Matthew Teggart and Caoimhe O’Brien show class to claim National Series honors


Matthew Teggart and Caoimhe O’Brien claimed the spoils in Round 1 of the Road National Series as Ireland’s top road cyclists took to the roads of Carlow for the Des Hanlon Memorial last weekend.

eggart returned from his European base riding for Team Sungod to complete his Irish Classics record.

In a peloton of heavy hitters, it took some special early-season form to win and Teggart did it in style – taking victory in a 25k solo race.

The A1/A2 race, with a group of 103 riders, however, went quickly and negated early attacks, but as the finish loomed and the final climbs sucked energy from the legs, a selection of top riders Irish broke free. Inside this group, the talented Dean Harvey, in his first year in the upper ranks, joined Teggart and Mark Dowling along with Gareth O’Neill.

Teggart wanted to win this in a solo effort and went on a four-minute effort to ride clear and take a solo victory. He was followed by a group of sprinters led by Conor Murnane and Leo Doyle who took third place.

“I won the Shay Elliot last year and that was the only big one I missed,” said the 26-year-old from Banbridge.

“It’s great to be able to race at home, it’s a great opportunity. I was definitely going for this one and all the better for doing it solo. You don’t often get to do this, so it was very nice.

Unlike the men’s event, the women’s race ended in a thrilling sprint with O’Brien of the Torelli Assure Cayman Islands Scimitar winning the race for the second year in a row ahead of Mia Griffin with Erin Creighton in third.

O’Brien had attempted to free herself and after a solo effort on the front she was brought back with only a few miles to go. A wily fighter, the Westmeath woman refocused and sprinted to the finish, winning by just under a bike length.

“Second year in a row, so I’m really thrilled,” she said. “On the main road it was a little dead with the headwind but when we got to the hill Mia Griffin rode as hard as she could and that split things up.

“The first points put me in a really good position for the National Road Series, so when I get home I’ll try to pick up the points. I’m racing with a continental team this year so I’ll be away a bit, so hopefully when I’m home I’ll continue to rack up some points.

The junior men’s race saw Westport’s Niall McLoughlin win in a three-way sprint after getting away with Conal Scully and Patrick O’Loughlin are approaching the finish. By their arrival on the flat after the vertiginous descent McLoughlin unleashed his sprint for the win.

“It was a brilliant race, I really enjoyed it. It was a nice circuit – it was really slow for the first lap or so. Conal and Patrick got away and we worked together until the finish. Conal launched a small attack on one of the climbs. I caught myself and had the sprint in me thankfully,” O’Loughlin said.

Round two of the Road National Series will take place in South Limerick where Newcastle Wheelers will host on April 9.

RESULTS

A1/A2

1 M Teggart (WiV SunGod), 2 C Munrane (UCD Cycling Club),

3L Doyle (TWC Tempo Veldhoven), 4K Murphy (Galway Bay CC), 5L Smith (Moynalty CC).

WOMEN

1 C O’Brien (Torelli-Cayman Islands-Scimitar), 2 M Griffin (ILLI Bikes CT), 3 E Creighton (McCovney cycles, 1st Junior), 4 E Doherty (UCD Cycling Club), 5 A O’Brien (Torelli , 2nd Junior).

JUNIOR MEN

1 N McLoughlin (Westport Covey Wheelers), 2 P O’Loughlin (Panduit Carrick Wheelers), 3 C Scully (Carlow RCC), 4 S Bolger (Killarney CC), 5 Q Donnelly (Usher Irish RC).

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