Navan/Avonmore to the fore again

By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

Thankfully, the Irish domestic cycling season has been spared the embarrassment of cancellations this year, but just when everybody was patting each other on the back, news filters through that the popular Adare Two-Day in Co. Limerick has been cancelled. On the other hand, the local club in Navan, Co. Meath, is putting on two races this weekend in the village of Kilmessan. "You can rely on the Navan/Avonmore to keep the engine ticking over when it comes to the promotion of bike races," said Noel Clarke.

The evenings may be closing in with lighting up time now staring us in the face. To avoid the competitors finishing with lights on their bikes, the Beechmount Cup is out of the traps at six o'clock on Saturday evening.

Sunday, it is back to Kilmessan again for the Collins/Christle Cup with a 1:30pm start time. All categories are catered for, with the underage participants off at mid-day.

The Irish team in the Tour of Britain may not be setting the world on fire, but in the USA, David O'Loughlin (Navigators) won the Mengoni Grand Prix in Central Park, New York. This weekend, David is in action again. Hopefully he'll make it number two wins for his team which has signed him up again for next year.

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