Des Hanlon Memorial
Today our clubmen made the trip to County Carlow for the Des Hanlon Memorial a highlight of the cycling calendar with some of our members making the trip up the night before for this grueling race. On the day it was a A2 and A3 contingent of club members that took part. Micheal O’Shea took part in the A2 category and in the A3 category the club was represented by Edward “The Rock” Casey, Flor O’Mahony, Peter Clendennen and Brendan O’Sullivan
The A3 race was run over a 60km course involving 14 climbs in total the riders had to complete 2 full laps making a race distance of 120km one of the longest A3 races so far this season. A large field of 200 riders took to the start line our Killorglin men rode defiantly in the opening stages as there was contineous jostling for position throughout the large bunch, quite a sight to behold for any spectator or cavalcade driver to see 200 riders snake their way through the curves and bends of County Carlow. With the first climb at the 15km mark the tension within the bunch could have been cut with a knife as riders awaited the attacks that were imminent on the lumpy climbs. Half way through the first lap 3 riders went clear and all efforts made by the bunch failed to reduced their gap with a testing circuit splinter groups emerged and Peter who was absolutely flying out of his skin on the day manage to get into the first 30 man group on the road. He was unfortunate that his chain dropped 25km out from the finish and had to dismount to rectify this technical mishap he rallied in pursuit of the 30 man group and picked up riders who were starting to “blow up” on the closing stages of the race, longer than usual racing distance and weary legs taking their toll at this point, he went all out in his quest for the chequered flag to finish within the first thirty riders. A very commendable performance on the day in a race which would be classed as one of the hardest one day races on the racing calendar well done Peter! Also riding very aggressively on the day were Edward, Flor and Brendan.
In the A2 category Micheal O’Shea was our sole participant he had a 180km race not for the faint hearted consisting of 3 laps of the circuit. As with the A3 race the A2 race had a susstanical entry of 160 riders. As with the norm of A2 racing it was hotly paced from the line. A descisive move went on the second lap unfortunately Micheal didn’t make it into the lead group but fought well throughout the day for a rider who had been struggling with form in recent weeks he really showed what me was made of on the day positioned well in a large group in pursuit of a 12 man break away and a 8 man lead group which had formed as a result of the ardious circuit he performed well on the day finishing within there or thereabouts of the first 25 riders. Dungarvan is our destination for racing next weekend