The Buckley’s Cycles Midland League has not had the best of luck with this summers weather. Last Thursdays race in Dysart thankfully took part under clear skies and light winds. After last weeks Hill TT the pink jersey of overall leader had once again transferred to Peter Rimmer of the LSW.
A good crew of A/B riders signed on with more than 15 in the B+ group and 4 in the B group. The A group was depleted with a few of the regulars marshalling. The B’s had an advantage of 1 minute on the B+ with a further gap to the fast men.
Tullamore CTC once again had a good turnout in the A/B race with myself, Paul, Aidan and Damien vying for points. Myself and Paul didn’t get going too well as we struggled to clip in. We soon found ourselves a nice bit behind and had to put in an early sprint effort to catch up with the main group. The first lap passed at a good average of over 42km/h. We were soon catching the B group and joined up soon after the turn in Castletown.
Onto the 2nd lap and the roll ups were working well and the speed was kept around 40km/h plus. At the turn in Castletown an unexpected attack from SSCC’s Jim Maguire broke up the race. I was lucky enough to be on his wheel at the time and accelerated with him. We soon had a bit of a gap and it looked like we might get something working. Several other riders bridged across and we soon had a group of 7 with every team represented except for Wolftrap.
The group behind was still fairly large but with a rider from each club it was a possibility that our little break might have a chance. We soon got the up and overs going and managed to build a small gap. Going into the last lap there was no sign of the rest of the group behind. Most riders in the break were doing a pull on the front with Billy, Jim and Ronan doing the majority.
We had picked up a rider who lost a lap and he did a few turns on the front which was strange as he was out of the race. The Laois rider didn’t roll through at all and sat on. He declared that he wouldn’t contest the sprint so fair enough. As we turned at Castletown for the last time there was still no sign of the main group behind.
On the run in to the finish the speed dropped back and one of the LSW lads was left on the front for the remainder of the race. As we got within 1km of the finish the main bunch appeared behind closing fast. I was sitting in a nice position about 4 wheels back as Ronan Costello from SSCC opened up the sprint. I got boxed in sprinting for the line and managed to finish 2nd behind Ronan. Billy came in 3rd and the aforementioned Laois rider in 4th. So much for saying he wouldn’t contest the sprint.
After the race I heard that the TCTC lads did a great job of disrupting the chase group behind which allowed our break to stay. Cheers guys. The points I got take me back into the lead in the overall standings with only 2 races remaining. There’ll be a nice bullseye on my back so.
Average speed for the race was 40.1km/h over 35km.