The latest round of the Nenagh Summer League produced one of the best wins we have seen since the league started a few years ago. A two man breakaway went early and stayed away right to the end with a full pack chasing them down right to the line. You need to be able to produce some power to do that and there are no better lads for doing that than Aaron O’Brien and Paul Kennedy. Fantastic effort.
Once again there was a strong turnout for this league race. Thanks as always to everyone for turning up. We had 4 groups on the road with the gaps at 0, 8, 12 and 14. The wind changed direction this evening meaning the groups had to battle a strong head wind on the way to Nenagh. This would slow the groups down a lot at the start but it would lead to a fast second half. If groups were to stay away then they would have to work well together into the wind.
It was clear from early on that the scratch group were gaining quickly on the group ahead. They were working well and had group two caught shortly after Mulrooney’s garage. The pace stayed lively up to the roundabout. There were a few digs put in here and there but it was the dig put in by Aaron and Paul just before the turn around point that blew the race apart.
It was an ideal time to break with the lads knowing full well that as soon as they turned they would have a strong tail wind pushing them back to the finish. The bunch behind took a while to realise the seriousness of the threat. They continued to roll through but the gap started to widen. It was now panic stations and all able bodied personnel were summoned into action to stop the rot.
Both the break and scratch group flew past groups 3 and 4. However, with no real strongmen in the chasing bunch the gap was holding strong to the two strongmen out front. Coming into Birdhill, many people in the bunch threw in a final big effort to reel the break in. As the bunch turned onto the final ramp they could see that the gap had closed a good bit but it was going to be too big to catch.
Aaron and Paul battled it out for the win with Paul just managing to take it in the end. Coming in 5 seconds later was Shane Scully in 3rd. First woman home was Sinnead Oakes and the first junior home was Daniel Yon Hin. The average pace for the race was 42.8km per hour which wasn’t bad considering the extra miles cycled into the headwind at the start.
Next up: Visit Nenagh Classic on Sunday. Make it your business to be at this race. It’s not very often you get a top quality race on your doorstep.
Next Nenagh Summer League Race – April 21st