Delivering the mail on his bike proved useful training for local postman Ray Cullen when winning the 4th Cat. event at the St Patrick’s Day cycling classic in Carrick on Suir.
The event, running since 1955, was another huge success in the home of Irish cycling, attracting over 210 competitors.
The main event for the Carrick Wheelrs Cup was won by professional Stephen Halpin.
In this race, a break-away of about 10 to 12 riders broke away from the main bunch around midway through the 100km race, with local rider John O’Shea of Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers among them. As the group approached Carrick-on-Suir on the final lap it began to split with riders tiring from the days exertions.
In the final 200m the crowd could see four riders sprinting for the win. Fastest however, was Dubliner Halpin of the UK based Metaltek Scott Professional Cycling Team, just ahead of ‘The Banteer Bullet’ Paudi O’Brien, a former professional with the An Post Sean Kelly Team, now home to Carrick’s Sam Bennett. Halpin held on to win and join the roll of honour for this prestigious event.