THE famous Rás Talteann after completing close to 1200km finally ended after eight gruelling stages on Sunday last.
Competing for the Kildare/ Newbridge Team were Michael Storan, Richard Malone, Enda Connolly and the Looby brothers, Robert and Stephen and while this event is predominately controlled by some of Europe’s up and coming Professionals which is also reflected in the results throughout all stages, this was a brave performance from all our amateur riders as the weather conditions were possibly the warmest in any Ras Event over the entire week which suited the Continental Riders bes.
It is worth noting that while this major cycling event is run on open roads its remarkable to think that most of the competitors will race with the adrenaline flowing almost at capacity and they will also have to negotiate some un controlled conditions mixing with traffic and obstacles in particular the impatient vehicle drivers which can and has resulted in competitors crashing out bringing all their preparations, not to mention the huge expense to a crashing end.
Best for the Kildare/Newbridge Team was Michael Storan who has raced with the team over the past four years.
Enda Connolly’s two years with the team was a big improvement on last year and has already hinted that he would love to compete again next year. The Looby Brothers Robert and Stephen had a good event and while Rob had some previous Ras experience. Stephen on the other hand was his first Ras and showed great improvement as the week went on, after a settling in period he found his form and managed to stay in the big groups managing to keep inside the time restrictions.
Richard Malone had a difficult start which resulted in him being out after the stage one. Never the less all were in good spirits and Michael Byrne the team masseuse having his first Ras experience did exceptional work in keeping all riders fit and ready to take on each stage as we traversed over the eight stages of this tough gruelling sport.
Frank Roddy and Lavinia Malone were also in the support roll making sure that all the necessary requirements, accommodation, race food before, during and after, clothing, bike maintenance/repairs and with all the boxes ticked we were well supported by Pat Duffy and Sons Main Citroen Dealer with the Superb Citroen C4 Picasso seven seater team car as it proved crucial to the Support of the Team throughout the entire week .
Finally can we remind all interested parents that the Children’s Academy will start back this Saturday 2nd June for children 8 yrs to 16 yrs at Lumville House from 2.30pm to 5pm.
Registration for newcomers will be at 2.15pm. Requirements: Helmet and any type of bike.
Further information from John on 087-2453403 or Frank 087-6404516.