Myself, Sandra and Sarah would like to thank everyone for turning up today for Conors race. It is a year since Conor passed away and today was a fitting tribute to His strength as only the strongest were going to survive today.We would like to thank all our own club members and the lads from Wexford, Barrow who made the effort to travel, Slipstream and Wicklow Triathlon Club for turning up on a frosty day.
A tough race over a shortened course led to a real lung buster but everyone got around safely.
Well done to Peter O Sullivan from Barrow who took the honours in a bunch sprint.
Thanks again to everyone for respecting Conors memory a tough but good day for our family.
Mick’s Race Report:
The second running of the Conor McCabe road race by the South East Road Club took place on Sunday last on a course centred around Inch. This race honours Conor, son of Garret and Sandy McCabe and brother to Sarah who died unexpectedly just over a year ago at a young age. The McCabe family are great supporters of the South East Road Club. The presence of three generations of the McCabe family and other relations added greatly to the poignancy of the occasion. Garret and Sandy were generous sponsors of the race with prizewinners receiving very generous prizes and large hampers. The turnout was indicative of the respect that the McCabe family are held in the club and in general. The race was organised superbly as usual by the club “dynamo”, Derek Webb.
All conditions other than frosty ones are ideal for cycle racing however nearly forty hardy souls from under age through to the veteran category braved the treacherous condition for some excellent racing. In the senior race, the limit group of four stayed away for just over three of the four laps when caught by the large scratch group. Prominent in this group was SERC under 16 rider Tony Breen who is certainly the most improved rider in the club and he really beginning to realise his enormous potential. The group worked very hard to stay away from the main field and great credit is due to them for their valiant efforts. The race came down to a bunch finish though with the honours going to Peter O’Sullivan of Barrow Wheelers, New Ross. Second was Dave Walsh of Wexford Wheelers, while local man Paul Bracken of Slipstream CC took a fine third place, whilst his son Andrew was the winner of the first unplaced junior prize. Best placed of the large South East Road Club contingent was Domhnall O’Sullivan in fifth place while 6th went to Matt Heaney. First unplaced SERC rider (in 7th overall) was Anthony Mills.
The winner of the under 14 race was Stephen Bracken of the South East Road Club who won for the second consecutive week, having won the Wexford Wheelers event the previous week.
The winner of the under 12 race was Reece Young who was followed home in second place by Becky Heaney who had a terrific fourth place result in the Wexford Wheelers race the previous week from a very large field. Third place went to Keith Doyle who only took up cycling this year, and fourth place went to Nicole Evans who was not too far away from the leaders.
In the under 10 race, Jordan Bracken got the better of Ross Evans, who is Nicole Evans’ brother.
The club would like to everyone who helped out during the year and a special to thank all the club’s sponsors and supporters who have contributed to the club having its most successful year to date and wishes them all a very happy Christmas and New Year.
1. Peter O’Sullivan, Barrow Wheelers
2. Dave Walsh, Wexford Wheelers
3. Paul Bracken , Slipstream
4. Luke Maguire, Wexford Wheelers
5. Domhnall O’Sullivan, South East Road Club
6. Matt Heaney, South East Road Club.
First Veteran – TBC, Wicklow Tri Club
First Under 16 – Tony Breen, South East Road Club
First Junior – Andrew Bracken, Slipstream
First unplaced South East Road Club – Anthony Mills
1. Stephen Bracken, South East Road Club
2. Kyle Murphy, Slipstream
1. Reece Young
2. Becky Heaney
3. Keith Doyle
4. Nicole Evans
(All South East Road club)
1. Jordan Bracken, Slipstream
2. Ross Evans, South East Road Club