The first round of the club league was held on the Tralee - Castleisland Road, with the time trial seeing Ballyheigue’s Tom Brendan O’Connor coming out on top. On a relatively fine evening (the gale was only a cross wind for most of the circuit) Tom saw off the challenge of Currow CC’s Tom Barrett by posting an impressive time of 29:47. Tom B. was the only rider to break the 30 minute barrier. In the youths TT, Eoin Blake of Killorglin CC held off Tralee CC’s Tom Moriarty by almost 30 seconds to take first place in that category.
Twenty eight riders in total took to the road, and with Round 2 next Thursday being run as a road race over the Ballycarthy – Farranfore – Castleisland – Ballycarthy circuit, it looks like the favourites are now identifiable. Next weeks ‘parcour’ should suit the strong men such as Tom Barrett, Denis and Stephen O’Shea and of course Tom Brendan O’Connor. Tralee CC would like to thank everyone for taking part, and hope that we will have an even bigger ‘peloton’ for Round 2.
A full breakdown of times from Round 1, and the points table following same is to be found on the Club League Page by clicking here.
They say that you should never meet your heroes, as you run the risk of being disappointed. Well it looks like Anthony O’Halloran and Sean Kelly were willing to take that risk when they got the opportunity to rub shoulders with the cycling great, that is our own Gerard McCarthy. We are not sure what was Gerards appearance fee at this recent gathering in Tralee, but we suspect it was probably enough to allow for the purchase of another re-conditioned High Nellie. We hope he did not try charging Sean for his autograph however; we know how tight Kelly is!
Kelly might have been the world’s No.1 cyclist and Stephen Roche had his treble win in 1987, but I guess there is no escaping the fame of Gers victory in the Pete Landy Cup that same year. Puts the Super Prestige Pernod Trophy in perspective, thats for sure.
A new order for club gear is being submitted next week, and if you need anything then you should note that FRIDAY, 5th APRIL IS THE DEADLINE !!! Please forward your order to Sean at email@example.com giving full details of what you require, i.e. item number, type(s), size etc. No amendments will be made to this order after submission, so make sure that your order details are correct.