Monday 11 December 2017

Sherlock leads breakaway to win Boyne Grand Prix

Ryan Sherlock on an MTB trail.
Ryan Sherlock on an MTB trail.

Jill Leonard Power

It couldn't have been better weather over the bank holiday and while many celebrated the St Patrick's weekend the traditional way, Ryan Sherlock of the Belgian Tomacc Racing Team had other plans.

Though the former mountain bike champion didn't have a deliberate plan of attack, a series of crashes earlier in the day at Sunday's Boyne Grand Prix in Slane, Co Meath, told him one thing – his best and safest route was to break away from the group.

Mountain biking is almost the reverse of road racing, there's a massive start sprint to the first technical section.

Road racing allows for a level of easing into the race, with tactics and the ability to read a race being huge factors.

Sherlock has spent the start of the year racing in Belgium and this, combined with a scheduled interval set of training days to rest days, proves his methods are not those of madness.

The Boyne course was reminiscent of Kermesse racing done in Belgium – a shorter distance with more laps that tends to cater to the race spectators.

Sherlock attacked off the front of a big breakaway made early in the race and was joined by Greg Swinand – the pair worked very well together matching each other's strengths.

Swinand, just having won the Newbridge GP last week, is showing some great form coming in a close second to Sherlock with Cormac Clarke in third.

Irish Independent

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