The 'Kanturk 3 Day' annual race held on the May Bank Holiday weekend finished up today in the North Cork town. There was a big attendance of racers over the different groups. Tralee Manor West BC was represented with 5No. riders.
Cian Smailes raced in the U16 category which had 3No. stages. The first stage was a hard 66km route including a tough climb from Freemount to Newmarket which the riders had to negotiate twice, Cian got away in a 3 man break that stayed clear for most of the race before being reeled in just before the finish line A 8km time trial was the second stage held that afternoon too. The 3rd and final stage was held on Sunday with 3 laps of the Kanturk-Ballymaquirke-Kanturk circuit with an uphill finish in the town. Cian finished a very impressive 15th overall in a very strong group of U16 riders. Well done Cian!!
In the A4 and Ladies category Teresa O'Sullivan represented the club and put in three days great racing. Being consistent all weekend and taking top 20 finishes in each stage, including a 12th place on Sunday meant that Teresa won the Ladies A4 category. Teresa has put in some great racing all season and richly deserved this win!! Congratulations from all members of the club.
In the A2/ A3 category the Tralee Manor West BC riders were Jerry McCarthy, Cormac Daly and Oran Pierse. With 4 stages totalling 270km including a 8km time trial, 3 days of hard racing was endured. All three guys raced very well all weekend. Oran took an excellent 7th place on Stage 3 in Banteer. Jerry was in the mix in each stage, putting in a great TT.
Cormac Daly, who has been consistently showing great form over the past few races, opened his account on Stage 1 taking 8th place, 10th on Stage 2 and very strong riding on stages 3 & 4, finishing 9th overall on GC, first A3 rider. Great result from the Kenmare man
With the quality of the field that had signed on, a huge congratulations to Cormac, Jerry and Oran. Well done lads !
A special word of thanks to Tony Daly and Riobard Pierse who provided the riders with team car support for the weekend.