Devins’ fine vic­tory

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

MATTHEW Devins lined up at the John McCul­lagh memo­rial road race in Cook­stown re­cently. The race con­sisted of 4 laps of a rolling 11.5 km cir­cuit to­tal­ing 46km. The first few laps saw a lot of ac­tion with var­i­ous rid­ers get­ting small gaps but were brought back each time by Matthew and Donal Walsh, two of the rid­ers in form at the mo­ment. Ar­ron Raf­ferty was the first se­ri­ous con­tender to make a break on the 2nd lap and looked promis­ing but with a strong head wind he could only eke out a small gap of 15 sec­onds. At the start of the 3rd lap Ar­ron had been brought back by Matthew and Donal. This is when Matthew de­cided to at­tack just as there was a lull in the Race. Matthew in­stantly put a large gap into the group, which had ex­ploded into pieces,such was the hurry to get back to Matthew. Ev­ery­one knew he was the rider in form.

The Yeats rider pressed on for half a lap ek­ing out a 30 sec­ond gap. Then it stayed that way un­til the bell lap (last lap). All the time Matthew was away the other lads could see him so it wasn’t a case of out of sight out of mind. They were also work­ing hard to bring him back and it wasn’t go­ing to be as easy as it might have looked.

On the head wind sec­tion the main group were start­ing to make in­roads with one of the Ban­bridge rid­ers work­ing re­ally hard. They had brought the gap down to 15 sec­onds.

On the fast 5km run in Matthew knew even a small gap on the tail­wind sec­tion, he would hang on for the win. Matthew held on for an­other fine vic­tory of 12 sec­onds from Chris Neil Ban­bridge and Ciaran Dixon McCon­vey Cy­cles round­ing out the podium.

Next up for Matthew is an­other 1 day 3 stage Cork­agh Park races in Dublin. Rep­re­sent­ing Con­naght will be Younger brother Mar­cus in the U14 races.

Roisin Walsh(stroke), Alan­nah Dono­hue(2),Anya Rafftery(bow) and Mairead Gal­lagher.(3) Sligo Row­ing Club mem­bers who rep­re­sented the Ur­su­line at a re­cent schools re­gatta. Sligo Gram­mar School also had a crew en­tered.

Matthew Devins won the John McCul­lagh road race.

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