On Saturday 3 Tullamore CTC members took to the roads around Clonard for Ras Naomh Finian. Myself, Aidan McNamara and Jimmy O’Connor flew the flag for the club. Over 300 cyclists turned up with over 100 setting off in our A4 group.
The route took us straight out the old N4 towards the turn in Kilbeggan. A sprinters paradise. On the way out to Kilbeggan we rode into a nice headwind. The pace was sluggish at times with no one wanting to ride on the front. Just outside Kinnegad a rider beside me hit a filled pothole which almost brought him down. As I knew it would come down to a bunch sprint I decided to go for the King of the Hill prize at the top of Gneeveban. Halfway up the hill I was placed second with what I thought was the KOH line just at the top. I sprinted for the line only to suddenly realise that the line in fact was 500 metres further on. All that for nothing.