Season so far…
This season has been marked with the rise of a new star in the Swords colours and very special start to the season for one of it’s eternal ones. Firstly Colm Cassidy made a meteoric rise through the C rankings with 2 wins before using his TT ability to set up a great placing in the Gorey and taking the TT stage in the Corkman. Most remarkable of his achievements to date in my opinion though, was taking his Club C/ship TT in what turned out to be a course record for previous league events that has stood since 2000 and which was set by Time Trial ‘supremo’ Aidan Hammond. An achievement made all the more remarkable considering the pouring rain.
Supervet Sean Lally has notched up 6 road victories and a 25 Mile C/ship in the IVCA is superb displays of tactics, hard riding and powerful sprinting while the clubs star climber, and most improved rider last year, rode an excellent Shay Elliot, taking the 1st B prize. Meanwhile Sean Rock & Stephen Halpin are gaining invaluable experience in their progression to the next level, riding with the Sean Kelly team in Belgium and most recently rode the tour of Turkey with the men from Stamullen. Most recently we are seeing a new direction for Swords with new member David O’Neill notching up top 5 results in mountain bike racing, while the track season has had a slightly weather induced delay, and where we will soon see powerful track sprinter Colm Sevastopulo do his thing!!!
We as a club are very pleased to welcome so many new members in all categories and we hope that our club league improves you all and helps you all achieve what you are capable of. It was also quite pleasing to see so many father & son combinations at the TT last week and its no coincidence that our potential & current superstars take the lead from the dads – after all first step is beating the dad — next step world domination!!!!!!!