People/Echo Notes 23rd June

It was very much Davy Walsh’s weekend in that he took a top ten place in the prestigeous Paddy Flanagan 2 day in Kildare including second place in the Sunday morning time trial.Dave took first place in the club’s Liam Bennett Time Trial on the previous Saturday and  on Friday evening he took fourth place in the Slipstream CC League in Gorey having on Tuesday evening taken  second place in the Comeragh CC Altitude League in Waterford. The performance in this race was quite a feat, as some of Ireland’s top domestic cyclists were in this event. Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich was also in this race, but only survived around 20km before a 50kph crash involving more than ten riders ended his  race prematurely.

Simon Lambert added to Wexford Wheelers’ podium places this week when he took third place in the Slipstream CC League after succeeding in breaking away from the bunch with Declan Kinch of Slipstream CC, while further up the road was Murt Doyle of Slaney CC. Luke Maguire also rode well in this race. Other Wexford Wheelers were to be found racing in Wednesday night’s SERC League in Gorey, the Mullingar Criterium, and Sunday’s Leahy Cup in Cork. The Slaney Cycling Club’s Novice League is attracting a large entry from the Wexford Wheelers  and Damien Heffernan is leading the League table with Alan Rossiter in second position after round four.

Second in the  Liam Bennett Time Trial  was Dave Allen whose return to cycling has been marked by ever improving times and placings; Dave was in the fast touring group which left the Bullring as usual on Sunday taking in a circuit encompassing Ferns and Kilmuckridge. The second touring group took a more leisurely spin to Ballycullane and Bannow returning via Bridgetown in brilliant sunshine and very light winds. Billy Roche and Stephen Flood took the younger aged group beyond Taghmon and back.