Well done to all our clubmen who took part in the Kanturk 3 Day last weekend a fantastic weekend of racing was had by all involved. Our riders put in great effort and should be really proud of themselves. Our man of the weekend was Mike “Ninja”O’Shea as christened by a fellow competitor who had a brilliant performance in the A4 category race which was run over 4 Stages from Saturday to Monday to finish 4th overall on General Classification an excellent result for a newcomer to racing.
Saturdays Stage run over two laps of the Freemount Newmarket circuit was a challenging race for all involved the A4’s had two laps of this circuit and Mike finished a very credible 10th on the opening day of this 3 Day timed stage race event.
Our A3 team consisted of Edward Casey, Flor O’Mahony and Brendan O’Sullivan. Saturdays stage for the A3’s was a quite eventful with two substantial crashes on the open lap of this 100km race. Flor was very unlucky to come down in this crash which took down in excess of 20 riders. Being the determind soul that he is he remounted and gave a great display of sportmanship to finish the stage although badly bruised and battered from the fall it was a very admirable performance by this rider. Brendan narrowly avoided this crash and Edward got caught up in the chaos of the aftermath of it. Just on the outskirts of Newmarket there was another major crash that took down a vast amount of the peleton Brendan was very lucky to avoid this one as well when the two initial riders came down in front of him he had narrowly avoided disaster on in the previous crash when a fallen rider skeeted across his path. Edward and Flor avoid this in their respective groups who where splintered along the road after the initial crash. The bunch eventually reformed just before the climb on the second lap Ed was riding very well at the time Brendan lost contact with the bunch at this point as the riders succumbed to the blister pace injected by the attacks on the climb in the end Ed finished in the main bunch with Brendan in the 1st group behind the bunch and Flor a little further back amongst the victims of both crashes.
Thistles consisted of an 8km TT from the Lombardstown junction to the site of thw former Duhallow Park Hotel. It was here Mike O’Shea put in a great performance to finish 4th on the stage and put him into fourth on General Classification 19 seconds down on the race leader. Of our A3 riders Ed put in a very good time on the day with a battled scared Flor putting in a decent time considering he was still quite sore from the previous days events!
Stage 3 brought the riders to Banteer for the the afternoon road stage in which the A3’s had five laps totalling 70kms our men recoverd from the morning exertion raced agressively throughout the fast paced stage in which the riders averaged over 40km/hr. In the end it was one rider who managed to stay away and make it to the line as his fellow escapees were swallowed up by the bunch. On the fast run in our Killorglin men were right up there in contention for the bunch sprint finishing to the fore of the main field.
Mike going in defending his overall GC position had a great A4 race and finished in the first fifteen riders to maintain his GC lead over his fellow competitors.
Stage 4 saw our riders return to Kanturk town for the final stage run over a very enyoyable circuit which had a mixture of climbs technical decenting and cornering and a super fast section of road from the Sandpit Bar to the foot of the climb in Kanturk town.
Mike again had a great race with two breakaways going clear he was a little disappointed not to be in amongst them but it was a great experience for him to ride such an event. He maintained his strong positioning throughout and to the line to ensure his GC position was safe.
Our A3’s had 4 laps of the circuit to contend with totaling 90km with the bunch riding agressively from the line our Killorglin men Flor and Brendan were very much up and in amongst the main contenders on the day spent the most of their day in the the thick of the action. The pace radiply increased on the climb at the start of the second lap struggling and hanging onto wheels for dear life towards the rear of the bunch Brendan did well to get in again back in, decending skills being favourable on the decent to regain his position in the bunch and recover. The blistering pace continued as the riders traversed the back section of the course as they group turned onto the Killarney Mallow road the peleton lined out such was the speed. Flor and Brendan were riding exceptionally well on this section to the very fore of the peleton and throughtout the days racing and were fluidly pursuing any threatening attacks. In the end it came to a bunch sprint for the line with the 3 lads being well placed on the fast run in they did very well and were consistent in their effort to the finishline in which many riders struggled and faded before the line. All in all it was a great weekend for our club riders we also had Aona and Tiarnach O’Shea taking part in the underage events and they put in splendid performances