Today was our best day yet.
John Kenny finished in the top 30 on the stage and moved up 20 places overall to 63rd.
All the other lads finished in the big main group seventeen minutes later.
This was really impressive because John Murray had two wheel changes in the first ten miles and Niall Doggett was very unlucky to have to stop on the descent of the first climb when a rider and a motorbike marshal crashed in front of him so they did really well to get back on to the group.
Stuart and Stephen were a lot stronger today and this is very encouraging because over 30 riders have abandoned the race due to crashes and an outbreak of vomiting and the trots.
I have never even driven up the tunnel road out of Kenmare as fast as we went up it today.
The yellow jersey made a mistake and tried to get across to a 20 man break with the help of his team mates. He closed the gap from 4 minutes to 40 seconds and then he tried to tow the bunch across on his own. He blew, and the break went back out to 10 minutes-the Ras has no respect for jerseys
Meanwhile Simon found one of Blair’s bars hidden in Stephen’s race food, but I grabbed it off him and I ate it and then he sulked for half the stage.
I hate to say it but he is a really good driver. Today was hairy on the wet descents and he managed to keep the car on the road – thanks again Paul for the Volvo.
Next stop Seskin hill in Carrick, but now that the race is so tight, tomorrow will be very tough – a real Philip Cassidy day.
Oh thanks to Micky Kennedy of Cyclize for doing some bike magic for us last night and to Noel, Andy, Ken, Padraig and Liam for all their support at the stage starts and finishes.
Navan Road Club were delighted with the success of their “Pink Roller Cycle” event that took place at the Boyne Valley Inn in Slane.
The cycle was held to celebrate the arrival of the Giro d’Italia cycle race in the region. Patsy Fitzsimons, a legend in the club, officially started the cycle and also took to the rollers, along with Nicko Lynch and Frank Mc Closkey.
(c) Kieran Maguire Photography
The Slane Spinners also were out in force with Brian Kelly who was in tremendous form on the evening. At the start of the event Fr Joe Deegan P.P Slane made a special presentation to Patsy who recently celebrated his 80th Birthday and also for his tremendous contribution to the club over a long number of years.
Also there was Noel Collier and Benny Gogan who are great supporters of all cycling events in the area and a great welcome they received.
(c) Kieran Maguire Photography
Club Chairman Matt Nolan was also there to encourage all in their most enjoyable. That evening a function took place in the Boyne Valley Inn, where the local Chapel Street Band provided music, and great entertainment with local comedian Tom Kerrigan also preforming.
Proceeds of both events will go to the ARC Cancer Support Centre. The club thank all who took part and supported the event,also thanks to Brian and Gillian of the Boyne Valley Inn for all their support.
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