Killorglin Cycling Club Christmas Hamper Rides 2011
On a day that looked as if was going to be absolutely miserable, 68 hardy souls braved it to ride the Killorglin CC Christmas Hamper Rides. Yet in spite of leaden skies and the dire prophesy of Met Eireann the morning brightened as soon as the event got underway.
Given the advanced state of cabin fever most of our riders are suffering from this winter it was only the Trojan effort of lead car driver John Mangan that managed to keep the average speed to the bottom of the climb to an average of 20mph. When he released the control at the bottom of the Farmers Bridge climb is was every man for himself. The outcome would have made a good days racing at Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. In the end, two grizzled warhorses came home together clear of the chase group. Paul Griffin, Tralee BC, got the better of Denis Lynch, Kanturk Town CC. A short while later Mattie Slattery Killarney CC lead the chasing group almost 20 riders home. This group contained the winner of the finest prize of the day – the pair of Oakley Jawbone sport eyewear. Jack Sullivan made the pilgrimage from Beare Island to win the Melanie Joy Opticians sponsored prize for the first Killorglin CC rider home.
The second group on the road undertook the 55km loop. They stayed together until the last six miles. A five-man group went clear at that stage and they were lead home by newcomer to the sport Greg Whelan, Killarney CC.
Meanwhile a group of Anarchists attacked the best-laid plans of the event organisers and decided to have their own private event. Despite starting with the main group they valiantly sidestepped the climb and took the short route home. These radicals were guided in by Anthony O Connor, Killorglin CC who was pushed along by a contingent from Currow CC and Killorglin CC.
Following some hot food and refreshments, the prizes were handed out. The 25 prizes are laid out and the first three riders home in the main event followed by the first rider home in the short rider and then the free radical winner chose what they wanted. The remainder of the prizes are the raffled between everyone who signed on and the volunteers who assisted at the event.
Prizes for the Killorglin CC Christmas Rides were presented by; Ring of Kerry Lamb, Kerry Group, Cliffords sand & Gravel, M & J Kelliher Oils Ltd, Boyles Hardware Killorglin, Champs Eurospar, Mulvihills Pharmacy, Kissanes Shop, Mosca McGillycuddy & Associates, Peter Clendennan, Motion Cycles, HP Nutrition and a variety of club members.