Having ridden a team role for Spokes Racing teammate, Dylan Hughes; Epic Coaching rider Alex Ridehalgh pulled out not one, but two dominant performances to cap off a successful Gorey Three-Day in Ireland last weekend.
With Hughes attacking solo on stage two, holding off the bunch gallop and eventual general classification winner, JB Murphy, it was Ridehalgh that lunged to the line to claim a highly respectable 3rd place, in what deemed to be a chaotic sprint finish.
The third and final stage, however, proved to be Ridehalgh’s chosen execution for victory. With a calculated stinging attack during the final 25km, Ridehalgh gambled when Cian Smails (placed 6th on GC just 16-seconds down) followed the move. They gradually built an advantage on the main field, which was being patrolled by Murphy and his teammates. As the gap increased to almost a minute, Ridehalghs breakaway companion was creating a growing problem, now the virtual leader on the rode, and putting the breakaways success in jeopardy.
Within 10km to go, the win looked imminent for the pair, now on the limit of their effort. Holding off the bunch gallop, it was Ridehalgh who took a convincing win. Arms aloft, he crossed the finish line several bike lengths ahead of Smails, and a further 5 seconds ahead of the rapidly approaching peloton.
A special mention to Sean Rowe for the use of his photos.