HODGE TAKES ROUND 1 OF SUMMER SERIES
Round 1 of the O Mahoney cycles Summer Series took place on Thursday last and on a night that was far from summery 34 riders signed on over the 4 groups. Racing was fast and furious in all the groups and even though it was cool there was little or no wind to slow the groups. The A3 and A4 group came together just before the turn at Kilmac with the A1/2 group catching these around halfway between Griffins garage and the five X roads. The pace was very fast at this stage with speeds of over 55 kph being reached as the first group was in sight. The catch was made just after the turn back the coast road heading for the finish. A few attacks along this road did nothing except send riders out the back and the big group reached the bottom of the climb to the line together just after Marc Flavins last gasp attempt to jump clear was caught. The sprint to the line was hairy at times but as the hill went on the group thinned out. At the finish John Hodge took the win from U14 rider Mark McGarry with Shane Power in 3rd. So an excellent nights racing and the timekeeper Frank Browne got it just right on the night. Thanks to Frank for sign on and running the event and to all the motorbike marshals for ensuring the riders had a safe passage. Thanks also to our lead car drivers and finally thanks to our sponsors Tony and Siobhan O Mahoney from O Mahoney cycles. See ye all again next week, same place same time!
Round 1 Results:
1: John Hodge DCC
2: Mark McGarry DCC
3: Shane Power WRC
4: Stephen Murray Velorevolution
5: Daryl Kearns DCC
6: Jamie Blanchfield Panduit Carrick
7: John O Rourke DCC
8: Alan Landers DCC
The Tuesday group had 10 out for the round trip to Clashmore. A tailwind out contributed to a fast pace as far as Piltown. A steadier pace on the N25 and all home at 30kph average speed. The club Saturday spin had 10 out covering 85km at 29km/hr. The rain threatened but stayed away with just the wind to deal with. The route was Lismore, Knockanore, Youghal Bridge, Clashmore and the bog road home. One quick stop was had on top of Knockanore climb. On Sunday morning most groups got a drenching early on but it tended to dry out later. Group 1 was out for a last pre Ras spin, there was 6 out taking in Lemybrien, Kilmeaden, Tramore and home the coast road. Group 2 had eight cyclists starting out on a day where the rain made an unwelcome return. Out to Ardmore in a heavy shower, where a puncture forced one cyclist to call the broom wagon as the tyre looked ready to call it a day. Over to Clashmore and the Welcome Inn and another heavy shower, where another two cyclists decided to get out of the rain early. Up the Millstreet drag, where the rain eventually halted. Nicely wet now, it was back to Bearys Cross, where two more headed straight back to town, leaving three to go over Kilbrien, the Mauma and home via Durrow, where there appeared to have been no rain but plenty of wind. 100km covered at a nice steady pace with a couple of nice drags in the mix.
The back road group had 14 riders tackle the Sunday spin heading out through Ballinroad and up Cushcam to the top of the pike then along Glendaligan, Kilrossanty, Lemybrien, Faha, Mcgraths cross, Fews,and Clonea Power, from here they tackled a new road and climb up past Clonagam church before descending into Portlaw where a coffee and buns were welcome, the club PRO and weatherman then made a good weather call and they quickly headed out of Portlaw tackling church hill with black clouds all around them, the group turned before Ballyshunock taking them away from the deluge happening behind them, a quick crossing of the Waterford road brought the group on some of the nicest roads around the county circling Knockaderry reservoir then through Kill and down Saleen to Bunmahon, Ballydwane, Stradbally and home with 100 kilometres covered with 1350m of climbing on another back road adventure. An early start for 16 Group 3 riders for the first of the summer long rides. An early mechanical and a downpour at Cappagh dampened enthusiasm a little. However the group continued on to Tallow, over to Conna, Ballynoe, and up to Dungourney. On the descent to Castlemartyr the heavens opened and dodging hailstones and sleet made the drop down very difficult. The coffee stop was abandoned as bodies were too wet and cold. On to new roads over the Youghal racing circuit where the sun returned to dry us out. A very fast pace home with a favourable tailwind over to Clashmore and home the Cappoquin road. 125 kilometres, 950m of climbing, no coffee or buns and 29.3kph average speed! A good days work!
