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
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Neil wins first race at Currow in county Kerry. Delighted of course that I am to say that he rode a brilliant race. Seven laps of a 6.5KM circuit and at the end of lap two going up the drag to the finish line he decided to go for a break. He fully expected the lads to catch him up again but he got away with it. Five laps alone with his break fluctuating between 45 and 15 seconds. At the finish line I guess he had 20 seconds. Some of the lads in Kanturk cycling club did a good job of looking after the bunch which certainly helped him to retain his lead. DELIGHTED… 45KM Race at Average of 37KMH
Beara Charity Cycle 2016 has been announced for the 16th of July. What makes the Beara Charity Cycle so great is that it is organised fully by volunteers and is a non profit event, all of the money made by the participants paying their 50€ to take part goes to four local charities.
This is the sixth year that the event is being held and over the years this event has succeeded in raising 65000€ for local charities. The participants always have a great time and the routes are spectacular.
Watch a short video here of route two which shows some of the spectacular scenery.
Beara Charity Cycle 2016
Route one goes from Castletownbere around the Healy pass going up the North side and back to town. It is 51 KM.
Route two goes from Castletownbere West to Allihies back towards Eyeries and Lauragh over the Healey Pass and back to town. It is 81.3 KM.
Route three, is a combination of the route two followed by route one and arrives at 136.3 KM.
Check out the website of Beara Charity Cycle for more details, and please sign up for this prestige event.