The success of Limerick Cycling Club in the 2012 racing season seems to be gathering momentum!
Brian Hart, fresh from his very impressive solo victory last weekend, saw him take to the start line in Fermoy on sunday amongst some of the best riders in the country. The Dan O’Donovan Memorial A1/A2 race saw an impressive field set off on the 100k circuit which included Sean Lacey and Paudi O’Brien of the Dan Morrissey/ Speedy Spokes Team and Timmy O’Regan and Mark Dowling of DID Dunboyne.
Sean Lacey, a good friend of Limerick Cycling Club won the race in impressive fashion having escaped early on in a five man group and took the A1 Munster Champion title. Well done Sean!
Brian showing great awareness managed to get himself into a very strong second group on the road which included Mike Storan West Clare, Mark Dowling and Paudi O’Brien. The gap however to Lacey’s lead group was never bridged over the remaining 50km. Still away from the main peloton in the chasing group Brian finished 9th overall and first A2 over the line, thereby taking the Munster A2 Championships title!!! Congratulations Brian!!!
In the A3 race Joe Dunworth made his first serious comeback in the green and white!
A blistering pace was set by the A3 peloton and with two laps to go they were on top of the A1/ A2 peloton! With no-one managing to evade the clutches of the peloton it was down to the bunch gallop to decide the honours. A crash inside the last kilometre split the bunch and Joe, riding near the front, managed to stay out of trouble. There was now a gap which was never bridged up the finishing straight. Barry Sutton (DID Dunboyne), another good friend of the club, seemed to have enough up the last 200 metres but Joe was holding back a little and took what was a very close finish just ahead of Russell Tracey (St. Finbars). Barry Sutton had to settle for fourth. Congratulations Joe!!! Munster A3 Champion!!!
In the under-age races Limerick CC were also well represented in the prizes!
Aaron O’Donnell won his second race in as many weeks in taking the U-12 title. Having taken the top spot in Dungarvan last weekend, he was clearly going to be one to watch in Fermoy and he proved this in emphatic fashion crossing the line in first place!!! Fantastic stuff Aaron!!!
Stephen Shanahan made his way on to the podium in the U-16 race with a very impressive 3rd place!
More details on these races soon.