Ras Chonamara 2013

Day 1 Saturday 30th March

So its Easter weekend and that means its Stage Race time all around the country. For the hardcore A1’s its the Tour of Munster and its tough stages around Kerry. For the mere mortals its a toss up between the Gorey 3 Day and Ras Chonamara. Having had a pretty mediocre start to the year I left it late to sign up and by this time my only option was Ras Chonamara. Last week at the Des Hanlon my form seemed to be slowly improving so I was happy enough to give it a go.

The day started early at 7:00am for the trip out west. Peter travelled along with me as we headed for race HQ in Oughterard. With the new motorway we flew down to Galway and hit Oughterard shortly after 9:00am. We signed on and received our timing chips for the 4 stages. The first near calamity of the weekend involved my timing chip. While securing it with a zip tie I also zip tied my wheel spoke. That would of being interesting if I hadn’t of spotted it. Cue panic buying of a nail clippers to remove said zip tie. While Peter may have been chuckling away to himself he managed to repeat the act a few minutes later.

With the recent wintry weather showing little sign of abating it was leg warmers and thermals all the way. A beautifully stiff easterly wind was blowing unabated which was sure to be a welcome thing. Continue reading Ras Chonamara 2013