Grace Young, Richie Maes take Munster gold after tight racing

Posted on: December 9th, 2018

Grace Young wasn’t taking any chances with Lisa Stapelbroek in her slipstream; she didn’t ease up until she had the title in the bag (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Two very tight races went the way of the form book at the Munster Cyclocross Championships on Sunday; Richie Maes and Grace Young coming away with gold.

Both headed into today’s Clonmel CC-promoted races at Powerstown Park as Munster series leaders.

And with the men’s and women’s events doubling as the provincial championships and the final round of the series, there was a lot at stake.

In the men’s event; while Maes won, Paidi O’Brien really showed his rate of progress as a relative newcomer to the discipline.

Killarney CC’s Maes, O’Brien of Gerard-DHL and Matt Slattery of Strata 3-VeloRevolution were never far apart at the head of affairs today.

 

Men’s winner Richie Maes and Lucy O’Donnell who took bronze in the women’s race.

 

But in the end Maes ran out the clear winner, with O’Brien not far behind holding off Slattery breathing down his neck.

It was a great ride by the winner but a good one too by O’Brien who has gotten better every week this winter despite being a road specialist.

Slattery’s club enjoyed a great day out today, claiming the team prize as well as the M40 and M50 titles via Trevor Woods and Paul Birchall.

The women’s race was an even tighter affair than the men’s.

Eventual winner Grace Young of De Ronde Van Cork came to the finish line with Kenmare’s Lisa Stapelbroek for company.

However, Young packed too much punch in the gallop to the line and she claimed the title and the series victory.

Not far behind the leading pair came junior rider Lucy O’Donnell of O’Leary Stone Kanturk.

She showed again she is one to watch by collecting the bronze medal.

 

O’Brien and Slattery taking silver and bronze respectively.

 

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