Late flourish propels Sé to first place finish

Local cyclist Sé Weston topped the podium at the IVCA road race held in Batterstown on Sunday last.

Local cyclist Sé Weston topped the podium at the IVCA road race held in Batterstown on Sunday last.

The race which had over 100 entrants saw the riders split into six groups. As one of the stronger riders in the series, and a national champion to boot, Sé started in the last group some 25 minutes after the first riders set off.

As the race entered the final 10km of the 80kms, all the groups had come together bar four riders who were hanging on for the win. With 4km to go on a small hill Sé attacked out of the bunch and set off in a lone pursuit of the leaders.

On the long straight to the finish the gap was quickly coming down but it looked like the Cuchulainn riders would run out of road, however with less than 300ms to go he caught the small group and road through them to take the winner’s flag.

This is an excellent result for Sé, which bodes well for next weekend when himself and Martin Grey defend their national championship titles. Also racing Ray Fedigan and Jimmy Flynn finished safely in the main bunch.

While the ladies league was cancelled due to bad weather the off roaders had no such issues. Underage rider Aaron McCann was fastest on the night, ahead of Gary Morton and Stephen Kenny. Kenny’s result sees him move up to second in the table some 13 points behind league leader Terry McEneaney, whom finished in 9th position on Tuesday night.

In the FPM Accountants League Bryan McCrystal set a new course record of just over 20 minutes for the Castlebellingham and back 10 mile time trial.

McCrystal averaged almost 30mph for the 10 miles on a route that is not known for producing fast times.

Second fastest on the night was another McCrystal, Eve, showing all the rest of the men a clean pair of heals. Third spot went to Robbie Caraher.