Photo by Pat Doherty
Who wouldn’t wish to be at the managers meeting this morning as they brief their cyclists as they face into the final stage of four in the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan.
It is going to be a tough call as they attempt to minimise the options that their respective members face throughout the final stage.
This is one of the top class events held for amatures in this country.
Since the involvement of the Kerry Group it has grown in stature and long may it continue.
But, back to the drawing board! Any one of ten competitors has the distinct advantage of landing the spoils. They are clustered in a group less than one minute off the outright leader.
Currently held by Conor Hennebery of the Viner/Caremark/Pactimo outfit. Recently formed in the last two months. Conor prior to that was with the An Post/Sean Kelly team. He has a marginal lead of two seconds over Toby Atkins of the Active Edge Racing Team with Sean McKenna from the Team Ireland Development Squad a former winner of the event just a tantilising four seconds adrift who shares the same aggregate time as Matthew Garthwaite of Rhino Velo Race Team.
Further down the general classification sheet, Dermot Trulock also of Team Ireland comes in at sixteen seconds adrift of race leader. Nicely tucked in at eighteen seconds is Philip Lavery Strata3 Velo Revoluion who to all intent and purpose was on a crest of a wave as he attempted a lone break from the summit Coom an Easpaig to the finish on Sunday. Sadly he came up short when his solo attempt failed to materialise in the last five kilometers. The Geraghty’s-Cora Droma Ruisc pair of Matt Clarke and James Jobber, weigh in at twenty-three disadvantage on the race leader. On paper by my reckoning this is where the destination of the overall victory rests.
That is not to say that I was wide of the mark on Sunday analysis.
I have to admit that Sunday’s event in my opinion was definitely the place where I thought that the t’s would be crossed.
As I expressed in my opening comment! I would love to be a fly on the wall this morning as the ground rules are laid by various managers,
By one o’clock this afternoon the dye will have been cast and we will have a new name on the trophy. That is not to say that Sean McKenna’s name will not adorn the trophy that he won back in 2015.
The future of this event has now well established itself as one of Ireland’s premier cycling events thanks to the efforts of a group of people who have certainly built the event on a solid foundation with the sponsorship of the Kerry Group. Long may their enthusiasm flourish.