With a tough route planed for this years club championship there was still a good representation of each of the groups for this years Pat McNally Cup. The 63km route used for last years Mayo Champs and for an earlier round in our own league had good and bad memories for riders.
Group 1 were set off with a very encouraging 15mins handicap and the group set to work straight away. Keith Hastings having raced in Galway earlier in the day took the KOH after Cuilmore school. There were big name casualties early on with Yorkie and Noreen loosing contact with the leaders along the Glenisland road.
Group 2 had 5 mins on the scratch group and looked strong with Tom McGreal, Joe Moran and the inform Eamon Daly adding muscle to their efforts. They also left bodies all over the road with Simon Moran and Joe Browne jumping on with the scratch through Glenisland.
Group 3 kept their cool and kept a steady up and over the whole way to Newport closing 2mins on Group 2. However they didn’t get sight of Group 2 until after Glenhest. Closing them down and riding straight through them just after Newport.
There were a few futile attacks just after Newport before a bit of looking around by some of the big guns and Aichlinn was gone! Patjoe tried to close but was unsuccessful. James was next to jump clear with about 5k to go.
However the leaders out front were still powering on with only 4 in the Group. Aichlinn rode straight passed them with less than 3km remaining which was well timed by the handicappers.
Aichlinn rode home alone over 20secs over James and another 25secs back to the bunch lead out by Patjoe.
Westport Covey Wheelers would like to thank all the marshals, Mill Times Hotel and especially the McNally Family for their continued support.
McNally Cup 2014 Winners:
Club Champion 2014 and 1st Overall – Aichlinn O’Reilly
2nd Overall – James McGreevey
3rd Overall – Patjoe O’Connell
Ladies Champion – Siobhan O’Malley
Best Youth – Ben Walsh
KOH Prime – Keith Hastings
Group 1 Winner – Anthony Harrision
Group 2 Winner – Tom McGreal
Group 3 Winner – Colm Staunton
Report by Keith O’Connell