Well done to Cian Keogh who took a very fine 8th place in the Leinster Under 16 Cycling Championships yesterday in Meath. He was also the second placed under 15 rider. He put in an amazing performance to bridge a gap of over 50 seconds to make contact with the star-studded and very strong breakaway group. In a sprint he would be expected to do really well but his efforts in bridging the gap left him depleted but 8th place in a field of 25 exceptionally strong riders is an excellent result.
Congrats to Reece Young of Slaney on taking the under 16 championship.
Congratulations to our representatives in the above event who gave a great account of themselves. Well done to Tom, Lisa and John for looking after them and for making the long journey to Donegal. A special thanks to Frank O’Leary who kept an eye on proceedings.
In the under 14 event where there was a field of over seventy riders, Liam Curley finished 8th place overall and fourth best placed Irish rider with a fine fourth place on a stage and a sixth place in the time trial. Liam was only twelve seconds off second place and five seconds behind 7th-placed Conor Gallagher, who took all stages in last year’s All Ireland’s. After four stages of racing against a top class international field this is an incredible result for Liam who is only in his second season, having just started cycling a little over two years ago. He is really looking forward to the All Ireland’s in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim in a little over two weeks, where will be expected to do very well.
The under 16 field had close on a hundred riders and great credit is due to Cian Keogh who finished in 34th place overall and 16th best placed Irish cyclist. This is also a marvellous result for Cian who is up there with the best as his past results indicate. Cian will be on form for the All Ireland’s and will also be expected to do very well.
Well done to Cian Keogh and Liam Curley who are representing the South East Road Club with great distinction in Donegal against the top international cyclists from England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Liam is currently in seventh place overall from a field of 70 riders with literally micro-seconds separating him and those above him in GC. His best place was fourth on the first stage, followed by sixth place in the time trial and 13th in the road race, all of which was achieved in very wet conditions. The final stage is a criterium today and Liam will be expected to do really well in this. Liam is in the top three Irish cyclists in the field, which is not an unexpected result considering his determination and talent.
Cian Keogh has put in very steady performances and is now in 34th place overall from a field of over a hundred and is 10th placed Irish cyclist. This is a great result from Cian who was exam-tied this year but has made excellent progress in training and will have a great late season He will be in the under 16 ranks again next year and should do really well.
The club wishes a speedy recovery to Reece Young who was injured in a crash involving 15 riders on the first stage.
1. Kieran Keane – Kilcullen
2. Paul O’Flynn-Kilmallock CC
3. Shane Power – Dungarvan CC
4. Martin McCormack – Lucan CRC
5. Garret McGonagle – Dublin Whs
6. Bryan Cullen - Barrow Whs.
7. Denis McCarthy -Slipstream
8. Donal Daly. – Garda
First unplaced Junior – Dermot Whyte - Lucan CREC -
First unplaced SERC -John Maguire
1. Andy Loughlin -SERC
2. Stephen Conroy - Lucan
3. Bradley Turner – Laois CTC
4. Lee Pyke SERC
5. Hugh Power SERC
6. Graham Scanlon- Lucan
7. Justin Lohan - Dublin Whs
First unplaced SERC – Kevin Ryan
First unplaced lady – Marie Claffey – UCD
A big thanks to all the marshals, drivers of lead cars, commissaires, Allan Proby for car parking area, Michael Byrne for use of vehicle and Toss Byrnes for the use of facilities and food and the the committee for for the organisation of the race.
Hopefully, everyone involved in today’s crash in the A$ race is ok and that their injuries were not too serious.
Please note that parking for club members on Sunday next in the field normally used for parking for the Inch car boot sale. It is a gravelled surface and should not pose any problem. It is directly opposite St Mogue’s Hall on the left hand side on the Coolgreaney Road.
We would be obliged if you pass this message on to others in the club.
The reason that we are using alternative parking is not to discommode patrons of Toss Byrnes.
It is hard to believe but SERC is now ten years in existence. We have grown a lot in that time and have produced and still continue to produce many fine cyclists. In that time membership has really expanded from seeing a few familiar faces on as Sunday morning spin to many many members who engage in all aspects of cycling. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club and most successful year so far, Ciaran Furlong and John Canavan have put a lot of work into organising a Dinner/Social evening on the 20th September at 8 pm in the Amber Springs, Gorey. They have negotiated a very good rate of 30 Euro for a four course meal in a private room with a bar ( not free as they say !!) A bus will also run on the night from Gorey/Arklow and surrounding areas if you want to have a few drinks. Wives/husbands/ partners are more than welcome. Deposits of 20 Euro are required by the 20th of August.
Ciaran can be contacted at 087- 2438408 or email@example.com. John can be contacted at 087- 9305461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well done, lads on your initiative.
Saturday - 12th July. TIME TRIAL starts at 10 am
Time Trial over 6k course on old N11 from Bakers Cross to Scarnagh. First rider is off at 10.00 am.
Sign on at the Arklow Rocks Clubhouse, Cemetery Road, Arklow between 8.30 and 9.30 am.
If you are a late entrant please make sure that you are in attendance at the sign on as early as possible so that we can process your entry form.
Please also ensure that you have plenty of time to get from the sign on to the start of the races.
Saturday – 12th July – Criterium starts at 3. 30 pm . Circuit 1.6 K at Scarnagh, Gorey. Close to Motor Home Sales Office and Launderette.
Sign on at the Arklow Rocks premises up to 3 pm
Criterium Distances ; under 12′s – 4 laps, under 14 – 7 laps and under 16′s – 20 laps.
Toilet facilities have been very kindly made available to us on the criterium circuit. There will be signage to indicate where they are located.
Sunday 13th July – Road Race starts at 1.00 am. Circuit of 6k., based around Inch and NII.
Sign on at Arklow Rocks from 8.30 am to 9.30 am.
Road race distances ; under 12′s – one lap, under 14′s – 3 laps, under 16′s 7 laps.
The above schedule may be subject to amendment or change in case of unforeseen circumstances.
1. Declan Kinch – Slipstream.
2. Liam Cullen - Barrow
3. James Maddock - Wexford Whs
4. Paul Kinch – Slipstream
5. Brendan Kinch - Slipstream
6. John Maguire – SERC
Great night for the three Kinch brothers with all three finishing in top six.
1. Hugh Power – SERC
2. Liam Redmond - SERC
3. Kirk Nuzum – SERC
4. John Redmond - Slaney CC
5. Walter Walsh - Wexford Whs.
6. Lee Pyke – SERC
Well done to Hugh on his first win.
A points up date will be done at a later stage.