Despite, once again, the gloomiest predictions of Met Eireann the Killorglin Hamper Riders were run off in pleasant conditions. Two groups totalling one hundred and twenty three riders took the start for the annual end of season day out. The riders in the longer route were largely kept together until the bottom of the climb at Farmers Bridge. At this point the lead car moved ahead and the gallop for home got underway. The hill was as effective as ever in stretching out the group and there was a long line before they were half-way to the top. Going over the top there was plenty daylight between the individuals and a few small groups. The descent did not provide any opportunity to close the gaps but there was a furious chase right the way to the finish. At the end the riders who had come over the top in the first few groups were still at the head of affairs when the finish line appeared. Simon Tuomey of Giant Cork County CC was the first of the riders’ home. The young junior rider showed such strength and pace that he could be the next Eddie Dunbar and may well be a rider to watch out for next season. He was followed home by Tom Knight who was wearing the colours of his new club iBike and Cathal Moynihan who was having one of his last outings in the colours of Tralee Manor West CC. Killorglin’s own mountain climber Ed Casey was the first man home from the host club. Everyone now knows what he means when he says he is not doing much on the bike at the minute
Home club honour was preserved on the short route by the efforts of Michael O Shea who powered away from his group on the drag out of Milltown and was not seen by them again until they joined him for food at the finish. The Killorglin CC man was having his first taste of competitive cycling and going on this performance looks like he could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.
Killorglin Cycling Club is very grateful to their friends and supporters who provided a selection of hampers gifts and vouchers for the event. A very sociable lunch brought affairs to a conclusion. Kieran Doherty, on behalf of the club, thanked all the participants for taking part. He wished everyone a joyful Christmas and safe, happy New Year on the bike