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Damien Shaw Wins Ballinrobe Two-Day

posted 9 Aug 2010, 03:38 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 9 Aug 2010, 05:57 ]

Fantastic news from the Ballinrobe Two-Day at the weekend, where Damien Shaw took no less than 3 jerseys - including the yellow of oveall race winner - in what can only be described as a tour de force for the young Lakeside Wheelers rider - still in his first year of racing.

Robbed of a good showing in our own Mullingar Two-Day last month by a broken chain with a stage win already under his belt, Damien took the overall yellow jersey, the green points jersey and the best climber award. Bear in mind that Ballinrobe is a well-regarded event in the cycling calendar and usually attracts a strong and experienced entry.

On day one Damien made the Mountains jersey his own by acumulating the points on offer on the 5 hills of the day at Maire Lukes, Kilteaueen, Maam Trasna, Lough Na Fooey and Maam.   He also finished a very creditable 5th in the time-trail in a very strong field of riders.  His overall time of 4 hours 28 seconds gave him a 25 second margin over 2nd place Stephen Clancy and 37 seconds over Athlone native Simon Coughlan in third.

With Damien’s help the Wheelers were best overall team, Paul Crowley took 9th place overall and John Murray claimed the 1st unplaced A3 rider prize. All in all, a fantastic showing by the club.

Lets' hope Damien has a sturdy mantelpiece at home because at this rate of trophy accumulation, he’s going to need it.

Well done to Damien and his team-mates for a fantasic weekend's racing.
Top Of The Podium - Damien Shaw with the race-winners yellow jersey flanked by
Stephen Clancy and Simon Coughlan
 Damien dons the Polka Dot Jesey at the prize-giving ceremony
following his amazing clean sweep in Ballinrobe at the weekend.