Mike make his presence felt in the Cat 1 as he, Simon Ryan, Dermot Radford and Danny O’Sullivan drove the pace hard to set an average speed of 44.5kph on the road out, pulling significant time back on the handicap awarded to the other categories. The effort continued in the Cat 1 group on the road home and they overhauled everybody on the road to fight out the finish between themselves. Will Whelan attacked in the last kilometre and as everybody looked at each other the gap grew. As Will faded, Simon used his sprint to jump out of the bunch to take the maximum bonus points, followed by Will and Dermot.
Best of the Cat 2’s was James Stapleton, making his first appearance in the league this year; David Desmond led home the Cat 3’s while Sean Dillon was the first Cat 4 across the line. The results have caused a shakeup of the overall table with Rob Walsh dropping down from 1st to 4th position and Sean Dillon, Mary Ryan and Simon Ryan all jumping above him.
Next week will be the third time trial of the league and again there are only from 10 to 1 points available, with maximum points being award to the rider who improves their time by the biggest margin from their Stage 3 time. Those that gained points during Stage 3 will find it difficult to further improve their times and gain more points so it is after this stage that the real contenders will emerge at the top of the league table.
The 16km time trial will take place on the usual route from Bansha to the Cahir Roundabout and back to the Silver Sands. Sign on will be in Bansha at 7.15pm on Wednesday 25 July with the first rider off at 7.30pm.