TEAM YOUGHAL completed their fourth Race Around Ireland when they crossed the finish line in Navan at 7:17am Thursday morning, September 13th. The team had someone on the bike for 83 hours, 35 mins, since they started the race in Trim last Sunday, September 9th, at 7:42pm. They covered a distance of 2192 km with an average speed of 26.23 km/h. Team Youghal raised funds for two local charities through their participation in this year’s race; the Youghal Branch of C.A.S.A. and St. Vincent de Paul, Youghal.
The clock started counting on Sunday evening, September 9th, 2012, at 7:42pm in Trim, Co.Meath, to mark the start of Team Youghal’s participation in the one of the most gruelling cycle races in the World, The Race Around Ireland, for the fourth year in a row. Ger Flanagan left the start line on route to Time Station No.1, which is located in Ballymascanlan, Co. Louth, to start Team Youghal’s epic journey around Ireland. The Team then headed up North, skirting the Giant’s Causeway and arriving in Malin Head around 9 o’clock Monday morning, September 10th. Team Youghal then headed South for Sligo, Mayo and Galway, reaching Co. Clare at half six, Tuesday morning, September 11th. They then continued south through Limerick, crossing the Kerry border at three thirty Tuesday evening, September 16th. The Kerry Mountains were then climbed, starting through the Gap of Dunloe, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Team Youghal crossed the border from Kerry to Cork in the early hours of Wednesday morning, September 12th, and then went on to Mizen Head. The team then cycled into West Cork through Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and the into Cork City. They attacked St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork at 11:15am and then headed for their hometown of Youghal where they arrived to a huge welcome at 1:00pm. Team Youghal then continued cycling during the evening through Waterford, Wexford, and then up through Mt. Leinster and the Wicklow Mountains.
Team Youghal then continued into Co. Kildare, before entering Co.Meath, where they crossed the finish line in Navan at 7:17am Thursday morning, September 13th. The team had someone on the bike for 83 hours, 35 mins, since they started the race in Trim last Sunday, September 9th, at 7:42pm. They covered a distance of 2192 km with an average speed of 26.23 km/h.
The Race Around Ireland is part of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) World Cup series, which includes other huge endurance races such as The Race across America and is widely recognised as Europe’s most challenging endurance event.
Team Leader, Ger Flanagan said; “It’s a fantastic feeling to complete The Race Around Ireland for the fourth Year in a row. Well done to my fellow cyclists, Christy McCarthy, Conor Coleman and Thomas Curran who put in a sterling performance. The crew we had supporting us did a brilliant job and without them we couldn’t achieve what we did. A big thank you to our all our sponsors including Youghal Kia and Youghal Credit Union for helping us out once again. To all the print and broadcast media who mentioned us during the race, many thanks. Finally many thanks to our families and all our supporters who kept our spirits up during our epic journey. They really motivated us when the going got though.”
Alan Heary, Race Around Ireland Director, said; “It’s great to see Team Youghal competing in the race for the fourth year in a row. They bring a lot to the race with their good humour and sportsmanship, which is what the race is all about. Every year they rise to the challenge with determined willpower to complete the race. Once they get a well earned rest we look forward to welcoming them again next year.”
What makes The Race Around Ireland such a fantastic challenge is the constant flow of the race which runs 24 hours a day from start to finish, with little or no let up and that overwhelming desire not only to complete the race, but to win it. The 2012 Race Around Ireland has had a large International line-up with racers from Monaco, UK, Austria, USA, Denmark, Switzerland as well Ireland.
Team Youghal raised funds for two local charities through their participation in this year’s race; the Youghal Branch of C.A.S.A. and St. Vincent de Paul, Youghal.
By John Hennessy 13/09/2012
Click on image below to see Team Youghal as they arrive in their hometown on Wednesday 12th September 2012