Ras Mumhan 2008 – Ciaran Power taking the overall with three stages

Ciaran Power of the Pezula Racing Team emphasised to one and all at the Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers Ras Mumhan that when it comes to winning it has to be associated with management and team work.

That showed throughout the four days of racing with Ciaran taking the overall with three stages and his Australian team mate Cameron Jennings who admitted to me that it was soft weather compared to Belgium winning into Cahirsiveen on Saturday afternoon. And to give credit where credit is due, the master of ceremonies at the prize giving Ted Crowley mentioned everything from A to Z that is associated with the promotion of bike racing. I could list everything, but the time you reached the final words you would have switched out the lights and gone to bed! You can have everything in place, but without competitors we could all go home! Ciaran would be the first to admit that his win was driven on by ALL the competitors to the first and last man. They made the race.

As far as the racing was concerned this was fashioned out of a win into Killorglin on day one when the Earl of Desmond sponsored the first stage which allowed Ciaran wear the distinctive jersey for the remainder of the event. When have you not been at a bike race where something goes amiss?

The leaders tunic brings the best out of an individual and Ciaran demonstrated that he intended doing the business. Straight from the line on the outskirts of Cahirsiveen he moved forward in the company of Mark Cassidy of An Post. This was the second occasion that Mark was party to an early foray out front. Whereas on day one he had the misfortune to puncture on the outskirts of Killarney and never made contact with the lead group again.

Now, Mark was in the front seat with Ciaran again. But this time it was fatigue which caught him out and he dropped off the pace leaving the Waterford man to his lonely vigil at the head of the race. From a serene situation to consternation with Peula, their man went off course. When he did turn to get back on course his advantage of nearly two minutes had gone flat and his advantage now was a mere twenty seconds. Obviously the pain and hurt was hidden behind his demeanour, but as an out and out professional he got on with the business of racing.

Instead of a lonely figure ahead we now had a compact group of 17 and by a strange quirk the remaining miles were seventeen. On the run into the finish that had been whittled back to a ten pact.

Tactically from a Pezula point they had the firepower in the sprint with the Australian Jennings taking the kudos.
Naturally, there was an application from Pezula that the advantage that Ciaran had at the time of going off course had to be addressed.

That application was heard by a race jury, but the rules of racing are laid down to cover all problems be it small or large. Quiet clearly it is the onus of the individual to follow the course as indicated in the race manual.
So, day three and the advantage for Ciaran was by no means in the safety zone. So, he lets the event develop and ‘when the going got tough, the tough got going.’

In the space of ten miles, when the competitors started making the ascent of Bealach Beama and Bealach Oisin the race literally turned upside down. For many from being contenders on the stage, they now became also rans. And the first to suffer was the break led by Dan Morrissey’s seasoned campaigner, Martin O’Loughlin. Over those climbs on literally ‘dual cabbage way’ as the late and infamous John Lackey of the Talteann CC and race organiser par excellence would describe, the cream again came to the top.

The Pezula team made a contribution so that the Ciaran could launch his attack on the climbs. He was joined by Paul Griffin of Team Giant Asia, the An Post duo of Isaac Speirs and yes! Mark Cassidy. After the tricky and somewhat cautious descent off Bealach Oisin the race was on in earnest with the quartet firing on all cylinders.

For Isaac his adventure at the top of the stage ended when his forks snapped and he was stranded just after Lissatannaig Bridge because of the nature of the terrain. The fact was all drivers were in the rere because overtaking was not an option by the race cavalcade on the narrow roads!

With three miles to go the finish in Waterville, Ciaran punctured, but a quick change and at the finish he had the firepower to land number two stage win. Whereas at the start of the stage, the Dutch challenger Tino Haakaman was within 14 seconds. Now the gap was over two minutes.

Day four and the final stage around Beaufort and Killorglin and with the stage sponsored by Western Union. Ciaran was in the comfort zone, but still there had to be some racing done to achieve his goal. Throughout the 60 miles stage it was the distinctive colours of the Pezula boys who were keeping the pace at a brisk momentum.

Denis Dunworth (An Post), Ciaran Power, and Mark Cassidy (leader mountains jersey)

The final stage whilst it may be a parade for the race leader it had a habit of throwing up the unknown, in years past. On this occasion groups were allowed licence to go ahead, but the chips came down on the final laps of the ‘Donal McKenna Circuit.’ The Pezula artillery mounted the challenge and try as any brave competitor would do in the final miles to escape, all were snuffed out.

