Once again we had fine weather for this evening’s summer league action. This brought out a good crowd of 45 to Gooig for our 7 o’clock start. A head wind meant that the speed on the way out was going to be slower than normal so each of the 4 groups would have to work well together to stay away. The handicaps today were 0, 6, 3 and 2.5. Could any group stay away?
The scratch group were missing some of our regular heavy hitters this evening. Thankfully the rest of the riders stepped up and contributed very well throughout. The rolling over was very steady but fast and the gaps came down quickly. Aichlinn O’Reilly was really pushing the pace in the scratch group and by the turn around the gap was down to just 30 seconds. The average pace to the turn, into the head wind was 40km / hour.
The pace immediately picked up on the way back. The scratch group caught the 3rd group before the flyover. The 2nd group were reeled in at Mulrooneys garage. A strong break from Aichlinn and Kenneth Kennedy was reeled in soon after. The 4th group were caught on the hill after the Yellowbridge. A group of 6 broke ahead at this point and had a gap of a few seconds. Dan Hogan, Aichlinn, Mike Browne, Darren Dunne and a few more pushed on ahead but that move was also reeled in by the bunch.
Everything stayed together coming into Birdhill. The finish line this week was at the bridge at the top of the ramp. This is 1km of torture but it’s fantastic for training on. Nobody really wanted to lead it out near the bottom. Kenneth Kennedy took up the charge and Dan Hogan pushed on through after. Dan was going well but he had two others for company as he cycled into the wind. Coming near the line, Shane Scully and Mike Browne popped around him to take first and second with Dan third. First woman home was Sinnead Oakes and first junior was Daniel Yon Hin.
The average on the way back from the turn around point was 45.6km/hr giving the scratch bunch an average of 42.5km/hr. The average for group 3 on the road was in the 40km/hr range. Not bad going!
Next up: race 4 is next Thursday at 7:00pm. Please help us to spread the word. We want to make this a top quality league race so turn up and give it your all.
Thanks to our marshals Sinéad and Matty Kennedy and Pat Reddan! The rás lads will be doing most of the marshaling from week 7 on (after the rás), so we will need very few volunteers from then on. So if club members could help us out by marshaling the earlier dates then that would be great.