2016 An Post Rás – Stage 8 (Liam Dolan)

My Galway I-Tap team mates for the week David Brody and Daire Feeley

My Galway I-Tap team mates for the week David Brody and Daire Feeley

This day 2 weeks ago I was in a Belfast hospital getting surgery, today I finished the Rás, Mad that. Ironically the injuries i picked up on the stage 1 crash caused significantly more problems than the Pre-Ras crash. I suffered badly after that with my ribs and various muscle injuries.

Stage 8 did have a bit of a last day of school vibe, however once the flag dropped it was game on. After the initial flurry the pace was steady to Skerries. Those laps are fast and we scorched up the Blackhills. The 3rd time up it the remains of the  bunch blew to bits and my little group of 7 or 8 came in just over a min down on the stage winner. All week long i just missed the 2 – 3% to be group 1. Maybe if i hadn’t crashed on Stage1 it would have been different.

Nonetheless i finished, safely, I loved it and enjoyed the whole experience.  Its a long journey from November  1st to Skerries  in May. A lot of cold days on the bike, hours on the turbo and weekends away getting kickings at the races. Also it takes a few years. You need 3 plus years of solid racing, the  Des, the Shay, Ras Mumhan, Ulster. It doesn’t happen in 1 season. Finally you need support, a good club, Cuchulain, a great team iTap (Johnathan, Noel, Christian you are legends) and finally a loving support group (my family, friends and amazing wife Annette). Thanks everyone, couldn’t have done it without.

Pop out to the Bike Station Wednesday evening to say hello.