Stage 4 – Westport to Bundoran - May 23rd - 135K

posted 22 May 2012, 12:56 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 26 May 2012, 04:48 ]
The Lads at the end of Stage Four
Today was meant to be a "Rest" day with only 80 miles between us and Bundoran but with ex Ràs riders in the bunch we covered the first 20 miles with an average of 24mph so it was time to call a halt. We split the peloton but with a strong head wind to contend with it was still a tough spin. Once turned in Charlestown we were aided by a tailwind and made good time to the food stop in Coolooney. With no climbs to get over we had a serious group going and hit Bundoran well ahead of our predicted time. The sunshine came back today and made the ride all the more bearable.
Support has been fantastic so far with visits from Libby and Lisa Nugent, Cathy and Eileen (Shay's Mam) O’Toole, Karl Moran and Enda Moran and Carmel Dolan, all over the last four days.  Our other invaluable member of the support team is Doreen our Masseuse who is working absolutely wonders on our legs.

With 50% of the event in the bag, Team Wheelers are in good shape and looking forward to the Mountains tomorrow where we have another 90 plus miles to do with 5 Cat 3 , a Cat 2 and a Cat 1 to climb with the latter being the dreaded Mamore Gap. Google It!!!!! I also must mention the great Joe Duffy who is taking care of us like babies. If I survive the mountains tomorrow I will be back to bore you with more Ràs notes. Jack is now screaming at me to go to bed!!