Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers rider Hugh Mulhearne took an amazing victory last weekend winning the 2013 National Veteran Cycling Championships in Louth.
Mulhearne, a native of Kilmacthomas, won the event in a two up sprint for the line, getting the better of the Irish American Greg Swinand of the Dublin based Irish Road Club.
Despite the added pressure of being amongst the favourites, the Carrick Wheelers man, rode the perfect race, staying to the fore of affairs during the opening laps and placing himself among the main break-away group of the day at the at the beginning of the third lap.
As the race got into the business end of things, it was Swinand who made a bid for a solo victory attacking his break-away companions with two laps to go.
While Swinand was successful in distancing himself from most of his rivals, there was one who just wasn’t about to give up and Hugh Mulhearne set off in pursuit.
Mulhearne was strong enough the bridge the gap across to Swinand, making it a leading duo entering the final lap.
Swinand, knowing Mulhearne’s strength in the finishing sprint, made many attempts to shake off the Carrick Wheelers cyclist, but Mulhearne had simply peaked his form to perfection and this was going to be his day.
As the leaders approached the final few hundreds metres Mulhearne took matters into his own hands. Knowing some chasing riders were beginning to close again on the leading duo, Hugh excitingly lead out the sprint for the chequered flag and lead all the way to the finish line, where he raised both hands in the air to take the title of National Veteran Cycling Champion and a precious All-Ireland gold medal.