Sunday morning brought some heavy showers as Group 4 cyclists gathered for their spin. Thankfully these cleared as 4 cyclists set out on their journey heading for Lismore via Villierstown and Cappaquin. A strong headwind met the group all the way to the turn for Lismore in Ballyduff. The wind abated as the group made their way back to Lismore but did not appear to be at their backs as expected. A welcome coffee stop was enjoyed in Lismore where we joined G23K, also joining both groups was a fresh looking Padraig de Burca who was having some recovery food following his excellent Audax spin of 300K on the previous day and well done Padraig. With wind assisting a brisk pace was set back to Dungarvan and an average of 25.1kph for 80 kilometres was returned. It was a day of many weathers rain, wind, sunshine and a bit of hail thrown in for good measure. 7 cyclists took part in the group 23K Sunday spin. The group headed out of Dungarvan and onto the Clonmel road towards Ballymac . The group stopped at Beary’s cross to take off the rain gear and headed for Millstreet where a heavy shower with hail persuaded the group to put back on the rain gear. The group headed for Lismore for Coffee. The group then headed for Deerpark and into Cappoquin and headed along the Killmolash road to the Welcome Inn were the group turned right and headed for home after 82 kilometres at an average speed of 22kph. Sunday saw a spin of two halves for 5 cyclists in Group 5. The first half took them up Colligan and the Clonmel Road before a turn to Millstreet that had them sheltering under a handy tree, waiting for a downpour to finish. They carried on through bluebell filled woods enjoying the warm sunshine before meeting the heavy rain again at the Welcome Inn. As leisure cyclists, they don’t need as much pain as the other groups, so it was decided to cut the spin short and head for home. A spin is still a spin and this was 45 kilometres at 21.5 kph.
Eric Power and Páraig de Burca made the long trip to Slane for the longer 300k Iron Mountain Audax last Saturday. The route to Crossmaglen in Armagh saw the first of the light rain to dampen all the election posters there, but on the westward section through Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim the day warmed up very nicely. Two long hills midway were remarkably like the Vee. However on the 12k descent from the second one at Sliabh an Iarainn to Ballinamore the heavens spilled down on them. From here to the finish, torrential rain continued, and chattering teeth brought Páraig to Slane almost broken. A decision to abandon might have been a wise call, except that all these little spins organised by Audax Ireland proceed with no marshals or backup support, so they needed to make their way back to Slane anyway. Many life lessons were learned, including fixing a puncture in semi-darkness that took 25 minutes because of the cold. Will DCC be represented at the next longer event? Watch this space! Eric and Páraig want to thank the lovely group of six experienced regular Audaxers who minded them with such care during the 12 hours (and 39 minutes) through Leinster, Ulster and Connacht. Finally, the lads want to send best wishes to their Audax captain Declan, who unfortunately was unable to journey with them, as he is sidelined from cycling for a short while.
David Gaffney, Aoibhe Power, Elia Tutty, Eoghan Lattimore & Cal Tutty were in action at the Panduit Carrick Youth League on Monday last. Richie Halpin, Kieran Cahill, Alan Landers and Niamh O Donovan were in action at the first round of the Comeragh league on Tuesday evening. Last weekend had most of the racers taking a weekend off, however some members still got some racing miles in. Daryl Kearns made the long journey to Kilrush, Co Clare for the Crotty Cup race. On Saturday last Mark McGarry traveled to England as part of the National Youth Academy to take part in three national series races, at the time of going to print he had a superb solo win in the first race in Derbyshire beating a top class field of riders. Watch this space next week for the results of the next two races. Well done Mark. Finally on Sunday Alan Landers travelled to Co Wicklow for the Shay Elliot memorial race. An early break stayed away and Alan finished comfortably in the bunch.
Next week the An Post Ras gets underway from Dublin Castle for a 1200 kilometre trip around the north western part of Ireland taking in 21 categorised climbs and countless others. While DCC don’t have a team in this years race we are represented by Marc Flavin and John Hodge who are riding the race with the Newry team. All the club wish the lads good luck and safe riding and we will follow their progress throughout the 8 days.
It has been a dark week for cycling in Ireland as another two cyclists lost their lives following collisions with vehicles. On Wednesday a woman lost her life on a group spin in Killarney and on Sunday a man lost his life on the Ballincollig by-pass. The latest death brings to eight the number of cyclists killed on the roads this year. That compares to 10 cyclist deaths in all of last year. It is getting increasingly dangerous for cyclists on our roads and a lot of work needs to be done on driver education regarding cyclists on the roads. While some accidents will happen no matter what us cyclists can take steps to reduce our risk of being hit by a vehicle. The biggest change in thinking we need to have is to never presume a driver can see you. I myself learnt this the hard way and while my injuries were severe at least I survived. Since then I treat every vehicle like they haven’t seen me and are possibly going to hit me. This means slowing right down at roundabouts, junctions and in built up areas and only increasing speed when 100% sure you have been seen and it’s safe to do so! Try to make eye contact with the drivers also. Over the last 12 years of acting in this way I have avoided numerous collisions with vehicles. There are no prizes for speeding through roundabouts, junctions and built up areas. Also don’t jump red lights and stop signs. Always wear bright gear as much as possible, black outfits are asking for trouble! On dull days or late evening spins have a rear light on your bike and wear high vis clothing. These are only small steps but as cyclists we need to act to ensure our safety so that the accidents between vehicles and cyclists can be reduced.
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