Young cyclists in good form
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.