Sunday 21 December 2014

Impressive Shaw takes crown from Lacey

The Edge team, featuring Richard Hooton, second from left, model their new kit at the start of the Lacey Cup race in Tralee, Co Kerry.

You could cut the tension with a knife this year at the Lacey Cup as everyone wondered if the outcome would mirror the past – Sean Lacey has won the cup for many years.

But there's new talent emerging every day – all with their own idea to gain that extra edge to keep everyone guessing.

This annual short-distanced race of 75k is the first Munster slot on the cycling calendar. It takes the riders into the Dingle Peninsula and over two climbs – Gleann na nGealt and Slieve Mish.

The strong winds brought the most seasoned of riders to their knees and, for the first time in years, many wondered who would be first to cross the line this time.

Damien Shaw of Aquablue had made a serious effort, using an altitude tent, a watt bike and the infamous "gate" – a clunky, heavy bike with panniers.

Top-class riders Robin Kelly, Paidi O'Brien, Richard Hooton and Lacey also looked in top form ahead of the start.

Shaw left the bunch early on. While many tried to keep up, no one could hold his wheel.

And he shocked everyone by finishing an astounding three minutes ahead of the rest of the pack. Sean Hahessy came in second, with Dylan Foley third. Mark Gater won the A4 race and took the prime.

Irish Independent

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