Prendergast Gogarty Cup, 70km
By Martin Ayres
At Tullycross, Co Galway, Sunday May 23
Charles Prendergast won Sunday’s Gogarty Cup race with a devastating uphill finish that carried him four lengths clear of last year’s winner Padraig Marrey, with Robin Kelly taking third spot.
Prendergast, who finished third in the previous day’s Connemara event, appreciated the opportunity to get in some solid preparation for next month’s U23 Nations Cup race in Canada. He was disappointed to missed out on a place in the FBD Ras, but selection for two Halfords Criteriums – London and Durham on May 25 and 27 - followed by the Quebec Nations Cup (June 3-6) was ample compensation.
The Western Lakes CC handicap event covered at 70-kilometre loop of some of Connemara’s most scenic terrain. With the front markers given a seven-minute advantage, the race didn’t come together until 15km from the Tullycross finish.
Ciaran Steed attacked with about three miles to go and looked a possible winner until being overhauled on the final climb. Steed still had sufficient strength to go with the leaders when Prendergast blew the bunch apart with a fierce attack. Just six riders were in contention as the leaders sprinted into Tullycross where Roscommon’s Gavin Keane finished fourth – one better than his previous day’s placing. Steed (Murphy Surveyors) took a hard-earned fifth place and Michael Barry (Orwell Wheelers) was sixth.
1. Charles Prendergast, Black Rose Racing, 70km in 1-50-20
2. Padraig Marrey, Western Lakes CC
3. Robin Kelly, Comeragh CC
4. Gavin Keane, Donamon Dynamos
5. Ciaran Steed, Murphy Surveyors Kilcullen CC
6. Michael Barry, Orwell Wheelers
1st A2, Jarlath Hasset, West Clare CC;
1st A3, Tom O’Dowd, Castlebar CC;
1st A4, Gerard Hynes, West Coast Wheelers.
Bog Week GP Results.
1st Robin Kelly Commeragh Waterford
2nd Simon Coughlan Donamon
3rd Charles Prendergast Black Rose Racing
4th Brendan Hasset West Clare
5th Gavin Keane Donamon
6th Wes Murphy Dublin wheelers
Bog Week Grand Prix,Saturday May 22nd. Sign on at Marian Hall Tullycross, opens at two thirty, race starts at three thirty.Open to all catergories. Race will be run on handicapped basis. Race distance sixty five kilometres.
The Gogarthy Cup,Sunday May 23rd.Sign on at Marian Hall Tullycross, opens at eleven thirty, race starts at twelve thirty.Open to all categories and will be run on handicapped basis.Race distance eighty kilometres.
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