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Shaw Takes Crit. Silver (Again!)

posted 2 Jul 2012, 04:32 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 2 Jul 2012, 05:55 ]
On a beautiful summers evening in Mullingar…. Oops I’ll start again! On a damp and dreary summers evening in Mullingar the heavyweights sorry that should be lightweights of Irish cycling took to the streets of our fine town for the National Criterium Championships. With two races up for decision it wasn’t long before the streets were light up with excitement from the fast pace racing that comes with Criterium racing. In the A3 support race we were represented by no less than six riders in conditions less than favourable for racing. The lads acquitted themselves very well with Robbie Kenny putting in an excellent ride to finish second. A special mention must also go to young Eoin Lynch who had a super ride finishing 8th. Well done to all, it looked though from where I was standing. 

In the main event we witnessed some of the best individual riding on these streets for a long time. A young man called Felix English (19) who rides for the Pro English team Rapha Condor put on an exhibition of Criterium riding to win the national title, right from the first corner it was obvious to all that he was going to be the man to beat. He duly set about ripping through the streets of Mullingar lapping many top riders on his way. While English was on his way to the title the battle continued for the silver and bronze medals. This was a bit more of a cagey affair with all attempts of trying to break away being covered it was obvious that the medals were going to be decided by a sprint, with our very own Damien Shaw keen to impress all the local support he duly obliged by winning the sprint and grabbed the silver medal for the second year in a row. Paidí O’Brein completed the podium by taking the bronze medal. 

See gallery of pictures from both races here.

Damien Shaw takes the chequered flag for a second successive silver medal.
Damien Shaw takes the chequered flag for a second successive silver medal.