Our club riders made the annual pilgrimage today to our local event the 49th edition of the John Drumm Memorial. During the the week routes routes were scrutinised, roads were assessed and potential escape routes noted. Riders arrived to a fresh breeze sweeping across the circuit and considerable amount of cloud cover overhead thankfully the cloud cover burned off before racing commenced as the riders embarked on their assault on the course.
In the A3 event the club as represented by our racing war horse Peter Clendennen, a coming into form Jamie O’Donoghue, Edward “The Rock Casey” proving his insatiable appetite for for racing after riding the Ras Mumhan last weekend and the Nenagh promoted league race thursday night, accompanying the these three stalwarts of cycling was Brendan O’Sullivan and Ciaran Murphy. From the flag the the racing was blisteringly fast, a prime at the end of the first lap adding to the pelotons hunger. A number of riders drifted away from the front of the bunch on the back section leading to the left turn onto the Scartaglen-Castleisland road, attacks were numbers on this section of fast road into Castleisland which saw Peter Clendennen getting into a move with around eight to ten riders with a 200m advantage followed in pursuit by a lined out peloton, with teammates within the bunch tactically riding and a benevolent looking peloton unwilling to chase the escapees, it appeared at one point that it could have been the move of the day but alas to no avail with the wind most prominent on this section of course and a prime hungry peloton the escapees were swallowed up at the slight incline before Castleisland.
Onwards out onto the main Castleisland to Farrenfore road the blistering pace continued as the riders knew the prime on the top of the only substantial climb of the day at the hill top finished awaited, jostling for positions continued before the the start of the climb on the the draggy section of road before the turn off for Currow. The the bunch remained intact up the climb and along the false flat leading to the decent into the village the racing continued in this fashion for the remaining four laps with relentless tempo not even heavy a thunder shower on the the run into Castleisland which had reduced visibility in the bunch alarmingly could slow the bunch. At the bell on the final lap the bunch were still together going through Castleisland tensions within the bunch were rising as victory was within grasp of any rider wishing to seize it, then in the final 2km a race altering crash occurred bringing the bunch to a standstill thankfully our riders were unscathed in the mass pile up, with panic and desperation riders retrieved their bikes clambered along verges and remounted in a panic stricken bid to reach the finish line, made aware that there were thirteen riders ahead four Killorglin club men headed for the finishing line with determination and conviction unfortunately none in the finishing placings but ready to do battle once again on another occasion.
In the A4 race we had Patrick O’Connor and Flor O’Mahony taking part, Flor was unfortunate to puncture in the race. An inform Patrick O’Connor was using the race to fine tune his preparations for the Corkman 3 day which will see a number of our riders make the trek over the county bounds for the event next weekend.
A special mention to Tiarnach O’Shea who competed in this first road race today in the U12 category following in his fathers footsteps Micheal (who took part in the Shay Elliot yesterday and took time out today to watch the days events) we look forward to seeing more of this talented rider well done Tiarnach.
Our club spins again are Tuesday and Thursday evenings @ 6.30pm meeting at the Bianconi Corner we will extend this time out to 7pm in the coming weeks when we have sufficient daylight for safety reasons we will stick to 6.30pm for the time being.
Until next week and hopefully more good club fortunes to report
Yours in sport Brendan