Hun­dreds take part in race

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

HUN­DREDS of cy­clists took on the gru­elling Shay El­liott Me­mo­rial Race last Satur­day.

This is one of the tough­est one-day races on the cy­cling cal­en­dar in Ire­land with the best of the best in the sport turn­ing out to tackle the Wick­low hils.

A lot of plan­ning went into the event, with over 130 vol­un­teers giv­ing up their time to en­sure that the day was seam­less.

This year the crew re­ceived spon­sor­ship from New Ire­land As­sur­ance, with VeloMoto TV on hand to record video footage of the race.

This will be broad­cast on TG4 in June. Bray Wheel­ers was well rep­re­sented in the race, which set off from their club­house and took a route around the pic­turesque north County Wick­low.

There were more than 200 riders on the day, which in­cluded a 151km route as well as an 89 km route.

Both routes in­cluded a climb over Glen­malure where there is a mon­u­ment in mem­ory of the late Shay El­liott.

El­liott was the first Ir­ish­man to wear the Tour de France race leader’s yel­low jersey.

He was an Ir­ish cham­pion and came first in points clas­si­fi­ca­tion in Paris - Nice in 1957. He also came first in Stage 3 of the 1963 Tour de France and held the leader’s jersey for three stages.

One of his last team bikes and jer­seys are now dis­played in Bray Wheel­ers, hav­ing been do­nated to the club by his friend Noel O’Brien.

Noel said he wanted the bike to be on show and ap­pre­ci­ated by the pub­lic rather than hid­den away in his shed.

ABOVE: Noel Kelly, Jason How­ick, John Spain, Geoffrey Robin­son and Damian Doyle. BE­LOW: The ju­nior race gets go­ing from the club­house.

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