Race number 13 was unlucky for the bunch as a breakaway of 5 won out on the day. The weather was a big factor today with a strong headwind on the return making things very difficult for the 27 riders that turned up at Gooig. The Rás is over, the National Champs are finished, Kilkee is over and lots of our club members are off cycling in the Alps; so it can be hard to stay motivated and to keep putting in the tough miles. Well done to everyone that raced today.
We had 3 groups on the start line with handicaps at 0, 5 and 7. Group 1 stayed away last week so this new reduced handicap would make sure things came together and we would all have to battle it out together to get the win. A strong wind led to quick times on the way out to Nenagh. Group 2 were going well and closed the 5 minute handicap to the group ahead quickly. Group 3 were also going well with Aidan Gallery putting plenty of lads under pressure in that group.
After the roundabout, two or three riders got dumped out the back of the combined group 1/2. They would have to battle the wind all the way back to Birdhill by themselves. Tough going! The gap back to Group 3 was just 30 seconds at the turn and all 3 groups had merged at Hanrahans Farm. It wasn’t long before people were popping off the front.
The first to go was Aidan Gallery and he was followed by Shane Scully, Denis Allen and a Newcastle West rider. This break was short lived. Once they were caught, Mike Browne jumped immediately from the bunch and opened a sizable gap. He was out on his own though into a strong wind so he would need help. The bunch stalled behind him. It was Kenneth Kennedy that jumped next but he was chased down. Straight away the winning break of the day went over the top. The break included Denis, Shane, Aidan and Eamon Kelly from Newcastle West CC .
The gap up to Mike Browne was coming down quickly and he was caught be the chase at the Yellowbridge hill. The break of 5 pressed on ahead and the gap started to increase. Coming down the hill at Kilmastulla, they were well clear and so the cat and mouse racing could begin as the Nenagh CC lads tried to get away from the others. Mike Browne once again was the man to get away. He opened a nice gap and rode onto the final ramp with a nice lead.
The finish line this evening was a little bit further up the hill just to make things even tougher for everyone. Shane jumped from the chase group of 4 behind and took Denis and with him. The pace he was setting was a little too much for the two lads and he was able to distance them, reel Mike Browne in, and take the overall win. Second place went to Eamon and third went to Denis Allen. First woman home was Sinnead Oakes for De Ronde and first youth rider home was our own Daniel Yon Hin.
Thanks to our marshals this evening – Eoin Woolley, Sinead Kennedy, Bertie Sherlock and Seren Kennedy
There are 16 league races in total so that means we have 3 league races left.
See ye all again next Thursday!