The Easter period proved to be very fruitful for Cuchullainn Cycling Club, with cyclists active in three different races around the country.
On Easter Sunday in Batterstown, the IVCA League commenced for 2013. The club’s cyclists have been very successful in this league down through the years, with Martin Grey taking his second National Championship last season.
This year looks to be no different with one round finished and already a Dundalk man has topped the podium. Jimmy Flynn took the chequered flag in his event, when with 10km to go he jumped away from the main bunch to bridge up to a lone attacker.
The duo worked well together to establish a strong lead over the main group. At the finish Jimmy proved too strong for his compatriot and was crowned champion.
In the other race of the day Sé Weston took third place when he got into the winning break on the first of four laps, while back in the bunch club-mate Martin Grey made sure to interfere with any attempts to chase them down.
A Cuchullainn team comprised of Owen Martin, Gerry McCabe, Myles McCorry, Sean Loughran and Peter Tomany traveled to Galway to compete in the three day Rás Chonmara. The team, spearheaded by Owen, had a great weekend and took second team overall.
On the Sunday Owen had a superb ride in the afternoon road stage to make his way into the winning breakaway, taking second on the stage and moving up to second overall, only six seconds of the coveted yellow jersey, which was held by Stamullen rider Cian Delany.
On the last stage Owen and his team mates attacked from the gun and never let up the whole day, riding aggressively throughout and making sure the yellow jersey never had a minute to relax. In the end he couldn’t quite find those vital seconds and had to settle for an excellent second place.
Meanwhile in the mountains of Kerry, the Louth Rás team where preparing for the 2013 race in May, by competing in the four day Rás Mumhan. Ray O’Shaughnessy, Colm Quinn and Ultan O’Callaghan all had good races and got the vital hard miles in the legs ahead of the international race in May.