2016 An Post Rás – Stage 5 (Liam Dolan)

It's not all work here, we also have a bit of fun too.

It’s not all work here, we also have a bit of fun too.

Day 5 done and dusted, well the riding part anyway. The Rás is stressful from wake up until 3km to go. 3km to go until bed time is good craic. A game of 2 halves if you will.

Tons of climbs today ironically 2*2 & 3*3 ie 2 cat2s and 3 cat3. Scenery was stunning in Sneem & again for most of the stage. Caha pass was first up & we rode it hard.  I did loose a bit of ground but got back on.

After that the bunch was well down to mostly pros and 20+county riders. Some of the county teams are savage strong, Aquablue, UCD, Kerry, ASEA and Power house all had multiple riders represented. iTap are holding their on with 3 in the bunch.

We hit Clonakilty for a 10k finishing circuit which started with a Cat2 climb. The bunch while chasing the break, split & I was in the second group. Had we been committed I believe we could have gotten back to the front but with a lot of tired bodies no one was willing to ride hard.

I use to think hardest part of Rás was refusing the fry for breakfast.  This is no longer the case, having been replaced with the pain of the massage table. My childish screams would raise eyebrows in a labor ward but Johnathan has been working me hard.  Its starting to pay off as I definitely felt a lot better today. I’m tired but the injuries are not as bad.

Speaking of tiredness I can now see it creeping into the bunch.  Guys not sitting as close to the front and generally not as sprightly.

Tomorrow we head to Dungarvan a town I lived in many moons ago. Waterford is very strong in cycling with 3 teams in this year’s race.

Finally as promised Hello Annette, miss and love you.  Take care of Sooty.