Spirit Bikes Ed Clemens wins Criterium

Stage 3 Finish

The crowds came out again in Clonmel to see the spectacle of the Criterium of the Suir Valley 3 Day. The race started out with a very fast pace and it was the riders of JLT, iTap, UCD, Spirit Bikes, Killarney, Megoraw and NRPT who were making all the racing. Jake Hales however started to eat into the points competition from the start and took all hotspots of th night and took over the pinewood points competition. Halfway through the race a group of 6 riders hit the tarmac on the tight left handed but after a neutral lap they made their way back into the lead peloton.

It was not until the 36th minute that 5 riders went clear Jake Hales & Ed Clemens Spirit Bikes, Ian Ricardson – UCD , Ed Laverick and Yellow Jersey Stephen Williams of JLT Condor. The group rode very strongly and an 8 second gap soon became 28secs…but through the efforts of riders like Daire Feeley , Robin Garry, Simon Ryan, Richard Maes, and Eoin O’Connell to name but a few 37 chasers this was reduced to 17 odd seconds near the finish but the effort of the last lap the leaders extended this back to 28 seconds.

The group worked well together but it was the experience of Ed Clemens  – Spirit Bikes that won the day ahead of teammate Jake Hales

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Killarney’s Richard Maes wins 2nd Stage by a stretch

Stage 2 Finish

Sunday’s stage of the Suir Valley 3 Day started off with a deluge of rain, speed and hills, the race started with a KOH at 5.3kms and it was Elliott Porter Neon Velo who took the first points towards the mountains jersey, onwards to Pinewood Healthcare hot spot @10.6kms in Ballymacarbry was won by Robin Garry of the Team Isle of Man, again the pace was fast following this hotspot and the pressure relentless as the next KOM of the day was at 15.3kms and this again was won by Neon Velos Elliott Porter. This relentless pressure caused the main peloton to split into 5-6 defined groups of 15 riders and the main peloton of over 70riders.

The main peloton now well established headed down Colligan Hill at over 80kms in parts with all the main holder in attendance. Heading for the pike across military road it was Jake Hales of Spirit bikes who took Hot spot 2 of the day and all junctions were well marshalled by Dungarvan CC . The main peloton of 70 riders rode very steady up with attacks coming from Porter, Feeley and Cian O’Reilly and Stephen Murray of Strata 3 Velo Revolution but again it was  Elliott Porter who took the KOM points and took the Jersey into Stage 3.  On the descent of to Leamybrien there were many attacks with riders trying to get away all being covered by the JLT Condor team but it was a solo effort from Daire Feeley Team iTap which seemed to stick and he soon built up a lead of 38secs and he was soon joined by Eoin Morton UCD and Antony Walsh of Team Aquablue at the 62kms again being chased by the JLT Condor team who were in protect mode as Feeley had the virtual yellow.

The next Hot spot at Seskin Hill was won by Anthony Walsh of Team Aquablue from the group of 3 leaders @secs who’s gap was now reducing due to the efforts o the JLT Team. They sped into Carrick On Suir past Walls pub and was well marshalled by Carrick Wheelers Paul Lonergan (chapeau Paul) but leaving Carrick on Suir disaster struck just after the 15kms sign for the yellow jersey Stephen Williams JLT Condor as a crash at fisherman’s hill meant he needed a bike change but his team mates riding hard at the front isolated the yellow jersey. Williams signalled to DS Tim Kennaugh as a very swift bike change saw him back moving within seconds.

On hearing the news of the crash the front 3 rode hard and JLT eased the pace but it wasn’t needed as Stephan Williams showed his class as rode straight back into the cavalcade very calmly, with 10kms to go JLT put the hammer back down and the efforts of all riders especially Luke Grivell Mellor who sacrificed themselves for the yellow jersey and by 2kms to go the lead 3 of Feeley Morton and Walsh were caught. The race now came down to the final km and there were 3 punctures heading over the loreto bridge but the peloton had now become one string of riders travelling at excessive speed.

Onto the Main street there was a great sprint lined up in front of a large crown but it was Richard Maes of Killarney who outsprinted and outstretched Ed Clems of Spirit Bikes to take the 2nd Stage win of the Suir Valley 3 Day

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JLT Condor’s Stephen Williams wins first stage of Suir Valley 3 Day

Stage 1 finish

Stage 1 of the Suir Valley 3 day was won today by JLT Condors Stephen William’s in a close finish between 4 riders. The stage started off slowly after a few riders had a mechanicals but after all riders got back together the racing started and a group of 12 riders broke clear after 7kms (Williams, Hennessey, Richardson, Coleman, Marks , McNamara, Hales, Coleman, O’Callaghan, Feeley, McLaughlin, Yelverton and Porter).

The race sped onto the first hotspot sprint of the day and this was won Robin Garry, with Jon Mould and Fintan Ryan 2nd and 3rd , onto Mitchelstown which was in Festival mode and the 12 riders extended their time on the main group to over a minute at the bottom of the 1st KOM which was won by  Daire Feeley followed by Elliott Porter and Ben Mark. The company of 12 regrouped after the Gloccamaurra climb before the headed for Fermoy which had great crowds out for our second hotspot of the day won my Mark O’Callaghan, Fitzharris and MacNamara respectively and local rider Michael Hennessey of Fermoy Hennessey cycles got a great response coming though his hometown.

Onwards to and through the beautiful and scenic Tullow and Lismore and there was a lot of action in the peloton between mechanicals, feeding and attacking but the real action was on the climb of the Vee out of Lismore where the company of 12 split had enough of each other and  they split into 2 groups 4 (Williams, Richardson, Coleman, Feeley) , 4 @37secs(Hennessey, McLaughlin, Yelverton, Mark ) with the remainder of the lead group spread between the front and the peloton which was at 2mins 48secs . During all this action it was noted that the most aggressive rider between all of the groups on the road was Simon Ryan of Megoraw Cycles due to his constant attacking trying to get away and was subsequently awarded the prize for the day and will start the morning in the combined jersey but the day was always going to be one of the front group of 4 riders Stephen Williams JLT Condor, Ian Richardson UCD, Douglas Colman – Spirit bikes, and Daire Feeley – Team iTap who were going to win the day but it was the Welshman JLT Condors Stephen William’s who had the legs and took the spoils.

The Race Organisation would again like to thank our sponsor’s and the people of Cahir for their great support of our First Finish in the Town Centre, and please follow us on Facebook & Twitter for live updates @suirvalley3day  #SV3day and RT

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Race Manual & Entry List Rev II now available for download

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