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Racing Update

posted 8 May 2012, 15:06 by Kevin Monaghan
Lots of activity on the racing scene in recent weeks, what with the summer league under way, the midland league paying a visit to Dysart and Lakeside Wheelers in action in open races in Cork and Wicklow...

Midland League
Thursday last (May 3rd) was Lakeside Wheelers turn to host the midland league. On an evening perfect for racing we had record numbers, 98 in total, signing on to tackle the Dysart circuit. The A/B race was first off with the B group getting a time difference from the A Group. Some frantic racing and chasing in sued over the 4 laps. The A group bridged the gap with one lap remaining. John Murray took the win on the night in fine style by attacking late on and managing to maintain the gap all the way to the line. In total we had 5 riders inside the top ten on the night!

The C/D race was run over three laps and contained the majority of those riders that signed on, close to 70 riders between the two groups! As per rules the D group were set off with a slight advantage and a one stage it looked like that they might even hold onto the advantage but alas they were caught on the last lap just as they were leaving Castletown Geoghan. With such a big crowd descending on the finish line, the sprint was a little hectic but the wheelers didn’t let us down with no less than four finishing inside the top ten. Well done all. To keep up to date with league results click on the link attached http://www.buckleycycles.ie/Midland%20League%202012.html

Footnote: I have been asked to request that all riders taking part in the midland league races are to wear their Club Colours.

Race Report April 29th
Again another tough circuit awaited the riders in Roundwood last weekend, the highest village in Ireland! Which meant the obvious, of plenty of hills. The circuit was a 25km loop with the 4km hill of Callow averaging 6% towards the end of each loop. With very strong winds today seemed like a very tricky run and quite dangerous at times due to the conditions.

A4 were represented by Brian Collentine, Matt Burke, Eoghan Kevlihan and Billy Cunnane (9th).In A3 was Paul Crowley and A1/A2 John Murray and Peter Rimmer (5th unplaced).

Peter’s race is worth mentioning as on his 3rd lap with a break of 12 up the road, he jumped clear of the bunch and tried to catch the break on a solo run. He didn’t quite make it but he still managed to hold off the bunch 7km from home, which included the hill, and received a prize for the effort. He is in great form at the minute and will hope to do well in the Corkman 3 day stage event in Kanturk this weekend, along with Paul Crowley. Good luck lads!

Kanturk Three Day Race
In 2011 Damien Shaw took won the coveted trophy for the Kanturk 3Day race but as he was upgraded to A1 and now ineligible to ride this A2/A3 race, he entrusted the safe return of the beautiful cup to his Lakeside Wheelers club mates, Peter Rimmer and Paul Crowley. We had two great deputies to fly the Wheelers flag with Peter riding really well of late and Paul, who is a proud Cork man, keen to do well in his home county.

On the first stage the lads were involved in a number of breaks but in the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Peter showed his sprinting ability to take a fine 6th place with Paul safely in the bunch. The second stage was a 8km Time Trial and once again Peter showed that he could be moving up to A1 status shortly with a strong ride to finish in a fine 4th place only 10 seconds behind to winner. Paul also had a good ride finishing 45sec down in 30th place. Stage 3 was a short trip at 70km and needless to say it finished in a bunch finish.

As we go to press Paul lies in 30th place @ 45seconds and Peter is very nicely placed in 4th at 10seconds. Best of luck to the lads on the final 90km stage on Monday and we will have a complete report on how they get on in next week’s notes.

Paul Crowley in action in the Time Trial
Paul Crowley in action in the Time Trial

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