Power well ahead of his closest challenger Eugene Moriarty (MyHome.ie/Cycleways/BDBC) at the finishing line in Killorglin.

First across the line was Ciaran with arms held high to acknowledge the spectators. With all the back patting of the cyclists and the general camaraderie in the vicinity of the finish. Two ladies who played a pivotal role in the race! They had a broad smile across their faces. Pauline Sugrue the sponsor and Mary Concannon the race organiser were two happy campers on an event which was a total success in the ‘KINGDOM.’

Ciaran Power won three of the four stages to claim outright victory for his Pezula Racing Team in Ras Mumhan which finished in Killorglin yesterday after four days of competition in South Kerry. The event was sponsored by Pauline Sugure Auctioneers.

Pauline Sugrue (sponsor of ras mumhan), Paul Griffin (Team Giant Asia), Ciaran Power (Pezula Racing Team), Tino Haakman (Holland).

The former Olympian was just back from racing in South Africa and admitted at the finish that it helped greatly in his preparations to land the overall prize. “It is important for my team Pezula to gain the maximum publicity both here and abroad and to put myself in the shop window for selection for the Beijing Games. I fully intend to gain selection and the intended programme that has been laid out for me over the next couple months will make that challenge possible.

Along with Waterford’s Power winning three stages, his team mate, the Australian Cameron Jennings created a clean sweep winning into Cahirsiveen on Saturday. Tino Haakman from Holland was second with Paul Griffin from Tralee who returns to his Asian base next week for the Tour of Java.

Ras Mumhan-Stage Four sponsored by Western Union)-63 miles Killorglin – Details:
1 Ciaran Power (Pezula Racing Team) 2hrs.22mins.41secs;
2 E. Moriarty (MyHome.ie/Cycleways/BDCB), same time;
3 L. Ryan (St. Finbarr’s), st;
4 J. Lynch (Bray Wheelers CC), st;
5 R. Clarke (Worldwide Cycles), st.;
6 G. Dodd (Surrey League), st.

Final Overall after 4 stages
1 C. Power, 9.55.12;
2 T. Haakman (Holland), @2.15;
3 P. Griffin (Team Giant Asia), @2.32;
4 M. O’Brien (Kanturk Town), @2.56;
5 M. Concannon (Killorglin Credit Union), @3/03;
6 S. Lacey (EuroCycles EuroBaby), @3.38.

Senior 2: M. Power (Dan Morrissey),
Espoir: P. O’Brien,
Points: C.Power.
Mountains: M. Cassidy (An Post).

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FULL RESULTS AND FINAL CLASSIFICATION
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Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers Rás Mumhan 2008

Organiser Killorglin Credit Union Cycling Club
Stage 24th March 2008
Western Union Beaufort and the Donal McKenna Memorial Circuit

