Following the final round of the Lee Strand League, the winners of the senior and youth categories were confirmed as Denis O’Shea of Killarney CC and Eoin Blake of Killorglin CC. The times recorded for Round 4′s hill-climb TT are to be found on the Club League page here. Well done to Stephen O’Shea who showed amazing consistency (check out his scores for the four rounds) to take the DeLacy Cup for this years highest placed Tralee CC rider. The club would also like to thank all who took part and helped run this league, which has become quite a significant competition, and hope that it has also provided some good training ahead of the upcoming County League.
Thanks to Sean Godley (who flew from Boston for the event!) for the photos of the race in Lixmaw. You can view more on his flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/95167244@N03/sets/72157633308600378/
A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes…and these two pictures could be worth even more to Denis O’Shea come next Thursday night.
The evidence is in! Denis O’Shea has taken over at the head of the table in the Lee Strand League after finishing 10 points clear of Tom Brendan O’Connor in last Thursdays race in Lixnaw. Now its all down to next Thursday nights finale on Sliabh Mish; the tension is unbearable!
We hope to have a full list of point allocations from Lixnaws race for the final round on Thursday, so that everyone will know what they have to do to take the prize away from the man from Killarney.
Why not get a team from your Club for a fantastic experience on Race the Rás. All are welcome ; individuals or teams. Race the Rás began in 2011 as a way to raise much needed funds for charity. As most people will know “The Rás” is an international cycling event dating back to the 1952 covering 1200km over 8 consecutive days. Race the Rás consists of sponsored amateur cyclists riding the same route of the An Post Rás, on the same day as the Rás itself, except we start a few hours a head of the pro’s and arrive at the finish in time to see The RAS stage finish. Join us for this unique and epic leisure cycle (19th-26th May) for the experience of a lifetime! Funds raised from Race the Ras 2013 will go to a very worthy cause, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.
Entry is €70 for a stage and participants are then encouraged to raise a minimum of €50 for Breast Cancer Research. Sponsorship cards are available or you could organise a table quiz or social night to raise the funds. An attractive jersey and full backup is provided. We are delighted to announce that we have former professional cycling legend Paul McCormack returning from America to join us for all eight stages this year. Paul is the last rider to win the Ras in two consecutive years, 1987 and 1988 and one of the true “Men of the Ras”. Philip Cassidy another of the great strong men of the Ras and two time winner will also be on board this year so it’s an opportunity to ride with these greats of the past. Indeed we would encourage all past Ras riders to come out and do a stage or two and enjoy the atmosphere of Ras day.
Many GAA and sporting stars have taken to the bike and completed stages in the past few years including Mick Galway, Sean Og OHalpin, John Maughan, Decland Darcy, Paul Early, Evan Kelly, Paul Clarke and many more from both the Cycling and GAA families. The event is not a race with riders split into an “A” and “B” group starting out each morning. We ride at good touring pace to the stage finish with just one fifteen minute refreshment brake at about two thirds distance. Each group works as a team and has full back with them. A shortened stage option is available this year with a “C” group starting from the feed station each day and covering the last third of each stage. This will accommodate less experience cyclists and general sports fans who would like to experience the buzz of a Ras stage. Riders have the option of riding all 8 stages, a single stage, a selection of consecutive stages , or a shortened stage option.
Entry is online and available by visiting www.racetheras.com .