UCD-Fitzcycles.ie’s Conor Murnane finished an impressive third on the final stage of the 2018 Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. The final stage of this year’s race, starting and finishing in Killorglin, was contested over a gruelling 112km course that included nine category four climbs. The race did not fragment and resulted in a bunch sprint finish with the second year computer science student battling to the line to take the final place on the day’s podium.
For the first time in a number of years the UCD Fitzcycles.ie team comprised a full under 23 squad, part of the ongoing focus on developing future winners of the famous Irish stage race. “All riders progressed immensely during the weekend focusing on their own personal development and learning how to ride in an elite, international peloton” said Team Manager, Richardson. “In addition to finishing third today, Conor was first U23 and first Irish rider over the line too” added Richardson.
UCD-Fitzcycles.ie were also represented in ‘Rás an Laois’ over this Easter weekend. Laois native Michael Cummins contested his hometown race, promoted by Ossory CC, over a tough three lap, 80Km circuit. None of the attempted breakaways stayed away and the race came down to a sprint finish. “After a straight final run in for several kilometres, a sharp left brought us to the bottom of a 400 meter final drag” said Cummins. “I wasn’t in a great position at the start of the sprint but pushed my way up several places as I crossed the line. Initially I was told that I came 6th but following a video review just before the presentations I was bumped back to 9th! missing out on both a prize and valuable CI points by 1 place! There’s always next week…” stoically added Cummins.