St. Stephens Day cycle – report…
Davitts fundraising cycle went off superbly on St. Stephens Day as the Senior Squad together with a few hardy committee members and a large number of hardy vehicle drivers (so important to have a big back-up crew for these events) completed the gruelling 50 km course from Ballindine to Kilkelly and back in what looks like a record time for a GAA Club (unconfirmed).
There were a number of exceptional performances on the day with Pat “Hopper” Hopkins (pictured) earning the yellow jersey, using his riding experience to great effect, in a controversial finish, as both Colm Boyle and Liam Kearns who finished in first and second place respectively, were subsequently disqualified after a severe breach of the rules of cycling (they were running). Josh Ronayne was awarded the white jersey as best young cyclist, pipping Mark Ronayne and Michael Waldron (not the presto seller!) for this award.
Paul Carey was poised to win the prestigious polka dot jersey for King of the Mountains until he was involved in an unfortunate pile up with a cavalcade vehicle, allowing the more experienced rider Alan Roche to claim this award ahead of Ronan McNamara, Dave McDonagh, Ronan Kirrane, Billy Kearns and the very impressive Liam Griffin. The black jersey (worst rider…a new category) was shared by the two Michaels, Messers Hynes and Conroy, although it was generally felt that Hynsie had put in the greater effort!
Well done to all who participated in any way. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event, your sponsorship is greatly appreciated.
A selection of photos from the cycle are now available in the Gallery!