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posted 19 Apr 2011, 13:22 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 19 Apr 2011, 14:27 ]
Damien Shaw on International Duty
The roller coaster ride that is Damien Shaw’s cycling career, continued last week with a late call up to the Irish road racing squad to take part in a Paris Roubaix type race in England. This is yet another stepping stone for Damien and one which he tells me was, in his own words, “a real eye opener”. This race is held in the East Midlands and consists of 105 miles over road and country lane/farm tracks. Damien found this to be a major step up in what is required at the top level, and although fitness wise he was comfortable, he stated that advanced bike handling skills and tactical awareness, especially when cornering were essential. There is no doubt that this was a steep learning curve for Damien and one from which he will benefit hugely as his cycling develops.

Sarah Piner 2nd In Stamullen GP
With the bulk of the leisure riders and one or two from the racing fraternity in Sligo there was a depleted team of Wheelers at the Stamullen GP. For more on this big racing weekend see the racing notes on our club forum.
One rider who was in top form was Sarah Pinar who was just pipped at the post in the ladies race by former Irish champion, Geraldine Gill. Sarah was in a break for most of the race with the eventual winner and as the photos on the Irish Cycling website shows, there was barely a wheel width in the finish. Well done Sarah and with form like this your day will come.
Noel Delaney 4th in Batterstown
Another Wheeler in good form last Sunday was Noel Delaney who claimed 4th place in the final shake up of the Vets race in Batterstown, so well done to Noel also.