What a fantastic result for Alex Williams and Slaney Cycling Club in the recent Gorey 3 Day cycle race held over the Easter weekend. 180 riders took to the start line in Brittas with the racing fast and furious from the gun. Alex finished 19th on the stage and improved his placing with each continuous stage eventually taking 8th overall. This is the highest placing of any Wexford rider since the glory years of the 1980’s and a tribute to Alex’ hard work over the winter. Congratulations also to Murt Doyle 36th, Sean Collier 56th, Tomasz Romanowicz 105th, Alan Murphy (first Gorey) 107th, Daniel Szazech 112th and Mick Byrne 127th. A big thank you to the excellent support crew who did trojan work for the riders. The team finished in 7th place out of 23 teams.
Well done to Conor Crowley, Martin Gill, Mick Flaherty and Pat Dobbs whose excellent showing put Wexford Wheelers 6th in the team event and also to South East Road Club who entered a team for the first time and all riders completed what was a gruelling 3 days.
The racing section travelled to Bohermeen outside Navan last Sunday with Frank Dunne making a welcome return after recent illness confining him to the couch and the T.V. Frank competed in the A Race finishing in 17th place and shows he has lost none of this early season form. Murt and Alex hampered by a crash in the B/C race finished in the main bunch after a hectic chase to get back on. It was 14th and 15th for Shane and Stephen Kelly in the combined race with the pupil showing the master a clean pair of wheels in the sprint. The father and son combination are coming into form and will be hard to beat on the local scene.
Sunday’s tour led by John Butler, Sean Kavanagh and Eamon Redmond was well attended despite very black skys and took a scenic route through Caim, Killane, Rathnure, Ballywilliam, Ballyanne and home through Clonroche.
Please don’ forget to support the charity cycle in aid of Cystic Fibrosis next Saturday (5th April) dedicated to the memory of Tracie Lawlor. Bus leaves Castlebridge for U.C.D. at 6am.