Also over the past weekend our club men Flor O’Mahony and Brendan O’Sullivan took part in Ras Maigh Eo a combined A2 and A3 timed Stage Race .
The first stage started in Westport and took the riders to Leenane-Tullycross-Leenane and to the finish in Westport a total of 103kms. The lads rode well in a race that was pitted with tough crosswinds and block headwinds on vast open territory with roads which provided little to no shelter. A break of 6 got clear at the KOM @ 33kms it reduced to 5 a further 6 did escape but their pursuit was foiled by a speed hungry chasing main field.
Flor had a very good day for his first outing of the season and in a hotly contested race with an average speed 37.7km/hr he finished comfortably in the peloton which at one stage had split drastically during the race but eventually regrouped. Brendan had a tough day in the saddle loosing contact on the crosswinds but used the cavalcade to his advantage to regain contact on two occasions.
Stage 2A saw the riders take part in a 4km TT prior to the scheduled 1.30pm start of the final 87Km Road Stage which was delayed until 2pm due to an unscheduled train arrival in Westport near the finish. During the opening hour of the final stage the riders endured blistering pace covering 25kms within the first thirty minutes of racing on open wind swept roads. The Killorglin men rode to the fore of the 100 man plus main field in the thick of the action in the first 20 to 30 riders all day. Brendan was very unfortunate to puncture at the 73km mark on a narrow gravel chip strewn back section of the route the lined out bunch hurtling along at close to 40/hr average speed regaining contact with the main field was out of the question unfortunately. He was very thankful to Rossbury Cycling Club team car who kindly provided service. Flor rode very well just loosing contact on the lumpy run in to the finish which decimated the main field to a group on 20 to contest the final sprint for finishing places. Also on hand over the weekend to officiate over the timekeeping was clubman Micheal Concannon.