36 cyclists turned up for this weeks race in what were mixed conditions. In Limerick it was lovely in Tipperary it was hell. At least that meant we had a dry start, the rain then cooled us off coming into Nenagh and by the end we were back warming up in the sun as we sprinted up the hill by Birdhill. It was another tough evening at the office, but that’s the way we want it!
The race was split into 3 groups as per usual. For some strange reason the middle group was half the size of the final group – tis usually the other way around. There were clearly a lot of brave souls there this evening. With the back group working very well as a unit, they made good progress and had the middle group caught just after Roundhill. The first group were well organised and were working hard and they stayed out there till the way home. By the flyover on the way back, everyone was together and the real race could begin.
Early breaks were made by Alan Loftus, Gary Scully, Damien Roche, Eamon Hartnett and a few others but nothing stuck for more than a minute or two. Most were waiting for the traditional breaking point at the bottom of the small rise at the Yellowbridge pub. I don’t think there has ever been a time where a bunch has gone up here without someone breaking and today was no different. 4 lads got away – the two Scullys, Seán Yelverton and Bobby Coleman. They started working well together early and the gap increased.
Rarely, do breaks get away the whole way to the end. When the bunch ramp up the speed as it edges closer to the finish then these breaks get gobbled up fairly easily. Its more a case of how long can you stay away for. The answer in this case was all the way to Birdhill and onto the last uphill finish. With the finish line in sight the break was caught and now it was the turn of the lads in the bunch to show their power. On this occasion it was Alan Loftus that took the victory holding off Bobby Coleman from the breakaway group. We are still waiting to confirm 3rd and 4th – once the video is sent on we will update. First woman home was Anita Egan from Nenagh CC.
Final Results: Top 5
1. Alan Loftus
2. Bobby Coleman
5. Eoin O’Donoghue
Great photo of the rainbow hitting local leprechaun Shane Scully in the break.