Evergreen Elliott faces strong home challenge to defend title

THE Shay Elliott Memorial Classic in Bray tomorrow is the big event this weekend with the evergreen Malcolm Elliott returning to defend his title.

The 46-year-old was once sprinting with Sean Kelly for stages in the Nissan Classic and rode as a pro on the continent for several years.

On Sunday he will have the support of former Ras winner, Andrew Roche. His main challenge is expected to come from David O’Loughlin (Pezula), a past winner, and Tralee man Paul Griffin (Giant Asia).

Ciaran Power and Brian Kenneally who would also expect to figure are on international duty at the moment.

But O’Loughlin will still have strong support from Ryan Connor, who won the Tour of the North and Adam Armstrong.

John O’Brien from Cobh was a very impressive winner of the Bill Hyland Memorial in Clonmel last Sunday is another who could figure.

And in Camross, Co Wexford, on Sunday, Martin O’Loughlin will start as favourite for the Frank O’Rourke Memorial.

The Carrick man, Olympic team manager in 2004, may be a vet but he has been dominating the racing down south all season.

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