Conor Hennebry overcomes gales, snow to win epic Rás Luimní

Posted on: March 10th, 2019

In very high winds, cold temperatures and even snow, Conor Hennebry rose to the top with victory at Rás Luimní in Limerick (Photo: Sean Rowe)

 

Conor Hennebry has shrugged off Baltic conditions to win Rás Luimní; coming home solo in Caherconlish in the main event promoted by Limerick CC.

“It was a tough day out today but I was delighted to get the win,” Conor Hennebry told stickybottle.

“It was really windy and wet and even started snowing; tough, tough conditions so I was really happy.”

The Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo rider said the opening 15km of the main event were marked by aggressive racing; repeated attacks going clear only to be recaptured.

On the first lap a group of 12 got clear, with eventual winner Hennebry present. That breakaway became established quickly.

However, as the gap went out some of those up front began to lose their place; the pace and the conditions taking their toll.

On the third lap of four Hennebry decided to push the pace a little to shake up the group.

That move saw him pull clear with Arminas Meskauskas of Panduit Carrick Wheelers.

And though it was a day to favour a group rather than two riders, neither Hennebry nor Meskauskas were deterred.

They put their heads down and rode for the finish line. Paul Kennedy (Newcastlewest CC) tried to bridge across from the chasing group.

 

Jason Kenny of UCD Cycling Club and North Tipp Wheeler Edvin Silovs claim the A3 and A4 races in Limerick respectively (Photos: SeanRowe)

 

However, when the leading duo heard he was on his way, they picked up the pace to make sure Kennedy didn’t catch them.

With Kennedy’s advances rebuffed, the leaders continued to share the workload until the final lap.

As the finish neared Hennebry took the initiative; attacking hard on a crosswind section and dropping Meskauskas to win solo.

The A3 event saw two men forge clear to fight it out for victory; UCD’s Jason Kenny and Killarney’s Neil Hodges.

As was the case in the headline race, the leading pair in the A3 contest built a gap on what was a scattered field behind them.

At the finish Kenny proved too strong, winning the day from Hodges. And behind them Vincent Gleeson of Greenmount rounded out the podium.

The result was Kenny’s second win in two weeks, having proven best at the Ian Gallahar Memorial promoted by Dublin Wheelers in Meath last Saturday.

In the A4 race today, Edvin Silovs (North Tipp Wheelers) put in a terrific ride to win. He attacked from the start and never let up out front solo.

Despite the testing conditions he lasted all the way for a memorable and impressive win.

Behind him Sean Flahive proved best of the rest; the Swords CC man out-sprinting Cian Noone (Challenge CC) for 2nd place.

While beaten onto the final place on the podium, that result made it a 1-3 this weekend for Noone. He won at Rás Naomh Finian in Clonard yesterday.

 

Sun, March 10th: Rás Luimní

Caherconlish

Promoted by Limerick CC

A1-A2 Race (125km)

  1. Conor Hennebry Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  2. Arminas Meskauskas Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  3. Paul Kennedy Newcastlewest CC
  4. Richard Maes Strata3 Velo Revolution
  5. Matthew Sparrow Morrissey McCarthy Pactimo
  6. Jarlath Hassett Burren Cycling Club
  7. Stephen Murray Strata3 Velo Revolution
  8. Richard Meaney Westport Covey Wheelers
  9. Conor Kissane Killarney CC
  10. Eamonn Daly Westport Covey Wheelers

 

A3 Race (95km)

  1. Jason Kenny UCD Cycling Club
  2. Neil Hodges Killarney CC
  3. Vincent Gleeson Greenmount CA
  4. Gordon Boland Tullamore CTC
  5. Ciaran Mangan Clonard RC
  6. James Skehan Nenagh CC
  7. Mark Sheppard Limerick CC
  8. John Kelly Castlebar CC
  9. Michael Flynn Westport CC
  10. Danny McDonald Burren CC

Leading Woman

  1. Grace Young Strata3 Velo Revolution

 

A4 Race (63km)

  1. Edvins Silovs North Tipp Wheelers
  2. Sean Flahive Swords CC
  3. Cian Noone Challenge CC
  4. Tom Barrett Kanturk CC
  5. Shane Kelly Newcastlewest CC
  6. Michael Farrell Waterford RC
  7. David O’Flaherty Unattached
  8. Mathew Boyd Castlebar CC

Leading Woman

  1. Agnieszka Wozniak Cork County CC

 

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