The 145k participants had to tackle the Skelp Blast course first, the 16.1k segment was by far the longest and hardest of the day.
Gravel Grind West 145k and 110k overall
Aaron Buggle Clare set a new record for all of the segments on the day.
Aaron Buggle from Dublin now residing in Killaloe Co Clare who was a distinguished former Ras yellow jersey holder, demonstrated remarkable prowess in the 145k race. His performance was particularly notable over the challenging 6 gravel segments.
Aaron faced stiff competition from Adrian Carroll of Tullamore, who emerged as his closest rival. Juraj Holkovic of Longford RC secured the third position, underlining the intense level of competition across 145 kilometers.
Rachel Nolan Ballina showcased an extraordinary display of skill and endurance, clinching victory in both the Skelp Blast segment and the overall 145k distance race, a remarkable achievement.
Gary Donohue, representing Bikeworxs Dublin, showed great form by securing the top spot in the 110k distance race.
Podium Finishers: Gene Ryan from Kilkenny secured a commendable second place, closely followed by Ciaran Byrne from Ballina, who secured the third position in this hotly contested category.
Women’s 110k Distance:
Abi Conway from Westport Covey Wheelers displayed outstanding strength and determination, securing a commanding victory in the Women’s 110k distance race. Emma Delaney from Leitrim put up a commendable performance to secure the second position.
Full results of the 145k and 110k here Full 145k and 110k GGW Results 2023
Congratulations to all the cyclists for their impressive performances and to the winners for their well-deserved victories!
Gravel Grind West has made possible with the help of:
The Towers Bar and Restaurant | Westport Bike Shop | Mayo.ie| Marrey Bikes | Nuasan | Coillte | Civil Defence |Cycling Ireland | Wild Nephin National park | Westport House | Hotel Newport and to all the farmers and residents along the route.