Fresh from his leaving cert Panduit Carrick’s junior rider Cathal Purcell has notched up his third victory of the season at the A3 event in the Seamus Kennedy Memorial promoted by Dunboyne Cycling Club. The 80 kilometre event took in 4 rolling laps of the 20 kilometre “Seamus Kennedy” circuit which provided some exciting and challenging racing given the miserable conditions endured by all. Purcell, who is just returning to racing post leaving cert, was aggressive from the get go attacking multiple times eventually getting away and forging across to a five man break which had already established itself earlier in the race. The group, working well together, pulled out over a minute on the bunch and held this gap for much of the race. As the break was setting out on the last lap the gap started to fall slightly and Purcell jumped clear with 10 kilometres remaining but was brought back by the break after a brief spell out front. In the closing kilometres this group would eventually swell to just over 10 riders setting the scene for a sprint to the line. Purcell, unfazed by his earlier efforts, positioned himself well for the dash to the line and came away with his third victory of the season. Cathal will be looking forward to the summer and getting back into racing on both the road with Panduit Carrick Wheelers and on the track with the National junior squad.
Elsewhere in Blarney the Annual Munster Championships were taking place on an equally challenging circuit and in similar conditions to those in Dunboyne. Patrick O’Loughlin, representing us in the under 12 race, delivered his second win of the season in fine fashion. The group was whittled down to just 5 riders over tough course with Patrick making the split and being the quickest in the dash to the line at the end.