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Seamus Kenneddy Memorial

posted 21 Jul 2014, 14:07 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Roy Carey)   
Roy Carey and Stuart Cox
Stuart Cox and myself represented Lakeside Wheelers in the Seamus Kennedy Memorial  which took place on Sunday (20th July) in Dunboyne.

We were represented in the A1/A2 race by Stuart Cox. This race was 6 laps of a 20km loop. As the lap was mainly flat with one small drag the speed was high from the start. There were a lot of attacks but none were sticking. A group of about 15 riders went clear after a lap and a half. They worked well and pulled out 2 minute gap. As there were still some big names left in the bunch the gap was down to a one minute going onto the last lap. The break was caught with 5 km to go. The race ended in a bunch sprint with Stuart finishing comfortably well up the group. Average speed for the race was 43km/h.

Next off was the A3 race. We were represented here by Roy Carey. This race was 4 laps of the same circuit. The pace was high from the start and with a large field in action today, making progress through the group was challenging. There were a lot of attacks with nothing sticking until the end of the 2nd lap, where a group of around 12 got a gap. This group was brought back half way through the 4th lap. In the ensuing bunch stall, a lone Bikeworx rider rolled away and proving that sometimes, fortune favours the brave, he managed to hold off the remaining pack as they set themselves for the bunch sprint on the wide, open finish in Dunboyne. Roy finished comfortably in the remaining pack. Average pace for the race was 41km/h. 

A word of mention of some other local riders involved. Sarah Piner was involved in the ladies race and was unlucky to finish just outside the placings and Eoin Lynch in the A1/A2 race whom unfortunately suffered a mechanical at the start line and was unable to race. I would suggest to look out for him next week in Dunore as he looks to put that bad luck behind him.
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