Young cy­clists in good form

Bray People - - SPORT -

MEM­BERS OF the South East Road Club un­der age squad were in action on Sun­day last in Palmer­stown, Dublin on a pur­pose-built and what is re­garded as a dif­fi­cult cycling track.

The club is the very for­tu­nate po­si­tion of hav­ing an ex­cel­lent un­der age mem­ber­ship, which is one of the largest in the coun­try, de­spite the South East Road Club it­self only be­ing in ex­is­tence for a very short pe­riod.

In the un­der-12 race, Reese Young took a ter­rific sec­ond place and his best ever re­sult in open racing, only been beaten by his great ri­val and friend Adam Thatcher by a bike length. Keith Doyle, who has shown a lot of po­ten­tial, took eight place in his first open race. Becky Heaney took a fine sixth place to make it the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week­end that she has been on the podium.

Ver­sa­tile sports­man Niall Hef­fer­nan had his best re­sult ever in tak­ing third place in the un­der-14 race. Niall is also show­ing great po­ten­tial in track cycling and has a great fu­ture ahead of him in the sport, which he only took it up last year.

Niall also plays rugby with Gorey RFC and Gaelic sports with Liam Mel­lows GAA club, Castle­town.

Stephen Bracken from Inch is reg­u­larly in the top plac­ings in all his races and this week­end was no dif­fer­ent when he took an ex­cel­lent sixth place in the un­der-16 race.

All of the races had very large fields com­pris­ing com­peti­tors from cycling strongholds all over Ire­land. All of the un­der age cy­clists are the prod­uct of the South East Road Club’s pol­icy of bring­ing new en­trants into the sport through em­pha­sis­ing the en­joy­ment as­pect as well as con­cen­trat­ing on safe cycling skills.

Ev­ery Easter week­end seeks the run­ning of the pres­ti­gious Gorey three-day race. The South East Road Club have en­tered a very strong team who will be hop­ing to im­prove on last year’s ter­rific re­sults.

The field of al­most two hun­dred rid­ers leaves Dublin on Satur­day next to fin­ish on the Bally canew Road, Gorey around 2.30 p.m. On Sun­day morn­ing com­peti­tors do a four-mile time trial from out­side of Clough to Gorey.

This is fol­lowed in the af­ter­noon by four laps of a cir­cuit from Gorey to Craanford to Camolin to Gorey, mak­ing a to­tal of sixty miles.

Mon­day sees the cy­clists re­turn­ing on the route used for the down­ward leg on Satur­day. This is re­garded as one of the tough­est races in the cal­en­dar with many pre­vi­ous win­ners be­com­ing pro­fes­sional cy­clists.

The very strong team rep­re­sent­ing the South East Road Club are Tony Breen, An­thony Mills, John Maguire and Gorey man, Der­rick Evans who is also part of the Wex­ford team squad for the RAS in May.

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