Race Reports

  1. Fintan Flying Again…

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    Fintan and Felix English in South Africa!

    A bit warmer than Sundrive in South Africa.

    Fintan & Felix English winners of the Paarl 6 day .

     

  2. Trofeo Calla Millor 2016

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    Fintan sprint

    It has been quiet of late from our celebrity blogger in Mallorca.

    Maybe its because he has been mixing it with the big boys and the proof is as they say in the pudding!
    Last weekend in the Trofeo Calla Millor our boy rode in one of the biggest Amateur events in Mallorca, an event won in the past by stars of the Pro world three time world champion Óscar Freire and sprint star Andre Greipel .
    Fintan finish
    Fintan said “it was 120km averaged 42kph and was more hilly than most Irish races”.
    He says “it was a group of 60-70 contested the sprint. The winner, Torres, beat out own Sam Bennett in the Challenge Mallorca event earlier in month”.
    The 3rd placed rider was Sebastian Mora who is also a European Madison champion.
    Fintan split the Spanish  partnership with this result.
    What a superb result for Fintan in his first year of full time cycling which will no doubt attract interest to his rising career.
    Back on a recent break he was in good form and in great shape and no doubt a winter in Mallorca despite the grind is now paying dividends.
    We all wish him the best of luck coming into the racing season.
    Fintan Podium

     

  3. Freedom never felt so painful!

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    In August of this year, barely weeks after his leaving certificate our young lion Fintan Ryan flew out to the sunny paradise Island of Mallorca with some definite targets in mind…not to sunbathe but to train and live with the Irish track team throughout this coming winter and participate at International level with the big boys….

    In what will hopefully be a regular blog Fintan gives us an insight into life on the boards!

    A rude awakening!

    After 9 months of studying and 2 bruising weeks of regurgitating all my knowledge of everything related to anything onto a pink sheet of paper I sat outside my school pondering what to do with my post leaving cert self.

    “Oh that’s right the U23 European championships are in a month” I remembered. “I suppose some training would be a good idea for them”!

    Obviously the mind was far more able than the body as I had Louis tear my legs off on my debut to training and my entry into racing as a full time cyclist, the night after I finished my exams, at the club league.

    Every little rise on that corncrake circuit killed off the brain-cells that previously held my much studied knowledge, I even think it squeezed some French vocabulary out my mouth to thank my sparring partner as I huffed and puffed behind Louis’ back wheel! A tough return but only the beginning of my inglorious return to fitness!

    Two days later I received my first national medal as a senior – bronze in the omnium. Although I was disappointed not to have held my silver medal position going into the last event I was still satisfied I hadn’t lost all my form in the myriad of textbooks.

    What lay next was some of the toughest days I’ve had on the bike, more mentally than physically.

    All my classmates were in bed all day, eating anything they desired and generally doing the usual post-Leaving cert stuff.

    Me? I was up early everyday with my bowl of porridge (or sometimes with nothing) on the bike attempting to be selected take on Europe’s finest with only a fortnight’s preparation. Training wouldn’t often be long hours but quite intense and sometimes be double shift days (two training sessions – in the morning and afternoon). I remember two sessions I did during these two weeks that will stay with me for a long time, such was the pain they inflicted!

    One took place close to home on the easy Devils Glen so that I could simply crawl home afterwards! That session saw me do 2.5 minutes full gas up the hill then turn around and recover for the same length of time before repeating the effort again 5 times. This is something I would not recommend to anyone who isn’t at top fitness, I learned that the hard way!

    The second session prepared me more for what the whole track squad is based upon, the team pursuit. This session was done after some easier efforts and a decent spin:

    45sec @95%

    15 sec @ 100%

    45sec @ 95%

    15 sec @ 100%

    Recover  riding easy for 10min then do

    45sec @ 95%

    15 sec @ 100%

    45sec @ 95%

    15 sec @ 100%

    Another one I wouldn’t recommend.

