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Loughrea Grand Prix 2012

Scott Loughrea Grand Prix, March 11th 2012

The Gate Lodge in Carrabane outside loughrea was the HQ for the Scott Loughrea GP hosted by Seven Springs CC. There was two separate races run on a 17km circuit, The main race of 85km saw the A3 riders get a 5minute head start over a strong Scratch group of A1 and A2 riders which contained race favourite Charlie Prendagast and some riders building up for the 2012 Ras. The first 3 laps seen a strong pace from the A3 group averaging 40kph, 1st year junior Thomas Fallon from the hosting club made several moves of the front but couldn’t find anyone willing or able to ride with him and was brought back each time, Meanwhile the Scratch worked well together and was taking 1min each lap. At the End of the 4th Lap the race all came together and the last lap saw plenty of attacks from various riders attempting to get away from a bunch gallop, in the end Eoghan Clifford from Galway Bay escaped with 5km to go and was then joined by Charlie Prendagast, the two riders worked well together and then in the final 2km Charlie forged on to take a solo victory with Eoghan Clifford managing to hold off a fast chasing bunch lead out by Barry Holian from Western Lakes CC.

1: Charles Prendergast, Cunga CC
2: Eoghan Clifford, Galway Bay CC
3: Barry Holian, Western Lakes CC
4: Brian Neville, Shannonside CC
5: Thomas Fallon, Seven Springs CC
6: Derek Joyce, Galway Bay CC

In The A4 race there was plenty of attacks during the 51km but nothing seemed to stick and it all finished together with a bunch sprint which was won by Rowan Campbell from Galway Bay CC, followed by Cairon Harte from Shannon Side CC and Donal Harrington from Western Lakes.

A4 Race
1: Roan Campbell, Galway Bay CC
2: Eamon Harte, Shannonside CC
3: Donal Harrington, Western Lakes CC
4: David Hannon, Galway Bay CC
5: Aonghas O Heocha, Galway Bay CC
6: Joe O Brien, Shannonside CC

On Sunday 11th March , 7 Spings CC will be runnning its first Open
race in Loughrea Co Galway. 7 Springs is a new club formed in June of
2010 and has grown from 7 members to a strong club of 60. The race
will cater for A1-A4 on a flat 17km lap which will see the A4 race
doing 3 laps and a handicapped race for A1, A2,A3 completing 5 laps.
Race director Brian Martin says " although the course is flat it is a
tough wee circuit at race pace with a slight drag before the finishing
straight, I would expect a group to get away in both races if it is
raced aggressively"

The prize money has been Sponsored by Scott bikes and there is prizes
for first 6 over the line in the main race and first 3 in the A4 race.

Sign on is from 10am to 11-30am in Gate Lodge at Carrabane Loughrea,
out the old Athenry road 5km. for directions and course map please see
our club website www.sevenspringscyclingclub.com

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