The last race of the Nenagh Summer League took place yesterday evening. There was a crowd of 25 on the start line and this was divided into 3 groups with gaps of 3:30 and 2:30 between the groups. The weather conditions were ideal for racing and everyone put in a great effort – the last 1.5km hill to the finish pretty much guarantees you are going to be wrecked crossing the line!
The first two groups merged pretty early in the cycle and worked well together out to the Nenagh roundabout. There was still a sizable gap back to the last group. However, as the groups turned for home they were hit by a headwind. This seemed to take more our of the front group and the gap started falling quickly. The back group worked very well together the whole way and as they approached the top of the hill at the Yellowbridge they gained contact with the front group.
Anthony Gahan had broken away from the first group on the climb and was still out front by himself. When you are left out there by yourself you are never going to last and so Anthony was swallowed up a few minutes later. Over the last 5 miles into Birdhill there were many breaks out of the group with Derek Bowen and John Cahill making the most progress. As they hit Birdhill things started to slow as people conserved energy for the hill finish. John Cahill had a small gap going around the roundabout and onto the ramp but the bunch were closing fast.
Things stayed together up most of the climb with one or two cyclists getting distanced every now and then. With 200m to go to the flyover Mike Browne made his move. He jumped away with a powerful surge and immediately got a good gap. Kenneth Kennedy was the first to react and set off in pursuit. The gap was closing and closing as the lads turned the corner with the finish line in sight. Mike had enough to hold of Kenneth with
1. Mike Browne
2. Kenneth Kennedy
3. Ken Costelloe
4. Darren Allison
5. Ian O’Halloran
The club would like to thank everyone that has supported this league over the last 16 weeks. We hope you enjoyed it and got some use out of it. The league will return next April 2015 and we hope to see ye all there again. The club would also like to thank the many marshals that gave up their time to marshal this event. It couldn’t have gone ahead without your help.
Before you go………….
Consider joining & racing for Nenagh CC: If you enjoyed the summer league and would be interested in taking up cycle racing in 2015 then consider joining our club. The 2014 season is all but over now but we will be returning for training in October and we would love to see you there. Put in a good winter of training with us and you will be flying it next year.
Video of the finish