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The Fermoy Cycling Club promoted the Silver Pail Grand Prix Cycle Races in Fermoy on Sunday and big fields of cyclists produced loads of exciting races.
In the senior category 1 and 2 race for the DJ Forde trophy, Paidi O’Brien, from Banteer, racing with the Tri-Planet team, repeated his win of 2012 after a hard 100 kilometres of racing. In a hard fought two man finish he edged out Fermoy man Olan Barrett, now racing with the aqua blue team, after a five man break got away from the bunch early on. This broke into two groups before the finish, with Michael Fitzgerald of the Fermoy cycling club in 5th place at the end. Michael Hennessy finished well up in the bunch to take the prize for the last unplaced local cyclist, despite puncturing during the race.
Fermoy cyclists didn’t get in the results of the other 2 senior races for category 3 and 4 cyclists, which were won by Dylan Foley of the Nicholas Roche team and Paul Bourke of Carrick Wheelers, although they rode well throughout. Best unplaced locals in these races were Stephen McGrath and Jim Hennessy.
The U16 race for the James Gubbins memorial trophy was won in strong fashion by Crimin Muldoon of the Seven Springs Club in Galway, while the U14 went to Ronan Twomey, of the Cork County Club and the U12 was won by Denis Murphy of the O’Leary Stone, Kanturk team. Fermoy cyclist Adrian Keohane in his first road race of the year took an excellent 4th place in the U14 race.
Overall, despite harsh weather conditions there was a great days cycle racing and the Fermoy Club is most grateful to all who assisted with the days racing. Firstly the club is most grateful to Silver Pail Dairy for its continued support of the event and to the Garda Siochana and Red Cross for their assistance. Also, all those who helped on the day by preparing the course, providing facilities for the event, stewarding and driving cars on the day and particularly those who provided very welcome refreshments for all involved.
The Hennessy Cycles Summer League will begin on Tuesday, 16 April at Castlehyde starting at 7.30pm.
Midweek evening training has now started for the club on Thursday evenings meeting at the Town Park gates at 6.30pm.
This Sunday the Aqua Blue Classic races will be held in Minane Bridge, over what will be a testing hilly course, with no underage racing listed.
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