     

    A few of these sessions later and I was on a plane to Majorca to train with the team for the European championships and be assessed as to whether I was ready to race. I had to bring a road bike with me and there would be Felt track bike to be supplied over there. This was an interesting journey in terms of showing me the road not taken…

    For many Majorca is a cycling paradise, climbs and smooth roads rolling over the countryside and of course for others it resembles a beautiful holiday resort where you can take your family to long sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water.

    However there is a third party who flock to the island in groups during the post leaving cert and A Level time of year. These groups of drunken teens are not unlike myself. We’ve both completed the biggest exams of our lives and are fleeing the country to forget about the traumatic experience. However our journey may be the same (theirs slightly more boozed up) our purposes are completely different!

    Magaluf may have some of the biggest night clubs in the world but it doesn’t have a velodrome (although most mornings there’s people who look like they’ve just done a hard track session)!

    I don’t envy them for a second, I’m happy to have fun in a healthy manner, one that doesn’t involve singing or chanting on a plane, that you can hear through headphones on full volume.

    Until next time,

    Fintan

  4. Sorrento Tops Interclub League with 3 riders in Top 4….

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    It was Churchill who said…”However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”.And results we have in abundance after a wonderful season of Club and Interclub racing.

    In probably our best results sequence in many years, we topped the interclub race league against large numbers of our near neighbours and recorded a number of wins on different stages.

    In a season that our former National Junior Champion Fintan Ryan was selected again for Ireland and now has been picked for the Ireland winter camp in Mallorca and our new member Louis Carnec has been elevating himself through the category rankings with a number of wins we also celebrated the fantastic professional exploits of Chris Juul Jensen with two professional wins.

    The summer racing season may be over within the club but one last badge of honour was left to collect with the final round of the Interclub taking place on the Gregory’s circuit last night(Tuesday) with a home one, two for the boys in red…

    A win from Andy Kavanagh(this time with shoes) and a second place from Billy Bourke was a fantastic way to round off the series and put the Sorrento Club name up front.

    The series was being lead by Louis Carnec and he managed to hold his lead by a clear margin of four points…a superb win for one of our newest members…with places three and four being filled by our new club champion Dave Peelo and the impressive Roy Bowden.

    Another Sorrento man Paul Cullinan was also in the results as  leading unplaced Vet.

    Well done everybody on a great job…

    Churchill also said…

    Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

    So lets look forward to greater success in 2016.

     

    NAME Club Place
    Andy Kavanagh Sorrento 1st
    Billy Bourke Sorrento 2nd
    Lloyd Berry Bray 3rd
    Sean Greene Bray 4th
    Aidan McKenna Bray 5th
    Eamonn Walsh Bray 6th
    Larry Clarke Bray 7th
    Ben O’Higgins Bray 8th
    Sean Dunne Bray 9th
    Rob Lackey Bray 10th
    NAME CLUB l1 L2 l4 l5 l6 TOTAL PLACE
    Louis Carnec Sorrento 6 10 9 0 1 26 1
    Jason Howick Bray 4 11 1 5 1 22 2
    Dave Peelo Sorrento 8 3 3 5 1 20 3
    Roy Bowden Sorrento 1 8 3 5 1 18 4
    Pearse Egan Bray 1 9 6 0 1 17 5
    Diarmuid Kavanagh Bray 1 1 8 5 1 16 6
    Darragh Byrne Bray 1 5 9 0 1 16 7
    Geoff Robinson Bray 0 4 11 0 0 15 8
    Ian Murphy Bray 1 1 7 5 0 14 9
    Lloyd Berry Bray 0 0 0 5 9 14 10

    The unplaced prize winners are:

    1st unplaced Vet Paul Cullinan Sorrento

    1st unplaced Junior Sam Gilmore (Bray)

    1st unplaced Lady Sarah Pratt (Bray)

  5. First by a second….

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    It was second by a second and third by a second second…

    Fintan Ryan stole the show tonight in the ultimate race of the year….the hill climb TT championship event at Mountjohn tonight…..winning by a solitary second.

