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Good Performances in Shay Elliot & Dunsany GP

posted 22 May 2013, 14:13 by Kevin Monaghan
Shay Elliot Memorial Race – Billy Cunnane
On Sunday 12th May John Murray and Peter Rimmer travelled to Bray Co. Wicklow to compete in the 56th Shay Elliot Memorial race. The Shay Elliott Memorial as well as being arguably the most prestigious one-day race of the year, also represents the final test for those riding the An Post Ràs. Past winners include former Irish Olympians, internationals and professionals such as Sean Kelly, Martin Early, Malcolm Elliott, Ciaran Power and David O’Loughlin. 

Spirits were high at the Bray Wheelers club house as the 80 riders lined up for the challenging 140km stage. The first 2.5km was neutralised but when the flag dropped the attacking began but the Aquablue team were quick to respond. They reeled in all the attacks and controlled the race for the first 20km. Myself and Paul Crowley were just settling into proceedings in the team car when John Murray punctured at the 8km mark. 

After a quick wheel change he had the task of making his way back onto the bunch. This took an aggressive ride by John who after a couple of Km was back on. At the 13km mark Damien Shaw riding with the Aquablue team managed to take the Prime of the Day on an up hill drag on the N11. A four man breakaway went clear of the main bunch and at Glenmalure they contested the 3km climb. Damien Shaw proved to be the strongest on the day to claim the KOH. The chasing bunch behind was now split to pieces on the climb. With aggressive riding from the breakaway group they stayed away to the finish with Damien Shaw taking 4th. John and Peter finished in one of many chasing groups. Well done lads.

Dunsany GP Sunday May 12th – Eoghan Kevlihan
Well done to team Lakeside Wheelers today in a cracking race. 3 circuits of the green sheds were order of the day and our boys were active and visible at the front all day, Averaging near on 40km/h for the race on a wet and windy day it all came down to that 90 degree right hander at Dunsany village to a 250m sprint up the hill. Charlie Sheridan got into a great spot coming into the corner and pushed on to get 5th position and into the prizes and his first points as an A4. Bout time Cha!! Well done also to Matt Burke who pushed the pace all day, Aidan Daly, Eoghan Kevlihan (13th) and Roy Carey (a novice no more!)

Peter Rimmer & John Murray prior to Shay Elliot Memorial 2013
Peter Rimmer & John Murray prior to Shay Elliot Memorial 2013

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