Kerry Group Ras Mumhan Report

Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 167 of the top Irish and International cyclists took to the roads of Kerry to fight it out for the coveted Malliot Jeune “Yellow Jersey”. The race would consist of 4 stages with one stage each day and a total of 500km covered over the weekend.

Daire Feeley Team iTap

The Team went into the race with big ambitions. We wanted the overall win but knew we would have a hard battle on our hands due to the quality of riders in the field.

Stage 1 was to be as fast as the U23 Gent Wevelgem with an average of 47.6km and on roads with Irish cobbles. We were to get Daire Feeley into the move of the day and with 4 Team Ireland riders in the move we were entitled to leave it to them to do the work. We did and finished second on the stage. David Brody, Stephen Murphy and Darragh Bailey were to finish in the next group on the road putting us 3rd on GC in the Team Classification and 2nd in General Classification. The result gave us a great start to the weekend. Feeley was also 2nd in the U23 Classification.

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Stage 2 was to throw up a bit of a curve ball with us missing the break and having punctures and mechanicals at all the wrong times. With the yellow jersey and 2 other riders putting over 4 minutes into the rest of the field it stuffed a number of riders ambitions, but not ours. We regrouped for stage 3. David Brody and Stephen Murphy finished the day in the main group which was almost 6 minutes back from the winners in 22nd & 23rd on the stage.

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Stage 3 was where we were going to try to do some damage an get back into overall contention. With the weather so poor it suited us to go from the gun and we did. We lost 2 riders early on in Murphy and Bailey with Brody holding the chase group for most of the day and covering for Feeley who had attacked on the first climb of the day and gone solo. Brody was to have a crash at a critical moment that knocked him out of any contention for the rest of the day and he finished 44th some 14 min down on the stage winner. Feeley however was joined by a number of riders. Our goal was to drive for the line and distance the jersey putting as much time into him as we could which at one point in the race was hitting 5 minutes. Heading up comonaspic Dowling was to forge ahead with Feeley behind and Walsh chasing Feeley. Feeley was to wait for Walsh giving a 2 against 1 and enabled Feeley to try put more time into yellow with the help of Walsh who had his eyes on the stage. The pair caught Dowling on the run in to the finish with Walsh taking the sprint from a rather cooked and empty Feeley. A super stage and fantastic effort by the team to try steal back yellow but unfortunatley Chris McGlinchey in yellow was to claw back a number of minutes and finish 3 mins down on Feeley. We ended up short on time but were so proud of who and what we did on the day. How or never the team showed super riding and all from our 19 year olds who have all been developed within our program here at Team iTap. With a 2nd on 2 stages and 2 green jersey’s to date the final stage beckoned.

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Stage 4 was the standard Ras Mumhan finale. With 3 laps of the larger circuit and 10 of the smaller circuit around Killorglin. The average speed again was a massive 46.1kph. Like a good Belgium Kermesse! As is the norm for most years a small group clipped off the front and was nearly caught on the line apart from 3 riders who sprinted for the honours. There was no General Classification changes with all our rider finishing in what was a depleted and tired group of riders. 114 riders finished out of the 167 who started on Friday. Our own Daire Feeley finished best of the Team with 4th on General Classification, 3rd in Points Classification, 2nd U23 Classification, 4th KOH Classification 2nd Stage 1, 2nd Stage 3 & Combativity Award on Stage 3. David Brody finished 35th on General Classification and Stephen Murphy finished 49th General Classification with Darragh Bailey DNF.

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Photo courtesy of Brendan Slattery

We would like to thank our sponsors The Athlete Clinic, O’Neill Cycles, Bike Clinic and Power2Max for supporting us and making things happen for our riders. Next stop for us is the Tour of the Reservoir in England in 3 weeks. Between then and now its some R’n’R and domestic racing. Thanks to Ras Mumhan and all the people who make bike racing happen on the ground week in week out. Our Team & Program still has no main sponsor and we can assure you or your business the strictest of confidence in discussions. Please contact us at irishtalentedathleteprogram@gmail.com or on +353 87 2453114

See you on the Road

Team iTap

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O’Neills Cycles & The Bike Clinic continue to investment in Team iTap

After a very successful first year our Primary Equipment Sponsor O’Neill Cycles from Tuam have again invested heavily in Team iTap with the supply of 2016 Moda Finale bikes. The teams riders will receive full bikes to ride for the duration of the season and also maintain their 2016 models as spare bikes. O’Neills Cycles  will also be equipment consumables and bike servicing providers to the team. On the safety side O’Neill Cycles will equip the team with ABUS Helmets as used by Sam Bennet’s Bora Argon Team.  With the lack of a cash sponsor for the team at present this commitment by O’Neill Cycles reduces the financial outlay required for the riders and allows them and the team to use those funds to travel to international competition where much valued exposure and learning can be gained by the riders.

ABUS Bike Helmet Tec-Tical Pro v.2

ABUS Bike Helmet Tec-Tical Pro v.2

On the safety side O’Neill Cycles will equip the team with ABUS Helmets as used by Sam Bennet’s Bora Argon Team.

We would like to thanks O’Neill Cycles for their continued support with our U23 Development Program and if your passing why not drop into them and Tony or Dara are more than pleased to offer over 50years experience in the cycling game and business between them.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.16.45Our Secondary Equipment Sponsor is The Bike Clinic in Castlebar. The Bike Clinic has returned to invest  in the Team again for 2016. Following on from their 2015 sponsorship of Nutrition and Transport costs this year the Bike Clinic will be supplying the Team with Shimano Shoes and Nutrition for the season. Again this is vital support which will allow the riders to put the value of this sponsorship aside and use it for much needed travel & accommodation.

The Team still has availability on it’s sponsorship & partnering menu. We can assure you and your business of the strictest of confidence in our discussions and are very much open to offers with the view of developing Team iTap into a world class development program for cyclists.

Enjoy the Ride,

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Mick Lally Memorial & Cycleways Cup

Well done to the Lads on Saturday in the Mick Lally Memorial taking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th behind Sean McKenna. A good account of what transpired throughout the race on sticky Bottle below.

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Full Article here: http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/mckenna-opens-2016-account-after-leaving-peloton-in-awe/

In the Cycleways Cup today a strong group of 10 riders escaped on the first time up the climb and they were not to be seen for the rest of the day. A group of approximately 10 riders including our own David Brody came close to closing the gap to the break but after a concerted chase closed the gap to just 30 seconds. Unfortunatley for David he was carrying a mechanical all day and wasn’t in a position to stand on the bike or accelerate to hard which slowed him somewhat. However it was up front where our own Daire Feeley was in the action. The last time up the climb saw Sean McKenna attack with Damien Shaw going across quickly. Ian Richardson was the last rider to join the group with Greg Swinnard getting dropped for the break. These 3 were to ride into the line with Shaw finishing ahead of McKenna and Richardson slightly distanced for 3rd. The remaining 6 riders chased hard but were never going to get back on term with the leaders. Our own Feeley was just pipped for 4th on the line by Adam Armstrong to take the sprint of 6 remaining riders from the initial break. David Brody would finish 15 just behind these riders as the 2 groups nearly merged in the final kilometers.

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In the A2 group Stephen Murphy would go on to finish 3rd to Ciaran Power who took the bunch sprint in a rather negative race more intent on marking and shutting down attacks that ride and developing the race. Stephen joined the team last July and has ridden 10 races with us and gone from zero points in A3 to A1 today. We think thats a super achievement and are looking forward to more from this young man.

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