Coombes/Connor Memorial, Donore

The day started with mixed fortunes in the u/age, with Niall Rock a clear winner at U12 but brother Sean crashing in the U14 race. He’s ok and it will take more than that to put him off!

Impressive full racing debut for Grace McNally, placing 5th in the U14 race.

The C races saw Anto attack and go clear with one other rider, James Lawless (Usher), after a few miles. These two were joined by Sean Lally and Seamus Kennedy (Avonmore) on the first lap, and soon after by 2 more riders. the break was further swelled by Tosh and seven other riders on the second lap and shortly afterwards Mick Rock got across. Three riders broke clear with six miles to go. One more rider slipped clear and left the Swords lads to fight for 5th place. Anto & Sean got into the next 4 to escape. Sean was pipped for 5th, with Anto taking 8th spot. Mick Rock finished strongly from the remainder of the break for 10th, getting a prize for first unplaced Vet.

Garoid Loughnane rode well in the B race, getting himself into the break that dominated the race and rode well in it. Unfortunately this break split on the last lap and Garoid found himself on the wrong side of the split. He however gave a hint of what’s to come when he outsprinted his remaining compatriots for a minor place. John Lally worked hard to get across but the closest the chasers got to Garoids group was 10sec at best. When the B riders were heading for the showers Pepe was well up and going well in the A race and looked like he was going to be in the shake up.

Report from Pepe on A race below:

Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, but I have to do the work thing this week. As for last week-end I was feeling pretty shite for the first two laps, I was having trouble holding wheels on the tail wind section and thought I wouldn’t finish, but as the race went on I started to come round. Although at this stage the move for the day was gone. On lap 4 I was off the front of the bunch with Colm Bracken (Usher) and we were then joined by another four riders on the road from Duleek to Dunor. This group was still together at the start of the last lap, on the hill just after the finish line myself and Phil Finnegan (Cycleways) moved clear of the others and I ended up finishing in 9th place behind Phil. I was happy to finish in the top ten, on only the second race of the season. As for the profile I’ll try and get it finished next week. All the best for now.

—John P.

Well done to ex Swords rider, Mick Bolton (BH) who had another win in the B race. Well remembered for his superb time trialling, and his setting off for a run after the Club League races! He’s now an A.