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Frank O’Rourke Memorial 2014

John Dempsey takes on A4 racing!

Report by John

“Mick was fairly battered afterwards, looked like he’d be tender for a while and probably has a few days of picking bits of road from himself for his troubles. He says the bike is ok though so that’s the important thing :)
Fair play Patsy, sounds like you had the best day of us all. Mick pointed out your back to me before the start as you rode past to get started, sure next time.
I was happy with my first A4 race and was able to largely hold my own without lighting the race up. There were no real attacks launched from the A4’s, but instead the pace rocketed up at various points instead as the group surged and came back. The blatant disregard for the rules of the road by many was shocking, especially after a few near misses, pinch points, and even crashes, some of these fools made great candidates for the Darwin Awards. As a result I spent a lot of the time watching other lads to ensure that they didn’t bring me down, thankfully I was never in any real danger.
A4 racing is tough though, you’d think you’d be good and strong, but this race wasn’t easy. There were several lads shelled out the back alright, but the guys up front were well able to drive it. I had kept to the front of middle in the bunch all day staying out of trouble from behind, and as a result didn’t even see Mick’s crash. But at the start of the final lap I got my gearing wrong for the long climb and drifted back through the bunch, dangling off the end at one stage. I felt strong though and along with another lad we had just made back contact when there was another crash in the A4’s that we had to tiptoe around. The bunch were gone and we never remade contact with them. Hooked up with Phil Skelton after this though and we picked up another few lads to ride out the full of the race and come in not too far behind the winners.
I would have loved to have stayed with the bunch till the finish, and without the final crash I may well have done. Hopefully I’ll get another chance to lash round the Gorey circuit this Tuesday, and with some more training I can give the Sam and Betty Darcy memorial race in Gorey a decent shot at the end of the month (so long as this baby doesn’t come first ;) )
Phil Skelton did a great job minding me today, thanks for all the advice and help. He did fairly freak out a few of the others lads in our mini peloton on the final lap though as he was using his fists to physically beat the cramp out of his legs, roaring like a bull while he doing it :shock: never missed a beat though and finished strong with the rest of us. 50 years old apparently, and strong as an ox.
A good race, real eye opener, hopefully there might be a few more from the club out for Gorey at the end of May.”

John Demp

Lorraine Byrne hits the podium!

NPS XC round 1 in Slade Valley

Race report by David Furlong

“The usual R795 order remains the same in the S3 ranks, McElwee, DC, me, Jim. Ciara had a puncture and Miron did good in his first S4 race. of course Lorraine was the star, on the podium in 3rd (aren’t you on Facebook…. :o ). Rudolf, now back racing with EPIC was 3rd in S2 which was a great achievement in a really tough category

Hard race in good conditions, great to be at it again…now for more training, I’ll catch them feckers before the year is out!

Results: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dwqf0vc729o37 … _IMBRC.pdf“”

Lorraine Byrne on her way to capturing 3rd!

Lorraine Byrne on her way to capturing 3rd!

Blackstairs Adventure Race 2014

Race report from David Tully

“The weather forecast was good – the weather wasn’t. Pre race decisions were down to how many layers could one wear. Lining out for the 7 steps were Mike, Barry, Alan, Mat and I with Deirdre Byrne doing the 5 steps. Off at 10am, we thought we’d run the first leg together and see how it went – until I took off! I felt good, running the pace of those around me until I looked behind me and there were no 795ers in sight. My ears were burning : )
I pushed on knowing that Barry would catch me downhill and Alan would do the same in the kayak leg. Anyway, Barry passed me going downhill but was only a minute ahead at the first transition and that gap disappeared on the bike. Alan had just closed the gap at the end of the kayak leg.
By step 5 we were on the second mountain run, Barry and I side by side still and driving each other into the ground. A draw was decided and that’s what the results show.
It was a really tough day out but a great race. Well done to Mike with his second pudium in two years and to first timers in the race Mat and Deirdre.”

Blackstairs 2014

Blackstairs 2014

Deirdre Byrne - Blackstairs 2014

Deirdre Byrne – Blackstairs 2014

Racing795 Training Duathlon, 30th March 2014

From the archive... Training duathlon 2010

From the archive… Training duathlon 2010

Racing795 will hold an open training duathlon on Sunday 30th March

This informal training exercise is for Racing795 members, members of neighbouring clubs, beginners and non-members/potential future members. It’s an ideal introduction to the world of triathlons/duathlons. We’ll endeavour to time people but this should not be considered a competitive race.

We have a limit on the numbers we can accommodate so please don’t just show up on the day or you may be disappointed.
PLEASE MAKE CONTACT BEFOREHAND by emailing us at racing795@gmail.com

The format will be 3km run / 25km cycle / 3km run
Location: Spellman Park GAA grounds, Kildavin
Sign on: 9:30am
Start: 10am
Suggested donation is €5 per person to cover costs for tea, buns etc.

Route details:
Run route
Bike route (2 laps)

Remember, this is a training exercise, you will be responsible for your own safety.

Open Night on Thursday 27th February

Come along and chat with us

Racing795 is delighted to announce an Open Night on Thursday 27th February at 8pm in River’s Edge, Bunclody.

On the night, current members will be available to talk about the clubs activities, including running, cycling (road and mountain biking) and of course triathlon. We hope that anyone that is interested in joining our club will come along, and we especially welcome beginners. We will also have on display equipment and gear including a triathlon bike, mountain bikes and triathlon and cycling clothing and equipment.

Joining us on the night will be a well known international athlete who will give us an insight into the level of training and commitment required to succeed at a professional level.

If you can make it please let us know at racing795@gmail.com

We hope you can join us!