Doherty makes break in wet Traders Cup

DERMOT DOHERTY and Richie Gallagher felt the wrath of the Irish spring in Dundalk on Sunday, where Cuchulainn CC threw their annual Traders Cup party.

While Gallagher’s early break in the A race came unstuck after 30km, Doherty went away with 15 riders the first time past Ardee in the A4 event and when they swept through Ardee again, he was still in the remaining eight.

Gallagher said: “Derm rode a brilliant race in the A4. He had great legs and was well positioned for the finish in that bunch of eight. Not a fan of sprinting, Derm went for a flyer about 2k from the line, getting a good gap but unfortunately cramping with about a 1k to go.

“He just missed out on the points but was delighted to be part of a rare A4 break and to be riding strongly early in the season. Onwards and upwards.”

Club secretary Daragh O’Toole was less sympathetic, penning this poem to collate Doherty’s performance with his love of A A Milne:

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
They start to attack 2k out

But stop when their hamstrings go ‘ping’

It was a one-two for the hosting team in the A4 with Anthony Crosby beating Aidan Delaney and Clondalkin CC’s Stephen O’Glesby getting third.

The 75km A race was won by rising star Darragh Zaidan, riding for Adamstown. He beat UCD’s Eoin Mortin and Ken Tobin from Bike Worx.

Of his performance, Gallagher added: “Derm and I left Dublin early this morning not really expecting much, bar some mild hypothermia, but the racing turned out to be interesting for us both.

“With an apathetic bunch of A3s, who were content to just wait for the fast guys, myself and three other riders established a break after 7kms. We kept it going for just over 30km and had 50secs going through Ardee for the first time, but my legs started to cry off not too long after that.

“I dropped off just a couple of kms before the Dundalk roundabout and the remaining lads were caught after the turn for Ardee by Eoin Morton and an Orwell junior. I was completely cooked and hung with a couple of small selections for a while but did the last 10k or so solo and very wet and cold.”


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