The 2013 FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League continued last week in its new format of the league being split in two and the winner being decided come September by whom has the most points, irrespective of which league they rode in.
In the A League the winner emerged from group three when Aimhirghin O’Brannagain won a sprint from a large group that approached the finish at the Ballymac.
The three groups had come together not long after the half way mark of the three lap, 50km race. The lap went up through the forest of Ravensdale which made for tough racing.
Aimhirghin would be one of the club’s strong junior riders and will be sure to step up to the B League next season. Second in the sprint was Kenneth Farrelly, ahead of Enda McKeown whom, had gone off in group three.
Aidan Leonard of Carrickmacross and Ronan Jennings of Newery rounded out the top 5. Annette Dawe was first lady home ahead of Lisa Neary and Debbie Lundy.
Meanwhile in the B League Bryan McCrystal continued his winning streak with yet another commanding performance.
McCrystal is building his form ahead of this month’s An Post Rás, where, over eight days, he will be racing on the Louth team against many of Europe’s top cycling teams.
McCrystal broke away from his his fellow group six companions and started eating up the ground on those in front of him. As the line approached the two front groups had merged and it became a matter of whether McCrystal would have enough road left to take the win.
As the others started to wind up for the sprint McCrystal put in one huge last effort and literally passed them with meters to spare to take the win.
Second place went to Kevin Treanor, ahead of Daren McCullough of Newry. Gary Shiels and another Newry rider, Robin Cumming, were in 4th and 5th respectively.
Eve McCrystal was in action over the Bank Holiday weekend, where she traveled to Bedford to take part in an international three day race as part of the Leinster team. The race packed five stages into only three days and it was the individual time trial where Eve was expected to shine. More on this next week.