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Coombes/Connor Memorial

March 9, 2003

Donnellan best in Coombes/Connor Memorial

By Shane Stokes

Dublin Wheelers rider Andrew Donnellan showed fine early-season form in the wind-buffeted Coombes Connor Memorial in Drogheda today, breaking clear alone on the final climbs of the Black Hills and opening a 40 second winning margin by the line.

140 riders lined out for six laps of a tough circuit made more demanding by the strong gusts and early rain, and the strongmen of the race wasted little time in throwing down the gauntlet to the others in the bunch. On the first ascent of the severe Black Hills climb 15 riders forged ahead, building a lead of 30 seconds over a ten man chasing group and two and a half minutes over the main field during the next lap. The chasers tried desperately to get back on terms, shedding one rider in the process, but failed to make inroads into their deficit.

With two laps remaining Cycleways Lee Strand veteran Phil Cassidy showed he is still a force to be reckoned with, sparking off a four rider break which was to decide the top placings of the day. Cassidy, Donnellan, Stephen Gallagher (Orchard Wheelers) and Brendan Doherty (Total joined forces to open up a 35 second lead over five chasers, before Donnellan made his winning move on the final lap. Building his lead all the way to the finish, the Dublin Wheelers rider reached the line 40 seconds clear of Doherty, who finished 15 seconds ahead of Gallagher and Cassidy.


Senior 1&2 race, 64 miles
1 Andrew Donnellan (Dublin Wheelers)           2.41.25
2 B. Doherty (                     40
3 S. Gallagher (Orchard Wheelers)                   55 
4 P. Cassidy (Cycleways Lee Strand) same time
5 R. Whelan (Navan Avonmore RC)
6 C. Murphy (McKenna Fireplaces Emyvale)
1st Senior 2: Gerald Heverin (Castlereagh CC) 
Combined Senior 3/ Junior/Vets/Ladies event
1 Thomas Duggan (Bray Wheelers CC)
2 M. Nestor (Shannonside CC)
3 C. Crawley (Stamullen M. Donnelly)
4 P. Hawkins (Castlereagh CC)
5 C. Lawlor (unattached)
6 F. Duncan (Northern CC)
Unplaced junior: Keith Daly (McNally Swords CC)
Unplaced Senior 3: John Paul Queally (Dublin Wheelers CC)
Unplaced veteran: Norman  Campbell (unattached)
Woman: Michelle Crinnion (Usher IRC)
Under 12
1 Axel O´Connor (Navan Avonmore)
2 C. Campbell (Drogheda Wheelers)
3 P. Tankard (Kanturk Credit Union)
Under 14
1 Chris Jensen (Sorrento CC)
2 J. Kane (Emyvale McKenna Fireplaces) 
3 A. Henry (Usher IRC) 

Under 16
1 Maurice O´Brien (Kanturk Credit Union)
2 M. Munroe (Western Lakes CC)
3 A. Coyle (Shannonside CC)

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