Round 7 Info:
Covey League – September 4th – Hill Climb
Starts: September 4, 2013

All reports submitted by group winners.

Group 1 Race Report:

On a perfect evening for racing group one had probably its largest turnout of the league so far. With many riders having been promoted from the other groups it looked set to be a fast spin.

The pace was high from the off with Keith and PatJoe trying to stretch it out early. There was plenty of jumping off the front but nothing seemed to stick as the bunch kept the pace high. On the way home Michael Flynn had a few digs along with Aaron Doherty, Brendan Conway and on numerous occasions Keith but each time they were reeled in with Sean McLoughlin and Tommy B driving the group on. About 8km from the finish a group containing Colm Staunton, Brendan Conway, , Keith O’Connell and Ger Corcoran got a gap and it looked set to be strong enough to prevail but with Ger and Keith not doing as much work as the other two the break was caught about 4km from home. The final run in can be very deceiving as it is still nearly 800metres to go once you go under the bridge. There were plenty of riders still in with a chance at the entrance to Ashwood but with Colm Staunton lying 3rd in line followed by Keith, Ger and PatJoe this was going to be won by a lucky break. It was Ger who got this as the group all went to the right around each other Ger snook up the left between Michael Flynn and the train station wall to claim the win on the night followed by Colm, Keith and Patjoe.

Average speed on the night was 39.3km per hour.

Once again a massive thanks to the marshalls on the course and the people at sign on who without their help and dedication none of us would be able to enjoy these races on our own doorstep.

Congratulations also to James and Keith in the Ballinrobe 2 Day at the weekend. Both had great results in either day.

The same also goes to Ollie Whyte, Michael Flynn and Richard Meaney who with their results in the A4 race on Sunday are all promoted to A3.
Well done to all.

Group 2 Race Report:

Twas Wednesday evening we started.
I coughed I spluttered I farted
Off around srah we did go
The Pace was fast then slow

A few buks jumped away of the front
I heard Noreen O Toole give a grunt
Then I decided to go for a blast
But my bike cannot go that fast

This was the last race of the year
Joe and Robert stayed near
The out jumped Declan Maloney
With a leap like a Shetland pony

On to his wheel jumped Eoghan Carr
But these 2 guys didn’t get very far
With Stephen and Sean working well
And Theo like a bat out of hell

Together we stayed very tight
But young Maloney was still up for the fight
He jumped and I jumped again
This young man was mad for the win

But alas it wasn’t to be
He could not get away you see
So into the bridge with the bend
I glanced at Joe and he grinned

Robert took us up the hill
9 mad cyclists going for the Kill
For all the finish line was near
And twas me that Sprinted clear

I Dashed across the line with a roar
My legs and my lungs were sore
Twas great to win that last dart
But club racing is about taking Part.

Group 3 Race Report:

Group 3 started off steady and gradually got
faster.

We stayed as a group until about 1 km from the Srah Loop where there was a small crash involving 2 riders shortly after I made a break for it but I only lasted until about half way round the Loop when the group caught me again. Martin Nee was pushing the pace on at the front until shortly after his hip gave him trouble and he had no choice but to pull out turning left off the Srah Loop.

Siobhan O’Malley was controlling the pace after that and when we were going through the bog, I made another attack with Eoghan McLaughlin on my wheel and we only got about 50 metres ahead and
Dave Hanahoe bridged the gap by himself and came with us. Shortly after that the chasing group caught Eoghan while Dave and I continued to work together and just after McEvillys Antonio Fernandez joined us and we started to work well as a group.

Sean O Boyle had joined forces with Eoghan McLaughlin and were starting to chase us down. Dave picked up the pace with about 7km to go and Antonio went out the back, then it was up to me and Dave with about 5km to go. I felt good and gradually picked up the pace and dropped Dave and I was on my own the whole way back to the train station. I kept looking over my shoulder as I was sure Dave would be right on my wheel. Our coach, Tony Walsh, Andrew Currid who was involved in the earlier crash and Martin Nee came behind me in the van and kept shouting out the window to keep going… I rounded the corner under the bridge and headed up the hill to the finish having one last look back and there was no sign of Dave, so I knew I had it.

Hard luck to Andrew Currid and Paul Feeney who crashed on the night. Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers.

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