Though tomorrow’s road races will undoubtedly attract most of the attention, there is the matter of a team time-trial to consider today, with several of the country’s top riders vying for glory.
Top Dutch club team, the NWVG Bike4Air squad, will be making the trip over, while a TV crew from the same country is also set to be in the Tipperary town for the weekend to record events.
Picking a winner won’t be easy with such a star-studded line-up, but race organiser Rene Van Dam says it’s going to be a strong man who will win, rather than a climber.
“Our own man Richard Hooton was fourth last year but had to do a major comeback towards the end, it’s a typical classic circuit.
“Last year we had a great winner in Timmy Barry, there were no ifs or buts about his win, he was the best. His team-mates Sean Lacey and Damien Shaw were down training here recently, they weren’t here for a holiday and they’ll be there or thereabouts too.”
Dylan Foley would appear to be the man to beat in the A3 ranks and the course is certain to suit him, but with such a strong clutch of A3s out there at present, like last weekend’s winner in Minane Bridge Eddie Dunbar, it really is wide open.
Sign-on for today’s team time-trial is at 1pm from the Five-Alley pub while tomorrow, it is from the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh at 9am.