Ras Luimni Race Report
Today our riders were in action in Caherconlish for Ras Luimni for the opening round of the National League. The route consisted of a 30km undulating loop with an 800 meter all or notting uphill drive to the finish line after taking a sharp lefthander on the extremely fast run in to Caherconlish village.
Our riders on the day taking part were Michéal O’Shea in the A2 race covering 4 laps of the testing route. In the A3 race we had Peter Clendenen Brendan O’Sullivan and Jamie O’Shea who covered 3 laps of the circuit and Gay Gallagher who was proudly flying the club colours in the A4 race covering 2 laps of the circuit.
An inform Gay rode extremely well on the day in a fast paced race with an average speed of 38.1km/hr he even took a gamble on a solo breakaway on the last lap unfortunately swallowed up by the hard chasing peleton to finish comfortably in the main field.
The A3 race was a hotly contested affair with racing commencing from the line. The first lap was very agressive with numerous attacks. On the second lap a solo breakaway got away with numerous riders splintering off the front at various stages with continuous attacking from the hard chasing peleton.
Our Killorglin riders rode particularly well Brendan and Peter both having a cut of the action off the front of the bunch. On the final lap the racing really intensified for the bunch gallop on the fast technical run into the finish well placed Brendan took the opportunity to lead the close on 100 rider strong bunch into the hard last 90 degree corner with a guaged effort for the climb he took his chances to hold off the bunch just pitted near the line for a finishing place. Seasoned sprinter Peter Clendennen had a fantastic day finishing 10th overall with Brendan inside the first 15 riders but just outside of the placings.
Well done to Peter a fantastic well earned result for this rider he gives his all every time he goes out on the bike.
A coming into form Michéal O’Shea had a great day’s racing typical of these early season races it can take a rider a number of races to adjust to the intensity of racing once again at the start of the season Michéal proved this and his continual improvement on the day and put in a sterling performance in the combined A1 A2 race finishing very strongly in this tough event.
A big thanks to Edward “The Rock” Casey Mike O’Shea and Nathan Clendennen who were on hand to support the riders on the day.