Lacey wins Big in the Banner as local riders scoop the other Categories
July 29th 1745 hrs
Sean Lacey (Dan Morrissey Speedy Spokes) made it to the top of the podium for the second week in a row as he led home Michael Hennessy (Fermoy) and Paidi O’Brien (DMSS) after 155 kilometres at Rás Clár today.
These three had escaped along with Joe Fenlon, Stephen Clancy (both DMSS), Jonathan Gibbs, (unatt), and Eddie Barry (Blarney) on the lower slopes of the day’s second climb.
On windy, hilly circuit that proved punishing for all riders, Dan Morrissey Speedy Spokes controlled the race with all five riders getting into the first break of the day. When this was pulled back, they surged again before seeing off the entire field bar Hennessy.
Great credit also goes to Jonathan Gibson, returning unattached Vet from Cork, who rode at the front all day before succumbing on the final climb and coming home 6th.
The sprint was fourth was won by Stephen Clancy (DMSS) whilst Eddie Barry (Blarney).
Mike Storan was active all say for West Clare CC but had to settle for 9th in front of clubmate Jarlath Hassett. Matt Slattery (Killarney) took the first KOH prime whilst Stephen Clancy (DMSS) and Lacey took the others.
The A3 race was won by Ennis rider Barry Sutton, riding for DID Dunboyne, whilst there was also local success in the A4 where Mark Shannon, Burren CC, led home from Cathal Russell for the hosts, Dolmen CC.
134 riders went to post in each of the three races in Dolmen CC’s first competitive promotion.
Sean Lacey DMSS
Michael Hennessy Fermoy
Paidi O’Brien DMSS
Stephen Clancy DMSS
Eddie Barry, Blarney
Jonathan Gibson Unatt
Joe Fenlon DMSS
Barry Sutton DID Dunboyne
Paul Crowley Mullingar
Derek Byrne Laois
Patrick Rohan North Tipperary Wheelers
William Whelan Galtee Wheelers
Liam Browne Apex
Mark Shannon Burren CC
Cathal Russell Dolmen CC
George Doyle Tralee CC
Sean McCarron Tralee CC
Benny Cassidy Killarney CC
Paul Nolan Unatt