Westport was the venue for the second ever Mayo cycling Championship, the
event attracted the best cyclist Mayo have to offer with in form riders
Patrick Clarke Castlebar and Professional Charles Prendergast Louisburg on
the start line along with 51 other cyclist from the nine Mayo cycling clubs
who have a combined membership of over one thousand members.
With 10 categories to cater for, this race was very much a race within a race
as tactics played a role on who followed who but in the end aggressive
riding was rewarded as it was those who attacked who gained the most.
The route over 63kms took in Newport, Glenisland, Glenhest, Newport with the
finish on Minister hill on the approach to Westport.
The race started at a frantic pace with attacks from the drop of the flag, a
number of moves were instigated by Castlebar CC were all reeled in before
Newport before a move by Ciaran Clarke Castlebar and Padraig Marrey Western
Lakes CC opening a gap on the hill up by Cuilmore school, by the top the gap
was only a few seconds on 2 chasers Patrick Clarke Castlebar and Charles
The quartet rode as a solid unit for the next 40kms holding a gap of around
one minute on the bunch of chasers.
At Kilmeena with 7k to go the attacks up front splintered the quartet with
Prendergast and Clarke opening a small gap on Marrey and Ciaran Clarke.
Prendergast went for broke when he put in a huge attack on Barley hill with
2k to go putting Clarke under serve pressure, a second attack opened
daylight between the two and a pursuit all the way to line ended with
Victory for the Louisburg man for the second time in a row at these
championships, Charles who races professionally with the Polygon sweet team
was more than happy with the result.
In the sprint for third Marrey had just enough to take it from Ciaran
Clarke, with Marrey winning the Veterans gold and Clarke taking bronze in
the A1 category.
60seconds later Chris Troy of Castlebar won the gallop up the hill from
Michael Brady Westport Covey who wins the A2 gold with JJ Flaherty Western
Lakes 7th across the line and 2nd in the A2 category.
The bunch followed another 30seconds later with David Mc Grath Castlebar CC
showing a fine turn of speed to win the 15 man bunch gallop winning the A3
gold for his efforts.
Big thanks for Westport Covey wheelers for organising the Champs and to Tom
Bourke’s bar for providing the refreshments.
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1st Charles Prendergast Polygon Sweet Cunga CC
2nd Patrick Clarke Castlebar CC
3RD Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC
Team Castlebar CC (Patrick Clarke, Ciaran Clarke, Chris Troy, David Mc
1st Charles Prendergast
2nd Patrick Clarke
3rd Ciaran Clarke
1st Mick Brady Westport Covey
2nd JJ Flaherty Western Lakes CC
3rd Mark Quigley Western Lakes CC
1st Dave Mc Grath Castlebar CC
2nd Colm Staunton Westport Covey
3rd Gary Collins Cunga CC
1st Ollie Whyte Westport Covey
2nd David Mac Dermott Western Lakes CC
3rd Michael Flynn Westport Covey
1st Jason Prendergast Cunga CC
2nd Con Doherty Westport Covey
3rd Cale Coen Castlebar CC
1st Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC
2nd Chris Troy Castlebar CC
3rd Albert Morrow Ballina
1st Collette Sweeney Westport Covey
2nd Siobhan O Malley Westport Covey
3rd Tina O Malley Westport
1st Sean Flynn Westport Covey
2nd Karl Benson Castlebar CC
1st Sean Hastings Westport Covey
2nd Tom Mc Greal Westport Covey
3rd Eoin Carr Westport Covey
See http://www.facebook.com/MayoCyclingLeague?ref=hl for race pictures and