Waller Cup - Damian Shaw & John Murray again took to the starting line, with Damian taking 6th place overall for the second day in a row.

Dave Fagan Features in Dambusters!
Dave Fagan again proves that hard work really pays off, by finishing third in his age category and 27th overall in the British Duathlon Championships, which was held on the Dambusters course in Leicestershire. David finished 27th overall in a field of over 600 athletes.

The Lakeside Wheelers Racing Team in Saturday's Rás Naomh Finian
The Lakeside Wheelers Racing Team in Saturday's Rás Naomh Finian