Paul McCarter, from Donegal Bay CC, took the biggest win of his career last weekend at the Bogman 2 cycle in Connemara.
Although he did not win any of the stages, team work and a marvellous time in the time trail on Sunday morning lead to him being crowned the champion. In second place was Cathal Moynihan (Tralee Manor West/iBike) and third was Keith Finn (Planet X).
The 2 day event saw cyclists from all over the country take on 2 long cycle routes plus a time trail though Connemara, with Tully cross being the race HQ. The competitors got to enjoy the true glory of Connemara as the sun shone and there was just a few drops of rain on the Saturday evening, helping to create a great buzz around the event.
“It was great to see so many talented cyclists travel to our small village in Connemara and we were blessed with the stunning weather”, states race director John James Flaherty. "This was the biggest year of the event so far, with over 100 competitors - 3 times more competitors than when we set it up 7 years ago. The feedback has been great, so we are hoping for an even bigger turn out next year”
Alongside the 2 day competitors, there was also a shield event for the A4 class on the Saturday evening. They took on 2 laps of a 30km course rather than 3 laps. First over the line was Ronan McNamara (Galway Bay CC), followed by Gerry Slattery (Annagh Wheelers) & Adrian Crombie (Lucan CC).
The race was organised by Western Lake CC & Conamara Environmental Educational & Cultural Centre and they would like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a success and the public for their cooperation.
Further results & race reports can be found at www.ceecc.org/2-day-bogman