Wow, what a few weeks its been for the club. Sean Yelverton has been getting placing’s for kicks of late, but pulled off the victory recently in Carrick. Sean has been busy doing Olympic qualification events, as has Laura Cooke and we wish them continued success on that circuit.
All at the club we re very proud of the recent exploits of Stephen, Henry and Mark who brought honour to our club as they proudly represented their province in the recent Junior Tour of Ireland. Each of the lads had their own great highlights and high placings, perhaps best culminating in Stephens 6th overall, and 3rd in the White Jersey of 1st year Junior. Stephen wore the White Jersey on Stage 3. Henry went on to place 6th in that same category. When you see these lads doing so well on an international stage, and you remind yourselves that they are 1st year Juniors, you know they have a bright future ahead. When you add this success to earlier wins, podiums and placings achieved with Shane O’Hara too, perhaps we should have kept a log, it would be a long one by now!
Some good showings lately from riders who raced in nearly all quarters of the country include Anthony Gahan’s promising 13th in the A4 race in Bunclody last Sunday. Away in an earlier break which looked good for a time, Anthony dug deep in the bunch sprint for 2nd, coming in 12th. Jurgen Simpson and Eoin O’Donoghue scooped top tens at the recent Clare Co. Champs, Eoin taking third, and Jurgen taking 8th. Eoin went on to claim 10th in Millstreet last weekend. On Friday night Joe Donworth went close in Cong, Co Mayo just missing out on a top ten placing on the handicapped race hosted by Cunga.
Meanwhile the Tuesday league continues to draw the numbers. Lads and lassies could be forgiven for having ice cream in Kilkee or Ballybunnion this weather, but the numbers coming each Tuesday have allowed us to maintain a three group format which is hopefully giving everyone a chance to find their own level where they can contribute to their group as much as possible…thus ensuring we all get the best out of it. Thanks to all for marshalling of course, as we all now how necessary this is.
On the open racing front, please note that the Dan O’Donavan Memorial that was scheduled for Fermoy for Sun 21st July is now deferred to August. In its place is a race hosted by Midleton Cycling and Triathlon Club taking place in Cloyne – home of the best hurler in the Country’s history…after Mick Mackey of course (Christy Ring if your not into the camán). Also, after a gap of 20 years the Wexford 2 Day makes its return on 17/18 August.
We recently had some queries about membership which is always welcomed. One enquirer is visually impaired and is looking for co-riders for his tandem bike. If anyone is interested, Declan has the email address.
Good luck to all racing in Tralee this weekend for the inaugural Tralee Manor West GP. This is not a Handicapped race, and has a prize fund of €1000. Keep the Green and White train rollin’