Christmas Races – Simon on Form !!!

Sunday 1st Dec: The first race of the Festive Season was the inaugural Swords Hamper Race organised by man of his word, John Lally. He didn’t ride himself however, anxious to ensure all ran smoothly, and mindful of the fact that 40mph headwind on the Main Road might aggravate his cold !!! There is no hiding on the Boot Inn circuit when it’s windy !!! The Race was run on a h/cap basis and our Club was well represented at all levels numbering 17 of the 40+ entries. Many thanks to Club Members who helped out on the day and to The Ladies for organising the post race nosh. Anyway major thanks to John (& Bettyglen Electrical) for organising the event. The race was won by a lone escapee, Brian Irwin (Team BH), who battled the wind solo for most of the race. The group gambled slightly that he wouldn’t stay out there, but he was well up to the task. Supervet, Ronnie xxxxx (Orwell), attacked into the wind before the last bend, and held off the main bunch to take 2nd. The bunch sprint for 3rd was (I havent been on the bike) Simon with Sean 6th. Thanks to Ravens, Dublin Wheelers & Orwell who brought so many riders and we will indeed return the compliment for their Christmas Races.

Sunday 8th Dec: Next up was the Ravens race over 2 laps of the Mullagh circuit. Once again our Club was well represented. No wind today to slow down the mental assent of the Mullagh Hill !! Keith, had missed our own race as he had to go to Limerick for testing as part of the Junior Development Squad but made up for it this week by getting into as many moves as possible. Simon got himself into the decisive 4 man break and then broke clear to win by 20 sec.

Sunday 15th Dec: Obelisk Wheelers over two laps of the Green Sheds and Simon looking for two in a row. A bit of slaggin’ from the Wheelers saying the Swords lads would turn up for ‘the opening of an envelope’!! Mind you there were plenty of them there too!! The Prime on Lap 1 was taken by Sean Rock and the race, also run on a h/cap basis came down to bunch finish, where Simon did what he does so well…….took the sprint for back to back wins !!!!!! Next week its the Orwell Race (if he’s still invited) !!!!!!

Obelisk Wheelers Christmas Race, 26 Miles, Batterstown
Pos. Rider Club
1. Simon Whelan McNally Swords
2. Andrew Donnellan Dublin Wheelers
3. Lenny Carrigan Dublin Wheelers
4. Terry Ferris Dublin Wheelers
5. Liam Keenan Orwell
6. Jimmy Lally Dublin Wheelers

Sunday 22nd Dec:

John Sweeney Memorial (Dublin Wheelers)
Pos. Rider Club
1. A Donnellan Dublin Wheelers
2. J Lally Swords McNally Swords
3. C Crowley Balbriggan
4. T Ferris Dublin Wheelers
5. D King Finglas Ravens
6. S Lally McNally Swords
7. K Farrell Finglas Ravens
8. D Irwin BH