There was a good turnout from Tullamore CTC at the first MIL League Race last Thursday 19th April at Mount Temple. 6 Tullamore CTC members signed on for the A/B race with a further 6 going out in the C/D race. For Vinnie and Shane Dunne it was their first ever taste of racing. As usual there was a strong turnout from the host club Shannonside CC and also from Wolftrap, Mullingar, Laois and Mid West Road Club.
The group eventually brought back both escapees on the 3rd and final lap with Damien later claiming that he thought the race was only 2 laps. We’ll allow him that one mistake seeing as it was his first MIL race in a few years. During the 3rd lap I glanced back a couple of times and could see the lead car for the A group just behind. The inevitable was going to happen and sure enough the A’s caught us as we turned and headed for Baylin.
The pace increased for a couple of miles before a bit of tactical riding in preparation for the sprint.The drag up to the finish sorted out the men from the boys and just as I started to sprint my shoe unclipped and I nearly went off. Stephen Franzoni took t1st in the sprint with a trio of Tullamore CTC members coming in 10th, 11th and 12th positions.
In the C/D race the Tullamore CTC members did a ton of work on the front and probably paid for that effort in the closing sprint. Vincent Meredith took a well deserved 11th with Seamus coming in just behind in 12th.
Full results can be found on the Buckley Cycles web page here – http://www.buckleycycles.ie/
Garmin Stats for A/B Race: Distance – 41.14km, Avg Speed – 39.8km/h
Thanks to Shannonside CC for organising the race and refreshments afterwards. Thank to all the marshals, motorcycle outriders and anyone else involved.