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Sean Kelly Tour

posted 1 Sept 2010, 06:32 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole)
I am definitely getting a feeling for the “Charlie Bird” lifestyle as this is the second time this year that I have written the notes from a hotel room, although there is one slight difference, I generally don’t want to go home, on second thoughts, make that two differences, I am not getting a five figure pay cheque either. 

Saturday, 28-08-10, I am in the heart of the Deise people in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford waiting to join another four thousand cyclists in the queue to register for the An Post Sean Kelly sportive which takes place tomorrow. By the time it sets off, the peloton will include a large contingent of Wheelers who will be converging here later this evening. Hopefully, after we have completed the 160km spin around the coast and climbed the infamous Seskin hill and Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains I will have enough energy left to give a report on how we all fared.

Monday 30-08-10, survived the Sean Kelly tour but there is no doubt it is a tough one with two category one climbs and many more that would make our “Col de Piggery” look like a slight bump in the road. We had 15 Wheelers here in total with 3 doing the 90km and the remainder taking on the 160km challenge. By all accounts the last 30 miles of the 90km spin was also extremely hilly and with a strong headwind all along the coast it was a real test for Cathy O’Toole, Jody Moran and his wife Eileen. At the risk of leaving someone out, I will not name all of those who completed the “Comeragh 160km Challenge” but special mention must go to the grand master himself, Joe Duffy, who although he found the bigger hills with 20% ramps in places, leg sapping, he did very well to get around. Well done to all who completed and no doubt we will be back, even if it is just for the chance to ride with the legend himself, Sean Kelly.
Pat Colgan Memorial Cycle
Yesterday also saw the Tullamore club host their annual Pat Colgan tour and Mark Horohoe tells me there was another 12 Wheelers over there. Good weather was once again the norm so it made the trip around the Slieve Blooms and Birr all the more enjoyable. Between racing and sportives I don’t think there are too many counties in Ireland that have not seen the Wheelers jersey this year with all of the An Post events covered and only last week there was a group in Co. Clare for the Sky Etape. There was good feedback from the latter, primarily because it was held on closed roads which did Dermot Hogan no harm as I believe he came home in 58th place overall. A great achievement considering there was almost two thousand entrants. I would say Dermot has attended every major sportive held this year so he must be in line for an award for clocking up the most miles in one season.

The Lakeside Wheelers who took part in last weekend's tough Sean Kelly Sportive