Average speed of winner 42,387km/h
Distance 100,8km

1. Ciaran Power Pezula Racing 2.22’41”
2. Eugene Moriarty Myhome.ie/BDBS a
3. Liam Ryan St Finbarr’s
4. John Lynch Bray Wheelers
5. Ray Clarke Worldwide Cycles
6. Gary Dodd Surrey League
7. Mark Cassidy An Post Irish Development Team
8. Tino Haakman Forte Junie Translations
9. Miceal Concannon Killorglin Credit Union CC
10. Daniel Lynch Kanturk Town CC
11. Mark Power Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B
12. Joe Fenlon Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A
13. Sean Lacey EuroCycles
14. Maurice O’Brien Kanturk Town CC
15. Chris McNamara Surrey League
16. Denis Lynch Kanturk Town CC
17. Philip Finnegan Myhome.ie/BDBS a
18. Paul Griffin Giant Asia
19. Myles Kirby Orwell Wheelers
20. John O Brien Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A
21. Tim O’Regan Myhome.ie/BDBS B
22. Cathal McCarthy Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B
23. Tom Flaherty Team Earl of Desmond
24. Brendan Lacey Team Earl of Desmond
25. Mike Storin West Clare CC
26. Stephen Surdival Orwell Wheelers
27. John Mason Myhome.ie/BDBS B
28. Ronan McLaughlin An Post Irish Development Team
29. Darragh O’Sullivan EuroCycles
30. Cameron Jennings Pezula Racing 15″
31. Derek Burke Pezula Racing 15″
32. Brian Kenneally Myhome.ie/BDBS a 15″
33. Tijl Van der Steeg Forte Junie Translations 15″
34. Stephen O’Sullivan Myhome.ie/BDBS a 15″
35. Adrian Hedderman Myhome.ie/BDBS a 15″
36. Michael Fitzgerald Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 15″
37. Michael Butler EuroCycles 29″
38. Mike Reddan Dublin Wheelers CC 29″
39. Tom Shanahan Limerick CC A 29″
40. Diarmuid Carew Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 36″
41. Con Collis Swords CC/Finglas Raves 41″
42. Daniel Carroll Clonmel CC 49″
43. Isaac Speirs An Post Irish Development Team 49″
44. Frank Jonkman Forte Junie Translations 1’05”
45. Hugh Mulhearne Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 1’05”
46. Carlo Dekker Forte Junie Translations 1’57”
47. Simon McNamara Surrey League 2’10”
48. Wes Murphy Dublin Wheelers CC 3’01”
49. Mick Steed Kilcullen CC 3’23”
50. Peter Bane Limerick CC A 3’56”
51. Tom Martin An Post Irish Development Team 4’01”
52. William Connolly Pezula Racing 4’01”
53. Denis Dunworth An Post Irish Development Team 4’01”
54. Martin O’Loughlin Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 4’07”
55. Cian Crowley Orwell Wheelers 4’07”
56. Vincent Gleeson West Clare CC 4’07”
57. Aidan Crowley Myhome.ie/BDBS B 4’07”
58. Michael O’Reilly Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 4’07”
59. Brian Murphy Kanturk Town CC 4’07”
60. Paul Vaughan Kilcullen CC 4’11”
61. Niall Brosnan Team Earl of Desmond 4’52”
62. Mark McKinley Newry Wheelers 4’52”
63. Chris Troy Castlebar CC 4’52”
64. Michael Lucey Kanturk Town CC 4’52”
65. Niall O’Brien Limerick CC B 4’52”
66. Padraig Franklin Limerick CC B 4’52”

DNF

Barry Sutton Myhome.ie/BDBS B
Frank O’Leary Bray Wheelers
Richie McCauley Bray Wheelers
Conor McCarthy Team Earl of Desmond
David Peelo Kilcullen CC
Ciaran Keane Kilcullen CC
Brian Quinn Limerick CC A
Urban Monks EuroCycles
Howard Botting Hambleton Road Club
Robin Kelly Comeragh CC
David Brennan Castlebar CC

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General classification

Average speed of winner 31,663km/h
Total distance 314,1km

1. Ciaran Power Pezula Racing 9.55’12”
2. Tino Haakman Forte Junie Translations 2’15”
3. Paul Griffin Giant Asia 2’32”
4. Maurice O’Brien Kanturk Town CC 2’56”
5. Miceal Concannon Killorglin Credit Union CC 3’03”
6. Sean Lacey Eurocycles 3’38”
7. Cameron Jennings Pezula Racing 4’04”
8. Chris McNamara Surrey League 4’25”
9. Eugene Moriarty Myhome.ie/BDBS a 9’34”
10. Brian Kennelly Myhome.ie/BDBS a 9’45”
11. Michael Fitzgerald Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 9’49”
12. Ray Clarke Worldwide Cycles 10’45”
13. Gary Dodd Surrey League 12’31”
14. Derek Burke Pezula Racing 12’50”
15. Tom Shanahan Limerick CC A 14’22”
16. Daniel Lynch Kanturk Town CC 16’22”
17. Mark Power Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 18’15”
18. Joe Fenlon Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 18’15”
19. Ronan McLaughlin An Post Irish Development Team 19’56”
20. Simon McNamara Surrey League 20’25”
21. Tim O’Regan Myhome.ie/BDBS B 20’57”
22. Hugh Mulhearne Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 21’49”
23. Philip Finnegan Myhome.ie/BDBS a 22’34”
24. Stephen Surdival Orwell Wheelers 22’34”
25. Con Collis Swords CC/Finglas Raves 24’48”
26. Denis Lynch Kanturk Town CC 25’03”
27. Mark Cassidy An Post Irish Development Team 25’38”
28. Liam Ryan St Finbarrs 25’48”
29. Martin O’Loughlin Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 26’07”
30. Myles Kirby Orwell Wheelers 26’27”
31. John Mason Myhome.ie/BDBS B 26’27”
32. Brendan Lacey Team Earl of Desmond 26’39”
33. Paul Vaughan Kilcullen CC 26’45”
34. Michael Butler Eurocycles 26’56”
35. Darragh O’Sullivan Eurocycles 27’18”
36. Daniel Carroll Clonmel CC 27’23”
37. Adrian Hedderman Myhome.ie/BDBS a 27’33”
38. Tom Flaherty Team Earl of Desmond 29’20”
39. William Connolly Pezula Racing 30’28”
40. Vincent Gleeson West Clare CC 30’34”
41. Mike Storin West Clare CC 30’38”
42. Tom Martin An Post Irish Development Team 30’58”
43. Chris Troy Castlebar CC 31’31”
44. Cathal McCarthy Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 31’51”
45. Mick Steed Kilcullen CC 32’38”
46. John O Brien Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 37’44”
47. Niall Brosnan Team Earl of Desmond 37’54”
48. Aidan Crowley Myhome.ie/BDBS B 45’04”
49. Michael O’Reilly Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 45’04”
50. Isaac Speirs An Post Irish Development Team 46’58”
51. Cian Crowley Orwell Wheelers 47’34”
52. Stephen O’Sullivan Myhome.ie/BDBS a 59’10”
53. John Lynch Bray Wheelers 1.00’19”
54. Frank Jonkman Forte Junie Translations 1.00’33”
55. Carlo Dekker Forte Junie Translations 1.02’42”
56. Denis Dunworth An Post Irish Development Team 1.03’37”
57. Wes Murphy Dublin Wheelers CC 1.06’36”
58. Michael Lucey Kanturk Town CC 1.11’42”
59. Tijl Van der Steeg Forte Junie Translations 1.14’13”
60. Mark McKinley Newry Wheelers 1.18’07”
61. Mike Reddan Dublin Wheelers CC 1.22’40”
62. Diarmuid Carew Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 1.30’41”
63. Padraig Franklin Limerick CC B 1.40’39”
64. Niall O’Brien Limerick CC B 1.45’32”
65. Peter Bane Limerick CC A 1.46’07”
66. Brian Murphy Kanturk Town CC 1.47’28”

