The latest race of the Nenagh Summer League took place yesterday evening. There were 34 cyclists in attendance on what was a lovely evening for cycling. The first bunch were given a five minute head start and they worked very well together, staying away till the Yellow Bridge pub on the way back. We had a small middle bunch this week so their two minute advantage was wiped out very quickly. I think we will have to even out the groups a little bit more fairly next week!
The last group contained a number of very strong cyclists and they set a great pace. Aaron O’Brien and Seán Yelverton broke away on the first hill and stayed away for quite some time. Things settled down again and the group rolled over well to the roundabout. With Gary Scully, Sean and Aaron pushing the pace hard at the front the remains of the bunch were getting string out. Going up and over the hill at the Yellowbridge Aaron put in a bit of a burst at the front and after being chased down you could see a big split in the main bunch. Anyone not in the top 7 or 8 of the bunch were now being distanced as Gary, Aaron, Seán, Dan Hogan, Hugh Flannery and Ken Costelloe pushed a relentless pace at the front.
Turning onto the ramp to the finish at Birdhill this small group had a decent lead. It was all down to who had the best kick up to the finish line. The answer to that was Aaron O’Brien who won by a couple of bike lengths from Dan Hogan with Ken Costelloe and Hugh Flannery close behind. Daniel Bresnan also did well finishing in 5th place. Sinnead Oakes was the first woman across the finish line.
Next up: next Thursday there will be another senior race at 7:00pm and a junior race a little earlier at 4:30pm – if you know any youth / junior riders that might be interested in joining us for a race on the N7 (start at Five Alley Pub – distance choice 28km or 16km), then let them know. Typical ages that race are from 13 – 16 years old.
Final Results: Top 5
1. Aaron O’Brien
2. Dan Hogan
3. Ken Costelloe
4. Hugh Flannery
5. Daniel Bresnan
Video of the sprint finish