Race report from St.Finbarrs GP
It was a nice day for a race, the U16’s race started 3 or 4 mins before us, the race started on an long drag, we all lined up as soon as the U16 took off, I was in the second line from the front, we took off hard to the top of the drag, there was sharp left hand turn and left again and then a long down a hill, speed went up to 55/57 KPG, the course was lumpy and the surface was rough in places, there was a few attacks but I followed them all.
On the 2nd lap I decided to put in an attack myself just to see how my legs were, my plan was to stick with the riders at the front of the race and fight for the sprint, we caught the U16’s on the second lap and they had to be pulled off the course to let us go by, with about 6k to go 3 riders attacked and got about 30seconds on us, I chased it down with everything I had as I wanted to place in the race.
I knew I was bringing other riders on my wheel but at this stage I was not backing off, with about 1.5 k to go I got back on but did not have much time to recover for the sprint, with 400meters to go the speed went up again, my legs were hurting after the chase but I was trying to ignore them as best I could, @250meters the sprint started, it felt like 5kms.
I moved up in the bunch and crossed the line 5th, I was glad to be in the sprint and happy with where I placed, I’d like to say thanks to mam, Dad and my sister for travelling to cork with me
I’d like to thank dad for all the coaching and time he has spent the last while training me especially the last 6weeks as my training has kicked up and takes a lot more time, I’d also like to thank Stephen Mullane @ Chaindrivencycles.com for all his support and supplying me with my New Bottecchia SP9 super race bike for 2015.
Thanks Keith Mulroy,