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OFF-ROAD EVENTS : Shane Stokes Last Updated: 2 Apr 2018 - 8:45:17 PM

FOUR MEDALS FOR IRISH RIDERS IN MASTER'S WORLD MTB CHAMPS
By Shane Stokes
1 Sep 2009,

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Saturday was an impressive day for Irish MTB riders, with Meave Baxter taking an excellent silver medal at the World Masters� championships in Praloup, France, and Peter Buggle, Beth McCluskey and Andy Yoong each netting superb bronze medals.

Baxter finished as runner up to Nathalie Dappen (Switzerland) in the women�s 30-34 downhill, with fellow Irishwomen Michelle McMullan and Nathalie Jedda taking fifth and seventh.

Buggle placed third in the men�s 45 � 49 XC race, finishing six minutes and five seconds behind the Italian winner Gilberto Perini. McCluskey took her result in the women�s 30- 39 category, coming home seven minutes off the pace of the victor Daniela Veronesi (San Marino). Yoong�s fine result came in the 30-34 downhill race, with the Irishman finishing 10.46 behind Pau Misser (Spain).

A number of other Irish riders competed in the same race; of these, Dale McMullan, Michael Cowan and Mark Tiernan were to the fore, placing 12th, 16th and 23rd.

Derek Cowen was a fine seventh in the 60+ downhill, while Ian McIntyre, Joe Ward and Geoff Walker were 12th, 14th and 18th in the 35 � 39 downhill.

Irish competitors also took part in two other DH events; Stephen Davidson and Colin Finley were 25th and 34th in the 40-44 race, while Peter Popham was 26th in the 50-54 contest.

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Masters Mountain Bike World Championships, Praloup, France, August 28-30

August 29, Cross country - Men 45-49 & 50-54:

Men 45-49:

1, Gilberto Perini (Italy) 1 hour 46 mins 17 secs
2, Jean-Paul Stephan (France) at 2 mins 45 secs
3, Peter Buggle (Ireland) at 6 mins 5 secs

Other:

20, John O'Reilly (Ireland) at 19 mins 10 secs


Women 30-39:

1, Daniela Veronesi (San Marino) 1 hour 34 mins 3 secs
2, Stefania Zanasca (Italy) at 3 mins 49 secs
3, Beth McCluskey (Ireland) at 7 mins


August 29, Downhill - Men & Women, August 30:

Men 30-34:

1, Pau Misser (Spain) 3 mins 36.67 secs
2, Yoann Paccard (France) at 7.62 secs
3, Andy Yoong (Ireland) at 10.46 secs

Other :

12, Dale McMullan (Ireland) at 19.83 secs
16, Michael Cowan (Ireland) at 21.03 secs
23, Mark Tiernan (Ireland) at 23.74 secs
88, Sean Herlihy (Ireland) at 52.13 secs
92, Damien Duggan (Ireland) at 54.92 secs
107, Doran Gavin (Ireland) at 1:09.74 secs
115, Murphy Kenneth (Ireland) at 1:23.56 secs
116, Jordan Alan (Ireland) at 1:42.31 secs

Men 35-39:

1, Tomas Misser (Spain) 3 mins 35.50 secs
2, Christian Taillefer (France) at 11.82 secs
3, Sebastian Vasquez (Chile) at 12.37 secs

Irish:

12, Ian McIntyre (Ireland) at 26.47 secs
14, Joe Ward (Ireland) 0:00:28.97 secs
18, Geoff Walker (Ireland) 0:00:30.27 secs
63, Nigel Elder (Ireland) 0:00:59.06 secs

Men 40-44:

1, Samuel Peridy (France) 3 mins 48.25 secs
2, Marcel Waldmann (Switzerland) at 0.18 secs
3, Micka�l Stammbach (Switzerland) at 6.64 secs

Irish:

25, Stephen Davidson (Ireland) at 34.17 secs
34, Colin Finley (Ireland) at 43.98 secs


Men 50-54:

1, Patrick Sicard (France) 4 mins 13.07 secs
2, Jean-Luc Lescure (France) at 3.22 secs
3, Raffaele De Pietro (Italy) at 12.59 secs

Irish:

26, Peter Popham (Ireland) at 1 min 7.99 secs


Men 60+:

1, Reinhard Bock (Switzerland) 4 mins 52.40 secs
2, Yves Mavilla (France) at 2.97 secs
3, Michel Cottalorda (France) at 9.43 secs

Irish :

7, Derek Cowen (Ireland) at 1 min 46.38 secs

Women 30-34:

1, Nathalie Dappen (Switzerland) at 4 mins 32.04 secs
2, Meave Baxter (Ireland) at 16.49 secs
3, S�verine Delom (France) at 20.91 secs

Other Irish :

5, Michele McMullan (Ireland) at 41.95 secs
7, Nathalie Jedda (Ireland) at 50.07 secs

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