The Tipp Wheelers had two representatives; Richie Bresnan was competing in his first ever race and lined up with the A4 group while Dermot Radford lined up with the A1/A2 group. The A4 group was off first and 2 minutes later the A3 group took off in pursuit. Finally the smaller group of A1/A2’s started a further 2 minutes back. For a detailed race report see www.stickybottle.com or www.irishcycling.com.
The pace in the A4 group was fast since they were trying to hold off the chasers for as long as possible. Richie, in his first competitive race, acquitted himself well by holding on to the main bunch for approximately 25 km, after which he got tailed off with a small number of other cyclists. Richie continued to work throughout the entire route and crossed the line not too far back on the main bunch. He viewed the race as a learning experience and took some good lessons away and now has a better idea of what he needs to do to stay in touch.
“I need to work on simple things like taking a drink from the bottle without finding myself sliding back from a good position near the front of the bunch to being at the very back. I also need to concentrate on holding my position in the group when cornering. These are things I should be able to fix by just being aware of them.”
The A1/A2 group split early in the race and Dermot found himself caught towards the back when the split happened and together with a couple of other riders found themselves unable to close it down. The speed however was maintained with a number in the back split working hard to eventually make contact with the main group. Dermot sat in the bunch for the remainder of the race and decided not to contest the sprint.
“The legs were just not firing today and I am not sure why that was, I should have been fresh. Hopefully I can find some form in the coming weeks.”
Next week the Tipp Wheelers are travelling to Loughrea where Richie and Dermot will be joined by Pat Ryan and Mike Looby.