On Sunday last our club men travelled on their maiden voyage in our newly acquired club bus to Fermoy for the Silver Pail GP. The morning was quite damp and overcast and the outlook for the day wasn’t very optimistic though we were pleasantly surprised that it cleared before racing commenced at 12pm.
On the day we had Edward “The Rock Casey”, Peter Clendennen and Brendan O’Sullivan taking part in the A3 race. Their race consisted of 4 laps of a 20km circuit which consisted of a lumpy drag of 2 to 3km shortly after the start/finish line. Our club men rode hard and to the fore all day. A number of riders went from the startline and our own Peter was among some of the attacking riders in the opening lap. A strong wind greeted riders on the course and lined out the peleton. It was not until the second lap that the decisive move of the day went on the back section of the course with 6 riders initially going clear, our own Edward “The Rock Casey” in the thick of the action. They opened up a considerable lead to over a minute on the main field at one point. Attacks from the main field to bridge the gap were frantic and numerous moves were made with the Killorglin men in the main field riding defensively for their man up the road.
Eventually 5 riders did make their way across to the breakaway group though the larger group did not work as effectively as the original 6. Inside the 10km to go mark there was a controversial decision and turning point in the race made by the Commissaire (referee of the race to those unfamiliar with cycling terms) to disqualify 4 riders in the breakaway group for an infringement of the rules it proved to be a particular talking point of the race afterwards. The breakaway group were caught before they swung left onto the the Mallow Fermoy road about 7km from the finish. The activity in the bunch increased as well as the speed with everyone awaiting the bunch sprint, wheel watching ensued in order to obtain a perfect lead out on the uphill finish. Brendan and Peter fought well for their position in the bunch gallop finishing inside the first fifteen riders with Edward in with the main bunch it was a fantastic day for our club men Edward really showing he can mix it with the best unfortunate not to succeed with his breakaway compatriots but most definitely a race our riders will come home from with a lot of tactical knowledge gained.
Mike O’Shea was our sole representative in the A4 race which covered 3 laps of the 20km circuit. They had a a good field on the day in or around 70 or so riders. The racing was aggressive at time though the climbing was little slower. Mike rode well on the day breaking free of the group on two occasions but they pursuing peleton were reluctant to leave anything go up the road in the end it was a gallop for the line and Mike performed well this being his fourth race of the year so far was just outside of the placings and is gaining more knowledge from each race race. Our next race is the visit Nenagh Classic next Sunday. Please keep an eye on our club Facebook page for details of club spins.
A Humpy Hundred Sunday 17th May
A date for your diary’s the Humpy Hundred is one of our main leisure events it is ideal training ground for the Ring of Kerry with 3 fantastic routes to choose from 60km,100km and 130km to cater for all abilities sign on is at Killorglin Sports and Leisure Complex at 9am hope to see you there