Clarke takes first senior win
The 2011 road racing season started with a bang for Cormac Clarke and Newry wheelers with Cormac winning the phoenix grand prix on Sunday and placing 6th at Annaclone promoted by the banbridge cycling club.
The first Sunday of racing for 2011 seen Cormac coming to nuts corner for the Phoenix GP full of confidence to take his first win since he turned junior.In a tough race it came down to a sprint finish to the line against Thomas Doyle (UCD) after a race of four seasons with rain, hail, sunshine and wind – testing the skills of all riders.
Cormac rode aggressively throughout the day making the main break and then taking thye sprint.Cormac starts the season as a A4 ranked rider but over the next few weeks he should climb the ranking system pretty quick.
Other wheeelrs in action on Sunday where Peter McConville, Kevin Lycnh and Darren Finnegan tackled the ‘A’ race over 6 laps of the cruel circuit. A number of attacks and potholes to match kept the riders on their toes, all of whom look set to have a strong season. Conor Murphy (Eurocycles) just beat John Madden (Curran Racing) to the line.
The first day of sun since 2010 on Saturday set the scene for kicking off the new racing season in Annaclone, the first on the 2011 calendar, hosted by Banbridge cycling club.
After a brilliant 2010 season as an Under-16, Cormac Clarke of Newry Wheelers was now racing alongside senior riders as an A4 on a testing circuit of five mile, with eight laps.
The bunch mostly stayed together and came down to a bunch sprint with Shane Ferran of North Down Cycling Club taking the honours, and Cormac flying home in 6th place after a mechanical problem robbed him of first- impressive for his first senior race on a very difficult circuit.
The A-race was split by a break for the entire race, with Sam Craig of Curran racing taking first and Sherlock of Giant Asia 2nd, with Thomas Martin of Eurocycles dealing with the bunch sprint.
Report by Darren Finnegan