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The 74th Crotty Cup, one of Ireland?s oldest cycling races was held last Saturday along with the more recent Paddy Cotter Cup in the village of Kilmihil, West Clare. The local club, West Clare CC organised and ran the event for the 74th time. There was a great turnout for the event.
Brendan Cassidy Killarney CC came up trumps with Sean McInerney Galway Bay CC taking the second spot. They went clear of a group of seven who made good headway to open up a significant lead on the man field. Brendan and Sean were intent on making an all out effort to cut out a lead ahead of the early markers. In the end they had a cushion of eight seconds as the duo went head to head in the sprint. The event was held over a nine mile (36 miles) course. The organisation for good measure made the competitors tackle the course four times. To cap it all they inserted a tidy little climb which had sorted sorted out the field. In the A4 event over 18 miles, victory went to Kevin Sherlock Visit Nenagh ahead of his stable mate Keith Butler from Visit Nenagh.
This event is steeped in history and has been on the go, since the early 1930s. Evidently the tradition has matured as the years roll by.
Former Ras winner Jamie McGahan was on the start line along with Ronan Cotter (former Irish CycloCross Junior Champion) both riding for the host club.
The Crotty Cup
1 Brendan Cassidy Killarney CC;
2 Sean McInerney Galway Bay CC;
3 Mark Kelly Western Lakes CC;
4 Greg Scully Visit Nenagh CC;
5 Chris Jeuken Black Rose;
6 Eoin Morgan Planet Tri;
7 Greg McDonald Visit Nenagh;
8 Barry Meade, Planet Tri;
9 Eoin Whelan Seven Springs;
10 Brian Marin Seven Springs.
The Paddy Cotter Cup
1 Kevin Sherlock Visit Nenagh;
2 Keith Butler Visit Nenagh;
3 Richard Quinn Club-Rotha?ochta Na-Sionainna (Shannon Cycling Club);
4 Joe Noonan Clare Crusaders;
5 Shane Long Burren CC;
6 Wil Hendry Iverk/Carrick Wheelers.
Pic Noel Gavin/Allpix 18/05/2013