2011 Lacey Cup Review
Well yesterday was the first attempt at the Lacey Cup since 2007 and I’m glad to report that this attempt was much better than the last one. The first race of the season is always tough because of people not being 100% sure of what form they are in but this race with two very difficult climbs never disappoints in bringing on the hurt.
I started off with the A4 category and found the first 16K or so to Camp reasonable and was not under too much pressure. I was conscious of bunch positioning at the start of the climb as I wanted to be near the front so as to limit my losses going up Gleann na Gealt and this helped me stay in contention on the climb even though I did loose contact with the leading group with about 1k from the top.
Cycling over the summit, my heart was racing and I knew that there was a good few riders behind me so I decided to recover for a while and let them catch me and hoped we could work at again catching the lead group. I was caught before Annauscaul and the pace began to reach 40 kph on the road to Inch with a slight tail wind in pursuit of the main group. By this stage also our group had been caught by other groups including the A1 group that included Sean Lacey and Paul Griffin, both previous winners of the event.
Our group fragmented not far after Inch when a few of the elite riders put the hammer down and not many of us could respond so we continued to work together at a high pace until the finish after 75K. I finished at the back of this bunch after 2 hours and 2 minutes. Sean Lacey won with a time of 1 hour 49 minutes. All things considered I was pretty happy though I have serious work to do on the climbs.