Right while I'm sitting in the best b&b I've stayed in a while I may as well type about the Gorey 3-Day.
Stage 1. Blessington -Gorey.
My alarm went off at 6:45am buzzing after a restless night due to excitement.I woke up feeling good and ready to head for Blessington with my dad who was going to be following me this weekend. With no team mates on board this weekend it was time to try stuff on my own. Anyway I listened to my iPod the whole way up and we arrived in Blessington with lots of sunshine. Anyway we arrived with the car loaded for the weekend. I got signed on and kitted up......
The stage began after 12pm. I was getting tips from riders during the week about the 4stage race this weekend. The race began and the speed was unreal. My garmin was hitting over 55km and I was told to be in the top 20 for early on as there could be crashes. Anyway I made my way towards the top but there was no crashes. Although when we came to the first KOM too lads ended up on top of a car bonnet but lads got back on no problem. Anyway the speed for the day was very fast. I could see a break away up the road and was trying to make by way to the front but it was impassable with 160 riders in the bunch. Anyway the sun was splitting the stones for the whole day and it was very warm. I managed to get over all the KOM heading for Gorey and was delighted since I'm not built as a climber to be sticking with the bunch. Anyway we headed for Gorey and speed was still very high there were riders attacking a lot of the time to try and get away. I've never ridden 130km race before so I was hoping I'd finish in the bunch. Anyway we came into Gorey and past the monument and headed for the last 40km of the race. 2 laps of the climb carnew. Anyway the speed was unreal heading up the climb and just as I got to the top my legs began to tire. To get this far I was delighted. I'd say there was at least 40 riders or more behind me. Anyway I managed to get into a group and we headed for the finish. I could see all cars stopped and was wondering what had happened. Maybe a crash or something. Anyway the whole bunch in had come to a halt even the lads who where up the road. There was a bad car crash ahead. Thankfully nobody in the race. They said the race might begin in 20 mins but the race officials after 5 mins decided to call it a day as the road would be closed for the day so that was that and we headed for the b&b. So there was no official result. The few lads who where up ahead got bout 1 minute on the bunch but everyone else was given the same time. Safety comes first and we all respected it. Anyway it was time to get checked into the b&b in inch. The place is amazing here. Out in the countryside with no loud music or drunken eejits that keeps you awake. Anyway it was time for a shower and then to sit down for a 3 course meal. Soup, bacon and veg and dessert. I just chilled for the night with the rest of the lads staying here and it was a long day tomorrow so I headed to bed early and got a good nights sleep.
|(Photo by Amy Farrell)|
(opening my gel)
Photo by Sean Rowe
Right after a great nights sleep it was time for breakfast. I headed downstairs to have some weetabix and few slices of brownbread and orange juice and headed for the time trial. It was race against the clock and to see how well I would do on my road bike against others I did ok. The winning time was by Ciaran Kelly of 8.14. I did it in 9.32 on a road bike of an average of 37km. I was delighted with that and i came about 40th in the Tt out of about 150 riders so it wasnt too bad.
Right It was Sundays afternoon stage 4 laps in Gorey battling the climb (cranford) 4 times. It was hard and i mean that with the speed hitting the bottom at 40km an hour. I tried going away a few times but it was impossible and I mean that. The headwind was unreal. I never cycled in anything like it before. It was beyond madness. So after trying to get away it was time to just sit in the bunch and follow the wheels for the rest of the day. There wasn't any major crashes in the race yet and I was glad of that because its sad to see people hitting the tarmac. I must say the Gardai and the lads on the bikes did a superb job. I felt safe on the roads all weekend. Anyway it began to rain on one of the laps and it dropped in celcius big time. I think it hit 7 degrees. I didn't feel the cold until i actually got off the bike it was so bad. Anyway going up cranford the last time my legs just went and that was it. I tried getting back on in the cavalcade but i couldn't my legs just said no. So i rolled in with a bunch of lads (6 minutes down) It was the headwind that we got the time loss big. Anyway i rolled over knowing tomorrow was going to be the last stage. Anyway i headed back to the b&b with my dad who did a superb job this weekend looking after me. It was time for a nice warm shower and dinner again.
|Heading up Carnford on 2nd lap|
(Photo by Eamonn O'Neill)
Photo by (Amy-Norah Farrell)
|Leading the bunch up Carnew|
(Photo by Eamonn O'Neill )
(Photo by Amy-Norah Farrell)
Suffering on last stage
(Photo by Amy-Norah Farrell)