Javan has pedal power

Published 12/03/2014 | 05:28

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Javan Nulty in action.

CLONARD in County Meath proved to be a very happy hunting ground on Saturday for local cyclists as Julianstown native Javan Nulty of the DID club in Dunboyne scored a great win in the 88km Ras Naomh Finian.

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CLONARD in County Meath proved to be a very happy hunting ground on Saturday for local cyclists as Julianstown native Javan Nulty of the DID club in Dunboyne scored a great win in the 88km Ras Naomh Finian.

The race was held on an out-and-home circuit from Clonard to Kilbeggan and returning via the same route, and on the outbound part of the race a 70-strong field of riders were riding into a very strong headwind.

After 25km of racing, a group of riders, including Nulty, broke clear of the main field and remained out clear right to the finish line and it was here that Javan displayed his supremacy by blasting his way past one of the best sprinters in the game, Robin Kelly from the Aqua Blue team, to claim victory.

In the Senior A4 race held over the same course and distance, this event resulted in a spectacular win for Stamullen M Donnelly rider Gareth Dargle. This was reckoned to be the performance of the weekend because, after only 5k of racing, Dargle dropped the entire field of 90 riders and soloed out front throughout the whole race.

At the turning point at Kilbeggan he had 1:05 to spare over two chasing riders and 1:30 over the main field, but with the aid of a strong tail wind and matched with his strength, he opened the gap further and at the finish line a clearly delighted Dargle had sufficient time to raise his arms aloft to claim a sweet victory with a margin of 1:50 over his rivals. Drogheda Wheelers' Eamonn Watters finished in fourth position.

On Sunday, Newbridge Credit Union Cycling Club held the Newbridge GP for all senior category riders. At the end of this 104km race, Greg Swinand from the UCD club took a very creditable win, with two of his team-mates filling the next two places. Javan Nulty was fifth and John Reynolds (Stamullen MD RC) finished third Junior.

In the Senior A3 race, Donore native Daragh Campbell, representing Novo Nordisk, finished in fifth place.

Next Sunday at Gormalough, situated on the Slane/Kilberry road, Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club will promote the Boyne Grand Prix which is a relatively new addition to the calendar.

The race headquarters will be located at Ryan's Bar & Lounge at Gormalough. The Senior A4 race is the first race to depart the start line at 10.30 and the Senior A1-A2 race will start at 12.30, with huge entries expected partly because the St Patrick's Day race due to take place at Summerhill, Co Meath, has been cancelled suddenly.

Drogheda Independent

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