Kerry Group Ras Mumhan Report
Well done to everyone who took part in the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan over the past weekend an absolutely fantastic event which took in some of the toughest roads county Kerry has to offer.
Fridays Stage around the Sliabh Luchra Loop was sponsored by Chase Resourcing was won by Chris Mcglinchy of the Ireland Development Team Daire Feeley of Team iTap was second and Mark Dowling Asea Wheelworx was third.
The Point’s Classification was also same sequence as the stage finish results and the KOM Classification at the time was let by Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx followed by Ian Richardson Ireland Development Team and Dorren Ruben Combi Lift – WF. Kerry Group Ras Mumhan is a fantastic event and sporting spectacle to behold and to the riders involved who help them make it a success of particular mention An Garda Siochana and the Motorbike Marshals who ensured the safety of the riders. Our own Killorglin men had a great stage with racing from the start the riders had a quick run into Killarney before hitting the lumpy climbs in Kilcummin. Seasoned Ras Mumhan campaigner Tino Haakman guest riding for Killorglin for the weekend finished 66th overall on the Stage Micheal O’Shea had a great day of racing even getting into one of the earlier moves on the day with Brendan O’Sullivan also finishing well up in the gallop of the sixty rider strong third group on the road to finish 10’36” down on the stage winner.
Easter Saturday saw the riders travel to Kenmare for the start of Stage 2 kindly sponsored by RVR.ie for the 144.1Km loop which started and finished in Kenmare with a route that brought the riders down to Lauragh, then over the Healy Pass to Adrigole. Glengarriff Ballylickey, Kealkill and on to the Pass of Ceim an Fiach. Ballingeary Reenaree. Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera. And over the County Bounds into Kerry to Poulgorm Bridge. Kilgarvan and finished in Kenmare. The route took in six categorised climbs namely Lauragh Cat 3 after 18kms of racing the Cat 1 Healy Pass KOM after 28.1kms. Derreenacarrin Cat 4 climb after 40km Pass of Keimaneigh Cat 3 KOM at 80.6km mark Reananeree Cat 2 at 93.1kms and the County Bounds Cat 2 at 106kms. Our club men performed spectacularly in weather conditions which deteriorated immensely as the race progressed Brendan was unfortunate to have to withdraw due to a crash on the Healy Pass. Micheal and Tino had a fantastic day of racing finishing 11th and 67th respectively on the stage which was won by Bryan Mccrystal Asea Wheelworx second was Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development and third was Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx.
This left Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development Team in the lead with a 1’06”advantage on General Classification over Bryan Mccrystal Asea Wheelworx with Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx a further 19” back. After Stage Two the Sprint General Classification was led by Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development Team Second Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx and third was Darragh O Mahony Ireland Development Team. The KOM General Classification after the Stage was led by Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx second Bryan Mccrystal Asea Wheelworx and third Dorren Ruben Combi Lift – WF. In the O’Sullivan Cycles Sponsored U23 section the results were as follows Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development Team second was Darragh O Mahony Ireland Development Team and third Daire Feeley Team iTap.
Stage 3 Waterville
Kindly sponsored by IRD Waterville for this year’s stage there were some changes to the stage over the previous versions of it. From the start the route headed towards Cahersiveen for 10km before turning left for Ballinskelligs. It is then onto The Glen and the first KoH of the day at Kilurley At Anagar Bridge the race turned right and carried on through Cahersiveen and passed Mick Murphy’s home to Raheens Cross. From here the race descended to Dromid and then on towards Waterville. At the New Chapel Cross it turned right and headed towards Cahersiveen again. At approx. 70km the race turned left again at the same junction where the route turned left on the first run through. After about 5km it turned right on to a narrow road and climb to the top of the hill at Sussa from there the race ventured into Portmagee. At the top of pier the race continued over to Coom an Easpaigh one of the hardest climbs in Ireland.
At the bottom of the descent at The Glen it turned right for Ballinskelligs and continued to Aughatubrid and joined the N70 to the finish in Waterville. Almost half of the route ran within a mile of the sea so wind and weather conditions would a big role in determining the difficulty of this stage and on the day it truly was the case on the day with the race effectively splitting from the start. The first hour of racing was the decisive one the main field being reduced to 30 riders with numerous splinter groups left on the road. Micheal made a massive effort in Cahersiveen to regain contact with the main field he rode extremely well on Coom an Easpaigh and recovered well from an off on the decent. The weather played a pivitoal role in the race on the day with the yellow jersey fighting tooth and nail to defend his lead. A. Walsh (Aquablue), was the first man across the line in Watervile after competing 124.6kms of racing in a time of 3hrs.30mins 45secs Daire Feely (Team ITAP), was second at same time, and Mark Dowling (ASEA/Wheelworx), @22secs. General Classification C. McGlinchey retained his overall lead after the Stage.
