Fifth place finish for Tralee's Sean Lacey on Ras Mumhan
THERE was much for Kerry to celebrate on Monday as the four-day Kerry Group Ras Mumhan concluded in Killorglin.
Tralee native Sean Lacey, riding for the Aqua Blue team and a former winner of this event, finished a very credible fifth in the overall standings.
In the Senior 2/3 category Brendan Cassidy of the Killarney Cycling Club came out on top, while former Olympic rower Cathal Moynihan claimed a stage win riding for Tralee Manor West BC, a remarkable victory for a man coming to competitive bike racing at a relatively late stage.
Cathal Moynihan of Tralee Manor West BC stole all the plaudits on stage one of Kerry Group Ras Mumhan, finishing at the head of the race after 105kms of racing with a start and finish in Killorglin.
Moynihan, an Olympic rower in Beijing in 2008, was part of a breakaway group of 11 who inched ahead of the main pack as the race of 196 starters entered Castlisland with 30-odd kilometers to go the finish. On paper it looked as if Sean Lacey of Aqua Blue, a former Ras Mumhan winner, had the outstanding qualifications to land the stage and the first yellow jersey.
Immediately the group organised themselves and quickly built a lead of over a minute. Going through Milltown with seven kilometers left the pursuit from the main pack started their fight back to over haul the leaders. With two kilometers left to the line Cathal went for broke and despite the best efforts of the original break, he held out to claim his biggest win since swtching from the boat to the bike. At the finish Moynihan said it was better than getting wet as a rower for many years.
Stage 1 result (105kms)
1. Cathal Moynihan (Tralee Manor West BC) 2hrs 14mins 51 secs
2. Sjors Dekker (West Frisa) @8 secs
3. Jack Pullar (Scotland) @17 secs
4. Chis Reilly (Liquidworx Fitscience) @18secs
King of Hills: 1 Grant Ferguson (Scotland)
Points: Cathal Moynihan
Under 23: 1 Sjors Dekker
Senior 2/3: Bryan Long (St. Finbarrs-Centra)
Day two of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan and we have a new race leader. Sean McKenna representing the Irish Cycling Development outfit has gone top of the leader board after stage two of the event which covered in excess of 144kms of racing in counties Cork and Kerry. With a start and finish in Kenmare which included the infamous Healy Pass. The action started immediately from the drop of the starting flag. Six were represented in the lead group which included Dylan Foley of Irish Cycling Development who was first across the finishing in the town of Kenmare. On accumulated time McKenna led the race by one second from Sean Lacey. Both were also involved in the break on the first day of the event. Overnight leader of the event Cathal Moynihan of Tralee Manor West BC dropped out of contention coming in over five minutes in arrears of the stage winner. McKenna and Foley are students and on Saturday's evidence certainly know how to crunch numbers when it comes to succeeding at bike racing.
Stage 2 result (144km)
1. Dylan Foley (Ireland U-23 Development) 3hrs 34mins 58secs
2. Wim Botman (Reuiter Dakkapellen) @ 25 secs
3. Sean Mckenna (Ireland U-23 Development) @27 secs
4. Sean Lacey (Aqua Blue) @28 secs
Race leader: McKenna
Paddy Clarke of Liquidworx Fitscience took the yellow jersey after the third stage that started in Waterville and took in Valentia Island over a distance of 142kms. The stage was run in superb conditions with sunshine the order of the day. The stage was won by Paudi O'Brien of Osborne Meats/The Edge Sports in a closely contested sprint by nine escapees who forged ahead shortly before Cahirsiveen.
The overall leader overnight Sean McKenna of Cycling Ireland Development had the misfortune to crash in the closing stages. A rule permits that McKenna was awarded the same aggregate time as the group that he was in at the time of the crash, which was one minute plus behind the stage winner O'Brien who won this particular stage last year.
Clarke, from Ballina in Mayo, took the overall lead, but only on the basis of better placed count back positions to Mark Dowling of DID Dunboyne CC.
Stage 3 result (142km)
1. Paudi O'Brien (Osborne Meats/The Edge Meats) 3hrs 23mins 20sec
2. Cathal Moynihan (Tralee Manor West BC) same time
3. Eugene Moriarty (DID Dunboyne CC) same time
4. Jack Pullar (Scotland) same time
Race leader: Paddy Clarke (Liquidworx-Fitscience)
KOH: Dylan Foley (Irish Development Team)
Mark Dowling of the DID/Dunboyne CC triumphed overall after four stages of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan which finished in Kilorglin on Monday afternoon. Mark, the son of well known boxer Mick Dowling, went into the final stage tied on time with Patrick Clarke of the Liquidworx Fitscience team based in Ballina. Both had strong teams to back them up in their quest for overall victory during the 117 kilometre stage, which started and finished in Killorglin.
For the first three laps of the Beaufort circuit (73.4kms) it was nip and tuck, but when the event went on to the Donal McKenna circuit for nine laps of a five-kilometre route the speed went up several notches.
Dowling took the initiative with five laps remaing and escaped in an eight-man group minus Clarke who failed to react to his main challenger. They steadily built up an advantage which gave the 27-year old Dubliner one of his biggest wins to date. Mark was a former triathlete and came into cycling in the last number of years. The stage was won by Bryan McChristal of the Aqua Blue Club.
"Going into today's final stage I felt with my team support I could come up trumps. Like my dad Michael in his boxing days I was able to deliver the blows when it counted most," Dowling said.
Stage 4 result (117kms)
1. Bryan McChristal (Aqua Blue) 2hrs 31mins 21secs
2. Anthony Walsh (UCD) same time
3. Owen James (BH Solidor) same time
1. Mark Dowling (DID/Dunboyne CC) 11.46.15
2. Patrick Clarke (Liquidworx Fitsciencs) @12 secs
3. Sjors Dekker (West Friesa) @15 secs
4. Sean McKenna (Irish Development Team) @58 secs
5. Sean Lacey (Aqua Blue) @59 secs
Under 23: Sjors Dekker
KOH: Dylan Foley
Points: Jack Pollar (Scotland)
Senior 2/3: Brendan Cassidy (Killarney CC)
Team: West Fresa (Netherlands)
Leading Kerry rider: Sean Lacey