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Weekend Racing Report 24th & 25th March

posted 26 Mar 2012, 14:49 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Mark Monaghan)   

The weekend saw Lakeside Wheelers represented in Batterstown on Saturday or the Lucan Stagg Cycles GP and in Carlow on Sunday for the Des Hanlon Memorial. Saturday's race unfortunately didn’t bring us any of the results of the previous week but Damien O’Brien continued in his pursuit of an upgrade to A3 but just missed out on the single point required by finishing in 7th place & just inched out of the prizes.

Sunday was definitely the harder of the two days with an extremely hilly course in the Des Hanlon Memorial race in Carlow. Well done to all who took part in what was a fantastic day for racing with the mercury hitting the low twenties. In all we had representation in the both A4 & the A2/A1 race. The A4’s took on one lap of the course and the A2/A1 lads tackled the course three times for an eye watering total of nearly 160Km!

From what I heard the A4 race broke pretty quickly as it hit the hard climbs on the bad roads on the back section but our lads are made of strong stuff and they hung in there for as long as they could and finished the race in one of the main bunches with the exception of Billy Cunnane who managed to get into a break and finished in a very respectable 11th place.        

In the Main event of the day (A2/A1 race) which seen some of the best riders from the country taking part including pro riders from An Post Sean Kelly, we were represented by Peter Rimmer, John Murray & Damian Shaw. The race itself was fast and frantic from the start with riders pinging off the front trying to get into a breakaway with Damien & John in the thick of the action. With the pace so high it wasn’t long before riders started to be spat out the back and the race was whittled down to approximately twenty at the start of the last lap. 

As we hit the climbs for the last time more and more riders began to suffer from the high pace and the sheer amount of climbing in their legs the race came down to two groups with four leaders with about 40 seconds and 15km to go, on a group of 5 riders including none other than our own Damien Shaw. Some brilliant work by the five lads saw them close the gap to the leaders and they just caught them on the line in the sprint finish. 

Damien did very well in finishing in sixth place after doing a lot of work throughout the day and in the chase at the end and it goes to show that he is regarded as one of the top riders in the country at the moment.

Damien Shaw - sixth in Carlow
Damien Shaw - Sixth in Carlow on Sunday