The Slaney interest was in the 2 lap SeniorC/V/W/J race with Bill Jordan, Alex and Murt, Sean Collier and Heather Purcell taking part. I think Daniel and Tomasz may also have been there but I didn’t see either of them.
As usual the racing and the course was savage with cold winds on the exposed climbs. The race winning break went on the first lap with Sam Bennett (Race Winner) and Martin O Loughlin (National Vet Champion) to the fore. At the Ridge, about half way through lap 1, they had a lead of 2min. The main group at this point contained Murt, Alex, Sean and Bill with Heather Purcell just off the pace. By Rossmore about 10 miles form the finish, on Lap 2 the leading four were 2 1/2 minutes up on another 4 man group including Martin (??? The Polish guy from New Ross ????) of Wexford Wheelers. Murt, Alex and Sean Collier along with Wexford’s Conor Crowley were in the remains of the main bunch just behind as it crossed the final hill and began the descent to Carlow.
All in all a tough days racing but great to see Slaney well represented with Murt and Alex looking strong. The super tough Sean Collier looked comfortable and finished well (he’ll have to give up the triathlon lark and do more road racing!) and it’s great to see Slaney represented in the womens race with Heather Pucell.