Stage 4 was kindly sponsored by Fexco it took in the Killorglin, Beaufort, Killorglin loop. The stage used this loop three times before moving to the smaller town circuit for nine laps. The laps of the finishing circuit made up about one third of the total stage length. The finishing circuit makes for a very spectator-friendly piece of racing and always attracts a big crowd to Killorglin and didn’t fail to disappoint on the day. While the climb up the hill in Killorglin was categorised on each occasion except the last, it was unlikely to have a serious effect on the mountains jersey given that the two previous days are much more likely to decide who will wear that jersey at the finish. The total stage length is approximately 117km. Up for grabs on the final day was the Paddy O Callaghan Cup. The cup was given to the race by Gene Mangan. It known as the Lanco cup in the 1950’s and Gene was the last winner in 1958, the year he also won Ras Mumhan. The cup itself to give a bit of background on it was given to the National Cycling Club in Dublin by Joseph Veslansky who was a Swiss Jeweler in Dublin. Paddy O Callaghan gave his life to cycling and was the man who ran this great race on many occasions. He was an official at all levels of the sport of cycling from his home club, Killorglin CC to International level where he represented Ireland at UCI level. He will also be remembered as a great bike rider and was National 100 mile T.T. champion in 1955. It is a fitting tribute to a great cycling man.
His son Micheal O Callaghan presented the cup to the Stage winner Mark Dowling on Easter Monday in what was an enthralling final day of racing with Dowling completing the 116.8km route in 2hrs 31min 58sec with an average speed of 46.1km/h it really depicts how intense the racing was the arduous drag from the top of town to the Community College really testing the riders metal.
Our own clubman Micheal had a brilliant race and gave it his all he suffered in a Crash just after Beaufort Golf Club but managed to ride himself back into the main field. Dowling took the Stage over Anthony Walsh Aqua Blue and Paul O Reilly UCD Fitzcycles. On overall race General Classification Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development Team was the winner of Kerry Group Ras Mumhan in a time of 12:06:58 Second was Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx 00:01:26 back and third was Bryan Mccrystal Asea Wheelworx a further second behind finishing 00:01:27 down on the overall winner.
The Overall Points Classification was won by Mark Dowling Asea Wheelworx second was Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development Team and third was Daire Feeley Team iTap
The Overall KoM Title was taken by Ali Mcauley Asea Wheelworx to Mark Dowling Asea Wheelworx and third was Bryan Mccrystal Asea Wheelworx compteting the Team Asea trio in that category.
General Classification U23
Chris Mcglinchey Ireland Development, second was Daire Feeley Team iTap and third was Darragh O Mahony Ireland Development Team.
The Killorglin Team would like to that their support crew of John O’Donoghue Flor O’Mahony, Ciaran Murphy Edward Casey and Ciara O’Donoghue who played an absolute blinder over the weekend and the team greatly appreciate their involvement. Well done to Micheal who finished in 70th position out of 180 starters our guest rider Tino had a great weekend finishing 11th overall Brendan was unlucky to come off on Saturdays stage with lot of work put in by these riders for these events countless hours of training often time a little bit of luck can have a big role to play in a race such as this. The club would like to thank the many other clubs who helped out to make it a success and our own club members who came out in force to assist with the running of the event. We would also like to thank the general public for their patience and apologise for any delays incurred. Many weeks of preparation go into this event and it is each and every individual involved no matter how big or small their role may be who make the event the success that it is.
We would also like to thank our main sponsor Kerry Group for their continued support and all our other sponsors listed below
Stage 1 chaseresourcing
Stage 2 RVR.ie Energy Technology Experts
Stage 3 IRD Waterville Ltd.
Stage 4 FEXCO
Under 23 competition O Sullivan Cycles
KOH competitiion Billy O Shea
Points competition Owens McCarthy
S2 competition mosca mcgillycuddy & associates
Jersey Sponsor DMC Sport
Competitive Rider iBike
Dream Ireland Holiday Homes
Parknasilla Resort & Spa
Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers
Moriarty & Sons Electrical Contractor
Killorglin Sports & Leisure Centre
Killorglin Cycling Club
Kevin Moynihan Scaffolding Services