Woods takes Irish Masters
12 September 2018
Following on from his recent great run of form where he collected gold at the Ulster M50 Championship in Donegal and a super twelfth finish overall at the World Championships in Italy, Des Woods took home gold in the Irish Masters M50 Road Race Championship on Sunday.
Woods had already secured bronze in the Individual Masters M50 Time Trial the previous day at the event in Shannon, County Clare.
It was also another super result for the Ulster M40 Champ Drew McKinley as he picked up the silver medal in the Irish Masters M40 road race.
Irish Masters 23.6km Time Trial Championship
Club Rothaiochta na Sionainne in Shannon, hosted the first of the weekends races.
Des Woods and Kevin Lynch made the journey and did the red jersey very proud in what was an extremely strong field in both categories.
Woods picked up the bronze medal in the M50 category with a fantastic time of 32:58.06 and a sixth place overall. Lynch wasn't far behind him and finished fifth in his M40 category and a overall top 10 place with a time of 34:00.48.
Irish A3 and Masters Road Race Championship
A strong group of six Newry Wheelers were on the start line in Shannon for the 119km M40 Irish Champs road race on Sunday.
This route was a flat 17k circuit and the riders had to complete seven laps before crossing the line. It was fast and furious from the flag, with many attacks and Barry Convery, Alan Bingham and Kevin Lynch all making moves. Nothing was sticking until the fourth lap, where 10 riders made a break and got away with a 45-second gap to the main bunch of riders. They stayed away until the final lap when they got reeled back in again by the main bunch.
On the final lap, three men took flight with eventual winner John Hodge of Panduit Carrick Wheelers, Newry Wheelers’ Drew McKinley and Dermot Radford of Tipperary Wheelers soon joined by a few other riders.
They put their heads down and hit for home with McKinley taking a super result with the silver medal. All the guys did their bit on the day and there were other solid performances from Mark Gordon and Michael Havern.
Kenny Bagnall and Paul Gannon both put in a great day on the bike in the A3 Irish Champs road race covering the same distance as the M40 category.
Des Woods put in a phenomenal effort in the M50 road race as he took a solo victory and the gold medal.
This was an 85k distance race and he had a minute to spare over the second rider on the day in what was an excellent result for Woods who was delighted with his win. Henry O'Neill put in a super effort on the bike in the same race.
Jan Sweeney competed in the M60 Masters Road Race, which took in 68k, to finish up a super sixth overall.
The club would like to give a massive thank you to Noel McKinley, Jude Sands and Barry Monaghan for making the journey to support and assist the riders over the weekend.To read more subscribe to our online Newspaper