Congraulations to Eddie Barry on winning the Newbridge Credit Union GP. Also to Eoin Cummons (7th), David O’Mahony 4th unplaced A2 and Eugene Lynch 12th in the A3 race.
By Tommy Campbell Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Mar 13, 2011,
Blarney’s Edward Barry took no prisoners yesterday when he landed the biggest win of his cycling career, soloing to victory in the Newbridge Grand Prix which attracted a record 125 competitors in the A1 and 2. Held over six laps of a 17.5kms circuit based at Rathbride on the Curragh, Co. Kildare. Towards the end and the final ascent of Dunmurry it was all to play for the lead group.
But, Barry was not for hanging around and seized the initiative by striking out for home. “I thought the chase group would come back to me, but it was a case of now or never over those last 5 kilometers,” said Edward at the finish. In the end the pre race favourites, Conor Murphy of EuroCycles and Sean Lacey of the Edge CC based in Cork could do no better than third and fifth.
The Barry brothers Damien and Edward tasted success last year in the latter half of the season, but it looks as though the Blarney CC club could be on a roll over the next couple of weeks. Damien won the Christy McManus in Roundwood whilst Edward won a stage of the Corkman 3 Day.
Newbridge Grand Prix, Co. Kildare (105kms)
1 Edward Barry (Blarney CC), 2hrs.39mins.15secs;
2 David Kenneally ((Cork County CC), @14secs;
3 Conor Murphy (EuroCycles), @25secs;
4 Thomas Lavery (Comeragh CC), same time;
5 Sean Lacey (The Edge CC), st;
6 Sean Bracken (Usher Irish Road Club); st;
7 Eoin Cummins (Blarney CC), st;
8 Anthony Doyle (unattached)