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THE MCNALLY CUP 2011
Michael Brady is finishing the cycling season on a high after winning the inaugural McNally Cup last Wednesday 7th September. The McNally family have kindly donated the cup in memory of the late Pat McNally who was a well reputed cyclist of his era in the 1930’s and 1940’s also having trained Mickey Palmer in the 1950’s.
The 43km race doubled as the penultimate race in the current Covey Wheelers Club League which has run since last March with on average over 55 cyclists taking part. The course was out the Ballinrobe road, past Killawalla, turn right for Tourmakeady, loop around Srah and back in the Ballinrobe Road. The race was handicapped with Matthias O’Donnell, U14, using his time advantage well managing stay ahead of chasing pack until 9km from the finish line. Even Pat McNally’s great grandson Joe Browne who was crowned Club Champion 2011 could not outrun the in-form ‘scratch’ group which included some of Westport’s emerging stars Chris Kennedy, Jason Prendercast and Anthony Murray. Michael Brady however showed the youthful pack that experience and strength matters when the pressure is on. Having managed to split the pack up on the last few kilometres Michael stormed over the line with only Chris Kennedy able to hold on for the final sprint. The presentation was held afterwards in Tom Bourkes on Castlebar Street. The results were as follows: 1st Michael Brady, 2nd Chris Kennedy, 3rd Jason Prendercast, 4th Anthony Murray, 5th Aaron Chambers, 1st Lady Ann Marie Egan and 1st Underage Matthias O’Donnell.
The focus now turns to the last event in the Covey Wheeler Club League which is a 16km Time Trial on the 28th September. Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the McNally Family for their generosity.