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Sundrive Endurance League Wk 8

Next Endurance League Wednesday 31st July

<Endurance League Result and Table after Round 8>

Endurance League Week 8 Report
The battle at top of the League intensified with Sean Curtis off to a great start with two wins in the A group putting the pressure on Oscar to stay in touch with a win and a second sport in the B category. The list of races this week were Scratch, Points Race and the Handicap Points Race which is proving quite popular. This was a night where many riders shone at different stages through the night with top class racing in all categories. We were most happy to welcome back Sean Nolan (Navan) and also an infrequent visitor Shane Whelan (Kilcullen) and both served to liven up their respective categories on the night. The final race, the handicap points race was a mix of A/B riders and Oscars group stayer clear (just!) for the first two sprints giving his a clear lead with him nicking both sprints. Once then caught by the A’s he just needed any score to secure then win which he more than adequately did. In the second handicap points race Shane was a clear winner on 11 points with three riders on 8 meaning that 2nd, 3rd and 4th went down to finishing order on the final sprint.

Endurance League Week 7 Report
We were happy to welcome both Poppy Hamilton and Josh McClune who travelled from Ulster to compete, with distinction in our midweek Track League. We started with 12 Lap Scratch for each group and followed that with each group riding a Tempo race. This proved to a tactically aware race from the B and C groups in particular. Next was the Kilo Dash and our final races were 2 H/cap points races. The chasing group in the A race made contact just before the second sprint with both ,hares’ and ‘hounds’ featuring in the overall In the second of this newly featured race saw the ‘hares’ holding off for the first two sprints with Poppy taking both. Two riders from the ‘hounds’ made contact before the 3rd sprint with Jenny Neenan taking that and also the final sprint in a tight battle with Tadgh Roberts. In the ends both Jenny and Poppy finished on 8 points taking two sprints each, but Tadgh who was with group being chased featured in all 4 sprints and amassed 9 points to take the win from Jenny and Poppy with Orla taking 4th overall featuring in all the sprints also. This new race proved popular and definitely exciting to watch and we will definitely feature it again!

Endurance League Week 5 Report
We started with two groups for the Scratch and Elimination, but given the fluid nature of our groupings we were able to move riders around and make 3 competitive groups in the Mile. We were happy to welcome back some riders taking a break from exams and we wish them well in their final few. Back by popular demand was the Italian Pursuit, and we finished with an all in Handicap. Oscar still leads after Week 5 despite my beast effort to ‘nobble’ him with our UCI podium rider Sean Curtis in 2nd!

Endurance League Week 3 Report
This weeks event included the customary Scratch opening race, followed by the Kilo Dash, Devil and finally s Hare & Hound handicap. As always the category you ride in can be a fluid thing based on entry levels on the night as we continually strive to get the balance right on each night and this was certainly achieved this week with 8 different winners from the 10 races over the three categories and the introduction of new riders certainly livened things up. We would encourage more riders of all abilities to ride our leagues as bigger fields make for more exciting closer racing and we can see the progression in skill and speed in our regular attendees.

Endurance League Week 1 Report
Week 1 of the Endurance Track League was a fiercely contested affair with three categories A/B/C and each having 4 races – Scratch, Reverse Win and Out, Mile and Hare & Hound. Racing started at 7pm and we managed to get the full program of races done with the limited daylight. We had some riders working hard training efforts to within the races which gave reality to the efforts but just made it even harder for everyone else! The standard of riding was quite high with very entertaining racing for the organizers. The races are short enough to suit specialist Sprinters and we would encourage more of the to attend the Endurance League , just as many Endurance Riders throw their hat into the ring for the Sprint League.

Racing is Open to accredited riders from U14 upwards.