Western / Covey League RD9 – Race Report
Mac Dermott out smarts the Covies
Nine rounds into the league and the strain of the season has started to have its effect on the numbers racing but the racers that did turn up were still full of enthusiasm. 32 riders took to the start line at Holland’s filling station on the Leenane Rd, with a 43k route plotted out taking in Aughgower village three times.
4 groups were divided by abilities, its obvious the improvements that some of the riders have made over the 7 months especially the Western Lake CC racers, with a bigger than average number of them in group 3.
Dave Mac Dermott Western Lakes group 2 was in a tight position when coming to the finish line, there group had beaten the handicap but he was in the sticky position with 5 Westport Covey wheelers riders still in his bunch and him the lone Western Lakes rider.
Jump early and he would probably be passed by the finish line or wait and see and take the chance the he had the better sprint, in the end option 2 was his choice and he coasted to a fine victory outside the Railway station in Westport.
At the back of the race Western Lakes cc riders blew group 3 and 4 apart scooping up all the remaining points on offer.
In the team Classement Westport Covey wheelers group 3/4 riders knew that if group 2 managed to stay up the road they would increase their overall lead and so resisted attacking their own team mates. Westport scoring 218 pts on the night, securing 2nd to 6th place, to Western Lakes CC 204. Westport Covey Wheelers now have a tally of 2383pts to Ballinrobes 2324pts.
Round 10 is a 15k TT in Ballinrobe September 6th and the Final round is a Hill climb at O Toole’s Tourmakeady on September 20th.
1st Dave Mac Dermott WLCC
2nd Joe Browne CW
3rd Colin Kelly CW
4th Tom Mc Greal CW
5th Anthony Chappat CW
6th Sean Hastings CW
7th Padraig Marrey WL
8th Sean O Malley Wl
9th JJ Flaherty WL
10th Kevin Ryan WL
PS. Obviously Padraig Marrey wrote the report! But we will need big numbers for the upcoming Time Trial and Hill Climb final rounds.[Download not found]