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Saturday 19 April 2014

Back to basics

AFTER basking in the success of hosting the National Championahips for a few days, it was back to the bread and butter of local action for Cuchulainn CC road racing last week.

First up on Tuesday night was the Women's League, with the fair weather producing another great turnout with over 20 riders signing on and splitting into five groups. The time gaps made for great racing and ensured everyone from beginner to former national champion Geraldine Gill all raced a competitive event.

First off in group 1 was Rosemary Gibson, who is a relatively new cyclist who started under the tutelage of Pat Kilboy on the Saturday morning 'coffee spins'.

Pat and his group mix their cycling with a quest for great cake and coffee, but Rosemary progressed rapidly to a point where she is now a proud winner of a round of the Women's League.

She had the strength to win the sprint when the first three groups on the road merged with Michelle Dolan second, Hazel Hall of Bohermeen in third and Sinead O`Hanlon of Newry Wheelers in fourth.

On top of the leader board sits Fiona Rogers, holding off Newry Wheeler's Louise O`Hagan in second and Hazel Hall in third.

The FPM Accountants League was also back on the menu this week with a 50km course from Oriel Park to Carrickmacross, across to Ardee and home.

In the B League Gary Shiels won ahead of Karl Dolan and Alan Bingham. All the groups had come together on the run into the finish from Ardee. As the bunch geared itself up for a sprint Shiels took the initiative himself and jumped with just over a kilometre to go. With no one wanting to waste their energy chasing him he opened a small gap and powered to the line for a win with a few bike lengths to spare over those behind.

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