Connacht Road Race Championships Race Report
Whilst the covey stage race specialists were on the attack up in Mullingar the Covey one day specialists headed to Sligo for the Connacht Championships. Representing the club were Padraic Conway in the Vets category, Noel Mulroy in the A4 Category race and Colm Staunton in the A3 race.
The course was tough and consisted of 5 ½ laps (100km) for the A1 2 3s and Vet race and 4 ½ laps for the A4 race. The lap included a difficult climb with the summit staging the finish. Three riders went clear from the start and the first lap saw all the big guns jumping and launching attacks from the main bunch, but nothing stayed away until the climb of the second lap when approx 12 riders went clear. Padraic and Colm missed the break and were back in the main bunch. A few A3s were in the break and there was a lack of commitment from the main bunch to try and catch the break meaning the A3 race was going to be decided from riders in the breakaway.
Meanwhile, Padraic was also in the main bunch but was racing for 2nd in the vet category as there was a vet rider away in the break, who had extended his lead out to 4 minutes. The race was tactical to say the least and lots of riders were watching each other in the main bunch. On the final lap Padraic attacked the climb on the finish lap and was piped for 2nd place on the line by John James Flaherty Western Lakes leaving Padraic with 3rd place result in the Vet category.
In the A4 race Noel Mulroy took the Gold Medal for his efforts in A4 race, so well done to Noel .
A good day out was had by all, thanks to Daire and all the volunteers for a well organised race.