Today our riders travelled to Nenagh for the Gas Networks-VisitNenagh.ie Classic which was a round of the National League Series and attracted riders from all over the country. Always a great spectator race with the A3,A2 and A1 race passing through the town at full tilt during completion of the challenging looping circuits.
Mike O’Shea was our man flying the clubs colours for us on the day with a large field in excess of 100 riders it had all the ingredients for some interesting racing and that it was. The bunch rode aggressively over the 80km course with Mike maintaining his position in the thick of the action. The tough course and distance started to take its toll on the riders and the main field was reduced to in or around 50 or so riders the aggressive racing continued into Nenagh and ultimately it was a bunch gallop that decided the placings with Mike finishing safely in the first half of the bunch.
The A3 race was a really tough event for our riders they faced in 110km from the start line consisting of two loops which bought them to Newton,Portroe, Ballina, Birdhill back into Nenagh and onto Toomevara,Templederry, Dolla and finished in Nenagh. On the day we had Peter Clendennen, Flor O’Mahony and Brendan O’Sullivan taking part. The riders faced some really challenging roads and a variety of road surfaces and some breath taking views of the the North Tipp countryside though our men were too engrossed in their racing and battle to survive to take it in! Peter had a wander away from the main field for a short period time in the opening part of the race between Nenagh and Ballina, the race was neutralised for the fist 2kms until the peleton was outside the Nenagh suburbs and again it was neutralised on the approach to Ballina under the instruction of An Garda Síochanna some very active racing resumed again on exit from Ballina and the exit off the main road onto the first climb of the day caught the momentum of many riders who were not as well placed due to the narrow steep twisting nature of the roads.
The course itself was quite lumpy with three major climbs the most severe of the day being the climb after Templederry the true magnitude of which was illustrated to by a number of riders who opted to dismount at the side of the road for various reasons. Our Killorglin men rode valiantly on the course and faced into each climb with courage and determination the main field had now dispersed considerably at this point. The riders reemerged onto primary roads on the 10km to go mark, at this point Perter was our best placed man on the road followed by Flor and Brendan respectively and all three finished to cheers and applause from the spectators who lined the Main Street in Nenagh as they crossed under the finishing balloon.It was a great performance by all involved every man gave it all he had and the lads can be very proud of their performance and results on what was probably the hardest one day race of this season so far.
Micheal O’Shea was our main man flying the flag for us in the A2 race they had a mammoth 156kms race. Micheal rode well on the day, for a rider who had been struggling with form he rode well and showed that he is well on his way. He was unfortunate to succumb to cramp at the 120km but gave a great performance throughout his race which he should be proud of.
Next week we will be within the county for the Annual John Drumm Memorial a highlight of the Kerry cycling events promoted by our friends Currow CC.
Our leisure riders were out in force over the weekend enjoying the fine weather. Please keep an eye on our club facebook page for details of club spins.