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A terrific start to the season for relatively new to cycling Dave Walshe of Westport Covey Wheelers after he stormed home to take the A4 gold in Loughrea yesterday Sunday 23th February.
While he was at it he also took the only race prime KOH (King of the Hill). Expect to see more from Dave over the season.
 
 
 
 
Race report from David:
 

“The race started well, there were some good efforts by my teammate Dave Hanahoe and also by the Western Lakes duo of Shane Gilligan and Janus. I knew I had to keep in the top bunch for the hill climb and just paced myself on the hill while keeping the cadence up. I made sure I was gaining places and was not being overtaken. I made an attack for the KOH and got it. A group of 20 of us got away quickly and worked hard to open the gap on chasing pack. There were a few attacks by riders before the sprint finish. Thanks to all Covey team mates for guidance, support, and encouragement over the last 8 months. Thanks to West Coast Wheelers for the race, marshals and hospitality.”

Dave Hanahoe put in a very strong perform and finished with the lead group.
 
Meanwhile in the A1/2/3 race the intense pace from the start had its toll on several Westport riders. Whyte, Corcoran and the O’Connell’s suffered after putting in a considerable amount of early work. Tom Burke suffered a mechanical failure close to the finish. Colm Staunton, Paraic Conway and Michael Flynn put in solid performances and finished strong. The race was won by Paddy Clarke of Ballina based Liquidworx-Fitscience team.
 
A great start to the racing season – thanks to West Coast Wheelers for the event.