More great results in Fermoy
The clubs fantastic season continued on Sunday in Fermoy at the annual Silver Pail races. A large contingent from the club made the short journey to Fermoy on a dry, bright and mild day. While most travelled by car one enthusiastic member cycled up! First up was the under 12 race and our lone club rider in this race Cal Tutty finished a fine 4th in a sprint to the line by the leading group. We had 3 riders in the under 14 race Aoibhe Power, Elia Tutty and Mark McGarry. Mark continued his dominance of this category with a fine solo win on his new bike! Aoibhe and Elia rode very strongly finishing to the fore of the main group.
The senior races were next up and the feature race was the A1/2 race. Marc Flavin, Daryl Kearns, Damian Travers and John Hodge took to the line in this race. The lads all rode very strongly featuring in plenty of moves. On the run into the finish Damian gambled all on a brave solo move but it wasn’t to be. In the sprint to the line John Hodge finished 3rd continuing his great early season run after placing the last two weeks also. Daryl Kearns also recorded another great result taking 5th place. Marc Flavin was 2nd A2 and Damian finished in the bunch after his earlier effort. The A3 race had Ray Dwyer, Pat Kenealy and the newly upgraded Alan Landers taking part. While none of them were in the prizes they gave a good account of themselves in the tough and fast race. Finally the A4 race had our biggest representation with Patrick Power, Benny Flynn, Anthony Dwyer, Niamh O Donovan, John O Rourke and Davy Tobin lining up. Another fast race was had here and all were lucky to avoid a big pile up on the run into the finish. A mass bunch sprint sorted this race with Patrick Power sprinting to a fine 6th place. Niamh O Donovan took the ladies prize and all the others finished in the bunch. Well done to all on another great weekend for our racing team.
Another good weekends weather had good numbers out racking up the miles. On a beautiful Paris Roubaix Sunday for cycling the back road group didn’t have to change the roads they travel every week to honour, probably the greatest cycling classic of the all, the only thing they had to do was leave out the hills, with this in mind the captain picked as flat a route as your likely to find on the boreens around the county. The group travelled out through Ballinroad before heading up the only hill of the day to Delish where they took on a small circuit where some of the clubs members played out Paris Roubaix as 16 year olds, from here it was down through Coolnasmear to Ballineety and over the canal road to Glenbeg school where they made their way on a maze of roads to Cappoquin and Lismore where they enjoyed some coffee and cake, then it was zig zagging their way through Cappoquin, Kilmolash and home to Dungarvan, after another adventure on the back roads, 14 riders in the group which covered 95k at an average of 28.5kph and only 800m of climbing. Group 3’s Sunday spin had all the elements for an absolutely perfect day on the bike. The first of the summer routes, the wind coordinated to a t, warm spring sunshine and 20 eager cyclists all in great form. A nice pace up Colligan followed by a fast descent down to Ballymac and over to Clonmel. The Knocklofty Climb was scaled with little fuss and then it was off to Ardfinnan and Clogheen. The Vee was bathed in brilliant sunshine and all relished the views from the top. A controlled descent was appreciated by all and the tailwind home from Cappoquin was the icing on the cake. An international flavour to the group with the return of Patrick from the USA and Brett from Oz. 100 kilometres polished off at 28.2kph with 900m climbing. Well done all!
Once again the sun gods shone down last Sunday as Group 4 departed towards Lismore on a beautiful spring morning. A good pace was kept throughout and the welcome short rest in Tallow was enjoyed before the rough backroads to Camphire and Cappoquin. The group tested their legs (and one another) on the short climb from Richmond house and regrouped at Affane. With a wind to their back and everyone feeling good they pushed on gently to Cappagh where by arrangement the group split. Some returned directly to base while others tacked on some extra hilly kilometres via the Black Hill to Beary’s Cross and enjoyed the run for home on good roads. Pace for the official 75 kilometre spin was 26.1kph. Special welcome to John on his Group 4 debut. 7 cyclists took to the road for the group 23K spin with a G5 member joining us for the Sunday spin, welcome Martin .The spin took them up through Colligan towards Ballymac and turned left for Millstreet . The group then turned right after Modeligo and headed for Glenshelane, Cappoquin and onto Lismore for much needed coffee. After much needed refreshments, the group headed for Deerpark back into Cappoquin and home after 75 kilometres at an average speed of 24kph.
11 riders started out with Group 5 and picked up another at the Welcome Inn. A perfect day for cycling saw them head from there to Villierstown, Cappoquin, Deerpark and Lismore Farmers Market for refreshments. After being revived by the strawberry and rhubarb tart, and with a minor mechanical fixed, they headed to Cappoquin, Glenshelane and Modeligo and back onto the main N72 road home. 2 new cyclists tried out the group and one returnee enjoyed themselves thoroughly with a great spin of 66 kilometres at 19.8kph. Well done all!
Irelands second biggest stage race after the An Post Ras takes place over 4 days next weekend in Killorglin, Co Kerry. The Ras Mumhan 500 km route, which is again long and hard, will start on Good Friday, April 14th and finish four days later on Easter Monday Morning April 17th. 185 riders will take part including a 5 man team from Dungarvan Cycling Club. John Hodge, Marc Flavin, Daryl Kearns, Aidan Connell and George MacLeod will take part in the gruelling race which takes place entirely in County Kerry this year. Narrow rough roads and big climbs along with the Kerry weather which can be extreme at times all add up to make this race one of the toughest there is! All at DCC wish the lads good luck and we will follow their progress over the weekend.
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