South Kerry starting on Good Friday

Not for the first time and certainly it will not be the last time that Mary Concannon will be at the helm of the ‘Pauline Sugrue Auctioneer Ras Mumhan’ which will take to the roads in South Kerry starting on Good Friday.

Every race organiser relys on a team of dedicated workers and in this department she has not been found wanting.

“The presence of a star studded field makes it very worthwhile and according to the Met Service, I am reliably informed that the ‘Kingdom’ will be the place this weekend.

“Considering there are three major races over the Easter period, an entry of a 100 plus speaks volumes.

“Not only for the organisation, but in particular for our anchor sponsor, Pauline Sugrue Auctioneer in Cahersiveen. Her support plus the sponsors of the other categories involved in a stage race of ths size is greatly appreciated, ” said Mary.

Last Easter, Denis Dunworth of the Killorglin Credit Union Cycling Club was a big hit when he won the Bertoni Gorey Three Day.

Now the youngster is part of the An Post Development  Squad and back on terrain that he is very familair with. He’ll be joined on the team by Isaac Speirs, Mark Cassidy, Ronan McLaughlin and Tom Martin.

The An Post boys will have a mountain to climb, but their training regime since the New Year will stand them in good stead and a podium position is not beyond their goal.

Brian Kenneally the defending champion is back for more success! He has a very strong squad and there are pluses for him. He’ll be aided and abetted by two former winners of Ras Mumhan, Stephen O’Sullivan and Eugene Moriarty of the team.

Just getting back to form is Paul Griffin of the Giant Asia team who took a fall in late January which upset his racing programme. Still, there were signs last Monday in Carrick-on-Suir in the ‘Carraig Cabs Cup’  that he will be in the shake come up come Monday afternoon.

Another one who cannot be discounted is Sean Lacey who in his new colours of EuroBaby-EuroCycles.

Pezula Racing Team have Ciaran Power as their leader and it would take a brave man not to exclude him from the overall victory.

On paper, this Pezula outfit could and should dominate proceedings, but in racing certain things happen which can turn a form book upside down.

Also at the start line will be the Dutch  FORTE JUNE TRANSLATIONS.

The team is led by Tino Hakaman who made a big impression here two years ago.

Norwegian rider  Ger Bisgard is another who will make a big showing, but the presence of Linus Murphy is a big plus for Bisgard.

The Surrey team led by Toby Neave who won a stage in 2005 looked formidable and could be the dark horses.

The Earl of Desmond will have Tom O Flaherty, Niall Brosnan and Brendan Lacey in their team. While Michael Lucey will carry the Killarney hopes and Micheal Concannon will be in the promoting club  colours. Others with good form  at the moment are Tom Shanahan (Limerick CC), David Brennan (Castlebar CC) plus Vincent Gleeson (West Clare CC) .

Naturally there is a great interest in the two South Kerry Stages, but you will be in the heartland of GAA country, where, if you stood on the side of the road and waved a stick! It would not be beyond the realms that you would not observe a house that would not have had custody the Sam Maguire Cup in occupancy in any given year.

which will take the riders over some of the toughest racing territory in Ireland.  On Saturday the race will start and finish in Cahirsiveen. The competitors will go on to Valentia and the Glen which will take in 6 climbs on the 84 mile route.

On Sunday it is Waterville for the start and finish.There are 5 climbs over the  63 mile trip  including the final two nearest the finish,  Bealach Beama and Bealach Oisin which are  both category 1 climbs. Surely the overall picture will be clear that evening in Waterville .

The race finishes up on Monday morning with the usual 63 mile stage in Killorglin.

But first we have the opener on Good Friday afternoon for a testing 47 miles.


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