Orwell show top form at home event

by Gazette Reporter

Conn McDunphy of Holdsworth Racing took the overall win and the Noel Hammond Trophy – hosted by Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club – with a blistering time of 45.38.

Indeed, it could possibly have been a bit faster but for getting caught behind a tractor for a few seconds. Hot on the heels of McDunphy was Neill Delahaye of Fixx Rouleurs (46.09) who continued his fine form from the Orwell Stage Race into this weekend.

Rounding off the podium in his rainbow stripped skin suit was Greg Swinand of Viner Caemark Pactimo in 47.40

In the junior race, Scott Orwell Wheeler’s Dmitri Griffin took home the Kieran Hammond Trophy setting a new personal best of 55.47. That is the fifth win in a row for the club now, following in the footsteps of Conor and Sean Murnane.

In the women’s race, Eve McCrystal of Garda CC set a new course record of 51.05 to take first place from Jennifer Bates of Team Gerard-DHL (56.33). McCrystal, a regular Irish representative, also took second place in the A2 race so good was her time.

The home club had great results across the board with Eoin Byrne fourth, Balazs Galambos fifth and Eoin Ahern sixth overall. Byrne was also 1st in the A2 category, Galambos was first in A3 and Barry Greene was second in A4.

In the youth races, Scott Orwell had took first and second in the Under-16 with Conor Murphy Rodgers beating Ronan O’Conor by a few seconds. In the Under-14 race, Katie O’Reilly came home in first place in a great time of 20.11.

Next on the agenda for the club is the Stephen Roche GP which takes place in the Meadowmount estate in Ballinteer on June 20 with races rolling from 6.30pm for the youths up to 7.20pm for the women and 8pm for the men.

The Stephen Roche GP is Ireland’s most prestigious criterium race, running annually since 1995. The challenging but spectator-friendly circuit invariably produces great racing action for the crowd lining the roadsides and congregated in the central green area.

The 1.3km loop is located in the housing estate where no less than three of the Roche family took their first tentative pedal strokes on the road to Tour de France glory.

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