2016 An Post Rás – Stage 3 (Liam Dolan)

Photo is my face caked in dirt after today's stage

Photo is my face caked in dirt after today’s stage

What a savage stage, despite it “only” being 133k. I thought a selection would be made on the cat 3 at 50k then it might settle till the Cat 1 in the last 10k. BS it was flat out from the start and a lot out the back by 30k as roads were seriously rolly.

I got caught behind a bad crash after 30k odd and spent a lot of time in the cars getting back on. The cat3 was hard& starting at the back I had to work the whole climb to stay in touch.

I fully expected us to ride steady then but it was nuts! Literally 50kph all the time.  Roads themselves weren’t too hard but the speed was just relentless. I was never comfortable with the Ozzy kids driving like someone had a whip behind them.

25k to go still lined out, few guys let wheels go, I loose concentration for a minute & boom i am off the back. I stay in the cars till the BIG climb starts. I ride it steady hard and make it up to a good group of 10 or so and we come in 7mins down.

I’m a bit disappointed with my ride but I have never had this level of aches and pains. My ribs, hips, hammers & calves are all painful.  I guess the 2 crashes have knocked my body out of shape.

We are staying in a gorgeous little village tonight a few km from Dingle.  Across the bay I can see the set for the new Star Wars movie.  Hollywood & cycling all in the 1 go.