There are permutations and calculations, postulations and ramifications. But at the end of the day there can only be one winner!
So, to the contenders. At the moment its looking like a two-way battle at the top between the experienced Jim Furlong, and the freshman Barry Byrne. Jim holds a slender 7 point lead over Barry, but with Jim not competing in Eireman X next weekend, Barry appears to have the upper hand. However, the pressure is on as he will need to up his game considerably in order to rack up enough points to overhaul Jim. With both heading to Barcelona for the Ironman, and few events remaining, every second could be vital! Currently in third place is the ultra-consistent Martin Mimnagh, but at 25 points behind Jim and not competing in Eireman X, his chance this year appears to have slipped away. Could the dark horse be David Furlong? He will need to put in an unbelievable performance in Courtown to trouble the top two, but could overhaul Martin in third.
Further down the table there are lots of mini-battles, with 10 points covering 5 places. PJ Dunne looks favourite at this stage to head that mini-group. We hear he has been doing some extra mtb training especially for Eireman X…
Next weekend also sees the competitive debut in the Racing795 colours for Kildavin native Adrian Ryan, who will be competing in Eireman X in a relay with Peter Coulahan. Good luck Adrian!
Watch this space for news as it happens.
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