Local talent was the order of the day as Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers held the second of their two annual race promotions in Carrick-on-Suir last weekend.
First of the senior races to finish was the C Race, which entailed two laps of the difficult Kearney’s road circuit and measured 60km in total. As the race approached the finish line the cheering from the spectators grew louder and louder as they realised it was local publican Lenny Foley of Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers leading home the pack. Lenny was indeed able to hold off his rivals to raise his arms for the customary victory salute in front of the home crowd.
The next of the senior races to finish was the 80km B Race, which resulted in another victory for the promoting club Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers, as 16 year-old Sean Hahessy impressively soloed to victory in this 3 lap event. This race can only be described as a process of elimination with the field of over 70 riders slowly whittling down throughout the opening two laps, leaving about 30 riders at the head of the race.
The final race of the day was the main event for the prize of the Tommy Sheehan Memorial Trophy and many of Ireland’s top riders had travelled to compete in this prestigious event. This race entailed 4 laps of the Kearney’s Road circuit, measuring over 100km. The ‘A Race’ exploded from the first lap with a blistering pace set on the 4km climb of Kearney’s road resulting in the peleton splintering into many smaller groups, with Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers riders of Martin Mizgajski and Michael Lucey both riding well.
As the race enfolded, it was pre-race favourite Timmy Barry who drove clear with Mizgajski the only other competitor able to keep him company. These two had opened up a one minute lead on the next group on the final lap and it became clear that the winner of the 2012 Tommy Sheehan Memorial would come from this duo. The locals who had gathered at the finishing line hoping it would be Mizgajski that would appear into the finishing straight first to make it a clean sweep of victories for the promoting club, but unfortunately for them, it was Corkmen Timmy Barry who had opened up a small gap in the final few kilometres to win the 2012 Tommy Sheehan Memorial Race. Mizgajski finishing 2nd, a remarkable result given the quality of the field, and Michael Lucey also of Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers finishing in 5th position to complete the top 5 and a very successful day for the local club.