After last weekends crash i got away with damage done to me and my bike. I only got a small graze on my knee but during the week my knee was a small bit sore. I was able to ride my bike grand but when i would walk into town it would get sore and i was worried but it was just from the impact from the crash.
Anyway i got my kit ready last night and pinned my numbers onto my long sleeve jersey and gathered my bits and pieces and new shoes into my bag and off to bed i went.
Waking up at 7:45am and relaxing in bed while it was pouring down outside,I knew it was going to be a wet race if it kept up like this outside. Anyway i got my breakfast ready (weetabix) and orange juice and i got the car loaded up with the bike,spare wheels and pump. Anyway my dad and I left just after 9:15and headed for Tralee. The weather was shocking going down. I just plugged my headphones into my ipod and listened to music on the way down and looking at all the flooded fields.We arrived about 11:15am and i went to sign on and get kitted up. I wasn't really sure how today was going to go as last year i was dropped after 15km.
Anyway we rolled out of the Manor west hotel about 12:10pm and headed for the start line. We had a 2 minute handicap on the category 2s and a 3min to the 1s. I tried getting away early but the wind was just ridiculously strong so i just rolled back into the bunch and saved up my energy for later on. A few riders tried getting away but the wind was very bad at the start. We headed towards the first climb of the day (Camp) and i was climbing well. It wasnt like last year when i was dropped early on. The category 2s had caught us by then and the lads said Damien Shaw also passed ( from the 1s bunch). I never saw him passing and we never saw him again. Anyway we kept on riding and a few other riders managed to slip up the road (Hahessy, Foley) and others. We kept belting on the road for home. We had riddled the bunch down to about 25 riders maybe a few more or less I wasn't quite sure. We passed through Annascaul ( i think) and headed along the coast looking out at the sea while it was dry and my legs were fine.I was delighted with the race so far as i felt comfortable and wasn't suffering. Anyway a good bit out the road a good friend of mine David McCarthy (riding for the NRPT) attacked and i said right its now or never so i decided to chase after him with a few more riders and the gap went up very fast and we caught Kieran Crean and few others along the way. In the chasing group there was me, David,Simon toumey,Kieran Crean, Eoin O'Connell,a carrick,waterford and some other lad. I looked back and we had a massive gap and i thought we were going to stay away. We kept doing up and over and a commesaire pulled up and said we were racing for 9th place and i thought this was it, I was going to get a prize as there was top 12 prizes but top 8 for CI points. Anyway we motored on and swung left through some village. Adrian from blackumbrella passed on the motorbike and took some photos and maybe a small video clip of us. Anyway with about 7km to go we were caught. Id say we were away for bout 15km or more. I was sickened but i was over the moon with my race. From getting dropped after 15km last year and this year to be up the road and been caught with 7km to go i was delighted. Anyway the bunch rolled through and my legs were getting really tired now. I managed to get onto the back of Paidi o'Brien, Robin Kelly and a few more riders and finished on the back of the bunch. There was another big bunch ahead by not that long so i crossed the line very happy and buzzing.
After today i reckon i can get a result soon. From crashing with 700m to go last week and sprinting for second place also to finish outside the top 20 in Tralee i was very happy.
Next race for me is Broadford next Sunday so im hoping to do well there also.
I will post photos later on once i find them.
Till next time
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|Crossing the line. Just outside the top 20|
(Photo by Blarney CC)
|Up Cappacross on Thurs|
|New S-work shoes and santini tights|