Points Overall

1. Ciaran Power Pezula Racing 58
2. Tino Haakman Forte Junie Translations 38
3. Maurice O’Brien Kanturk Town CC 29
4. Miceal Concannon Killorglin Credit Union CC 26
5. Mark Cassidy An Post Irish Development Team 24
6. Sean Lacey Eurocycles 24
7. Cameron Jennings Pezula Racing 21
8. Paul Griffin Giant Asia 21
9. Gary Dodd Surrey League 15
10. Chris McNamara Surrey League 14
11. Eugene Moriarty Myhome.ie/BDBS a 13
12. Ray Clarke Worldwide Cycles 13
13. Liam Ryan St Finbarrs 11
14. Brian Kennelly Myhome.ie/BDBS a 11
15. Isaac Speirs An Post Irish Development Team 10
16. John Lynch Bray Wheelers 10
17. Daniel Lynch Kanturk Town CC 8
18. Derek Burke Pezula Racing 6

Mountain Overall

1. Mark Cassidy An Post Irish Development Team 101
2. Ciaran Power Pezula Racing 78
3. Denis Dunworth An Post Irish Development Team 42
4. Tino Haakman Forte Junie Translations 30
5. Martin O’Loughlin Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 24
6. Paul Griffin Giant Asia 20
7. Denis Lynch Kanturk Town CC 19
8. Sean Lacey Eurocycles 17
9. Isaac Speirs An Post Irish Development Team 16
10. Eugene Moriarty Myhome.ie/BDBS a 15
11. Ray Clarke Worldwide Cycles 11
12. Aidan Crowley Myhome.ie/BDBS B 10
13. Miceal Concannon Killorglin Credit Union CC 10
14. Chris McNamara Surrey League 6
15. Brian Kennelly Myhome.ie/BDBS a 5
16. Gary Dodd Surrey League 3
17. Derek Burke Pezula Racing 3
18. Con Collis Swords CC/Finglas Raves 3
19. Maurice O’Brien Kanturk Town CC 2
20. Paul Vaughan Kilcullen CC 2

Teams General classification

1. Pezula Racing 30.02’48”
2. Surrey League 20’09”
3. Kanturk Town CC 23’12”
4. Myhome.ie/BDBS a 23’17”
5. Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers A 26’19”
6. Eurocycles 40’41”
7. Dan Morrissey Carrick Wheelers B 50’57”
8. An Post Irish Development Team 51’00”
9. Orwell Wheelers 1.09’43”
10. Myhome.ie/BDBS B 1.15’16”
11. Team Earl of Desmond 1.16’41”
12. Forte Junie Translations 1.46’39”

 

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