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League race 3
Club League race 3 - CP, Kinnegad Circuit
The Kinnegad circuit was the route for Round 3 of the league. With the Giro and the Rás in full swing, all riders were keen to do a bit of racing. We had 29 riders in total, consisting of our own club men & women along with riders from Trim, Donadea, Bikeworx Celbridge and Lakeside Wheelers.
There were 6 groups in total on the road. Brad was let out of the traps first with 3 minutes to Marcella, Sandra, Evan and the newest addition to the racing circuit, Donadea Junior Aaron Cullen. Paul Kavanagh’s Group 3 started an additional 7 minutes back, Peter Schweppe was controlling his troops 5 minutes further back with the semi scratch and the scratch group on their tails.
Anyone who has ridden this course before knows that the roads are dull and draggy. They will make you suffer if you’re trying to turn a big gear and trying to keep the pace high. At the start of lap 2 the gaps were definitely being reduced. Aaron and Evan were working well together and had a 1 minute gap on Marcella, Sandra and Brad. The trio also working very well together. Paul Kavanagh and Denise Molloy had distanced the rest of their group and were in chase of the 5 up front. Peter had his group very well organised and with strong riders in toe they were working well with all taking turns in keeping the pace high. Unfortunately, midway through the second lap Ciaran Leech hit the deck after a touch of wheels. Rumour has it that he bounced off the road and kept riding. Well maybe not quite but he did dust himself off and finished the race. Them Leech’s are made of tough stuff! The fact that the whole group waited for Ciaran to get back on, shows great sportsmanship.
had only sacrificed 1 minute to scratch by the end of lap 1.
Andy had his group well-structured and they managed to keep
a gap to scratch right to the finish, even with the
“Motorbikes” chasing hard!
As the skies
opened, all the marshals at the finish line were struggling
trying to get umbrellas opened and iphone cameras/videos at
the ready for the photo finish. In the absence of Michelle
Kavanagh (get well soon Michelle!) Donal Kelleher was at the
ready with his quick fire camera to capture the bunch
sprint. But the bunch sprint was not to come! In the
distance we could see the lead car approaching with a single
rider hammering along the road. Aaron had ridden away from
Evan and was on his way to victory in his first bike race.
Well done Aaron! Definitely one to watch for the future.
The gaps had
closed and the riders were coming thick and fast. Denise and
Paul contested a sprint for 2nd with Denise just
edging it by half a wheel with Paul claiming the max points
of 25 for first club person across the line. Evan grabbed 4th,
Brad got 5th and Marcella keeping her good run of
form from last year, getting 6th. Sandra McCann
received the prize for 1st unplaced lady while
Michael Kane got 1st unplaced Junior.
Well done to all the riders who took part. Well done to all the marshals who supported myself and Mary on the night.