JLT Condor Luke Grivell-Mellor wins a rainy SV3 Day Criterium

What started out as a nice day with a Family 5km, U16, A4 ,and Womens events the night took a turn and the rain came down for the Senior Criterium. The race organisation and Commissaires rather than cancel the Criterium for the brave spectators decided to host it with a lot of provisions to make the race safer and after a neutralised section all riders to to the streets. As the rain came down it was clear that Dante Carter was in fine form and was loving the hard conditions but as the evening went on it was his teammate Luke Grivell Mellor who finally broke the string and extended his lead to win the stage from his teammate Harry Tanfield. Of all the Starters it was only 28 brave men who completed the full Criterium so Kudos guys Kudos from the Suir Valley organisation Team

Pos Nr UCI Code Surname, Name Team Time Gap

1 14 GBR19930209 GRIVELL-MELLOR Luke JLT Condor Presented by Mavic 38:14

2 13 GBR19941117 TANFIELD Harry JLT Condor Presented by Mavic 38:32 0:18

3 98 IRL19981118 MCCARTHY Dion Nicolas Roche Performance Team 38:38 0:24

4 101 GBR19980716 DUDLEY Owen Team Isle of Man 38:38 0:24

5 102 GBR19930709 MAZZONE Tom Team Isle of Man 38:38 0:24

6 51 IRL19840213 O’BRIEN Paidi Team Osbourne Meats McCarthy 38:41 0:27

7 68 IRL19810214 MOYNIHAN Cathal Team Aquablue Team “A” 38:41 0:27

8 6 GBR19901027 BYRNE Dillon Champion System/VCUK Racing “A” 38:41 0:27

9 40 GBR19870921 MARKS Ben Felt Racing 38:43 0:29

10 156 IRL19860814 MAES Richard Killarney CC 39:11 0:57


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Champion Systems Dave McGowan take the lead



The second day of the Suir Valley started at a much slower pace due to sore legs and a very strong headwind on the way to Dungarvan, The action took place immediately with with the KOM of the beehive which was won by Chris Reilly of Asea, onto Ballymac and the tempo increased to the Pinewood hotspot which was won by Robin Garry of Team Isle of Man and then this was closely followed by the next KOM again won by Chris Reilly after an exception lead out by teammate Damien Shaw.

After 22kms a group of 6 went 12 seconds clear riders (Tanfield,McAuley, Horgan,Christie, Callaghan and Ashurst) and started to work well together. The lead extended to 55Secs on the descent from Colligan where the bunch was hampered by a large crash on the high speed crash which took out a number of high GC riders. on the way to the pike a number of groups made their way across to the 6 leaders and in the first hour the average speed was 40.3kmph into a high headwind. On the 3rd KOM which was won by Ali Mcauley of the 6 break away riders but a strong group of 11 riders were on their way across as the descent on the pike have split the peloton into 3no defined groups. The 11 chasers included (Ed Laverick, Dante Carpenter,Lee Baldwin , Seb Baylis , Chris Reilly, Damien Sahw, Tom Mazonne, Paidi O’Brien, Michael O’Loughlin and Mark Power) and at 55kms the 6 lone leaders deficient had been reduced to 30secs.

At 59kms the 5 leaders only had a lead of 18secs to the 11 chasers and the bunch were now at 1min 28secs and as they hit carrick on Suir they were all together. As the race headed from Clonmel the bunch who had let the gap go to 1Min 28sec were not making any impact on the leading 16 riders but it was at this stage that JLT Condor Ed Laverick and Champion systems Dave McGowan decided to take a chance and attacked the large group, race radio was constantly chattering times and gaps and details but it was McGowan of Champion systems who eventually bested Laverick to take the stage, overall lead and his weight in Cider sponsored by Devils bit.




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Colm Cassidy steals the day in Suir Valley 3 Day Opener

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On a day that promised rain the sun shone again in the Valley of Honey Clonmel on the 9th edition of the Suir Valley 3 Day. The race started with an extended neutralised section due to a mechanical by 2007 winner Sean Lacey but this mechanical was quickly rectified by Neutral Service and the race started with an average speed of 60kmph heading to Carrick on Suir for the first hot spot of the day which was taken by Eoin Morton of UCD closely followed by Dave McGowan of Champion Stems VCUK and the Dungarvan Local Mark Power.

After the Hotspot a group of 9 riders made their way clear and at 26kms they had a lead of 36secs. The group contained Mark Power, Stephen Murray, Chris Reilly, Robin Kelly, Sean Lacey, Daire Feeley, Robin Gary and eventual winner Colm Cassidy who was the 2014  Paul Helion trophy winner.

Onto Portlaw and the First KOM and it was Chris Reilly of Team Asea who took the Palmares on Church hill and the lead had extended at this time to over one minute and a stream of Team Cars were sent forward to support the 9 riders, again heading for Kilmeaden the speed exceeded 70kms in part supported by a strong south westerly but it was at this stage heading for the 2nd hotspot of the day that the main bunch let the 9 leaders extend their to 1min and 58seconds. Hot Spot 2 was taken by renounced sprinter Robin Kelly , followed Robin Garry of Team Isle of Man and Sean Lacey.

Leaving Piltown for Templeourm 9 became 8 as James Davenport lost contact as the pressure increased on the climb. The group who were working well together now began to splinter on the KOM when the obligatory sprint for KOM points in this case it was Cassidy who took the honours and points from Reilly, Murray, Lacey, Feeley and Garry the break was now down to 5. The Templeourm climb also change the dynamic of the race as the strong riders of the peloton now started to show their form and a large group of 14 formed  but it was the 5 riders (Cassidy, Lacey, Murray, Feeley & Garry) who had most to gain and they road on harder than ever.

Following on from the Kilmaganney Climb which was again taken by Cassidy the group of 14 which had formed (Bayliss, McGowan, Carpenter, Laverick, Morton, Power, McAuley,Reilly Shaw Kelly, Hennebry, Dudley, Christie, Craig Mcauley ) had the gap down to 1min 45secs at 104kms and at Glenbower it was clear that Rider 59 Damien Shaw was in good form doing a lot of the pulling in the group.

Onto Kilsheelan and the group of 14 could see the 5 escapees up the road and the time gaps at 10km was down to 45secs the 14 had taken over a minute back in 10kms, 5kms to go there seemed to be a look of lot of looking around, missing of turns but it was clear to see that Shaw of ASEA, JLT’s Laverick & Carpenter and Champion systems McGowan and Baylis were there to race and loose as little time to the leaders as possible as they did the majority of the pulling at the front as the tempo increased.

With 2kms to go it seemed that the escapees would be caught but the 14 chasers lost focus and it was now the escapees who had the upper hand and the attacks started in the group of 5 but it was Cassidy who was the strongest and won the stage from Sean Lacey.

Behind in the group of 14 the marked man was the one and only Robin Kelly and with 13 on his wheel he was not afraid to take up the sprint weaving from side to side at the start to see who would go first, Number 9 Dave McGowan of Champion Systems/ VCUK obliged and a fine display of sprinting was displayed for all to see but Kelly was seen off by UCD’s Eoin Morton in the end.

Eoin O’Connell of Blarney CC was on discussion was awarded the most aggressive rider the day by the college of commissaires and press for the most determined and courageous ride of the day.  Eoin crashed at one of the fastest points of the day and rode solo back into the peloton when speed were in excess of 60kms, battered bleeding and bruised Eoin returned to the peloton on the KOM of Portlaw which we believe is in the spirit of the competition.

Full Results for Al competitions can be found below



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