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John Murray 4th in Season Opener in Galway

posted 28 Feb 2011, 05:28 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Mar 2011, 08:49 ]
This Sunday was the start of the cycling race season with races starting across Ireland, I decided to travel down to Galway to have a look and see who was going well! I was lucky enough to get a lift in the Black Rose team car, a small sponsored club from over near Galway. So I had the fortunate position of sitting in team car 1 watching the action along with team manager David O’Loughlinuncle (whose name I have forgotten!). We then discovered there was no Neutral Service and that we had to fill in, great…. The wheelers had one cyclist in the bunch, John Murray who was hoping for a positive start to the 2011 season after an impressive 2010.

The race started fast with a tail wind and the attacks started early, it would appear that the West Clare cycling club had a good winters training behind them as they along with a Castlebar rider were very active from the start. The first major climb lost a few riders from the bunch, unfortunately they included a couple of the Black Rose team members,it wasn’t to be their day!

The bunch was soon reduced to 10 and John managed to get clear with 10km to go with one other rider from Galway Bay cycling club, they were brought back by a small group with only a couple of km’s till the finish line, leaving only 5 in the lead group. The sprint was into a head wind, the pace was up from the 1km mark, at 500 metres to go the 2 West Clare boys went and John crossed the line close behind in 4th.

Next week will see the first race in Navan, usually a tough and fast race which I’m sure will be attended by more wheelers. The following week is the Clonard race which I think will be a great start to the race season. Reports from last year was that it was a fast, safe and a fairly flat route and only 70km long and of course just down the road!

John Murray in action during the 2010 season