With five rounds raced, young Francis Sheridan from Covey Westport Cycling Club showed real talent by being the most consistent performer in the Mayo cycling League.
Going into the final round held in Swinford, Barry Holian, Western Lakes CC, had a slight two-points advantage over David Brody, Castlebar, and Francis Sheridan, Westport. With Holian starting in the scratch group some 13 minutes behind Brody, the chances were always slim for him to catch up. Francis Sheridan, on the other hand, started 8.5 minutes behind Brody and, with the aid of a well drilled Covey team, he made small work of bringing back the handicap, catching Brody’s group with 11 miles to go. With the Covey Westport team driving the pace, Barry Holian’s chances of winning the league were dead and buried, and at the finish the Western Lakes club salvaged the day by sprinting to first with Mark Quigley and second with Joe Marrey. Francis Sheridan again showed his class, finishing third.
The young David Brody from Castlebar CC did well to hold on to the finishing bunch but was just outside the points of the top 10; he still performed very well throughout the league and finished third overall.
The league presentation will take place at the end of the year. A total of 131 cyclists took part in the league. The Mayo League committee would like to thank the Gardaí, all the marshals and volunteers from the various clubs and to any persons who were held up in traffic as a result of the races.