Charlie Prendergast takes eighth win of season at sodden Challenge GP

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019
Charlie Prendergast shrugs off the elements for a comfortable win at the Challenge GP in Co Galway just ahead of Liam Curley after a testing day in the rain.

Charlie Prendergast has taken victory in the inaugural Challenge GP in Bullaun, Co Galway, in very wet conditions.

The Castlebar Cycling Club man was best in a sprint from Liam Curley (Strata 3-VeloRevolution) after four laps on a fast rolling 30.7km circuit starting and finishing Bullaun Co Galway. 

It was Prendergast’s eighth win of the year. He has also won the recent Paddy Flanagan, John Holian Cup, Newbridge GP, Deanside Cup and Waller Cup.

Earlier in the season he won a stage and the overall at Rás Mhaigheo and has taken six other podium placings aside from his victories.

While the rain came down in buckets from the start it didn’t deter the riders, with large fields in each race.

In the main event what would prove to be the winning five-man breakaway went away early; Prendergast present with Curley and Conor McKenna (UCD CC).

The two leaders just as they wind up their sprint for the finish line in Co Galway today

Though that group was only halfway through the opening lap when it rode away, the strongest of them remained clear to the finish.

Punctures cost two of the men up front their places in the group and eventually it came down to just Curley and Prendergast.

They combined to share the workload until they got to the finish where a two-man sprint settled it; Prendergast winning from his breakaway companion.

Best of the rest was Darragh McCarter (Donegal Bay CC) who took 3rd from Eoghan McArdle Ruane (Galway Bay CC) and Stephen Murphy (Black Rose Racing).

In the A3-Junior race Feidhlim Dignan and Ruaidhri Geraghty took a Galway Bay CC 1-2, with Conor Farrell (Lakeside CC) in 3rd.

The A4 contest was won by Gearoid Howard (Burren CC) from Barry Kivlehan (Ballina CC) and Ken Ralph (Burren CC).

Sun, June 23rd: Challenge GP

Bullaun, Co Galway

Promoted by Challenge CC

A1-A2 Race (122.8km)

  1. Charlie Prendergast Castlebar CC
  2. Liam Curley Strata 3-VeloRevolution
  3. Darragh McCarter Donegal Bay
  4. Eoghan McArdle Ruane Galway Bay
  5. Stephen Murphy Black Rose
  6. Conor Murnane UCD Cycling Club
  7. Sean O’Malley Western Lakes CC
  8. David Walshe Castlebar CC
  9. Conor McKenna UCD Cycling Club
  10. Tilt Taluma St Tiernan’s CC

A3-Juniors

  1. Feidhlim Dignan Galway Bay CC
  2. Ruaidhri Geraghty Galway Bay CC
  3. Conor Farrell Lakeside CC
  4. John Boyne Lakeside CC
  5. Ryan O’Hagan Lucan CRC
  6. Mark Quigley Breffni Wheelers
  7. Mathew Seebach Slaney CC
  8. Robert Keane Laois CC
  9. Cian Noone Challenge CC
  10. George Duffy Lucan CRC

A4-Women

  1. Gearoid Howard Burren CC
  2. Barry Kivlehan Ballina CC
  3. Ken Ralph Burren CC
  4. Kevin Molyneaux Challenge CC
  5. Mark Connolly Greenmount Limerick 
  6. Ronan O’Grady CKR CC
  7. Damien Dunne Tullamore CTC 
  8. Patrick Conroy Team Gerry McVeigh
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