South East cyclist Stephen wins Leinster U-13 crown
Whiille a smaller than usual contingent from the South East Road Club competed in racing events over the weekend, nonetheless they had very successful weekend. Young Stephen Bracken brought great honour to the club by becoming the Leinster under13 champion at Kilmessan, Co. Meath on Sunday.
Stephen is a very talented and determined cyclist who should be even more successful next year in his under14 category.
Orwin Moynagh had a late season burst of terrific form. He took the prize for first junior rider also in Kilmessan on Sunday. This was terrific achievement as not alone did he finish in the main bunch over a very hilly course but he was ahead of all the top junior cyclists in Ireland.
Club member Cathal Redmond took an excellent sixth place in the Collins/Christle Cup for “A” and “B” category cyclists. Cathal was part of a large breakaway group containing some of the top cyclists in the country which were whittled down by constant attacking.
Slaney CC member Alex Williams from Riverchapel, Gorey edged Cathal out by a whisker in the sprint. Both of these cyclists are a product of the local Jim Tompkins Garage/Suzuki inter-club league which is run by the South East Road Club, the fourth year of which finished last week with Alex taking the overall honours.
The Kinch twins Declan and Paul Kinch took second and third places respectively, while their team-mate Denis McCarthy took joint sixth place with South East Road Club rider, John Maguire. This was a fine result for John in his first full season after a long lay-off from cycling.
Similarly Ciarán Furlong who also had terrific season took the prize for the first unplaced club category rider. Paul Bracken took the first unplaced South East Road Club rider trophy while his son, Andrew Bracken was the first unplaced youth.
Members are reminded that the very popular annual cycle in aid of the North Wexford Nursing Hospice trust takes place on Saturday next at 2 p.m. from Jim Tomkins’ Garage, The Monument, Gorey. There are cycles of varying distances to suit all levels. This is a fun event and not a race.
Sponsorship cards are available from Jim Tomkins, Frank Deering or Sam Darcy. All participants and their families can relax with pleasant barbecue at the Gorey Rugby club premises where there will be a bouncing castle for children and some tired cyclists.