Michael Looby is flying the flag for Tipp Wheelers. He is a power house and still has the raw talent of the 90’s when he rode as a junior, and as the 2012 season progresses he will be chasing them all down, all the way to the finish line. In Looby’s first race of the season at Broadford he finished in the bunch in very difficult terrain, second race, Caherconlish 4th place, third race, Carrick (St Paddy’s Day) 8th place finish again getting into the prizes. Looby has slimed down and been putting in some great work over the winter with the lads and it is showing. He said it during the 2011 club league and now he is proving it, Looby is back!
Richard Bresnan on his "green horn" season is learning plenty, from when to take a drink and top-up on carbs, to how the bunch works. Also, when lapped by A1/A2 riders, not to tag on and hope to be a winner… school is not out for this 25yr old. He is finishing well and strong which proves all the winter training and hard work is paying off. Richie has also had a lot of support and encouragement from all of the Tippwheelers since he became a cyclist for the first time in 2011. With every race brings skill, confidence and the determination to win. This newbie will not be green for very much longer.
Richie is also in luck (I think), with Michael Looby also competing in A4, giving Richie some pointers and pushing him on. And while Mr Looby maybe all the chat and craic, he is all the skill of a true roadie, with two placed finishes in his last two races proves my point.
Dermot Radford has been placed in with the big boys this year, A1/A2 and this has been a big challenge. The Wexford man, beginning his third year of road racing, is happy with his progress but with more time this will grow. Mr Modest won’t really spill the beans, just yet. The A1/A2 brings higher speeds, longer endurance and much more aggression. His winter training is working to his advantage and paying off with a 12th Broadford, 9th Caherconlish, only just missing out on 8th. Come on Radford, feel the burn!
Pat Ryan, having increased his training during the winter, is also going very well and is feeling quite strong in the opening flurry of races, but has been short just that little bit of luck that is needed in A3 racing. While following a number of breaks, he has been unlucky to miss those that have got away, but hopefully it is just a matter of time before he gets into the right break at the right time. As it is early in the season I am sure he will train the eye to spot the right break and get away.
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Mike - left and centre, Dermot - right
Richie - top left, Mike - top middle, Dermot - top right, Pat - bottom