Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s Sé Weston was successful at the recent IVCA race in Batterstown, Co Meath. The race was a handicapped affair, held over 80km with Martin Gray, Jimmy Flynn and Ray Fedigan all racing alongside Sé.
The groups came together after 30km and the riders started to attack en masse to try and get away. Sé managed to find himself in a group of 10 riders that worked well together to establish a gap on the main bunch.
Their cause was helped by a crash in the main bunch that brought down all the Dundalk men, luckily none of whom were hurt.
As the lead group approached the line Sé knew that he would not be the strongest sprinter so he attacked with 1km to go and in a gutsy display held over his fellow breakaway riders to take an impressive win.
Also in action recently were a number of club riders in Balbriggan for the Ben McKenna Memorial race, held in memory of Ben McKenna, a winner of the Rás in 1957.
In the A4 race Dermot Keelan had a superb ride to take 3rd in the race, with team-mate Paul Creighton also in the top 10.
In the main race Colm Quinn was part of the winning break and continues to build ahead of the Rás in May, but didn’t make it into the top five in the end.
Meanwhile, Bryan McCrystal, took part in the Tour of Ards Classic, which was a 100km loop around the Ards peninsula, coming home in 4th position as part of the winning break.
The club’s leisure cyclists were also out with almost 50 club riders completing the Tour of Carlingford.
The scenic but challenging saw the riders tackle 80km of rolling countryside setting off from Silverbridge in Armagh. Afterwards tea and coffee along with a great spread of food was well enjoyed in the Silverbridge clubhouse.
Some of the club’s riders used the tour as training for longer events such as the Wicklow 200 and rode from Dundalk out to Silverbridge and home again, adding another 30km to the route.