Richard leads big Killarney challenge

Richard Maes: The current Munster Cyclocross and National Mountain Bike Cross-Country title holder.
Picture: Sean Rowe

KILLARNEY Cycling Club is hoping to make its mark at the first major cycling event of the year when the National Cyclocross Championships is held next Sunday at Fota in Co Cork.

The Killarney challenge will be led by Richard Maes who is the current Munster Cyclocross champion and he also holds the National Mountain Bike Cross-Country title.

The club will also have strong ambitions in the team category and the squad has been bolstered by former professional road-racer, Paidi O’Brien, who will be wearing the Killarney colours in 2019.

Along with Maes and O’Brien, the team has strength-in-depth with Jamie O’Donoghue, Mike Lucey, Matt Slattery and Colin Leahy.

John Crowley is the current Munster over-50 champion and he will have podium ambitions in that category.

A large contingent of Killarney supporters will be travelling to support the team and enjoy the action-packed racing over a mainly off-road circuit.

Conor Kissane and Michael O’Connor are also racing on the Killarney team as is Patrick Clifford who recently took second place in the Munster League andChampionship in the M40 category.

Eoghan Pattwell, also from Killarney, is competing for Kanturk in the junior race. We have changed the face of local news coverage
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