Sat TT_09. Ten mile TT at KIlcock.
The shift to Kilcock seems to have been a good move with 50% of the starters beating handicap. We were blessed with a fine morning though not a float one, nevertheless the wind was in the most favorable direction for the course.
Best on Handicap ( and first and only road bike ) was William Parnell who smashed his handicap out of the park. Well done William.
Incredible close competition over the next six places, Ian O’Hara and Sean Darragh in second and third respectively.
Best on age standard and the fastest time of the day went to Joe Sheehy with a super 22:03 and an age standard plus of 3:55 which is up in Ian Cassidy class. First and only lady Ciara Kinch on plus 3:18 in second place on age standard, another elite performance. Third on plus 2:37 was Ian O’Hara then just 22 seconds on age standard separating 3rd to 8th place. Super close competition.
A down side to the day and a story becoming frighteningly common in cycling is Noel Guinan being, apparently deliberately, run off the road by a tractor / trailer . Thankfully Noel did not suffer injury but his bike did.
It’s for incidents like this that I recommend the use of the Fly6 rear light / video camera. They are not cheap but in a case like this, invaluable, as the whole incident would have been available for a complaint to Gardaí.
Thanks to Harry and the full compliment of marshals ( maybe we need one on the junction of the incident in future ) . A late Friday phone around was needed to get the marshal cover. I think next season we will need to consider making a roster of the known Saturday riders pre the start of competition to make marshal cover more predictable.
So, just one more Saturday TT left, Johnstown Bridge on August 19th. Competition is close in the league tables so there is room for changes down at the wire.