Velo Club IVEAGH were represented with 4 riders in the Lakeland GP, 2 in the A4 race (William Strain and Davey Cartmill) and 2 in the A3 race (Josh and Scott Daly). Set on a rolling course with a drag to the finish, conditions were good for both races.
The A4 race was for William only his second race and with very limited experience Davey had chosen to travel to Enniskillen in his support. With a full compliment of riders, the race was fast as has become normal with the pace being pushed hard right from the start. DC gave his all as usual though still struggling with form had to leave the ambition to our younger rider. Working hard throughout the race and having stayed in contention until the last few hundred yards, William was swamped and maybe a little surprised at how little room would be given in the sprint to the line. Having been squeezed out and forced to sit up, William can take solace and confidence with another encouraging performance, which included a number of occasions off the front while trying to forge a break in the early part of the race.
(Photographs with thanks as ever to Sharon McFarland)
The A3 race saw the Daly brothers in their first start together. Scott only just starting his season joined younger brother Josh, whom with a win at the Killinchy GP just a few weeks or so before, earned the final point required for an upgrade from A4.. With 100km to race, this was a step up in distance for Josh, though one he took easily in his stride. Both coped well in the main field and rode strong throughout. Maybe not hilly enough to suit Scott, it was right up the street for Josh, whom in some great form was a danger throughout. Scott finished strongly in the bunch which was encouraging with this being his first run out, however our plaudits go to Josh with a fine 4th place finish in his return to A3. Narrowly beaten on the line for third, Josh takes 6 points for his work, with just 4 needed for an upgrade to A2. With his goal for the season to gain A2 status, under coach Simon Williams, this looks very possible. Clearly a solid winter of training, which included many hours on the turbo trainer is paying off and we hope there’s more to come. A super effort from both.
Massive well done to all our team, whom this season have raised the bar through both performance and expectation. May the passion and success continue.