Treanor triumphs in second round of Summer Cycling League
Round Two of The Bike Station Summer Cycling League was the course to Greenore and back.
The out section of this course tends to be quite fast, however it is the run back towards the Ballymac that does the real damage. The climbs coming out of Greenore always stretch out the groups and make for extremely hard racing.
In Race 1, it came down to the wire between groups four and five, with the catch being made in the final few hundred meters. Newry’s Barry Convery timed his acceleration to perfection to just pass the last two group four riders, Ardee’s David McMahon in second and Newry’s Rob Cumming in third. Group five riders dominated the rest of the top 10 placings.
The race was marred by an accident at the turn around point. A small touch of wheels saw a number of riders come down. Fergal Cunningham and Jim Byrne bore the worst of it, with both suffering some cuts and bruises.
The second race saw Cuchulainn’s Michael Treanor and Jason Boyle just avoid being caught by group two. Treanor took the win ahead of Boyle. Jamie O’Hare, also of Cuchulainn, led home group two, taking third position in the process.
Over the Easter weekend, Cuchulainn had a five man team competing in the 4 Day International Rás Mumhan held in Kerry. Four days of long and fast racing saw the 185 strong field tackle a number of Kerry’s toughest climbs, with the ascent of Coomanaspic on day three especially demanding. The Cuchulainn team gave a good account of themselves, with their highest placed rider Liam Dolan finishing up in 18th overall. Unfortunately Tomás McCabe was forced to withdraw on stage three due to knee issues. Alan Grey, Ray O’Shaughnessy and John Fitzpatrick made up the rest of the team.