O’Loughlin seals comeback from injury with a win on great day for Carrick

Carrick Wheelers Cycling Club members travelled to New Ross, Co. Wexford for a 95km affair with 5 laps of a tough and hilly 18.6 kilometre circuit.

Carrick Wheelers Cycling Club members travelled to New Ross, Co. Wexford for a 95km affair with 5 laps of a tough and hilly 18.6 kilometre circuit.

The club had a full complement of riders with Martin O’Loughlin also making his comeback to racing after his crash in March.

Jamie Blanchfield made the early break joined by one other rider for three laps before being reeled back in by the main bunch.

A flurry of attacks ensued with O’Loughlin, Declan Hanrahan, Blanchfield and Cathal Purcell making their way into the lead group on the road.

Half way through the final lap Martin and Declan made the decisive move to stay away and fight for the win. Martin took the first spot with Declan coming home an impressive second, Jamie took the uphill sprint from the reduced group to take third and fill the podium with Carrick jerseys.

Cathal also made his way into the top ten earning the first unplaced junior prize.

In the a1/a2 event run on the same course, clubman Conor Hennebry took a fine second place making it a highly successful weekend for the club.

Elsewhere club vice president Michael O’Loughlin rode to time trial glory in the second stage of the Trophee Centre Morbihan, an international junior stage race in France.

This is an excellent result for Michael building on his performances in the Kanturk 3 day as well as the Gorey 3 day.