Carrick Cabs Cup 2008

On St. Patrick’s day the attention turns to Carrick-on-Suir which is etched on the minds and hearts of anybody remotely interested in cycling as ‘Sean Kelly Country.’

The Dan Morrissey/Carrick Wheelers CC are promoting the “Carrcik Cabs Cup” which has a schedule start of one o’clock for the A’s and B’s plus a combined race for the other categories with a blast off at ten past one.

Both events will be run over the Glenbowere circuit which is 21 miles in distance and has to negoiated on three occasions.
According to race organiser Paul Lonergan, ” this is the start of a busy period for the club with races in different locations over this weekend and then no sonner has the dust settled than we are on our way to Ras Mumhan over the Easter period.
“But, first and foremost we have the Carrick Cabs Cup to run and to cater for the visiting cyclists.

“In the past we have not been blessed with good weather for the event. Maybe our new sponsor, Liam Hanrahan who came in last year to sponsor a number of our promotions that he’ll entice the sun to come out for us.

“Two good wins since the season started has put us in good form and we are hoping that we’ll be capable of keeping some of the prizes in the club.
“Martin O’Loughlin had a good win in the Lacey Cup in Tralee, but last Sunday was music to our ears when Sam Bennett a second year junior coasted home to a solo victory in the Cahill Memorial event in Banteer.

“Last season he finished runner up in the MDonnelly Junior Tour and that was a fabulous achievement. Maybe he’ll stop the sequence of wins that the visitors have built up in the last number of years.

“All the facilites with the event will be at the Carrick Davins GAA Club on the Clonmel Road,” said Paul.

The defending champion is a former member of the club, but now with, Brian Kenneally.
Last week’s hero Sam Bennett will race in the combined event where he’ll have the company of his team mates, Rory Wyley and Martin O’Loughlin.

And, since it is Cheltenham week, maybe a visit to the local Bookmaker for odds on Sam Bennett winning the MDonnelly Junior Tour in July.

That Junior Tour since Martin Donnelly got involved has gone from strength. Kai Rees a world junior champion and now Robert Gesink on the verge of following in the footsteps of Sean Kelly as a Paris-Nice winner?


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