Racing News: McGarry wins in Bohermeen
Mark McGarry travelled to Bohermeen in Co.Meath to take part in the Waller Cup on Sunday last. A flat course with an uphill finish suited Mark. And this is where it was all contested in the end with Mark taking another great win in the uphill sprint. Well done Mark.
The final stage of the 4 day Ras Mumhan took place in Killorglin on Easter Monday. With things very close at the top of the leader board it was always going to be a fast day with plenty of attacking. And so it was with numerous riders breaking clear throughout the day and one 4 man group stayed away until the closing stages. But the teams of the leading riders never let anything get too far ahead and the bunch was lined out for most of the day such was the speed. At one point, according to the twitter updates the bunch was stretched for 400 meters! Matteo Cigala blasted up the hill quickest at the end of today’s finale with Tom Mazzone (Isle of Man CC) just behind him while Richard Maes (Killarney CC) rounded out the stage podium in third. While Blackpool-born Dillon Byrne (VCUK Velochampion) held onto the yellow jersey with 12 seconds to spare over Tom Mazzone (Isle of Man). Donegal man Ronan McLaughlin rounded out the podium in 3rd. Dungarvan riders performed well over the weekend with all 4 riders completing the race, this was no mean feat in itself as only 136 of the 174 starters finished. John Hodge had a great 4 days and finished 22nd @ 3:44, Marc Flavin finished 37th @ 5:31, Aidan Connell ended up 115th @ 1:11:06 and finally George MacLeod was 135th @ 1:43:07. Special mention must go to George who was only upgraded to A3 a few weeks ago and this was his first race at this level ! The lads can enjoy a bit of a break now and well done from all the club! Special thanks to Dungarvan Nissan for the use of a car for the weekend and to Kevin Forde at Daybreak Topaz garage for filling the tank with petrol. Thanks also to those who gave up their Easter weekend to assist the team and ensure all went smoothly for them.
13 cyclists all eager to burn off the Easter excess turned up for the Tuesday night club spin. Once the busy roundabouts were negotiated it opened up out the coast road all the way to Seafield. A steadier pace across to Griffins and the 5 cross road’s. With the wind firmly behind them it was a speedy return to town. 50 kilometres covered at 29.5 kph. The Saturday spin had 5 leaving at 8.30am from Coolagh to be down in the RSC at 10am to take part in the Comeragh copper coast sportive fundraiser for the Comeragh junior tour team. With a fast pace down and an even faster pace back up the coast road from Tramore the 100k loop came in at 30 kph for the 5 riders. Many more from DCC were there. Some missed the start from Coolagh with others choosing to make their own way. A perfect day for cycling and Dungarvan Comeragh rider Conor Coleman expressed his thanks for the support from DCC in their fundraising effort.
Sunday morning was another good cycling morning with dry and calm conditions. Group 1 taking a weekend off from racing headed to Clonmel, Adfinnan, Ballyporeen, Ballysagart, Lismore and home. 115 kilometres at 32 kph. The back road group had Alan Landers and Mike Whelan in control of the route on Sunday last which took the group through Ballinameela, Kilmolash through Cappoquin and the back road to Lismore, from here the group turned left and the climbs began taking in Owbeg, then the climb from Tallow Bridge to Lyons cross before dropping down into Ballyduff and taking on the climb up Knockatouck to Ballysagart where the Whelan family had a mighty spread laid on for us again, refreshed the group dropped down to Lismore onto Cappoquin, Glenshlane, Cappagh, Canty, Carriglea and home, 23 in the group which covered 92 kilometres at 28.6 kph and had 1000m of climbing on another adventure on the back roads.
Despite a lot of the Group 3 crew living it up in sunny Mallorca the group had 16 starting out. Three pulled off at Lemybrien and the rest went on down to Carrick, Piltown, Fiddown and then a group split in Kilmeadan saw some going the coast road home and some taking the main road. 100 kilometres covered at 28km/hr. Without their road captain who was out sick, group 4 had to change the planned route. With some of the group away last week only a small number of cyclists were out. A fast spin to Lismore with personal records broken heading onto Tallow for a quick coffee break. No hanging around today back on the road as they headed for the Youghal roundabout . The signs were ominous when an ambulance passed, one group member could have done with some oxygen at this stage. Turning for Dungarvan at the roundabout they headed back the N25. A good spin with 80 kilometres done at 25.1kph average and 700 meters climbing.
5 cyclists took to the road with group 23K on Sunday which took the group through Cappoquin and onto Lismore were the group turned right at the bridge for Ballyduff. When reaching Ballyduff village the group turned left and headed back towards Lismore for Coffee. After much needed refreshments and a group photo (taken by Marion G5) the group headed around Deerpark and into Cappoquin were the group then turned right at Richmond house and headed along the Kilmolash road towards the Welcome inn. At the junction they saluted the backroad group as they passed and then headed for home after 80 kilometres at an average of 22.6kph. Group 5 had 7 out on Sunday as they headed to the Welcome Inn, Affane and on to Villierstown. They had their usual stop for photos at Dromana Bridge before heading on to Cappoquin, Deerpark and into Lismore Farmers Market for their lovely and well earned coffee stop with John. They met up with Group 23 who had just kept the seats warm for them. Well refreshed after the coffee they headed home at a lively pace. 67 kilometres at an average of 21kph.
The club hope to order bib shorts and jerseys in both race fit and sportif fit, depending on getting the minimum of 10 orders per item. Order forms will be issued this week. There will not be a fitting evening as most members are reordering or can ask fellow members to help with sizing.
O Mahoney Cycles Summer Series
Our annual summer series of club leagues gets underway in just over 2 weeks on May 11th. This is a great opportunity for club members to try some racing as with the handicap system you will be racing with riders of your own ability. The race usually only comes together in the closing stages or on some occasions the earlier groups may stay away until the finish. This year the Ballyvoile, Seafield, Kilmac circuit is being used again with sign on from 6:45 at Ballinroad hall and first group off at 7pm. The club is grateful to O’Mahoneys cycles for their continued support of this event.
A group of club members are currently enjoying the sunshine, good roads and climbs on the island of Majorca. The island is a hugely popular cycling destination with thousands of cyclists making the trip each year including numerous pro teams who hold early season training camps there. Looking at their Strava accounts they are covering great millage and climbing some climbs that we can only dream of here! We look forward to a report of the trip for next week’s notes. Hint hint Carol!
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