Neil cycling Irish Nationals

Neil cycling Irish Nationals over the weekend taking part in the Criterium race and Road race. The races were organised by the O’Leary Stone Kanturk cycling club and participants travelled from all over the country.

The Criterium was run on a horrible wet and windy day and of the 47 starters most managed to finish. A tough race where you had to be careful on every corner due to the slippery conditions. Neil came in at 18th place just 5 seconds behind the winner. (Guessed time). His team had the three highest place riders in the team category so they came home with a National gold medal for the team. The actual individual winner came from North of the country, a great sprinter.

So with that result Neil was ready for his main event the 55KM road race on Sunday. He was confident and feeling strong. He got a King Of Mountain (Strava) on the first lap. Unfortunately at 35KM on a bad bend he slid off the bike due to the dampness and had to ride the last 20 KM on his own to try and catch the bunch. He did not make it so came in a minute behind the winner which was a great effort. He was disappointed, but that is racing.

Watch a short video here of the Criterium

Neil cycling Irish Nationals

Neil cycling Irish Nationals

Neil cycling Irish Nationals

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Allihies Mines Collapse

Allihies Mines Collapse a hole appeared overnight on a field which was only being worked on recently with tractor driving all over it. This hole could swallow up a few tractors. The Allihies Mines were opened in the early 18th century. There are lots of underground passage ways in the area after extensive mining in the 19th century. For a few years Allihies was the worlds largest supplier of copper ore.

The land owners have put up warnings and all access to the private field is strictly forbidden.

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Watch a short video here of the hole….

Allihies Mines Collapse

allihies mines collapse

allihies mines collapse

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Silage West Cork

Silage West Cork with Brian Manus cutting and bailing in a lovely setting at Allihies on the Beara Peninsula of West, Cork Ireland. This field is traditionally the first cut every season in Allihies, the start of the mad season…

Watch Brian doing his stuff here, even better stream it to your HD TV

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Silage West Cork

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silage west cork

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