On Sunday past I was in the right place at the right time, for once. Well, sort of. We were out near Balbriggan watching the cricket when a commotion was heard and seen passing the ground. Bikes and cars with lights flashing and hooters hooting… the cavalcade was not far behind.
So, what was the occasion? The eight and final stage of this year’s An Post Rás… the national annual flagship cycling event. I couldn’t quite work out what was happening but on Monday JM, an avid fan and all together knowledgeable friend at work, enlightened me. The first group of cyclists to pass were part of the charity race. These folk set off at least 2 hours before the main race gets underway and then the main race has them to catch… well, sort of like hounds and hares.
Sunday’s stage was 134.3 kilometers long and the photos were taken at about the 95 km mark. The first shot was taken at 12h52… the charity group leaders having their own fun…
The second charity group at 12h55
Then came the lads… look at the smiles on them… no stress, I wonder why… (taken at 13h01)
At 14h12 the lead sprinters of the main event passed the point so, by my calculations, they’d made up at least 40 minutes on the charity leaders… some pedaling in less than 100 kms!
A closer look… see if you can spot any numbers…
And here come the leaders of the peloton a full 4 minutes later… racing hard, trying to catch the leaders… I wonder did they manage to catch the 3 lads and their tractors?
PS – The race passed our house before 11 am so, if we’d known what was going on the GLW could have had a few pics to add! Oh well we live and learn.