The racing season kicked off in style in Galway with the West Coast Wheelers Open Race in Loughrea. There was a great turnout with over a hundred and twenty riders taking part and plenty of supporters along the route to cheer on the riders taking part.
In the A3 and A4 Race, sponsored by Tri Bikes (Loughrea), Kamil Pasek, Black Rose Racing, took the top prize, pipping Galway Bay's Derek Joyce. Nigel Forde from Galway Bay CC, took 3rd place in a sprint finish which also featured local riders Ollie Fagan and Gearoid Hynes of West Coast Wheelers. The A4 riders in the race got a 2 minute head start over the A3 riders. Much to the surprise of the spectators, the A4 riders managed to hold their lead for the entirety of the race. Several A3 riders did manage to bridge the gap, with Mike Ryder, Galway Bay CC, looking particularly strong while making it across to the leading group. Ryder was later joined by Nigel Forde and Kamil Pasek. Pasek and Joyce were well ahead of the rest of the group in the final sprint, with Joyce losing out by half a wheel. It was a great success for Galway-based clubs, with Black Rose Racing, Galway Bay CC and West Coast Wheelers all present in the top placings.