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Club League race 3 - CP, Ballyboggin Circuit: Hilltop Finish

Round 3 of the 2012 Club League took place on Tuesday 12th June.
The weather was really looking quite bad, with rain hanging around, literally all day long.  Lucky enough it eased off for us and we all managed to get round safely.

Each group off was kept to a small number of riders, and everyone worked well and did their bit at the front.  The very strong scratch group came flying by Semi-Scratch, mid-way round the 2nd lap, and the high pace kept up for the rest of the race, with the combined group working very well together to bring back the lead groups.

On the last lap, a strong attack by course-designer Alan Maye on the tough stretch of road over the motorway, split the group up initially, but eventually most riders regrouped.

The pace was kept high for the rest of the lap, thanks in no small part by strong performances by Jacob, and [Yellow-Jersey-wearing] Gavin.

The leaders on the road were eventually swept up on the final run in towards the finish, so a large group were together for the final few KM's.

At the base of the hill, Alan launched a stinging attack for the line - having already shown his determination for a win by his earlier attack, he was closely marked by Andy Flood, but the gap couldn't be closed, and Alan showed great strength to lead all the way up the hill to finish first, followed by Andy in 2nd.
Jacob and Gavin came in just behind, taking 3rd and 4th place respectively, followed then by Paddy Ronan to take 5th place, and then finishing up the prizes was Marvyn Heffernan with 6th Place.

Jacob now takes over the Yellow Jersey for league lead, with Gavin just one point behind.

Here are all the results for Race 3, and the league table is updated on the main page:


The overall league table is available here.

Here are some photos from the Race - once again, many thanks to the incredibly talented Michelle Kavanagh for the superb photos....

The left turn out on to the old N4 at Leinster Bridge provides problems
for the Marshals to stop traffic on the busy main road.
We will place traffic cones on the turn, and all riders MUST stay within
the cones - you must not go outside these and onto the main traffic lane.
Marshals will be in place BEFORE the turn to warn you in advance to slow down.
Traffic on the main road (old N4, R148), WILL NOT BE STOPPED,
so it is critical that you adhere to this safety warning.


The 3rd round of the Club League will take place on Tuesday 12th June. 7pm start, sign-on in Clonard village as usual.

Start point is just beside Paddy's Bar in Clonard Village, first group off at 7pm sharp.

Route goes from Clonard Village...
over to Ballyboggin, turning left up the hill, then left at the bottom, and over the Motorway Bridge and on to the old N4 at Leinster Bridge (note the safety warnings above!!!!).
Then turning left and in to Clonard village to begin the second lap.

After the second lap is completed, having left Clonard village to begin the 3rd lap, the race will NOT turn left after the hill at Ballyboggin, but will continue on straight (direction Clognarinka.  We will take the next left turn, up Truckers Hill to the finish at the top of the hill.

Thermal Blankets and Oxygen will be provided as necessary at the top of the hill, just in case :)


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