Gater takes Laragh Classic after titanic breakaway battle
September 14, 2014 – AQUABLUE’S Keith Gater lifted the Friends First Laragh Classic Cobble after a grueling three-man breakaway ride with UCD’s Sean McKenna and fellow Aquablue rider Damien Shaw
The trio left the bunch early on the 116km race and wrenched a one minute lead out to as much as three minutes over the hilly, 24km circuit. The racing was hard and fast and lasted almost to the line as Gater jumped in the final metres, leaving McKenna to sprint for second over Shaw.
Full results are on the Laragh Classic page and below is a more three dimensional look at an absolutely blinding day of racing at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains.
It began thusly
— karen m. (@eddie_km) September 14, 2014
The break digs in
The race for the fabled Laragh Classic cobble was ON
@StTiernansCC there they are now. Still together. McKenna in an Aquablue sandwich at flamme rouge.
— Ruairi Ferrie (@RuairiFerrie) September 14, 2014
Glimpse of the undercard
Spotted above Annamoe
When the course attacks
Last year’s A4 race winner, Fixx Rouleur Squeak O’Reilly, was also taken down on the tough and technical course. . .
— Fixx Rouleurs (@FixxRouleurs) September 14, 2014
— The Bike Hub (@Bikehubdotie) September 14, 2014