turnout this year, with around 250 riders from all corners of
the country, in what was a dry Spring day, turned out today
for the 4th annual Ras Naomh Finian in the historic village of
This year, we
repeated last years format - separating the different
categories into separate races.
A stiff easterly
wind meant the riders had a strong tailwind for the outward
leg of the race with all groups recording very high average
speeds on the way out.
First off were
the A2’s, with a small handicap ahead of the
A1’s. Both groups merged near the top of the hill
at Tyrellspass, about 25km into the race.
A group of about
20 forged ahead at the turnaround point and stayed clear until
the finish, with the remainder of the A1's and A2's coming in
a couple of minutes behind.
The sprint for
the line saw former An Post rider Paidi O'Brien from Planet
Tri take the honours for the Ras Naoimh Finian
perpetual trophy for 2013, beating 2012 winner Stephen
Halpin by 3 bike lengths. Coming in to taske third place was
Stamullen rider Craig Sweetman.
in the A2 Category was local rider Ciaran Mangan from
Clonard Road Club who had a great performance today
forging ahead with the lead group over the line.
the Lady's category, special mention goes to Olympic
competitor Francie Meehan who finished well up in the A1
Race. An extra prize was given to Francie for the
superb performance, as there was only a Lady's prize for the
A3 Race on the day.
In the A3 Race, the largest of the 3 races, the
group stayed together to the finish line, despite
the many attacks and attempts to break clear.
The sprint to the line was hotly contested and
the honours went to Bray Wheelers rider Joe Christian.
Second place went to Ciaran Campbell from Drogheda,
and Ciaran O'Connell from Stamullen coming in to take 3rd
In the Lady's category for the A3 Race, Ann
Dalton took the prize here, finishing well up in the
Last race off was the A4 category – with
another large turnout here. Again the group stayed
together for the whole race, ending in a mass sprint for
the line. Stephen Kerr from Deenside took the sprint
to take 1st place. Second went to Derek Stenson from
Lucan, and 3rd place went to local rider Jacob Baldwin
from Clonard Road Club.
The 2013 Ras Naoimh Finian will take place on Saturday 9th March
Sign on is in the Clonard Village Hall, and will be open from
Race route is:
Start/Finish is in Clonard, and the race heads out the old
Galway Road (R148 to Kinnegad), and on then through
Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrellspass, and will turn around
in Kilbeggan and come back in the same route. Finish line
is just before Clonard Village.