Eve cycling for Leinster in international event
THE 2013 FPM Accountants Summer Cycling League continued in its new format last Thursday.
The league is being split in two and the winner decided come September by the rider with the most points, irrespective of which league they rode in.
In the A league the winner emerged from Group 3 when Aimhirghin O Brannagain won a sprint from a large group that approached the finish at the Ballymac.
The three groups had come together not long after the half-way mark of the tough, three-lap 50km race which went up through the forest of Ravensdale.
Aimhirghin would be one of the club's strong junior riders and will be sure to step up to the B league next season.
Second in the sprint was Kenneth Farrelly, ahead of Enda McKeown who had gone off in Group 3.
Aidan Leonard of Carrickmacross and Ronan Jennings of Newry rounded out the top five, while Annette Dawe was the first lady home, ahead of Lisa Neary and Debbie Lundy.
Meanwhile in the B league Bryan McCrystal continued his winning streak with yet another commanding performance.
McCrystal is building his form ahead of this month's An Post Rás, where over eight days he will be racing on the Louth team against many of Europe's top cycling teams.
McCrystal broke away from his his fellow Group 6 companions and started eating up the ground on those in front of him. As the line approached the two front groups had merged and it became a matter of whether McCrystal would have enough road left to take the win. As the others started to wind up for the sprint McCrystal put in one huge last effort and literally passed them with metres to spare to take the win.
Second place went to Kevin Treanor, ahead of Daren McCullough of Newry. Gary Shiels and another Newry rider, Robin Cumming, were in fourth and fifth respectively.
In action over the Bank Holiday Weekend was Eve McCrystal, when she travelled to Bedford to take part in an international three-day race as part of the Leinster team.
The race packed five stages into only three days and Eve was expected to perform best in the individual time trial.