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By Shane Stokes
Wheeler's rider Brian Taafe emerged best at the end of the tough Kevin McInerney Memorial in Dunlavin today, narrowly outpacing McNally Swords rider Geroid Loughnane and Terry McManus (Finglas Ravens) in the dash for the line.
Junior rider Páidí O'Brien of Kanturk was a marked man due to his numerous wins this season, but spent much of his strength hauling back breakaway attempts during the race and ultimately finished fourth. The action began right from the start of the hilly 60 mile event when a six man breakaway group raced ahead of a coasting bunch. Present were Phil Lee (St. Tiernans), Alan Lane (UCD), John Dorris (Sorrento CC), Thomas Lavery (Usher IRC), Denis McCarthy (Garda Motorway) and Loughnane, yet despite opening up a lead of over half a minute, these were reeled in shortly after the start of the second lap.
From that point onwards a similar pattern unfurled; small groups went clear but were hauled back soon afterwards, resulting in an unexpected group sprint at the end of this tough race.
1 Brian Taafe (Dublin Wheelers) 60 miles in 2 hours 31 mins 45 secs 2 G. Loughnane (McNally Swords) 3 Terry McManus (Finglas Ravens) 4 P. O'Brien (Kanturk) 5 F. Kelly (Bray Wheelers) 6 D. Nulty (Stamullen M. Donnelly) 3rd cat: Noel Kelly (Stamullen M. Donnelly) Junior: Colm Crawley (Balbriggan) Veteran: Terry Ferris (Dublin Wheelers) Woman: Louise Moriarty (Dublin Skip) Under 12 girls: 1 Chloe Farrell (Hillcrest Hire Kilcullen) 2 L. McKenna (Balbriggan) 3 C. Crawley (Balbriggan) Under 14: 1 Aaron Henry (Usher IRC) 2 Des Ward (Usher IRC) 3 C. Enright (Usher IRC) 4 N. Rock (McNally Swords) 5 L. Rawlins (Usher IRC) Under 16: 1 Mark Nestor (Shannonside) 2 S. McKenna (Balbriggan) 3 U. Monks (Bray Wheelers) 4 E. Morris (Usher IRC) 5 C. Cassidy (Usher IRC) 6 S. Reynolds (Staggs Lucan)
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