For the 2nd successive week the league race was won from a break away. This is good to see and it should get people thinking a little bit differently about how to approach their racing. You need to start plotting how to get out of the bunch if you want to be one of the first across the finish line. It pays to be aggressive. The perfect summer league training session should include some fast rolling over, at least one breakaway attempt and a sprint finish attempt.
There was a good crowd there at the start line for this one. The fine weather makes it an easy decision to jump on the bike. We had 3 groups on the road with the handicaps at 0, 4 and 6. Each group faced into a tough headwind on the way to Nenagh. The groups made slow progress but as soon as they turned in Nenagh the wind on their backs made it a very different race. Groups 2 and 3 had merged just before the roundabout with Paul Kennedy lining out the back bunch in pursuit of the groups ahead.
The breakaways started soon after the turnaround point. Group 3 had not yet been caught but that didn’t stop Mike Browne, Denis Allen, Peter Leahy, Con Doherty and Ronan Costelloe from jumping away from the combined bunch behind. This breakaway pushed a great pace and passed group 3 before the Yellowbridge. They were soon out of sight as the bunch stalled behind. Eventually a chase got started but it was far too little, far too late.
Coming into Birdhill there were 5 lads out ahead. Behind them were bunch 1 and a little bit behind them were the combined chase bunch of groups 2 & 3. The finish line was placed at the top of the ramp today. This makes for a very tough final 1km to the finish. You have to have some strength left in the legs if you want to get up it in 1st place. For the 2nd week in a row Mike Browne proved the strongest in the final surge to the line. He was followed by Ronan Costelloe in 2nd and Peter Leahy in 3rd. Great stuff lads.
Thanks to our marshals Bertie, Matty, Gillian and Will for helping out. Next week the marshals will be Bertie Sherlock, Mike Browne and Kevin Sherlock. If any of ye have a problem making it then let us know early so we can find replacements.
Up Next: Nenagh Summer League Race 6 – next Thursday, May 11th.
Video of the Finish
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