The final round of the Coillte Biking Blitz saw Adam McGarr ride to victory in what was a bumper field of riders.
Ruling the roost, Team biking.ie‘s Adam McGarr took top honours in the Super Pro Men class, while Klaudia Bajolek topped the standings in the Super Pro Women.
Over 270 competitors took to Dublin’s Ticknock for the fourth and final round of the series, including 16 women lining out and almost 100 youth riders.
With two wins on the bounce, series’ leader Garreth Davis arrived to Ticknock eager to make it three. But disaster struck Davis on the opening lap of three when a broken mech left him dejected on the sidelines.
Up front, Expert Cycles’ Harry Byrne and McGarr were setting the pace – completing the opening lap one-minute clear of the chasing pack.
Leading lap two, Byrne then saw his hard work unravel with problems on the third and final lap.
Sidelined, it opened the door for for McGarr to come through, eventually securing a comfortable three-minute plus margin of victory.
Behind him the fight for the remainder of the podium was tight. Richie Fell, with a strong opening lap, held off Chris Mollaghan for the runner-up result, while Brian Melia – third at the end of lap one – dropped back to fourth as the pace took its toll.
Regrouping, Byrne came across the line in fifth, with Vinnie Fitzsimon sixth.
In the Super Pro Women category, Klaudia Bajolek was the pace setter, leading from the off. Unchallenged, she took a commanding eight-minute victory.
Joanna Bula, winner in Galway, placed second with Leah McCarthy taking third from Roisin Hickey.
Aaron Finnerty was the rider to beat in the two-lap Junior class. He won by nine minutes from David McCarthy, with Cillian Shea third.
Robert Magee was best of the 92-rider Baggy Shorts class, while Beata Golczak topped the Baggy Shorts Women class.
Congrats to all winners during the ninth edition of the four-round Coillte Biking Blitz series.
Big thanks to John Hammers for images from each round.