This is the one number I won’t have on my bike next year. When I arrived at Nigels Bikes in Galway to register the guys were delighted to meet the guy who had registered first back in March.
Weather looks good for tomorrow and I am really looking forward to another spin around Joyce Country
Okay, okay, I know it won’t last and I know there were loads of people faster but it’s still good to be King for a day and 1/118 is good.
To be honest I don’t think I ever would have expected to be posting times like this.
Felt that I was going Okay until the first climb but found it tough then I was pushed up ‘Powers the Pot’ by Mike and Terry.I wasn’t able to match them on the climb but I clung on and crested The Hill wth them. Quick stop for water and got caught on my own until Mahon Falls. I struggled up it.
It was after Mahon Falls that I came into form. I made good time and no one could stay with me. At the foot of Maam Road I was passed by two Dungarvan CC riders. Tried to stay with them but couldn’t. Made it to the top then soloed the whole way back without seeing another rider until I joined up with finishers on the 100 km route.
Great fun. The Comeragh Challenge is a great spin every year
Disinhibited after an exhausting Comeragh Challenge I approached Sean Kelly and asked him to sign my copy of his great autobiography ‘Hunger’
‘I cycled up Mount Ventoux 4 times in a day Sean! ‘ I explained excitedly.
‘Why? ‘ he asked
‘I don’t think I’ll ever add the Tour of Flanders to my Palmares either, Sean’ I added. Well he started it.
Sean was patiently signing books and posing for photos when I passed one hour later. He had time for a chat and a laugh with everyone and shows no sign of having heard it all before. Wonderful!
Settled in Dungarvan ready for my seventh Sean Kelly Tour. A great buzz around Dungarvan as always. Groups of friends and couples arriving with bikes and bags. Meet a group of cyclists from the Kilmallock cycling club staying in the Hotel.
Gear all laid out and ready, heading down town for a bite to eat and a pint
Preparing for the Sean Kelly Tour by learning to cook Italian at the Tannery Cookery school.
Risotto, Macaroni, Ravioli, Ribbolita and Pork followed by Sicilian syrup Cake. A great way to spend a day. Now to burn it off …
Looking forward to the Sean Kelly tour of Waterford on Sunday. Have never managed it in under 6 hours but my goal for Sunday is 5hr 45
I have done the SKT every year since it started. Looking forward to comparing myself to last year.
If your going on a cycle with a Giro D’Italia winner don’t wear a Maglia Rosa. You’ll feel like a tool standing next to him!
4 piece spanner set complete