Paddy Flanagan Memorial Newbridge – Damian Long rolls back the years

Old dog. Old tricks.

Damian Long rolled back the years and bridged a nearly two decade gap to take victory at the Paddy Flanagan Memorial in Newbridge, Co. Kildare last weekend.

Damian was one of the star performers of this clubs predecessor, Waterford Cycling Club which disbanded in the late 90s after nearly 100 years in existence in various different forms. This club is the spiritual successor of this one with many of its top names, Damian included now as well as the Gaters and others having won in our colours.

After a tough winter lugging around the same bike steel bike with downtube gears that he hung up in the attic when he retired in the 90s, (which clearly did him no harm) Damian proved what most of us who have been around a while already knew… age is just a number, form is temporary, but class is permanent. Damian proved it last Sunday taking a tight sprint victory on the line.

Meanwhile in the A1 race, Dwayne Kirwan was putting in the performance of a lifetime, topping off a fine team effort to narrowly miss out on a podium place in 4th position, just behind former Italian international Matteo Cigala.

Well done gentlemen. Epic stuff.

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