I was meant to go to Nenagh last weekend but my dad couldn't go due to a funeral so I headed out and did a good club spin with Stevie, Fergal and another member. We headed for Kildorrey and up the Ballyhouras and onto Castletownroche and home. We did about 70km and I got home and sat down for most of the day and watched Paris-Roubaix. It was just brilliant that's all ill say as most of ye saw it.
So this weekend im riding the Gorey 3-day.Ever since I was a junior I have attempted to ride it. My first year junior I was A4 so I couldn't ride it. The following year I broke my wrist, the next year I had my leaving cert and last year my parents away so I've entered it 3 times and I could never ride it so I'm looking forward to this weekend.
I feel that im capable of getting a decent result on the stages I just have to be there in the end and be on the right wheels. Theirs 199 riders starting and there's a lot of good riders in it. Ciaran Kelly is one to watch this weekend. He won the first race of the year in Kildare in Feb (a3) and also Mark Gater who was category 4 and now hes a2. I guess when these lads take a break and come back they have never lost it since they stopped cycling. There's a big field of lucan riders i think 18 in total so they are also the ones to watch as one of there riders won the Tour of Connacht and worked really well to hold onto the yellow jersey.
I've been getting a few tips from riders about it. I have been told that the first stage is a bit messy with crashes so hopefully ill stay up around the front and get in the moves and try for a placing on the stages. I know since i got 8th in Fermoy i can get up in the stages I just have to pick the right wheels to go for in the finish. There's also that french team last year. I think they won a stage or 2 so it will be interesting to see how im doing come Mondays stage back to Blessington from Gorey. I'm probably riding the best I have ever been in a long time and im a lot leaner and stronger than any year so I wont be afraid to have a go attacking and following the top guys. I'm the only Fermoy rider in it this year its a bit disappointing as the lads have been riding it for the past few years but that's life . I'm looking forward to it and the weather is meant to be great so fingers crossed it will be a great weekend and looking forward to meeting a good few of the lads I know that I don't see that much.
I've been training a good bit now and im getting out a lot more now as the weather has picked up. I was out twice yesterday as the weather was amazing. I did a nice spin to Cork City and back and then the club spin last night. My legs where tired last night a bit but i was still able to do up and over with the lads. Today i woke up and took a rest. I did a bit of core earlier on with the trainer I am doing it with and then im back out tomorrow again and then ill take it easy Friday and get everything sorted for the weekend.
There's the club leagues starting soon so im looking forward to that. I was told today that ours is starting APRIL 29th that's the tuesday before the Kanturk 3-day in Kanturk ,Aquablue are starting theres soon and then Osbourne meats/The Edge are starting theres soon on a Thursday also. So there will be a nice bit of midweek racing followed by the training sessions also. So im really looking forward to that and hoping I can get up to category 2 before the season is out. So basically that's all i really have to say.
I also bought a new helmet. The new spiuk one with the aeroshell cover so looking forward to testing the aerocover this weekend.
Anyway thats all for now. Ill try and keep ye posted this weekend. I have the blogger app on my Ipad so ill try and post. If not I will give ye all the info on the Monday when im home.
Gorey 3-day (details)
|Rathcormac in the distance|
|New spiuk helmet|
|With aeroshell cover|