Busy times continue for Laois cyclists

Laois cycling club has been very busy over the last few weeks with plenty of racing all over the country.

Laois cycling club has been very busy over the last few weeks with plenty of racing all over the country.

On Saturday last the club sent a strong team to Robinstown, Co Meath for the Tommy Brady Memorial with Angelo O’Connor, Phil Maher, Keith Lambourne, Eamon Lennon, Donie Walsh and Alex O’Connor all lining out in the big field for the start.

The Laois lads were prominent in the peloton throughout but despite a few breakaway attempts did not get anyone into the move of the day and so had to settle for the bunch sprint for the minor placings where Phil Maher came home leading Laoisman.

The Midland League has kept the club busy and the club hosted Stage 9 which was a hill time trial on The Cut in Clonaslee. This was an opportunity for overall leader Eoin Whelan from Portlaoise to increase his lead at the top and he did so in fine style by winning by over a minute and also being the only cyclist to break the 20 minute barrier. Eoin increased his lead over Thomas Fallon who was third despite dropping a chain on the climb, the only other Laois cyclist competing was Donie Walsh who finished in sixth place.

Stage 10 was a road race hosted by Lakeside Wheelers in Mullingar and again Laois had only two representatives, however both Phil Maher who was returning after surgery and Angelo O’Connor both finished in the top ten in the bunch sprint finish.

Thomas Fallon took over the races leaders jersey with a second place finish. Stage 11 was a road race held in Mount Temple and Laois were committed to regaining the overall leaders jersey for Eoin Whelan.

The Laois lads worked hard throughout the race covering any break away attempts and with 8km to go the two main groups came together. Donie Walsh provided the lead out for the sprint and Eoin Whelan made his move at the bottom of the hill with 200 meters to go. Eoin held on to claim his third win in the Midland League, with the improving Phil Maher finishing fifth and Angelo O’Connor rounding off another top ten placing.

Next up for Laois cyclists is stage 12 in Clara on Thursday and on the bank holiday weekend its the turn of the popular Mount Nugent Grand Prix.