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Clear blue skies and elevated Spring temperatures greeted competitors in Munster’s weekend racing at Carrick-On-Suir on Sunday 17 April in the Tommy Sheehan Memorial, hosted by Carrick Wheelers. The extremely challenging and unforgiving Kearney Road circuit, with its steady 5km climb and a number of other short, sharp climbs laid in wait for the riders. Road surfaces were poor in a number of sections, which was evident by the number of riders loosing bottles on the road as they raced and given the temperatures and profile of the circuit this was sure to become a problem for those that hit the patched road sections hard.
The club was again represented by Pat Ryan and Dermot Radford, who both took on the 82km, three lap race. The riders rolled out at almost a leisurely pace as riders contemplated what waited, but the pace steadily increased until it turned into the long climb when a high tempo was set by those looking to make an impact on the results. A few breaks were formed at the front over the course of the first lap but none gathered much impetus and never looked like they would get too far up the road. On the second lap there was a clear break in the bunch on the climb as the pace was again increased and Dermot, having being caught behind the spilt, had to work his way up to the front of the split and bridge across the gap to ensure the race did not get away from him. Unfortunately Pat did not make it into the third lap where one of the ever aggressive Fermoy C.C. riders broke away to hold a 30 second gap on the chasers. On the climb in the third lap Carrick Wheelers led the chase with one rider doing an excellent job in almost reigning in the break on the climb. Dermot, sitting second wheel, kept the tempo going when the Carrick rider pulled off the font and as soon as the catch was made further attacks were launched in an attempt to get away before the top of the climb. The Tipp Wheelers rider, having been dropped back into the middle of what remained of the leading group, hung in and again moved back up towards the front of the bunch on the last sharp kick up on the circuit.
The final kilometres of the race from this point was a downhill section towards a sharp right hander and into a final long, flat run in to the finishing line. Numerous attacks were made by different riders over the last eight kilometres, and due to the pace of the climbs it was a group of about 25 riders that raced towards the finishing line. The lone Tipp Wheeler sprinted with each attack, again holding second wheel right into the final kilometre, at which point nobody was able or willing to lead out the sprint, which resulted in a wall of riders stretching from one kerb to the other coming in to the finishing line. Dermot, sitting in the front line of riders held on in the sprint to finish in eight position to get into the prizes, rounding off a very successful weekend for the club.
Tommy Byrnes led the club home in 10th place in what was a great day for the club in the first outing in our new tri suits. Brian Devitt and John Mc Cormac also competed coming 12th and 31st respectively, Martina Byrnes and Naomi Enright became the first women in the club to represent us in a race coming 31st and 36th respectively in the female category, race stats are shown below,
Tommy Byrnes 10th 49:50 14:17 21:48 11:26
Brian Devitt 12th 50:31 14:26 22:20 11:42
John Mac 31st 53:39 15:13 23:47 12:03
Martina Byrnes 31st 1:06:49 20:03 26:39 16:37
Naomi Enright 36th 1:08:12 19:50 28:48 16:20
Once photos become available we will post on site
The county senior road championship was hosted on Sunday the 17th of April, Club members Rory Devitt and John Shanahan ran in the event, John Shanahan leading the boys home with a superb run to finish in 6th position with a time of 34:11. And Ruaidhri Devitt finished in 36th with time of 38:06. There are a number of upcoming fixtures starting with the John Joe Barry 5K which will take place on Friday the 29th of April at 8pm. The Clonmel 10K will be hosted on Sunday the 8th of May at 2pm and the Tom Jordan 5 mile will take place on Friday the 13th of May at 7:30pm.
Congrats to all who took part and completed the cycle from Cashel to Waterford, Great turn out from the club in support of such a great event.
John Shanahan and Ruaidhri Devitt finished 1st and 2nd positions with times of 27:20 and 29:10. Not bad work!!!
Glorious sunshine greeted the 200 participants in the first triathlon of the year in Ireland. The sprint event was held in Portlaoise on Saturday 09 April. It consisted of a 750m swim, 19km cycle and a 5km run. The swimming was held at Portlaoise leisure centre. With 7 athletes per lane the swim was quite congested. Next up was the cycle. The climbs en route were short and not too steep. But the biggest challenge to overcome was the crosswind which was tough both outwards and coming home. That just left a fairly flat 5km run to be completed.
Donal Breen was the only Tipperary Wheeler competing. His goal of making the top fifty was not accomplished when he was beaten in a sprint to finish 51st in spite of encouraging shouts from Liam Butler. His finishing time of 1:23:39 was still good enough to place him as 5th male in the 40-44 age group, so he was pleased enough with that.
This weekend’s racing took place in Fermoy, Co. Cork where the local host club Fermoy C.C. saw in excess of 300 riders take to the roads across the suite or races laid on for all categories. With the sun shining down on the roads of Cork the Tipperary Wheelers sole representative in the day’s events was Dermot Radford, who took on the 80km, four lap circuit. The roads were relatively flat with minor drags in places, but nothing of note that would split the bunch.
Dermot sat at the back of the bunch trying to conserve energy for the first two laps of the race while a number of groups tried and failed to form a breakaway. After crossing the start-finish line after two laps he moved up the field towards the front and soon after turning off the Fermoy-Mallow road ten riders went off the front of the bunch and a breakaway was formed that looked like it had momentum, but still had 30km to go to the finish line. Dermot very quickly reacted from the middle of the bunch and after a few minutes of maximum effort managed to bridge the gap to the breakaway. Other riders joined soon afterwards and a breakaway of fifteen riders started working well together to consolidate and extend their lead.
The breakaway worked efficiently, however with 12km to go the group began to think about tactics and the pace slowed considerable as everyone watched each other. With only 6km to the finishing line Olan Barrett of Fermoy C.C. launched a blistering attack while the Tipp Wheelers rider was pulling the bunch along. A Carrick Wheelers rider also jumped as did Dermot and the three riders moved clear of the breakaway. After a number of kilometres Dermot struggled to hold the wheel of the two riders, lost contact and was caught on his own for a few minutes as the finishing line closed in. A number of riders from the original breakaway worked to close the gap on the leaders and having put all his effort into the break, Dermot was passed by a numbers of riders and was passed again only metres from the line by another small group, but managed to hold on to tenth place to claim a share of the prizes on offer.
Racing next week is hosted by The Edge cycling club, in Minane Bridge, Co. Cork.