The Cat 2 riders managed to overhaul the handicap allocated to the Cat 3 group, however a number of Cat 3 riders managed to sit into the Cat 2 group and contest the finish. The Cat 1 riders were down in numbers and missed the strength and work rate of the likes of Simon Ryan, Tommy Byrnes and Declan Hanrahan. Their chances of overhauling any of the groups in front deflated with Pat Ryan’s tyre as he pulled up just 5km into the race.
Martina Byrnes again soloed to another fine victory to take maximum points on the night, followed by Paddy Callaghan competing for the first time in the league, and Vinnie Maher, another first timer, came over the line in third place. Harry Towmey and David Connor again put in consistent performances, followed by Mike Looby and the man on the pimped-out mountain bike, Keith Coyle.
The league table has taken another shake up, however the lead is maintained by Dermot Radford who has stretched his lead over the battling Mick Kelly. Martina moves up to third place, three points ahead of David Connor. The best three from four race and time trial points will count for the final table so realistically anybody in the top 10 has a good chance of winning, but somebody further down the table cannot be discounted from a late surge. Spot prizes have also been allocated so it is well worth putting in the effort for the final 2 stages (details of spot prizes will not be announced until after the final stage to ensure everybody has a fair chance).
The penultimate stage, Stage 7, is the final time trial of the series on the same Bansha to Cahir roundabout route and again points will be allocated based on the most improved times from Stage 5 with ten points down to one point available. This will make it very difficult for those that scored points in Stage 5 to score points again in Stage 7 and is sure to shake up the table once again. Due to the evenings getting shorter, next week’s sign on will take place in Bansha at 7pm with the first rider off at 7.15pm.