    The 2 mile climb opposite Abwood near Newtownmountkennedy was hotly contested by the fast-men of Sorrento who jettisoned a lot of equipment before the start of the climb to lighten the load with one rider even losing his shoes…the sec as he is known riding in his nike’s with great gusto.

    In a thrilling encounter the last race of the season finished in drama with Fintan Ryan having to borrow a bike following a snapped gear cable in warm-up requiring a swift change but putting that behind him for a victory by a mere second.

    The league leader Dave Peelo pushed hard to record a second place one second behind followed closely only one second back by the winner of the Mondello event on Tuesday night Louis Carnec.

    The league finished tonight by Dave Peelo rounding off a good season with the club and ensuring his name is added to the trophy for the umpteenth time…

    The night was superbly rounded off by refreshments from the tea trolley supplied generously by Dave and Gillian…a lovely treat at the end of an exciting season.

    The club extends its thanks to Joanne O’Shea for a super management job as racing secretary again this year and of course to Geraldine  and Gillian(and Holly) who are amazing supporters all the way through the racing calendar…we are indebted to you Ladies…

    Despite the end to the racing season the weekly spins are continuing full ahead and we hope that many of you will be involved in some of the other events we will participate in September like the Joe Loughlin event from Bray and the Dying Cow 200 with Paul O’Donoghue at the helm….keep an eye on the site for more details.

    NAME TIME PLACE POINTS
    Fintan Ryan 8.00 1st 4
    Dave Peelo 8.01 2nd 3
    Louis Carnac 8.02 3rd 3
    Andy Kavanagh 9.08 4th 3
    Keith Cooney 9.15 5th 3
    Paul Cullinan 9.21 6th 3
    Aidan Ryan 10.09 7th 3
    Enda Ryan 10.52 8th 3
    Patrick Bradshaw 11.38 9th 3
    Karl Thomas 12.29 10th 3
    Timekeepers: J O’Shea, G Peelo
    Holder: M McGarry

     

     

    RIDER L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 L7 L8 C1 C2 C3 C4 TOTAL PLACE
    Dave Peelo 10 1 2 11 1 7 4 7 8 8 4 3 66 1
    Roy Bowden 5 10 6 2 7 1 1 5 9 7 3 0 56 2
    Eileen O’Sullivan 1 1 10 4 9 1 1 4 11 9 1 0 52 3
    Enda Ryan 0 1 8 0 11 2 0 11 1 11 3 3 51 4
    Paul Cullinan 9 7 1 1 0 1 6 6 6 1 3 3 44 5
    Mark McGarry 4 8 5 10 6 8 0 0 1 0 0 1 43 6
    Aubrey Shaw 0 0 0 0 3 11 11 9 3 1 3 0 41 7
    Fintan Ryan 11 1 1 8 1 3 0 1 7 0 0 4 37 8
    Andy Kavanagh 7 5 0 0 5 5 0 10 0 0 1 3 36 9
    Karl Thomas 0 1 9 0 10 9 1 1 1 0 1 3 36 10
    Keith Cooney 0 11 0 6 0 1 1 0 10 0 3 3 35 11
    Patrick Bradshaw 0 2 1 1 4 10 2 0 0 4 1 3 28 12
    Conal Higgins 1 0 1 0 8 1 9 3 1 3 0 0 27 13
    Aidan Ryan 2 6 3 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 3 24 14
    Billy Bourke 6 0 0 7 0 1 3 0 5 1 0 0 23 15
    Paul O’Donohoe 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 10 3 0 23 16
    John Dorris 0 9 0 1 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 21 17
    Louis Carnac 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 6 3 3 20 18
    Mark Prendergast 8 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 19
    Karl Monaghan 3 3 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 17 20
    Eithne Dalby 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 16 21
    Alan McNamee 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 5 0 0 12 22
    Margaret Noone 1 1 7 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 23
    Jackie McNamee 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 24
    Paul Murray 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 25
    Denis Cummins 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 26
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