Club League (Conor McGrane) This weeks event clashed with the Monie Nolan in Balscaden, and other riders were flying the clubs colours in the Ladies League at the Boot Inn, the Track League in Sundrive and not forgetting the Junior Tour. 14 signed on conditions warm sunny little wind. Fastest on the night was James Whelan and myself and Jim felt special mention should go to Thomas Duffy on finishing 12th after a fast and difficult race where he had to ride the majority on his own. John Leonard and Declan Murray broke clear on the last climb and stayed away to the finish after working well together. Tim Fulcher took the sprint for third after going from a long way out although Kevin McFeely was close behind despite cramping. Jim Callaly, John Ward and Anthony McMahon followed. Many riders attributed the fact that they stayed away to Anto’s encouragement and organisation. James Whelan jumped clear from the scratch group at the bottom of the final climb and finished strongly in 8th (fastest on the night although not too much faster than the deserved winner John Leonard, only about 30 seconds)
Ladies League (Bernie McNally) Got on great last night, still waiting on results, Coleen did a fab job, should have won it only went too soon for the finish.. I finished in the leading group and we were never caught by scratch so were delighted. We would love to put a team together for the Ras na mBan, maybe a Swords/Stamullen team. Coleen is looking into it.
Track League (Hugh Byrne) Still trying to learn the ropes at the track. There seems to be no end to the learning curve as every event requires a different approach! Very enjoyable none the less and all at the track are very supportive. Got my own track bike now and that definitely helps although track bikes are available for loan for anyone who want to give it a go. Colm Sevastapulo took a fall last week (a rarity on the track) but is recovering well. He has a shoulder injury and some road rash but is expecting to be back for the Nationals. He was there last night doing the stopwatch (with his good arm). His girlfriend says he is getting a little grumpy and that’s always a sign that we are on the mend!!! Elsewhere, Kevin Donagher placed 2nd B in the Monie Nolan, and Stephen Halpin, riding for the Stenna Ireland Junior Team was third in the opening TT stage of the M Donnelly Junior Tour