Carrick Wheelers mountain goat Martin Mizgajski showed all why he is the strongest Polish export since Tyskie Beer at the weekend by putting in a massive performance at the Clonmel CC 3 DAY. A strong team of Mizgajski, Pat Kenealy and Paul Flynn pocketed many Zloty claiming two second place stage finishes, the mountains jersey and 2nd overall in general classification. Traditionally a race the club claims big results in with Martin O’Loughlin, Sam Bennett and John Dempsey all having been in classification jerseys or claiming stages in the past, the expectation was high for the Iverk sponsored athletes, and they didn’t disappoint. Martin didn’t miss a move all weekend and was beaten on two occasions only by former and current profesional riders – Paul and Pat provided great support to Martin for the whole weekend providing solid finishes of their own.
In the Errigal Youth Tour, Carrick young gun Aaron Kearney made the long trip to Donegal and gave an excellent account of himself by claiming a fantastic 10th overal on GC after a grueling 4 stage competition – this underlines his potential as a rider of the future and he looks set to follow in the footsteps of Sean Hahessy who recently made the transition from underage to International Junior competitor.
Finally, more honours for the club came in the form of national medals from the track on Sundrive Road in Crumlin. At the same time as Martyn Irvine was battling the world’s best for Olympic honours in London, the team of Ray Cullen, Danny Carroll, John Dempsey and current National Omnium Champion Hugh Mulhearne put it up to the track specialists in the team sprint, team pursuit and Keirin events. With fast-man Cullen setting the tempo out of the gate and the sheer power of Mulhearne on their side, Carrick wheelers narrowly missed bronze in the team sprint but made up for it in the team pursuit claiming a well deserved silver behind the well-drilled Kilcullen squad. Hugh then went on to make the Keirin final but came up a little short after the effects of three events told on his legs.
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