I started my journey early morning in atrocious condition yesterday, high winds and downpours of rain that kept my wipers on full speed and still could see feck all, till I crossed the border and when I hit the M50 the sun came out. Took a wrong turn and ended up the scenic way to Laragh, passing Sally Gap and his famous sheep who played some games with me…ended up giving my lunch to them to be allowed passage..lol. Never mind, made it with plenty of time spare. I was invited by the St Tiernans Club to do the Mc Job and soon the tunes filled the carpark at the sign on in this picturesque village of Laragh, at the foot of the Wicklow Gap, a monster of a mountain with an ascend of 4,5 km to the top. The race started around 10.30 am with the Men Elite (A1-2) first of, quickly followed by the A3 race and as of last of the women elites. A loop was done before they tackled the gap and plenty of time for me to set up my PA system at the top to keep the small crowd informed what happened in the race and encourage the riders at the halfway point. Helped by St Tiernan’s timekeepers who kept me updated as best possible as the reception at the top was not perfect. Jessica Lamb kept me updated with twitter coverages as best possible and the rest I just winged..lol..The wind was blowing heavy, and I shouldn’t complain as it was worse for the riders who still had another 42 km to go after reaching the top and then turn back to tackle the gap again after another climb near the village of Holywood. In total 87 km but very hard kms, as no respite on this roads in the Wicklow Mountains. Conor Hennebry took the win and nearly certain he will win the series in the men section. The A3 race was in memory of Martin Vereker who passed away a few years ago, his wife told me about his life a bit as a cyclist and his beloved club, a tragedy at such young age, my sincere thoughts to this young family. I have no results yet of the A3 race but will add them here when received. The women’s race as last to finish the day with a powerful win of Maire Claffey (UCD) who left the lead group of 4 behind her to take the famous Laragh Cobble Trophy at the reception after. A great thank you to the St Tiernan Club for having me and well done to all involved from the tea ladies (magic spread by the way) to all the riders who braved the winds at the gap.

St. Tiernan’s Laragh Classic

1 Maire Claffey (UCD Cycling Club)
2 Grace Young (Strata3 VeloRevolution Cycling Team)
3 Katharine Smyth (Ballymena RC)
4 Eileen Burns (Ballymena RC)
5 Ellen McDermott (Team Boompods NL)
6 Agnieszka Wozniak (Strata -VeloRevolution Cycling Team)
7 Monica Marconi (Scott-Orwell Wheelers CC)
8 Caoimhe O’Brien (Lakeside Wheelers)
A special mention to Niamh O’Dwyer from the TC racing team…Niamh came in as one of the last girls, completely empty. No wonder as she is a junior doctor and does 24-hour shifts and combined this with her racing, and not afraid to tackle such a big job as yesterday… I stayed at the top till Niamh was in as needed to take a photo of such amazing performance…chapeau
The Men’s A1-2 Result
1 Conor Hennebry (Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo)
2 Lyndsay Watson (powerhouse sport)
3 Liam Curley (Strata3 VeloRevolution Cycling Team)
4 Charlie Prendergast (Castlebar Cycling Club)
5 James Curry (Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo
6 Will Ryan (Vitus Chill NRPT)
7 Donal Shearer (Phoenix Cycling Club)
8 Mark Dowling (Unattached)
9 Aaron Kearney (EvoPro Racing)
10 Darnell Moore (Team Caldwell Cycles)
11 James Davenport (Strata3 VeloRevolution Cycling Team)
12 Jody Wright (Phoenix Cycling Club
13 Andy Maguire (Team Bioracer – DHL – FR Services)
14 Colm Sheeham (Blarney Cycling Club)
15 Kevin McCambridge (Vitus Chill NRPT)
16 Cian May (Lucan Cycling Road Club)
18 Conor Murnane (UCD Cycling Club)
19 Luke Smith (Team Bioracer – DHL – FR Services)
20 John Buller (Team Bioracer – DHL – FR Services)
One. Race. To. Go. The Cork Grand Prix. September 22.
The inhabitants who rule the Wicklow mountain roads

Chris McGlinchey (Vitus Pro Cycling Team) as one of the two pro riders in the race, the other one was Aaron Kearney (EvoPro Racing) A big thank you to raise some money for the project Chris with your raffle…so much appreciated
Our polish friend Agnieszka Wozniak who told me after she never felt so much pain in one race…she is definitely a great addition to our racing
The A3 podium…results will be added soon
Thank you Jessica for your help yesterday
More photos can find on this link below