LAST SATURDAY, The hills of Wicklow came alive with the sound of bicycles
The Laragh Classic sponsored by Friends First and based in Co. Wicklow was won in convincing fashion by Dermot Trulock of Stagg Cycles/Lucan CC. The event part of the National Road Series last Saturday, was the penultimate event in the season long run series.
Talk about making the right move at exactly the right time as the race entered the final miles on the road up to the summit of the Wicklow Gap. No shortage of spectators at the summit as they watched the cyclists grimacing with torture on their faces as they passed through the finishing line as cameraman David Mullin recorded their final placing on a day when the sun shone!
Ben Walsh who bounced on to the cycling scene in 2017 when he claimed victory in the Junior Tour had made a calculated winning move in the company of Chris McCann as they moved ahead of the field who by Hollywood village had less than half of the starters intact.
The pair worked well together sharing the workload to keep the pursuers at bay.
With less than eight kilometers the heat had been turned up by chasers who at one time were over a minute in arrears.
On the approach to the summit of the ‘Wicklow Gap’ the lead duo were now sucking diesel and out of the chasing pack, Trulock made a smart sol move to reel in the duo in the last kilometerors what turned out to be a true run ‘classic event.’
“I certainly had the fortitude to reel in the two lads before the finish and claim an outright win and get valuable points in the series,” said the winner. As for Walsh who made the long drive from Westport. “It certainly was a close call, but finishing third against guys who have been around for a long time,” said Ben who was happy to be in the top three.
Conor Hennerby of Viner Caremark Pactimo edged further ahead in the overall standings in the Classic League which reaches its conclusion in two weeks time. On paper it is a done and dusted affair for the Waterford cyclist who made the headlines for all the right reasons in the cycling world last Easter. Conor claimed overall victory in the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan promoted by the Killorglin CC and thankfully he hasn’t looked back since.
A spokes person on behalf of St. Tiernans CC who had a total of 44 stewards from the club on the course, paid tribute to all who had supported the promotion and especially our sponsors Friends First, the Gardai, First Aid, Motor Bike marshals who kept the show on the road and apologies if any inconvenience was caused to the general public in their normal everyday life.
Laragh Classic, (Friends First, sponsors)
1 D. Trulock (Stagg Cycles/Lucan CC);
2 D. McCann (Inspired Cycling);
3 B. Walsh (Victus);
4 D. Moore (Caldwell Cycles);
5 C. Hennerby (Viner Caremark Pactimo);
6 L. Curley (Chill Insurance NRPT);
7 A. Doherty (Chill Insurance NRPT);
8 J. Davenport (Strata3 Velorevoluion);
9 L. Smith (Viner Caremark Pactimo);
10 S. Moore (Gerard DHL).