Rafferty clinches the win in latest round of Bike Station Cycling League
Round five of the Bike Station Cycling League was a 42km race, which consisted of two laps of the circuit used for the annual Traders’ Cup. Despite glorious sunshine, numbers were a little down, however that did nothing to dampen the racing spirit.
Group four were the big victors on the night as they manged to both hold off the chasing packs and catch the group in front of them. This meant that group four riders dominated the standings. The race came down to a large sprint as group four had caught group three As the riders jostled for positioning in the closing stages Cuchulainn rider Ronan Rafferty picked a strong position and timed his sprint perfectly to take the win and maximum points.
Behind Rafferty was Drogheda Wheelers’ Gavin Byrne in second and Gary McGovern of Armagh Down in third. First lady home was Catherine Sands in 15th. The race was marred somewhat by an accident in the closing kilometres. A touch of wheels saw a number of riders come down, however luckily no one was hurt.
In the support race, McCartney and Lennon continue to be a dynamic duo, taking first and second respectively ahead of Michael Fitzgerald of the IPA Cycling Club in third.
Cuchulainn’s good run of results in the IVCA league continued with Aidan Delaney taking a win in round 10 in Kentstown. In the run in to the finish Delaney was at a numerical disadvantage as Swords Cycling Club was well represented in the bunch. However Delaney held his nerve to take the top step of the podium ahead of two Swords riders.
Off the smooth tarmacked roads, the club’s mountain bikers continued with their league. After four rounds David O`Neill is leading on a total of 201 points. He maintains a nine point gap over Brendan Foley and 10 points over Caroline Martinez. Craig Clifford was the winner of the most recent round, which sees him move up to 10th in the league.
In the junior league Daragh McHugh was the winner of the most recent round, however it wasn’t enough to see him top the leaderboard. That distinction belongs to Eoin Carthy, who has been remarkably consistent taking second position in the first three races of the series.