Youth triumphed over experience in the league last night. For once we saw some cycling talent exhibit itself, Patrick Goczyzyk, a traditional Meath name via Poland closed a 3 minute gap to the lead group on his own and won in splendid isolation, a very promising under 16, he is tipped for great things and showed everyone a clean pair of wheels.
In second place was ace sprinter Sean Nolan who pipped Thomas Mc Elroy on the line, you screwed up your chances of a special shop discount there Sean but Thomas is flying this year and he did a lot of work in the group which means hes either training or he has become an asthmatic and is using an inhaler, hes lost some weight so that must be it.
Grace Kelly and Aoife Fay were also in the top ten and we await the return of Marie Gorman as the standard of women’s racing gets very impressive
John Clarke, last weeks winner broke the handicap record last night by being moved from group one to group four and still came in 11th
Michael Mills and Lorcan McKenna also got placed following their good results in Dunsany at the weekend
The scratch group must have been scratching their rear end as they never got near the front group despite paying the handicapper to give them five minutes less, at least this week they were inside the 15% time limit which means a morale boost for those riding the Ras.
Keith Walls rode well and complained that the handicap was too much, welcome to the world of no accountability Keith.
The most excited the scratch group got was at the end when they were given the new kit with raceline gear and long sleeved skinsuits, lets hope they can do the new luminous colours justice. The Ras team also got bottles and assorted goodies from Cyclize and Planet X so they should go faster now
Despite the good conditions Brian Moran still managed to puncture, does anybody have heavy duty industrial cycling tyres,
Elly McMyler won her first ever race beating Brendan McGuinnes to the lie in a thrilling sprint for the under 12 race
Matt Nolan made a rare appearance on Irish roads and finished well.
The marshals did a great job as did the lead vehicles.
PS League and Race around Ireland regular Ray Keegan is swimming from Trim to Navan for charity in a few weeks time 20 kilometres overall- a fine feat-best of look with the non sewage treatment plants the dysentery and the river sharks Ray-please give generously to Ray as he will probably be in hospital for a month after this epic.
Senior / Junior / U16 Race (Top 15)
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